Written by Emilie Rae / Photo Credit Robin Ervolina
It’s day two at Rock on the Range, and my personal favorite as far as the lineup goes. Of course, we started out the day with a weather delay. At least they were able to hold the gates and push everything back instead of an evacuation again. Things were delayed just over an hour, so it didn’t affect things negatively. In fact, they handled everything Mother Nature threw at us with the utmost concern for our safety and wellbeing.
First off for me and the hooligans I was with was another Ohio band, Starset. They sounded incredible and as always put on an entertaining set. It was a wonderful way to open up the main stage. From there, I jumped over to see Sylar on the Zippo Stage and was pleasantly surprised. I had not heard of them, but they can count me as a new fan!
There was a lot of zig-zagging between stages. After Sylar we ran back for a couple Alter Bridge songs. I’m not sure those guys are even capable of putting on a bad show. Then we were off to see newcomers, DED. I was super stoked for them and they did not let me down. Check these guys out. Another zig back to main for Skillet. In the same cloth as Alter Bridge, Skillet has never played a bad show in my eyes. Their sound, their energy, their everything shows just how passionate they are about their craft.
On to what I had personally been waiting for all day, Attila. I was ready to jump around. I was ready to surf, and I succeeded. To be noted: Attila set a ROTR record for having the largest circle pit. What an insane thing to watch!
Not to be missed, the fantastic Seether was up next on the main stage. They played all the greats and had the whole crowd singing along. Then I decided to take the heavy route to catch a minute of Whitechapel. Those guys were nuts! Another fun one to watch.
On to fan favorite, Papa Roach. I can only wish to someday have the energy of Jacoby Shaddix. They always blow me away with how good they are and seem to just keep getting better. Then I had to go check out Taking Back Sunday on the Zippo Stage. They brought me so much happy nostalgia and sounded just as good as teenage me remembers. Back to the mainstage for the Offspring. Those guys brought it and do every time they play. They played all the hits and watching the crowd erupt for “Pretty Fly” was awesome. Off for a little more nostalgia on the Zippo Stage, I ran back to see Coheed and Cambria. OMG so good! They were so impressive, I could have watched them all night.
Not to be left out, we must now make room for our headliner, the one, the only, Korn. I was anxious to see how JD’s vocals would be considering his recent struggles. He sounded great. Maybe slightly quieter than I’ve heard him other times, but the quality was there. A thing that wasn’t lacking from the band was energy. They were having the time of their lives up on that stage, and the crowd was feeding off them. It was one of my favorites from them. Unfortunately, their set had to be cut a little short for, wait for it…… weather.
So back we went to our respective homes for the evening to tried to stay dry (or play in the mud) before day three. Overall, take me back to day two. PLEASE take me back to day two.