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2015 ‘World’s Loudest Month’ Festival Dates Revealed Along With New Wisconsin Festival

Every year from late April through May, several rock festivals are held across the United States, and are collectively known as the 'World's Loudest Month.'

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The Final Time I Saw Wayne Static Live [Video]

I can't believe the news that I got this weekend.

I was sitting at a Halloween party dressed as Alice Cooper just scrolling through my phone when I scrolled past a story that I never wanted to see" Static-X Frontman Wayne Static had passed away.

The air was taken from my lungs and I just kinda froze. I couldn't believe what I was reading after taking it in for a minute. I started to reminisce of past concerts and intro'ing him at Carnival of Chaos.

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Gojira ‘Explosia’ Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

Let me start this by saying, "I freaking LOVE Gojira"!  I've been so excited to see this band, I would have paid for tickets to Rock on the Range JUST to see them!  

It would have been a weird thing to do, admittedly, buying tickets to a huge show for only one band, and I still would have checked out as many as I did ... but you get what I'm saying.

This French band has been building their followers over the last few years, and among them, tons of well-known musicians.  This band takes the rhythmic and percussive things that a lot of bands are doing in different directions.  They use odd time signatures, weird sounds, cool tapping riffs, and odd song structures to blow people away.

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Living Colour ‘Desperate People’ Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

A couple of the bands that had originally been scheduled to play Rock on the Range 2014 had to pull out of the festival.  Sadly, Motorhead was one of them.  Lemmy's had a lot of health issues this last year

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ROTR 2014 day 3
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Rock on the Range 2014 Day 3 Photos

The final day of Rock on the Range 2014 was much warmer and less rainy than days one and two, which a lot of people really enjoyed!  The bands loved the weather, but really enjoyed the thousands of people that crowded their stages and partied really hard with them on Sunday, May 18th!  The crowd showed no signs of slowing down on the third full day of shows, and crowd-surfed and moshed all day!

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Filling Up at Waffle House For Rock on the Range

You are about to stand on your feet for about the next 10 hours of the day rocking out to awesome bands. Eating at Rock on the Range can get quite expensive for a small amount of food. One of my traditions for the festival is to eat at Waffle House, this time though, it didn't turn out the best for us.

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5 Years of Rock on the Range and Counting

I could be considered a Rock on the Range Hipster by saying, "I was going to Rock on the Range before it was cool." Before this huge festival sold out 2 years in a row, I was attending it when you could still walk up to the ticket booth and purchase tickets. Here are some of my favorite memories of 5 years of Rock on the Range.

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(Photo: Metalhead Ned/WGRD.com)
(Photo: Metalhead Ned/WGRD.com)
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Metal Worlds Collide With Full Metal Jackie and Metalhead Ned

I have been listening to Full Metal Jackie for what seems like years now. Strangely enough, I have talked to her through phone chatter, email, and even Facebook. At Rock on the Range this past weekend, the METAL WORLDS COLLIDED as we had to snap a picture of a Metal God (Yea right...) and Metal Goddess!

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Avenged Sevenfold
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Rock on the Range Photo Gallery for Day 2 – Saturday, May 17th

Day 2 of Rock on the Range was another huge day, and the largest attended day for Rock on the Range in it's entire history.  Tons of bands hit the stage, and I got photos of as many of them as I could catch.

The coolest part of the day was when Ned and I got the chance to get on the stage for Avenged Sevenfold's set!  We (and a bunch of other people) got to climb up onto some scaffolding on the side of the stage and watch the show!  The concussion bombs and fire were a nice welcome to the cold, but were super loud!

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(Photo: Metalhead Ned/WGRD.com)
(Photo: Metalhead Ned/WGRD.com)
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The Best Picture Taken At Rock on the Range 2014

Professional photography is not my thing. The only actual camera I have is on my phone. I did get this certain phone because of it's megapixel amount though. While hanging out in the Avenged Sevenfold meet and greet, I noticed this cute little dog. Little did I know, this dog belonged to Synester Gates of A7X, and an opportunity presented itself.

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(Photo: Metalhead Ned)
(Photo: Metalhead Ned)
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Metalhead Ned Meets the Rock Stars at Rock on the Range – Vol. 2

As a media guy at Rock on the Range, Johnnie Walker and I got to meet a lot of different performers. Here is just a couple more that I was able to meet on this massive weekend!

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(Photo: Metalhead Ned)
(Photo: Metalhead Ned)
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Metalhead Ned Visits Playstation at Rock on the Range!

Along with all of the great bands performing this past weekend at Rock on the Range, there was plenty of other great things to do! As a video gamer, there was one place that I was required to stop by. Video Games? Rock? Playstation had what I needed!

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