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New Music From Five Finger Death Punch

Sham Pain – FFDP

Our esteemed panel of experts, The Union of Dunces is back to take a listen to the new single from Five Finger Death Punch. Lead singer Ivan Moody has been through a ton of crap the past few years, primarily around his addiction problems. It almost broke the band apart, but here they are with new music, as they tour the country. We’ll let our panel decide whether it was worth the wait…

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Top Dozen – Welcome to Rockville Bands

The Best Bands at Welcome To Rockville 2018

This year’s three-day lineup featured about fifty bands spread across the three Metropolitan Park stages. At events like this, it’s impossible to see every band, but I did manage to catch about 25 full sets and another dozen partial sets. For the most part, the music was great, but here is the best of the best…

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Welcome To Rockville 2018 Delivers

Foo Fighters and Ozzy Headline Spectacular Weekend of Rock

2018 will go down as the year that Welcome To Rockville became a transcendent rock music festival – one of the premiere live music events in this country.  It was a year where we saw the raucous festival add a third day, expand the venue size, greet record crowds, and deliver the most impressive lineup in their history. All of that, and they got the little things right, as well.

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Welcome To Rockville 2018 Just Did the Unthinkable

Florida’s Loudest Music Festival Just Kicked It Up A Notch

Over the past decade, hard rock fans in the Southeast have watched the steady growth and transformation of Jacksonville’s premiere rock event, Welcome To Rockville.  This year, producer Danny Wimmer takes the festival to new heights, adding a third furious day of rock, and for the first time ever, adding an onsite camping option.

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FFDP, Shinedown, SIXX A.M. Announce Orlando Show

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and SHINEDOWN with special guests SIXX:A.M. and AS LIONS add Orlando to their current tour with a stop at Amway Center on December 8th. 

Read from the press release below

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Welcome To Rockville: Day Two

Myself and another RARAs Farm contributor were going to cover Welcome To Rockville 2016 (day two), but he had a last minute emergency, so I unexpectedly found myself with an extra media pass to Sunday’s event at the world’s loudest rock festival.

Sick Puppies - Welcome To Rockville

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Welcome To Rockville Line-Up Announced

The World’s Loudest Month kicks off on April 30th at Jacksonville’s first rate hard rock festival, Welcome To Rockville. The lineup for the weekend event, announced today is headlined by iconic artists Disturbed, Rob Zombie, ZZ Top, Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch and A Day To Remember. (Click more to see the full lineup)

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Earthday Birthday 22 Recap


WJRR’s Earthday Birthday Rocks Orlando

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Welcome to Rockville day one and Earthday Birthday 22 happened on the same day this year. So the dilemma for Central Florida rock enthusiasts was which show to go to. The obvious answer is EDBD followed by day two of Rockville, but that wasn’t an option for everyone, myself included. EDBD was held this year at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, and there was ample, but not free, parking.

I got there about an hour before the gates opened and joined the line, and overheard conversations about how lame the lineup was this year. If you heard this, and decided not to go, or abandoned Orlando’s only rock station’s annual festival in favor of Jacksonville’s little show, I’m here to tell you that you might have been mistaken. Every band I saw from 11 a.m., to Five Finger Death Punch, who closed the show around midnight, was awesome!

There were two main stages, the Bud Light Stage, at the northern end of the fairgrounds, and the Full Sail Stage at the south end. There was also an acoustic stage nestled in amongst the many great art vendors in the Mel’s Bad Girls Club Art Walk, featuring some local groups who were winners of a “battle of the bands” competition put on by WJRR, including hometown favorite Leaving Haven. There was also a midway with carnival rides, a BMX stunt show, wrestling ring, body painting, and tons of vendors giving away free swag, while selling their products and services.

Each stage packed enough speakers that people could hear all the great music easily while they took in everything the festival had to offer. Truth be told, I had a hard time finding someplace quiet to make a phone call, which ended up being near the centrally located restrooms. One of the only downsides to the whole thing was that it was hot, but thanks to Red Bull, there were large tents where anyone could sit down and get some relief from the sun.


So which acts helped me choose Earthday Birthday 22 over Welcome to Rockville, or staying home trolling the internet? Five Finger Death Punch, of course; I could do a whole story on their set alone, but there will be more articles to come this week breaking down their show, as well as Rise Against, Buckcherry, and All That Remains.

Which groups am I really glad I saw, that I might not otherwise have given a second thought to? Message to Venus, watch for my interview with them later, SoulSwitch, and Bobaflex, but every band I saw rocked!

What would I have done differently? I would have brought chargers for my phone and camera. My camera died shooting Slash’s set, my phone died shortly after, I had to pay to get my phone charged. Afterwards, I found a bunch of empty electrical outlets near an ATM. I also would bring some merch to get signed. Since I was worried about missing any music, I didn’t figure I would have time to do so. But since the music could be heard everywhere, I realize now this wouldn’t be a problem.

WJRR put together one hell of a show, the on air personalities made it a point to interact with the audience in every way possible, the staff was great, quickly responding to any incidents, as well as offering a squirt of ice cold water to whoever they could get to. I highly recommend you attend Earthday Birthday when it rolls around next year, also check out the articles I post about the event later for a deeper look into the bands as I saw them, and don’t forget to like RARAs Farm on Facebook where we will be posting exclusive concert photos.