Yet another rock festival is back as the Carolina Rebellion expands to two days for its third year of existence, with the event taking place on May 4th and 5th at a new location, Charlotte Motor Speedway's Rock City Campgrounds in Concord, North Carolina. Alice In Chains will headline the Saturday, May 4th lineup, while Soundgarden will close the weekend out on Sunday, May 5th.
Other acts confirmed for the two days include Rise Against, Bush, Deftones, 3 Doors Down, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Bullet For My Valentine, Buckcherry, Volbeat, Halestorm, Asking Alexandria, All That Remains, Device (with David Draiman), Hollywood Undead, Sick Puppies, In This Moment, Escape The Fate, Pop Evil, Nonpoint, Young Guns and more.
- This show and Rock On The Range in May mark the first gigs that Seattle bands Soundgarden and Alice In Chains have played together in probably two decades.
- We asked Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil if he missed anything from the days of the legendary Seattle scene: "I think I miss that sort of camaraderie that was shared with other bands in the music community. I mean, that kind of started disappearing when all the bands started getting bigger and hitting the road. Of course, it is easier now with email and cell phones, but sometime in the '90s that really changed and I kind of miss that sense of community that we had in Seattle back then with a dozen or so bands."
- Rise Against singer Tim McIlrath said in a statement, "After wrapping up our last U.S. tour, we were planning on recharging our batteries for awhile, but we couldn't pass up the opportunity to play with the mighty Soundgarden in what will be one of the only shows we'll play in the U.S. this year."
- Volbeat's Michael Poulsen added, "In Europe and the U.S., we have enjoyed the experiences that come from being a part of the festival environment, just as the fans do. Looking forward to Carolina Rebellion!"
- Carolina Rebellion is produced by the same organization that is behind other multiple-day rock festivals like Rock On The Range, Welcome To Rockville and Rocklahoma, which this year all feature similar lineups.
- Both weekend and single day tickets for the mid-Atlantic region event go on sale this Friday (February 8th) at 10:00 a.m. ET at www.CarolinaRebellion.com. Weekend tickets will cost $99 plus fees, while single day tickets will start at $59.50 plus fees. All tickets include parking.
- A special Internet pre-sale will be held on Wednesday (February 6th) and Thursday (February 7th) at the festival website or Facebook page, www.facebook.com/CRebellion.
- Ticket discounts are available for active military personnel. Details on those, plus camping, hotel and VIP packages can all be found at the festival website.
- The complete daily lineup for Carolina Rebellion is:
Saturday, May 4: Alice In Chains, Limp Bizkit, Deftones, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Bullet For My Valentine, Halestorm, Asking Alexandria, Sick Puppies, In This Moment, Device (with David Draiman), Young Guns, Otherwise, Aranda, Tracer, Monstro
Sunday, May 5: Soundgarden, Rise Against, Bush, 3 Doors Down, Buckcherry, Volbeat, Hollywood Undead, All That Remains, Steel Panther, Pop Evil, Escape the Fate, Nonpoint, Thousand Foot Krutch, Red Line Chemistry, Heaven's Basement, American Fangs
JUST OUR OPINION: Why don't the organizers of this event -- AEG Live and Right Arm Entertainment, who also handle Rock On The Range and three or four others -- just call all their festivals by one name? They all have practically the same lineup anyway, which seems pretty boring to announce week after week at each new stop. Just make it one big traveling festival and embrace that.
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?
Hemiskull wrote: "Volbeat will blow all these 90's hack bands off the stage."
CeremonialOath79 wrote: "I wouldn't call Soundgarden or Alice in Chains hack bands. Volbeat blows."
thrak wrote: "SG and AIC need to tour together. Make it happen guys. Let Deftones open for you. I'd be the first ticketholder."
Trashed wrote: "Never been to one of these but may have to break that streak this year. Soundgarden, AIC, and Deftones are worth the price of admission alone and Halestorm and Steel Panther are nice additions. But damn, I've got to sit through Limp Bizkit, Three Doors Down, and Hollywood Undead??"
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