Fifteen bands in 11 hours! It was a great day for fans of hard rock, as the Kink Music Festival attendees were treated to hours of aggressive rock spread out over The Central Florida Fairgrounds. We’ll provide our 50 word capsule reviews for every performer we caught across the two stages.
More tattoos and piercings than I’ve ever seen in one place I my life, brightly decorated hair and mind-numbing body suspensions provided just a taste of the eclectic vibe at Kinkfest. Those colorful experiences, coupled with a beautiful backdrop of pristine November weather, set-up the perfect environment for my first visit. There was also a palpable, positive vibe, in an environment where everyone was in their own element being whoever the hell they wanted to be. Oh, and then there was the eleven hours of killer rock ‘n roll – welcome to the 2015 incarnation of The Kink Music Festival.
The Kink Music Festival returns to Orlando in mid-November for their 2nd Annual celebration of rock ‘n roll, tattoos and a provoking culture here in Florida. This year’s event features Central Florida favorites Rise Against and Hollywood Undead, plus a dozen more national and local bands well worth the affordable $30 price of admission.
WJRR Brings Killer Rock Festival Back To Orlando
WJRR’s annual celebration of rock ‘n roll is about to storm back into Orlando, and as the renowned festival turns 22, it’s as powerful and enticing as it’s ever been.
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For a locally produced festival, Earthday Birthday always boasts an amazingly stacked line-up of hard rock stalwarts, and usually delivers a nice mix of classic rockers and fresh new faces on the scene. This year is no different, with a lineup that features hard rock legends Five Finger Death Punch, Rise Against, Slash with Myles Kennedy, Sevendust, and also offers up-and-coming acts like Nothing More and Soulswitch.
Earthday Birthday is a can’t miss event for local rock fans. The festival takes over the Central Florida Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 25th, and are a fantastic bargain at $59. You can also check the following link for option to but service fee free tix an area locations: EDBD 22 Tickets.
Aside from the music, the festival also has a few other cool touches. Rides at the Al Capone Cigarillos Midway, Mel’s Bad Girls Club Art Walk, Kickstart by Mountain Dew BMX Demos, Professional Wrestling from I Believe in Wrestling, a vendor village and over 20 local charities. All good stuff for sure, but this event is all about the music, and it’s a line-up tailor made for rock and roll animals, like us!
101.1 WJRR’s Earthday Birthday 22 will feature twenty bands spread across 20 stages, including something for anyone who appreciates their rock music delivered loud and hard.
RISE AGAINST * SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS * SEVENDUST * TREMONTI * HELLYEAH * BUCKCHERRY * FLYLEAF * ALL THAT REMAINS * TRAPT * NOTHING MORE * ISLANDER * SAVING ABEL * BOBAFLEX * AVATAR * 12 STONES * MESSAGE TO VENUS * SLEEPWAVE * SOULSWITCH
We’ll have our six can’t miss bands in the next few days, as well as additional coverage and photos before, during and after the event.
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Linkin Park, Rise Against Open Tour in Orlando
Linkin Park has announced the tour dates for their 2015 The Hunting Party Tour, and fortunately for those of us in Central Florida, they’ll be kicking off the tour with a show here at Amway Center, and their support acts are fantastic, as well.
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Linkin Park will be joined on the tour by two other hard rock stalwarts, Of Mice and Men and Rise Against. We caught Rise Against just a few months ago, and they put on a fantastic show, in front of their ardent area fans. See the review here.
“After crossing paths with these guys at festivals around the world over the past decade, we’re excited to finally share the road with Linkin Park,” adds Tim Mcllrath, lead vocalist/ guitarist of Rise Against. “We think this will be a great experience for all our collective fans.” Tickets for this killer line-up go one sale this Friday, November 7th at 10AM.
Here are the details from the Amway Center Press Release:
Austin Carlile, of, Of Mice & Men recently joined Linkin Park on stage in Los Angeles during the band’s hugely successful Carnivores Tour this past summer. “We are really excited to be joining Linkin Park on The Hunting Party Tour. I performed the song ‘Faint’ with them recently at The Hollywood Bowl and it was incredible. Can’t wait to bring that experience to all of our dedicated fans across America,” said Carlile. “The opportunity to tour with a band that inspired me to pursue music is mind-blowing, and that’s exactly what we want fans to experience when they see us together on tour.”
Linkin Park begins their sold-out European tour tonight with Of Mice & Men in Zurich, Switzerland. Members of the Linkin Park fan club can access an exclusive pre sale on www.lpunderground.com. Visit linkinpark.com and ticketmaster.com for further information.
Linkin Park is a Grammy® Award-winning, multi-platinum alternative rock band comprised of co-lead vocalist, Chester Bennington, drummer/percussionist, Rob Bourdon, guitarist Brad Delson, bassist Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell, DJ, programmer Joe Hahn and Mike Shinoda – co-lead vocals, keyboards, guitar. The band has sold over 50 million albums worldwide, and is the biggest band on Facebook – with over 65 million fans and counting.
Since 2000, when Linkin Park debuted on the Billboard 200 – no other artist has had more top 10 singles on the Alternative chart, and no other band has achieved more number one albums during this century. Their sixth studio album, “The Hunting Party” reached number one in the iTunes store of 67 different countries. On their most recent touring cycle, the band played to over a million people, in 79 shows, on six continents.
In 2005, Linkin Park founded Music For Relief, a 501 © (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to victims of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters. Since its inception, Music For Relief has raised over six million dollars for victims of multiple disasters across four continents. The organization was recognized by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, for the Download to Donate program to raise funds and awareness in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. In recognition of its humanitarian work, Linkin Park received a 2011 Global Leadership Award from the United Nations Foundation.
After 15 years and six incendiary albums, Rise Against has become one of the most successful, challenging and revered punk rock bands on the planet. Rise Against has sold four million albums globally across their last four releases – with 2011’s “Endgame” debuting at number one in Germany and Canada, and number two on the U.S. Billboard album chart. Their current album “The Black Market,” was released the past September via Interscope Records and debuted at number three on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
Since the 2010 release of their self-titled debut, “Orange County,” the California-based quintet Of Mice & Men, has blanketed rock radio airwaves, garnered critical acclaim, and amassed over 20 million YouTube views and close to five million social media followers on the strength of an electrifying sound and live show. They have played to packed-house crowds on headlining tours around the world and key slots on top fests, including this year’s Reading & Leeds Festival, where they were part of a star-studded lineup that included artists such as Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and many more. They’re touring in support of their latest album, “Restoring Force,” which hit number four on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and number one on both the Billboard Top Independent and Top Rock Albums Charts.
TICKETS: $36, $46, $56 & $76. Buy tickets at amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com.
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15 Orlando, FL – Amway Center
17 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
18 Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
20 Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center
21 Albany, NY – Times Union Center
23 Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall
24 Providence, RI – Dunkin Donuts Center
25 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
27 Hershey, PA – Giant Center
28 Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
30 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
31 Manchester, NH – Verizon Wireless
3 Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre
4 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
6 Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
7 Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena*+
11 Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre
12 Calgary, AB – Scotia Bank Saddledome
14 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
Rise Against Show Review
They’re undoubtedly one of the premier Alternative rock artists of this century, and somehow, until Saturday night, I had never caught them live. No clue why I waited so long, but this powerful quartet out of Chicago was definitely worth the wait. And, based on something we heard that night, the next time we see them might just be right around the corner.
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Led by charismatic frontman, Tim McIlrath, they delivered 90 minutes of non-stop, searing rock ‘n roll to their passionate fans crammed into the sold out House of Blues in Orlando. The full band has been together for nearly a decade, with McIlrath and bassist Joe Principe there since inception, and it shows on stage, as the band is incredibly tight, especially considering they’re constantly bouncing around the stage.
Rise Against has shifted a bit from their days of punk rock stalwarts, and their music might now be a bit less political, but their fans are still fully bought in. On this night, there were very few moments where the entire venue wasn’t singing along loudly with McIlrath. The singer encouraged the interaction, seemed to revel in it, and was humbly appreciative.
The album cover from their latest release The Black Market served as a haunting backdrop as they took the stage to an explosive version of “Ready To Fall.” Huge “RI” and “SE” letters flanked the stage and constantly shifted colors in cadence with the music. The early highlight of the set was an interactive version of”Give It All” that featured McIlrath held aloft by the crowd as two thousand fans sang harmony for him. (See the full setlist at the bottom of the post)
Guitarist Zach Blair bounced around the stage doling out sharp hooks all night. He was joined by Drummer Brandon Barnes and Principe who pounded out a constant, aggressive musical bed all night. Other highlights included a raucous version of “The Good Left Undone” and a smoking version of “I Don’t Wanna Be Here Anymore,” one of only two tracks off of The Black Market.
McIlrath interacted with the crowd throughout the set, at one time reminiscing about one of the band’s first Orlando visits, an opening slot for Strung Out at The Social. As noted earlier, he also hinted at an upcoming return to The City Beautiful. He was coy about it, as the official announcement is still forthcoming. Perhaps they get added to The Big Orlando lineup? See our festival preview here: The Big Orlando.
The other offering from the new album was a stripped down, haunting rendition of “People Live Here,” which featured McIlrath on acoustic guitar with a bit of help from Blair, which was followed up with a tender “Swing Life Away,” with McIlrath alone on stage with a little help from the sold out crowd.
They closed the night with a riveting ten minute long version of “Savior,” a great way to close a fantastic show.
Check out our Black Market album review here.
Radkey, a trio of brothers from Missouri opened the night with a killer punk-infused set, and earned high praise from McIlrath who noted how the band reminded him of Rise Against as they came up through the ranks, offering “I hope they remember us when we’re opening for them.” (Check back soon for our review of their set) Touche Amore took the stage next, and were a bit of a disappointment despite their energetic set. Thankfully, those memories were quickly washed away by the talented headliners.
Ready to Fall
Give It All
Re-Education (Through Labor)
Behind Closed Doors
Long Forgotten Sons
The Good Left Undone
Like the Angel
I Don’t Want to Be Here Anymore
Help Is on the Way
Chamber the Cartridge
Last Chance Blueprint
Prayer of the Refugee
Alive and Well
Audience of One
People Live Here
Swing Life Away
Make It Stop (September’s Children)
Rise Against Black Market Album Review
Rise Against is a rare band that’s proven an ability to transcend multiple rock genres. They cut their teeth as a punk band, are hugely popular with hardcore fans and have a dominant position on active rock playlists.
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In July, these socially conscious Chicago rockers dropped their seventh album, and their first offering in three years. On Black Market, we still hear much of the sound their fervent fans have come to enjoy, mixed in with a few new twists, primarily to a more mainstream sound. Listening to the lyrics, there’s also a more prominent focus on relationships, with fewer songs about social and political issues.
The album kicks off with an interesting twist. “The Great Die Off” begins with a beautiful string arrangement; a placid and relaxing start to the album, but it is oh so brief, before it evolves into a violent explosion of rock ‘n roll. Beautiful! This diverse social commentary with violent themes is a great start to The Black Market, and just might be the best track on the album.
The first single off of the album, “I don’t Wanna Be Here Anymore” is a gritty rocker that is absolutely everywhere on rock radio. It’s a crossover song that fits into just about every rock ‘n roll genre and is destined to be on many year-end Best Of lists. The song, about a relationship nearing its demise, kick starts with ferocious drums from Brandon Barnes, who plays a prominent role throughout The Black Market.
“Tragedy and Time” is another good example of the more mainstream slant that is pervasive on the album. The song has good harmonies and nice melodies – like so many other pop rock tunes. Decent stuff, but I’d be curious to see whether it is embraced by longtime fans of the band?
The album does feature a few cuts that will certainly appeal to Rise Against’s passionate hardcore fan base. “The Eco-tourist In Me” thankfully jettisons them back to their hardcore punk past. It’s fast, it’s aggressive, and it’s a cry for action – a familiar and fitting combination for the band. “A Beautiful Indifference” is a thrasher cut from the same cloth. Good stuff!
The most intriguing cut on the album is “Sudden Life,” a hopeful song which is masterfully produced. It features Tim McIlrath at his most vulnerable and the vocals are tremendous. The lyrics are intelligent and provoking on this track and throughout the album, a longtime trait for Rise Against.
All told, I loved about half of the album, but was lukewarm towards the rest. If you haven’t purchased the album yet it, grab it below and let us know your thoughts?