COLUMBUS: ROCK ON THE RANGE - SUNDAY
Trip Start Apr 01, 2013
89Trip End Jun 28, 2013
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The plan of attack was to meet up with the Canadian fellas again assuming they weren't tiring of me. Like that could ever happen.
I left the hotel just after midday and started to walk to Crew Stadium wih the intention of hailing a cab when one passed. By the time one finally came along I was half way there.
The Canadians had managed to get the same carpark as they had yesterday and their boot party was well underway by the time I arrived
It is pretty amusing seeing people passed out at 2.00pm in the afternoon with another 10 hours of music still to come :)
We started off listening to Steel Panther who were playing on the main stage. They were probably a bit to heavy for my liking. Next up was Skillet, who are actually an American christian rock band out of Memphis, Tennessee. The band consists of a husband and wife team and two others, 1 guy and 1 girl. The girl is the drummer and she was awesome. The husband and wife were each standing on these pillars that raised and lowered throughout their show. She played hard out. I thought they were pretty cool and will definitely need to listen to more of them.
We headed over to one of the side stages and caught part of a set played by 'In This Moment' who had a powerful woman on lead vocals. Unfortunately we only got to hear the one song but they sounded pretty good.
Next up on the main stage was Danish metal band, Volbeat
We were starting to get down to the business end of the festival. British rockers, Bush, came on just after 6pm and they were awesome. Their mixture of rock and grunge definitely had the crowd engaged. Their biggest hits, Glycerine and Comedown, were crowd favourites.
As we prepared for the big guns, we watched a group of twats just full-on shoulder charging each other. They all had their shirts off and were bunting the shit out of each other. When a song would finish, it was then all high fives, back slaps and hugs. Then the next song would start up and so would they again. Weird.
It was now time for the heavyweights with Alice in Chains first up. The Seattle grunge rockers certainly didn't let their fan base down, belting out one hit after another, including Would, Man in the Box, Rooster, Them Bones and Nutshell to name a few.
By this stage, I had finally drummed up enough courage to hit the mosh pit
Then it was all on like donkey kong. Chris Cornell led the Soundgarden boys on stage and the crowd erupted as they opened with the song, Flower. Chris Cornell undesputably has one of the best voices in rock and can sure as hell belt out a tune. By this stage the mosh pit was fair heaving with bodies flying through the air as the crowd surfers made their way to the front and over the security barricade.
About half way through their set, I'd had enough and was pretty well battered and bruised so I made my way back out to the edge of the crowd. My shirt was soaked in a cocktail of sweat and beer. I watched their last few songs which included anthems, Rusty Cage and Black Hole Sun, in a slightly more relaxed environment.
And then it was all over.
I headed back to the car and met up with the Canadians. After another beer we all headed back to the McDonalds opposite to where I was staying for a late night snack
I sadly bid farewell to the Canadian boys (Tom, Pete and Scott) who had extended their hospitality and looked after me so well for the past 3 days. I hope one day I get the opportunity to return the favour if they can find there way down to our part of the world.
Huge day and very tired, not to mention a little sore.
Over and out !