Welcome To Rockville 2013 was held in beautiful Jacksonville Florida, on the 27th and 28th of May. This festival showcased some of the biggest acts ranging from one side of the “rock” spectrum to the next, with headliners such as Alice In Chains, Limp Bizkit, and Jacksonville natives Lynyrd Skynyrd and Shinedown.
Day one started out with the sun shining, and the beer flowing. Jacksonville came to party, that was for sure, with four stages set up throughout the grounds, people raced to claim their spots. The first act of the day was Young Guns, an alternative rock band from Buckinghamshire England, who got the crowd energized for the long day ahead with songs such as “Bones” and “Weight Of The World”. All That Remains, In This Moment, Asking Alexandria, Whitechapel, and many more slaved on throughout the heat of the day, creating pure insanity with what seemed like an endless sea of excited fans.
Up next was the Welsh quartet know as Bullet For My Valentine, playing older hits like “Waking The Demon” and “Scream, Aim, Fire”, and also introducing the crowd to songs off of their new album “Temper Temper” with a song also ironically titled “Temper Temper”. Papa Roach was up next, and as always singer Jacoby Shaddix commanded the stage, and got the crowd to a totally new level of madness, at one point walking on the crowd’s hands before being crowd surfed back to the stage. Escape The Fate closed out the Rockville side stage on the opposite side of the venue, but don’t let this fool you, they brought a crowd with them that was a force to be reckoned with. Craig Mabbit and the ETF guys belted out fan favorites such as “Gorgeous Nightmare” and “This War Is Ours” and flawlessly introduced new songs off of their new album Ungrateful. Now available in stores near you.
As the sun was setting Stone Sour took the main stage by storm, coming out to recently released singles “Gone Sovereign” and “Absolute Zero”. But it wouldn’t be a Stone Sour show without hits like “Through The Glass” and “Bother”. Limp Bizkit was up next, and for a first time critic, I was pleasantly surprised. Durst spit verses to “Livin’ It Up” and the Jacksonville natives even did a cover of Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name”.
Last but certainly not least was day one’s last act, alternative rock band Alice In Chains. The guys played songs off of their newly released album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, but also for the older Alice fans “Man In The Box”, “Rooster” and many more were played impeccably.
Day two began much like day one did, but only with higher temperatures and more hangovers.
The first band of the day was Nashville rock band Red, who livened up the worn out crowd, and got them ready for yet another day of mayhem.
The four stages were nothing but busy throughout the day hosting bands such as AirBourne, Saving Abel, Steel Panther and many, many more. At the hottest point of the day, Motionless In White took the stage, and commanded nothing less than all that the crowd had to give coming out to “Devil’s Night”, and keeping the crowd entranced with songs such as “Abigail” and “If It’s Dead, We’ll Kill It”. All eyes were glued to them from the beginning of the set until the stage was empty. Buckcherry, Skillet, and Device kept the energy going throughout the evening, bringing us to what would be the last two acts of the festival. At 7:15pm Jacksonville natives Shinedown took the stage to “Enemies”, and for the next hour captivated the crowd. Songs such as “Diamond Eyes”, “Sound of Madness”, and “Bully” were just a few songs preformed that night. As the excitement of the Shinedown performance was coming to an end, the main stage was preparing for the final stop on the Welcome To Rockville adventure. Around 8:30pm the band everyone had been dying to see, the band that put Jacksonville on the map, southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd took the stage. Playing songs like, “Last of a Dyin’ Breed”, “Whiskey Rock-a-Roller, “Gimme Three Steps”, and of course “Free Bird”. The sixteen song setlist seemed to fly right by.
A very successful Welcome To Rockville 2013 had come to an end.
Review by: Harley Hughes
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Motionless In White
In This Moment
Bullet For My Valentine
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