SUNDAY AT ROCK ON THE RANGE PART 2: 10 YEARS, ALL THAT REMAINS, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, DISTURBED

| May 29, 2011 | Comments (1,597)

On Sunday afternoon at Rock on the Range, 10 Years kicked off the festivities on the Monster main stage. As a very active and entertaining band, they were a great start to the day. The youthful enthusiasm and energy they brought to their performance made it hard to believe that they are already touring on their fifth album. They left the crowd sweaty and screaming early in the afternoon.

Southern rockers Saving Abel took a moment in the middle of their set to enthusiastically thank the men and women of the armed forces. Singer Jared Weeks declared that the soldiers were the reason that a rock band could have the freedom to get up on stage and perform.

Next up was Massachusetts-based metalcore band All That Remains. A couple of songs into their set, singer Phil Labonte took a moment to revel in the accomplishment of playing the main stage, and to poke fun at himself. He asked the crowd if any of them had been at Rock on the Range a couple of years ago, when All That Remains was playing the side stage. His response to the robust cheering was, “I haven’t even fallen down yet!”

Following a bit of pomp and circumstance, including a crowd chant of “B.L.S.” led by hostess Mistress Juliya, Black Label Society took the stage. Renowned guitarist Zakk Wylde came out wearing a full native American headdress. By this point the storm system had started to move in, bringing with it strong winds which quickly blew the headdress into his face, so it was abandoned almost immediately. Wylde is the lead singer of the band, but there is no mistaking what the audience really wants to see: gnarly guitar solos, which were provided in ample quantities throughout the set.

The wind had picked up enough that the organizers decided to take down the two enormous banners flanking either side of the main stage. This exposed both VIP platforms and thanks to a rowdy crowd along with some taunting, a bottle war on stage right quickly ensued.

The grey sky was beginning to close in as Bullet for My Valentine began their set. They are well known for being very loud, but they were also exciting and accurate in their performance. The crowd was immediately drawn in with the opening hit song, Your Betrayal.

There was a bit of a break on the main stage while Hollywood Undead was tearing it up on the f.y.e. stage, and in that time, the storm had begun to settle over Crew Stadium. At first a few drops fell from the darkened sky and by the middle of Puddle of Mudd’s set, it was pouring.

Puddle of Mudd was a last minute fill in for Stone Sour, whose drummer Roy Mayorga had suffered a minor stroke the prior weekend. It was an enormous set of shoes to fill. Not only was Stone Sour a crowd favorite, but the 7:10 set time was three slots better than Puddle of Mudd’s set time the previous year. It was an uphill battle that they didn’t quite win, but they get an A for effort. Singer Wes Scantlin even ventured into the crowd for an extended version of Psycho.

By the end of their set, the storm had moved on, leaving behind a cool evening and an impressive double rainbow on the west side of the stadium. It went all the way across the sky!

Disturbed took to the stage following a brief asylum-inspired cinematic on their special backdrop. David Draimen’s vocal was occasionally muffled, but the set was spiced up with great graphics and plenty of pyro. The crowd reached a peak frenzy during the last song, the huge hit, Down with the Sickness.

The video cameras were turned off and the large screens shut down for A Perfect Circle’s performance. Maynard James Keenan (also well known as lead vocalist for Tool) came on the stage as a mere silhouette in a cloud of smoke. Their performance style varies drastically from all of the other acts on the bill, which created a much more subdued atmosphere in the pit. A number of Rangers left before A Perfect Circle even came on stage, as they seem to be a band that you either love or hate. Quite a few people probably left early to try and beat the traffic or just due to sheer exhaustion following a wild weekend of partying and rock ‘n roll.

All-in-all, Rock on the Range delivered a great weekend festival for the fifth year in a row. On average, the main stage line up was a little weaker than last year, but the side stages proved to be very exciting. It’s only 12 months before we get to do it all over again!

Sunday’s complete line up:

7th Cycle
Red Fang
Art of Dying
Evans Blue
Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
The Damned Things
Greek Fire
Pop Evil
Cavo
Trapt
A Day to Remember
Hollywood Undead
10 Years
Saving Abel
All That Remains
Black Label Society
Bullet for My Valentine
Puddle of Mudd
Disturbed
A Perfect Circle

PHOTOS OF 10 YEARS

PHOTOS OF ALL THAT REMAINS

PHOTOS OF BLACK LABEL SOCIETY

PHOTOS OF BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

PHOTOS OF DISTURBED

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