Since we had a long first day, our group decided to roll in a little later on the second day of Rock On The Range. However, Day 2 of Rock On The Range 2018 was very reminiscent of the “Great Stadium Evacuation of 2017” as the day was put on hold during the afternoon for an immediate weather threat coming through Columbus.
Our group was really excited to see Tech N9ne, so when we tailgated in the parking lot, we started with some Caribou Lous!
Before the stadium was evacuated, several bands were able to play on the main stage and the side stages.
- Bud Light Stage
- Zippo Encore Stage
- Monster Main Stage
The stadium was evacuated during the Black Veil Brides set and everyone was very unsure when gates would open again. We weren’t sure what to do since we couldn’t even get any cell service in the parking lots. So since we had a weekend parking pass, we were able to leave without any concern about paying for parking a second time. After making our way to OSU’s campus for dinner at Raising Cane’s, we kept our eyes on the weather.
After what seemed to be about a 3-hour delay, we were able to get back into the stadium, but the weather delay came at a price for some fans. Several signings were canceled including two we were excited for, but since the delay pushed most of the bands back this was understandable. Casey was pretty excited to do a signing with Bullet For My Valentine, but the band canceled both the signing and their set due to the delay.
With a compressed schedule, most bands had sets shortened including the headliner, Avenged Sevenfold. From Ashes To New and Emmure went back on their respected stages around 8:30 as they were already set up before the stadium was evacuated. We watched Emmure from the back of the crowd as Jacqui and her boyfriend, Andrew, were up in the pit.
After Emmure, we elected to stay at the Bud Light Stage to get an amazing spot for Andrew W.K. During this time, Three Days Grace performed on the Main Stage and Trivium started their set shortly after. Casey, Joey and I were going to do the FYE signing with Andrew W.K., but the weather delay forced him to cancel, so we knew I was very happy with our choice to get a great spot to watch Andrew W.K. because he put on a hell of a show! He played songs from his new album, You’re Not Alone, including “Music Is Worth Living For.”
He finished his shortened set with his most well-known song, “Party Hard.” To make sure the set ended with a big bang, Andrew W.K. counted down from 93 to start the song everyone was waiting for, and it did not disappoint!
I really didn’t mind because this allowed me to freely move around the field level to get different views of the stage throughout the set.
This was the third time seeing Stone Sour in the past year. I first saw them at the Pre-ROTR concert at Express LIVE last May as well as Louder Than Life in September.
In each show, Corey Taylor and Stone Sour always puts on a great show. Even though many people would rather see him perform with Slipknot, I really enjoy hearing Corey Taylor’s wide vocal range when he performs with Stone Sour. I really think his versatility makes him the rockstar that he is today.
During the show, he announced it was the final show of the current tour promoting their album, Hydrograd. Stone Sour will be opening up for Ozzy Osbourne during his Fall 2018 leg of his farewell tour.
Casey said Tech N9ne was so much fun because it was an absolute party in the crowd. The group really enjoyed seeing Tech N9ne at Rock On The Range for the second time and will gladly welcome him back in the future!
Following Stone Sour and Tech N9ne, I met back up for the group and we made our way to the front of sound tent in the middle of the field to watch a few songs of Avenged Sevenfold. I was really excited to see A7X at Rock On The Range again. I saw them open up for Mötley Crüe back in 2009 back when the festival was still young. Although they weren’t as impressive in ‘09, I got to see them in 2017 when they played at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, so I knew they’ve become a true rock headliner nowadays.
I’m a fan of City of Evil and Avenged Sevenfold, but after seeing A7X perform songs from The Stage the past two years, I’ve really started to enjoy “The Stage” and “God Damn.” They’re both solid songs and gets my head banging! If you ever get the chance to see A7X, do it. Their live shows are great and the band is really tight now with nearly 20 years under their belt.
Despite the weather delay, we definitely got our fill of music on Day 2 of Rock On The Range and we knew the forecast for Day 3 was going to be the best of the entire weekend.
Stay tuned for my story on Day 3!
Read our recap of Day 1 of Rock On The Range by clicking HERE!