Korn, Device, Asking Alexandria, Papa Roach and More talk "Welcome to Rockville", "Rock on the Range", and More
Mon, 18 Mar 2013 06:56:22
"The World's Loudest Month" kicks off April 27-28 in Jacksonville, Florida with Welcome to Rockville. Boy, is it going to be especially loud this year too.
Four particular festivals—Welcome to Rockville [April 27, 28 Jacksonville, FL], Carolina Rebellion [May 4, 5 Charlotte, NC], Rock on the Range [May 17, 18, 19 Columbus, OH], Rocklahoma [May 24, 25 & 26 Pryor, OK] and Fort Rock [April 14, Ft. Myers, FL]—prove that rock 'n' roll is alive and kicking (hard) in the United States of America. However, we wanted to hear what the bands had to say about these shows.
In this exclusive feature, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino spoke to Korn, Device, Asking Alexandria, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Bullet for My Valentine, and more about these fests…
See what they had to say below!
Are you looking forward to Rock on the Range, Carolina Rebellion, and, or, Welcome to Rockville? What do you dig about those festivals?
Jonathan "J Devil" Davis of Korn & Killbot
Jonathan Davis: It's going to be awesome. Rock on the Range is always badass. It's going to pretty fucking intense being up there playing with Brian "Head" Welch again. We did Carolina Rebellion with him last year. Doing one song was incredible, but a whole set with the four of us up there rocking out again is going to be amazing.
Brian "Head" Welch of Korn & Love and Death
Brian "Head" Welch: I'm looking forward to it so much. It's so cool we've got Love and Death and Korn on the bill. Those shows take a lot of energy so I've got to get into shape [Laughs].
David Draiman of Disturbed & Device
David Draiman: I love those festivals! It's nice to play these perennial festivals based primarily on hard rock. I like seeing more and more of them proliferate every year. For them to be as successful as they've been and draw as many people as they continue to draw, it's just a testimony to the strength of the genre.
Ben Bruce of Asking Alexandria
Ben Bruce: I love Rock on the Range. We did it in 2011. To this day, it's still one of my favorite festivals we've played. We obviously shot our music video for "Closure" at Rock on the Range the last time we played. We had Sebastian Bach come out on stage, and we played "Youth Gone Wild" with him. I've got a lot of great memories of that festival. I'm looking forward to playing it again. It's going to be sick. This is our first time playing Welcome to Rockville so that'll be awesome. I'm really looking forward to that festival.
Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach
Jacoby Shaddix: We're doing Rock on the Range, Carolina Rebellion, Welcome to Rockville, and all of those big rock festivals throughout America. We've got great billing so we're about to go rip heads. I have so much fun playing those. They took a page out of the European rock festival book. I'm good friends with some of the creators and developers of the festivals. They recognized that Europe had it going on. America had all these festivals like Bonnaroo for the indie bands, and we needed something for the straight-up rock bands. Rock on the Range is so diverse. There's metal, rock, and fucking punk. It's a good mix of bands. We're going to come swinging straight up. We're bringing our fucking A-game. Live, we sound better than ever. It's going to be a great for us. These festivals are the perfect way to get in front of a lot of fucking people and let them know Papa Roach is fucking business.
Josh Todd of Buckcherry
Josh Todd: We do everything. The festivals like Rock on the Range and Welcome to Rockville are great because they've got all kinds of bands. Everybody's vying to be "The band of the day". It's very competitive and fun. You get to see all of your friends because it's such a small world. There are a lot of people. You've got to bring your A-game, and it's challenging and fun.
Craig Mabbitt of Escape the Fate
Craig Mabbitt: I loved doing the festivals because they've got the "family" vibe. The second concert I went to was Slipknot, and they did a "Wall of Death". I was like, "This is the fucking coolest shit I've ever been involved in during my life". I remember running into the crowd, getting knocked down, and having everybody try to help me up to rock the fuck out. You got to feel like you were part of something special. It's amazing to see your band name on a festival poster where the headliner is somebody amazing.
Matt Tuck of Bullet For My Valentine
Matt Tuck: It's cool to be a part of these festivals. The UK and European festivals are a definite must for any rock band, and they attract artists and bands from everywhere around the world. There are some rock festivals really coming up in America too. It's great to play things like Rock on the Range and Welcome to Rockville, and we're excited.
Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust
Lajon Witherspoon: We love those festivals! We're doing Rock on the Range this years. Those are incredible. It's amazing. I can't wait to see Soundgarden at Rock on the Range!
Adrian Patrick of Otherwise
Adrian Patrick: The beautiful thing is to get to watch some of the bands. It's so cool to meet a lot of these people and luminaries of rock 'n' roll we've idolized.
Rich Juzwick of Gemini Syndrome
Rich Juzwick: It's an incredible platform, and we're very grateful to have the opportunity to play these festivals. It also helps shine light on what's happening from where we're coming from too.
Jimmy Kwong of SoulSwitch
Jimmy Kwong: We had a really great time playing Welcome to Rockville last year. The bands were great, and the fans were amazing. The thing I look forward to the most is probably making new fans, hanging out with the other bands, and carving out new friendships and relationships. Last year was just such an amazing experience. We really enjoyed it and are looking forward to rocking it even harder this year!
Which festival will you be at?
See what festival organizer Danny Wimmer has to say here!