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Rockville Thoughts from an Older Chick

Rock Festivals from an “Old” Chick’s Perspective

This was my first full two-day Welcome To Rockville experience ever, and I thought I’d share a bit with you.

Ok let me first say – it’s exhausting! Especially if you’re like me and want to catch at least a few songs of every single band. It’s a good 20,000 step a day kind of event!

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Welcome To Rockville: 5 Bands You Need to See

Welcome To Rockville Recommendations

I’ve been to this thunderous celebration of hellacious hard rock for each of the past four years.  The festival on the banks of the St. Johns River always features a handful of huge metal bands and five times as many smaller bands on the cusp.  There’s definitely something for everyone blaring on one of the Welcome To Rockville stages at any time, but here are five bands that everyone should check out.

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Three Days Grace Release Killer New Single


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Three Days Grace Release “I Am Machine”

Three Days Grace continues to show us why they’re one of the most successful active rock artists ever. This talented Canadian foursome simply offers continuous active rock anthems.

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This week, they follow-up the hugely successful hit “Painkiller,” their 12th #1 Active Rock single, with another song destined to reach that same impressive pinnacle.

“I Am Machine” is the second straight highlight offering from their forthcoming album release, expected to hit the streets in March, 2015. Judging from these first two singles, we’re in for one hell of an album.

The new release is available now on iTunes here: I Am Machine – Single; and you can check out the video below.

Neil Sanderson offers up: “Sonically, we wanted to create a ‘machine-like’ sound in parts of the song. We were inspired by the images from the opening scene of Tim Burton’s ‘Edward Scissorhands’…relentless machines turning and churning, never ceasing to operate. Lyrically the song is about how sometimes you feel like you are in an endless routine and cannot escape. Every day seems the same. No freedom from the vicious cycle that your life can sometimes become…no control, you begin to feel numb to the world around you, as you yearn to just feel anything, any emotion.”

The song was co-written by the band, produced by Gavin Brown and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge. Three Days Grace re-teamed with Gavin Brown, who produced the band’s platinum-selling 2003 self-titled debut album. “We went back to our roots a bit and recaptured that collaborative feeling of being in a band and bringing out the best ideas in each other,” says Sanderson. “Gavin was a huge part of that in the beginning and we feel like we’re back in those days where we’re high-fiving each other with guitars in our hands.”

Check out our live concert photos here: Three Days Grace

And, an earlier review of their excellent live show: Orlando Concert

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Central Florida April Concert Calendar

April Rock Music Calendar

Not many shows in the Central Florida rock scene this month at a national level. But we will get Rush and some excellent festivals in all three primary cities: Two full days of Welcome to Rockville in Jacksonville, Earthday Birthday in Orlando and 98 Rockfest in Tampa. Other than those killer shows, it might be a good month to check out some of the great local rock in your own backyards.

Orlando

04/12 – Anthrax, House of Blues. Metal Alliance Tour
04/12 – Umphrey’s McGee, The Plaza Live

04/13 – Sister Hazel, House of Blues. Gainesville rockers always put on a fun show
04/13 – WJRR’s Earthday Birthday, Tinker Field. Excellent line-up of hard rock powers, featuring Offspring, Papa Roach and Stone Sour

04/17 – All Time Low and Pierce the Veil, House of Blues
04/17 – Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, West End Trading Co (Sanford)

4/18 – 4/20 – Florida Music Festival, Downtown Orlando at various venues. Lots of good new music and plenty of the yet to be discovered.  Local favorites Blaine the Mono and The Dropa Stone, and fun Indie act Reverend Peyton’s Bog Damn Band highlight the schedule: Florida Music Festival.

04/21 – Dick Dale, The Plaza Live. Dale is the father of surf guitar and a legendary guitar player

04/24 – GWAR, The Beacham

04/25 – ASIA, featuring John Payne, Hard Rock’s Velvet Sessions – always a great cocktail party, this time with some great rock.

04/26 – The Wailers, House of Blues

04/28 – Rush, Amway Center. The legendary Canadian rockers visit the big house in this month’s highlight show in Orlando.

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Jacksonville

04/01 – Marron 5 with RARA’s Farm favorites Neon Trees (see our concert review) and Owl City, Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena

04/03 – Yes, Florida Theater. This incarnation features Steve Howe, Christopher Squire and Alan White!

04/11 – Unphrey’s McGee, Freebird Live

04/24 – The Wailers, Freebird Live

04/25 – GWAR, Freebird Live

04/26 – Saliva, Jax Underbelly. Welcome To Rockville kick-off

04/27 – Welcome to Rockville, Metropolitan Park. This is a great rock line-up at an excellent venue for a festival: Limp Bizkit, Three Days Grace, Alice in Chains, Stone Sour, Halestorm, Papa Roach

04/28 – Welcome to Rockville, Metropolitan Park Day 2! More great rockers: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Three Doors Down, Shinedown (see our recent review), Buckcherry, Thousand Foot Krutch and many more

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Tampa Area

04/02 – Yes, Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater)

04/13 – Foghat – Manatee County Fairgrounds (Palmetto)
04/13 – Umphrey’s McGee, Jannus Live (St. Petersburg)

04/16 – All Time Low and Pierce the Veil,  Jannus Live (St. Petersburg)

04/19 – Dick Dale, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)

04/25 – The Wailers, Jannus Live (St. Petersburg)

04/26 – 98 Rockfest, Tampa Bay Times Forum. Nice line-up of rockers: Three Days Grace (see our review and photos here), Alice in Chains, Stone Sour, Halestorm and more.

04/27 – Relient K with Mike Mains & The Branches, State Theater (Saint Petersburg)

04/30 – The Black Crowes, Mahaffey Theater (Saint Petersburg)

04/30 – Suicidal Tendencies, State Theater (Saint Petersburg)


Three Days Grace Rocks Orlando


Three Days Grace Orlando Concert Review

Smack dab in the middle of a killer line-up at Amway Center, Three Days Grace took the stage at Amway Center with a lot more uncertainty than you’d expect from a band that’s been touring together for fifteen years.  Longtime front man, guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier unexpectedly left the band less than two months ago.

Three Days Grace in Orlando
Three Days Grace in Orlando

The band’s solution? Add Matt Walst, the brother of bassist Brad Walst and front man of My Darkest Days. He quickly jumped into Gontier’s role, and absolutely kicked ass.  He was superb, sounding great, flying around the stage and making the arena his own.  It was an amazing performance for a guy who two months earlier wasn’t even in the band.

After an energetic set by ska/metal rockers P.O.D., Three Days Grace took the stage beneath a kitschy “Welcome to Las Venus” sign and exploded into a searing version of “Chalk Outline.” Matt Walst was all over the stage throughout the night and played to the crowd masterfully.

Longtime guitarist Barry Stock was in top form all night. He shined during a searing version of “Pain” where he grabbed a double-necked guitar, playing both the 12 string and six string during the song.

Barry Stock of Three Days Grace in Orlando
Barry Stock of Three Days Grace in Orlando

Walst aptly introduced “The High Road” with “Thanks for sticking by Three Days Grace; some people drag you through the mud, but we chose to take the high road,” then he got the crowd to sing along with their hands in the air.

Neil Sanderson offered up an entertaining drum solo with a little help from Dani Rosenoer on keyboards. Immediately afterwards, Walst shared, “They say rock and roll is dead. Look around you. Rock and roll is not fucking dead at all!  I want you out of your seats for this next one,” and then kicked into a rocking version of “Misery Loves Company.”

The crowd favorite was an interactive version of “I Hate Everything About You,” but the highlight for me was a cool cover they offered up near the end of their set. Stock grabbed the mic and thanked the crowd for showing up and introduced his mates on stage. He then invited friend Sean Hamm to take the lead vocals on a raucous cover of Limp Bizkit’s “Break Stuff,” an absolute blast, that led nicely into the finale “Riot,” which had the crowd bouncing and singing along.

A great way to end the set and warm everyone up for Shinedown. (See our Shinedown review here)

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Rock On!
Cretin


Shinedown’s Smashing Ode to Rock Music


Shinedown's Brent Smith in Orlando
Shinedown’s Brent Smith in Orlando

Shinedown Orlando Concert Review

Admittedly, I’m a bit late to the party as it relates to these Jacksonville rock icons. Sure I was familiar with their bigger hits over the past decade, but didn’t truly begin to appreciate them until reviewing their excellent 2012 release Amaryllis, which was one of RARA’s Farm’s Top 5 Albums of 2012.

I was anxious to catch them live to see whether their live show matched the fantastic sound of Amaryllis and to validate the accolades I had heard from my peers.  Saturday night at The Amway Center left no doubt, these guys are rock legends in the making. They embody everything that makes Rock And Roll Animals, like us at RARA’s Farm, tick.

Led by dynamic singer, Brent Smith, this quartet puts on an entertaining, polished show.  All four members are excellent musicians and consummate entertainers.  They made every song memorable and wrapped up a fantastic night that also included strong sets from Three Days Grace and P.O.D.

As the curtain dropped on the show, we saw a close-up of Smith’s face on the large screen, acting like he was lost somewhere, trapped on the other side of the camera. With  drummer Barry Kerch the only band member on stage, Smith shouted “Hey You,” from the screen. Then the spotlights found the sound board in the middle of the floor, where the remaining three members stood upon risers and kicked into an explosive version of “Enemies.”

There were a few other early highlights; Smith implored the crowd to introduce themselves to the folks on their left and right before kicking into a rousing version of “Unity,” the crowd lit up the arena like a starry night for “45,” guitarist Zach Myers and aptly named bassist Eric Bass, swapped places on stage during “Save Me,” and the band moved to the stage’s upper level for “Crow and Butterfly.”  Throughout the set, Bass, Myers and Smith were in constant motion, racing around the stage and playing to the crowd throughout.

There were nice pyrotechnics during the show, including a killer waterfall effect during “If You Only Knew,” and a great choreographed sequence that highlighted the powerful “Sound of Madness.”

Before kicking into “If You Only Knew,” Smith shared “A girl told us earlier today that it’s been 962 days since we played Orlando and that’s too long.” And then offered a memorable moment, “Rock ‘n roll music is about guitars, bass, drums, bad ass vocals and a killer song. The beauty of rock ‘n roll is that it has always been there when you needed it; it’s not a genre, it’s a way of life.” That would look nice on a RARA’s Farm T-shirt, eh?

The core show was great, but the encore absolutely ratcheted the experience up a notch.  It kicked off with a powerful version of “Sound of Madness,” and up until then the song of the night, “Second Chance,” which had the fans at a fever pitch, pumping their fists, on a tune that Smith just nailed vocally.

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Shinedown’s Brent Smith and Zach Myers on the floor at Amway Center

What happened next was my highlight of the night.  Smith and Myers slipped out to the riser near the sound stage and offered up a fun, interactive acoustic set.  Smith offered “What should we play now? Maybe something we can all sing along to?  Take me back to that beautiful place in high school where I first kissed my girlfriend,” and Myers kicked into “She Talks To Angels,” followed by fun snippets of other classic hits including Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Violent Femmes, Bon Jovi and more.  Super cool stuff, that morphed perfectly into Lynyrd Skynyrd’s legendary “Simple Man.”

Myers and Smith absolutely did the Southern Rock classic justice, playing the first half of the song from the floor, before returning to the stage for a rousing finish with the entire band.

Their closing track was another memorable moment. They kicked into a scorching version of “Bully,” which again sounded absolutely great.  However, what happened on the big screen behind the stage was just as riveting.  The video showed a high school aged girl sharing her moving battle against bullying.  It was absolutely captivating, and an emotional message that complemented the lyrics to the 2012 hit perfectly.  Sadly, as the song ended, we learned that the young girl, Amanda Todd committed suicide shortly afterwards. As the screen morphed into “Stay Strong,” the song came to a moving finish, closing with some more powerful pyrotechnics.

A great, passionate ending to a complete rock’n roll experience.

Rock On!
Cretin

See the setlist below

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You can find our Review of Three Days Grace here.


Setlist
Enemies
Devour
Unity
Crow and the Butterfly
Save Me
I’ll Follow You
Diamond Eyes
If You Only Knew
Amaryllis
45

Encore
Sound of Madness
Second Chance
Acoustic Medley
Simple Man
Bully