Guitarist Tony Rombola has enjoyed years of success as a member of Godsmack and now has created a new project along with Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin. The Apocalypse Blues Revue also features singer Ray "Rafer John"Cerbone and bassist Brian Carpenter. Before their killer set at Rock Allegiance Tony and Rafer John spoke to us about the band's self-titled album, the songs "Evil is as Evil Does", "Devil Plays a Strat" and "Junkie Hell" and how ABR differs from Godsmack. Tony discusses how the band came to be and what their future plans are as well as how he approached the guitar tones for this album.
PIERCE THE VEIL
Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa hosted the Rock Allegiance festival this year during the weekend of September 17 and 18. Set along the banks of the Delaware River with the Commadore Barry Bridge overhead this venue was a brilliant setting for the three stages of music that would blow away attendees! Covering massive festivals like this is always a blast. Seeing how many bands you can catch in one day is sometimes a challenge based on set times but for us we were able to catch so much great music it borders on ridiculous.
Saturday for us started at 12:35 when The World Alive burst onto the River Stage and got the day going with a high energy, fan friendly set. Sick Puppies were up next performing songs from their new album "Fury" as well as a killer cover of Rage Against The Machine's "Guerilla Radio". Next we moved over 50 feet to the Bridge Stage to catch Max and Igor Cavalera performing Sepultura's "Roots" album. Max is a beast and hearing him and the band kick out "Roots, Bloody Roots" live was epic! Sweden's electrifying band Avatar came out next and entertained with their flamboyant costumes and crushing songs including "Hail The Apocalypse" and "For the Swarm". Comedian and metal maven Jim Breuer made the crowd roar with his imitations of Ozzy and James Hetfield as well as with hard rockin' tunes from his album "Songs From The Garage". We were able to catch another great set put on by Trivium, a band that always crushes it live, before we saw Motionless In Whiteseemingly captivate their fellow Pennsylvanians with a set that had everyone jumping and on their feet. We made it over to the Liberty Stage for one helluva show by Josh Todd and Buckcherry. To say that the crowd was wall to wall packed in front of the stage is an understatement. Fans poured out from the stadium to this outer stage to catch these veterans tear it up with kick ass American rock and roll. I've never seen The Offspring live but at 8pm they took over the River Stage and played a set of hits including "You're Gonna Go Far Kid", "Come Out and Play", "Why Don't You Get A Job", "Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)", and "Self-Esteem". The last band we were able to catch Saturday night was Breaking Benjamin and man with a full hour set they left nothing out of their set. "So Cold", "Angels Fall", "Sooner or Later", "Believe", "The Diary of Jane" and a monster cover featuring "The Imperial March", "Schism", "Smells Like Teen Spirit", and "Walk". We saw them perform with Disturbed this Summer and tonight at Rock Allegiance they put on a show that was fun, had the crowd singing and dancing, and was awesome to witness.
MONSTER ENERGY ROCK ALLEGIANCE
RETURNS TO PHILADELPHIA’S TALEN ENERGY STADIUM
SEPTEMBER 17 & 18, 2016
Interview with Tony Rombola and Rafer John of Apocalypse Blues Revue
AVENGED SEVENFOLD AND ALICE IN CHAINS
TOP A SPECTACULAR LINEUP ALSO FEATURING
SLAYER, THE OFFSPRING, BREAKING BENJAMIN, VOLBEAT & MORE
FOR MUSIC, CRAFT BEER & GOURMET MAN FOOD FESTIVAL
Monster Energy Rock Allegiance returns to Talen Energy Stadium (formerly PPL Park) in Chester, PA, just outside Philadelphia, on September 17 & 18, 2016 with a lineup of over 35 bands on three stages, led by Avenged Sevenfold and Alice In Chains, along with Slayer, The Offspring, Breaking Benjamin, Volbeat and more. Monster Energy Rock Allegiance expands to two days in 2016, after the festival’s single-day debut in 2015 shattered Talen Energy Stadium’s previous attendance high by nearly 10,000 people, with over 26,000 total in attendance.
The initial band lineup for Monster Energy Rock Allegiance is as follows: Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains, Slayer, The Offspring, Breaking Benjamin, Volbeat, Chevelle, The Cult, The Pretty Reckless, Pierce The Veil, Of Mice & Men, Ghost, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Chevy Metal, Baroness, Hellyeah, Sevendust, Motionless In White, Buckcherry, Trivium, Avatar, Max & Iggor Cavalera Return To Roots, Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy, Sick Puppies, The Amity Affliction, letlive., Neck Deep, Skindred, KYNG, Young Guns, Crobot, Devour The Day, Twelve Foot Ninja, Dinosaur Pile Up, Death Angel and Hundredth.
A rolling discounted Early Bird on-sale for weekend General Admission and VIP tickets begins Tuesday, May 10 at Noon EDT, continuing through Friday, May 13 at 10:00 AM EDT. Visit www.RockAllegiance.com for complete details. A limited quantity of Early Bird tickets will be available at the following prices, while supplies last:
Early Bird #1: $79 GA Weekend Stands, $99 GA Weekend Floor, $219 VIP Weekend
Early Bird #2: $89 GA Weekend Stands, $109 GA Weekend Floor, $239 VIP Weekend
Early Bird #3: $99 GA Weekend Stands, $129 GA Weekend Floor, $259 VIP Weekend
Zippo VIP 2-Packs will also be available during the early bird sale for $550 (includes 2 VIP Weekend tickets and 2 commemorative Zippos).
Single day ticket and general weekend packages for Monster Energy Rock Allegiance will be available starting on Friday, May 13 at 10:00 AM EDT. Tickets and VIP packages will initially be priced as follows (increasing in the coming weeks):
GA Weekend: $129 floor, $99 stands
GA 4-Packs: $308
VIP Weekend: $219
VIP 2-Packs: $550
Single Day GA (stands): $44.50
Single Day VIP: $119.50
Monster Energy Rock Allegiance VIP packages include: Stadium-level VIP main stage viewing, floor-level VIP viewing area for the west main stage, dedicated entrance lanes into the festival, VIP area with shade and picnic tables, VIP restrooms, special food and beverage offerings (for additional purchase), and a commemorative VIP laminate.
Hotel discounts for Monster Energy Rock Allegiance are available through Curadora at: https://curadora.com/events/rock-allegiance-2016-c21ee149/. For full details about all tickets, hotel and VIP packages, visit www.RockAllegiance.com.
In addition to three stages of top rock bands, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance features a craft beer and Gourmet Man Food experience celebrating what makes Philadelphia cuisine famous, unique and delicious.
Monster Energy Rock Allegiance is proud to support beer entrepreneurship with a celebration of local breweries and specialty drafts hailing from throughout the nation. The initial lineup of regional and national craft beers at Monster Energy Rock Allegiance is as follows: Evolution Craft Brewing Co (Salisbury, MD), Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company (Dover, DE), New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO), Starr Hill Brewery (Crozet, VA), Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, PA) and Victory Brewing Company (Downington, PA).
The initial Gourmet Man Food lineup for Monster Energy Rock Allegiance includes: Braz-B-Q, Chickie & Pete’s, The Cow & The Curd, Dos Hermanos, Dump ’n’ Roll, M.A.T.T.’s Gourmet Sliders, Mama’s Meatballs, Seoulfull Philly, Sum Pig and The Tot Cart.
Monster Energy Rock Allegiance producer Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents says, "When we came to Philadelphia last year, we knew there was a demand for this kind of festival in the market, but the response exceeded our expectations. Growing to two days in our second year was an obvious decision, and we're looking forward to giving fans an even better experience in 2016."
"Last year's Monster Energy Rock Allegiance was a huge success on so many levels," adds Geoff Gordon, Live Nation Philadelphia Regional President. "We were proud to bring this venue their first ever concert; a record-setting, sold out smash hit. The audience had such a great time enjoying a unique experience of music and lifestyle -- we knew in 2016 we could turn it up a notch!"
Monster Energy Rock Allegiance is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, Live Nation, and Spectra at Talen Energy Stadium.
Talen Energy Stadium is a state-of-the-art Major League Soccer stadium that serves as the home to Philadelphia Union and is located at 1 Stadium Drive in Chester, PA, just outside Philadelphia.
The festival is fueled by Monster Energy. Additional sponsors include Jack Daniel’s, Zippo Encore, The Music Experience, Take Me Home, and Fxck Cancer/Dyin2Live, with more to be announced.
For more information on Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, visit:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rockallegiance; @RockAllegiance
Instagram: @RockAllegiance / #RockAllegiance
Talen Energy Stadium social media accounts:
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For us, Sunday began with two incredible interviews. We spoke with Tony Castaneda of Kyng and Austin Carlile from Of Mice & Men. When it was time to listen to the tunes we first saw Devour The Day at the River Stage. The intensity of this band is hard to match. Singer Blake Allison jumped off stage and did his signature crowd-surfing spot and bassist Joey Chicago always looks like he would attack a rabid black bear. Pennsylvania's psychedelic rockers Crobot brought the Liberty Stage fans to their feet as they performed their cool rhythm rock. Back on the River Stage Kyng came out and absolutely crushed it playing songs from their albums "Trampled Sun", "Burn The Serum", and even the single "Pristine Warning" from their upcoming release "Breathe In The Water".
The River Stage and Bridge Stage were set up side by side inside the Talen Energy Stadium. Fans could literally see the action on both stages no matter which stage they were in front of. Beginning at 2:30 the string of bands that played one right after another on either stage is something that I still can't believe:
Bridge Stage - Sevendust
River Stage - Hellyeah
Bridge Stage - Of Mice & Men
River Stage - Killswitch Engage
Bridge Stage - Anthrax
River Stage - Ghost
Bridge Stage - Chevelle
River Stage - Volbeat
Bridge Stage - Slayer
River Stage - Avenged Sevenfold
Oh, and we also made it over to the Liberty Stage to catch The Amity Affliction and Pierce The Veil among all this craziness!
Jose Mangin from Sirius XM Radio introduced Hellyeah. Joey Belladonna from Anthrax came out to sing with Sevendust. And during the Anthrax song "Indians" Belladonna came off the stage and shook hands with fans all along the front rows of both stages. Ghost's opening haunted the crowd with the satanic sounds of a ritualistic sermon. Pierce The Veil's stage looked like a crashed space rocket. And Slayer had crosses, crosses, and more crosses.
Rock Allegiance raised the bar for me on what a festival can and should be. The line up was like none other I've witnessed, The media area was first rate and supremely organized. The food was amazing and surprisingly reasonably priced. And the fan experiences including artists signings was run well and smooth.
Lets hope that Rock Allegiance doesn't fall into the same wasteland as Mayhem and Uproar Fests.
KYNG emerged from Los Angeles in 2011 when they released their debut album "Trampled Sun" and landed tours in 2012 with In Flames and Trivium and a spot on Metallica's Orion Fest. Their follow up "Burn The Serum" in 2014 featured the killer single "Electric Halo". Now as the band prepares to release their third album "Breathe In The Water" on October 7th they focus on touring and an appearance at Rock Allegiance. Bassist Tony Castaneda spoke to us before he hit the stage about the album and the first single "Pristine Warning". Tony also talks about Kyng's recent show with Anthrax at the famed Saint Vitus as well as giving us cool insight into their performance at Orion Fest in 2012 and meeting Metallica's James Hetfield.
The Apocalypse Blues Revue
Of Mice & Men recently released their latest album "Cold World", which blasted onto Billboard's Top 200 by debuting at #20. Before the band's set at the Rock Allegiance Festival in Chester, PA singer Austin Carlile spoke to us about the album including discussing the songs "Game of War" , "Pain", and "Contagious" as well as talking about his musical influences and touring.
GHOST - "Square Hammer"
Interview with Austin Carlile, singer for Of Mice & Men
Devour the Day - "Good Man"
Interview with Tony Castaneda, bassist for KYNG
THE AMITY AFFLiCTION