Day One At Ohio’s Rock On The Range Festival – Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, P.O.D, And More

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Avenged Sevenfold (photo by Carl Harp)

Avenged Sevenfold (photo by Carl Harp)

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Rock On The Range, America’s only music festival dedicated exclusively to Active Rock,  celebrated its fifth year this weekend in Columbus, Ohio. with an all-star line-up of today’s best hard rock bands including [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Avenged Sevenfold[/lastfm],[lastfm link_type="artist_info"] A Perfect Circle[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Korn[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Danzig[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Hollywood Undead[/lastfm], and many more.

You could feel the excitement of the ‘Rangers’ filing down the mile-long line of cars leading into the Columbus Crew stadium in Ohio’s capital city.

Young and old, punk-rockers and hardcore fanatics, bros and nerds alike were enjoying bands on the FYE stage such as [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]My Darkest Days[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Escape The Fate[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Danzig[/lastfm], who busted out his classic “Mother.”

The other side of the stadium was where one could find the Jagermeister stage, which held acts like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]2 Cents[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Black Veil Brides[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]P.O.D.[/lastfm]. Sonny Sandoval and crew put together a fan-friendly set that included  their hits “Youth Of A Nation” and “Alive”.

The only thing hotter than the 80 degrees weather Saturday was the hot licks from bands like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Hinder[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Alter Bridge[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Staind[/lastfm] were dishing out to crowds on the Monster main stage. Staind put together a setlist heavy of their major successes including “It’s Been Awhile” and “For You”.

Once [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Korn[/lastfm] took the main stage at 8:30pm, fans were filtering into the main bowl from the other two stages that were closed up for the night. The band hailing from Bakersfield, California pumped out all  the songs that earned them two career Grammy awards including “Twisted Transistor” and “Freak on a Leash” full with Jonathan Davis’s signature breakdown. They also briefly threw in [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Queen[/lastfm]‘s stadium rock classic “We Will Rock You” for the special occasion.

avenged sevenfold rotr 23 Day One At Ohios Rock On The Range Festival   Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, P.O.D, And More[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Avenged Sevenfold[/lastfm] closed out the first night of the festival, marking their second time playing ROTR in the festival’s history. With their trademark pyrotechnics and energetic stage presence, A7X put together the strongest set of the day. The Orange County natives kicked things off with “Nightmare” off their newest album. M. Shadow, Sevenfold’s lead singer,  informed the crowd 2 songs into their set that he blew out his voice three days prior and had to keep quiet so he could be here.

35,000 people were in attendance today coming off a record year in 2010 of approximately 60,000 attendees between both days.

Overall a great day in the Buckeye City and there high hopes for fans tomorrow despite the fact that there are thunderstorms expected late tomorrow night around [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]A Perfect Circle[/lastfm]‘s 10pm set.

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Review by Phil Torres / Carl Harp

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