This year’s Rock on the Range took on a whole new special meaning with the untimely death of front man Chris Cornell of Friday’s headliner Soundgarden.  It was a totally different vibe and mood but as one once said years ago, the show must go on.  There were 59 other acts ready to rock and bring it to the people as Columbus, Ohio has become the center of the rock universe for the last 11 years.

Friday not only met with an uncertainty for who would now be the headliner but a storm came through and delayed the festival for almost 4 hours. The staff and security handled the evacuation of everyone very professionally and the concert attendees followed protocol without any issues.

Bands that caught my eye or gave an over the top performance include:  Gojira, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Skillet, Dorothy, Every Time I Die, Rival Sons, Volbeat and Metallica.  With these types of festivals people get a chance to check out bands they wouldn’t normally get to see.

Pleased to see Rival Sons starting to get the credit they so deserve. They played in 2015 but were a side stage act.  Papa Roach was the only act to be on the inaugural bill and made their 4th overall performance.  They invited a local high school marching band to perform “Born for Greatness” from their recently released “Crooked Teeth” LP.

Many tributes were made to the memory of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell including the announced surprise set by Slipknot and Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor. The most moving was by Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless. The Pretty Reckless opened up for Soundgarden for what would be Cornell’s final performance last Wednesday in Detroit.  Momsen looked up to Cornell and took the passing extremely hard. They even cancelled their performance in New Jersey on Friday.  Guitarist Ben Phillips accompanied her with an acoustic and made it through Audioslave’s “Like a Stone.”

The comedy tent still drew big numbers even when the festival was running as we checked in for some of Niki Glaser’s set.  Zippo was a main sponsor this year and not only had a booth set up, but had performances by Various artists through out the 3 days.  The stage was called Zippo Sessions and no announcement was made to give fans a surprise of who would be performing.

One of the more popular attire you saw this weekend was from F*ck Cancer. They were everywhere and glad to see money being raised for the Dyin 2 Live Dreams Program which is a 501c nonprofit organization.

It was 3 days of dealing with sporadic thunderstorms, torrential rain and wind. The festival organizers did a good job in dealing with this the best way they could. This was evident on Sunday when the biggest band they ever had play in Metallica was set to perform at 8:45 pm.  A storm came through and cut Volbeat’s set by 2 songs. They decided to delay the show for about an hour or so and not have everyone evacuate. I believe that was the right call to make because if they did decide to evacuate it probably would have caused more issues (possibly rioting or property damage) as the buildup to Metallica’s set was in full force.  Much respect was given to Volbeat to come back and finish their set before the change-over for Metallica.

I won’t go into Metallica’s set with much description as you can see last week’s show review here for that.  I will point out some of the differences from the show at MetLife Stadium.  The stage was barebones. It only consisted of 2 small amplifiers on each side of drummer Lars Ulrich’s small drum riser.  It was a very cool old school set up. The songs they added on this set were “Creeping Death,” “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” “Harvester of Sorrow” and “Blackened.”  

As stated earlier, the biggest band came and delivered and made a trip to this year’s Rock on the Range memorable for most despite many obstacles. How can Rock on the Range top themselves for 2017? Stay tuned…

 

Metallica setlist:

Hardwired

Atlas, Rise!

For Whom the Bells Tolls

Creeping Death

The Unforgiven

Now That We’re Dead

Moth into the Flame

Harvester of Sorrow

Welcome Home (Sanatarium)/(Rob and Kirk’s solos – I Disappear and Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)

Whiplash

Sad but True

One

Master of Puppets

Fade to Black

Seek & Destroy

Encore:

Blackened

Nothing Else Matters

Enter Sandman

 

Korn setlist:

Right Now

Here to Stay

Rotting in Vain

Somebody Someone

Word Up! (Cameo cover)

Coming Undone (We will Rock You-Queen cover snippet)

Insane

Y’All Want a Single

Make Me Bad

Shoots and Ladders (One-Metallica cover snippet)

 

Corey Taylor (surprise guest in place of Soundgarden following Chris Cornell’s death) setlist:

Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd cover)

Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog cover)

 

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Photos of Metallica are from MetLife Stadium show. We would like to thank  Kristine Ashton-Magnuson from Ashton-Magnuson Media for the credentials to review the show.

 

 

 

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That’s when Backstageaxxess.com began.
I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here.
When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do.
My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows:
1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium – Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96
2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) – Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03
3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05
4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89
5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center – Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06
The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.