Rock the Range Returns with Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice in Chains
This year’s version of the rock music festival will take place May 17-19 at the Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Much of the lineup reads like a best-of list of 1990s rockers, not that that’s a bad thing. Other notable performers include Bush, Korn, Papa Roach, Sevendust and Three Days Grace.
Additionally, legendary power pop group Cheap Trick will play, as will up-and-comers like A Day to Remember and Hollywood Undead. Lamb of God is scheduled to appear at the event, but it should probably be remembered that the band’s frontman, Randy Blythe, is due to appear in a Czech court next month on manslaughter charges. It is alleged that Blythe is responsible for the death of a fan at a Lamb of God show in Prague in 2010.
“This massive lineup has scratched a seven-year itch!” said Gary Spivack, co-executive producer of Rock On The Range, in a statement. “Getting Soundgarden for their first Ohio play in two decades and having seminal acts Alice in Chains, Korn, Volbeat and Papa Roach return along with bands new to ROTR that includes Smashing Pumpkins and Bush, and everything in between – the spectrum of rock n roll is covered… three days of constant energy. Rock On The Range is truly where rock lives.
Many acts playing the festival will have new music for fans.
“We are really looking forward to returning to Rock on the Range with a batch of brand new killer Alice tunes to play for everyone!” said Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell in a statement. The group is readying the release of a new album this spring, though no official release date or title has been announced.