It’s that time of year again! Rock on the Range has announced their line up and it’s stacked. This May, Rock on the Range will host Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, and Alice in Chains as the headliners.
ROTR will return home to MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on May 18, 19 and 20th. This marks the sixth year in a row that that festival has expanded to produce a full three-day lineup.
This years lineup also includes big names like Godsmack, Breaking Benjamin, Machine Gun Kelly, Tech N9ne and I Prevail.
Next year’s event will mark the first time that Tool have appeared at the country’s biggest hard rock festival, now heading into its 12th year. Vocalist Maynard James Keenan previously manned the main stage as a headliner when his other project, A Perfect Circle, wrapped Sunday night’s set in 2011.
Tool have released four studio albums that have sold over a combined 10 million records in the United States alone, all while being nominated for five Grammy awards and winning three of those. Legal issues have prolonged efforts on the release of a fifth album, but the band has continued to tour stateside for a number of dates the past several years.
Alice In Chains will be appearing at Rock On The Range for its third time in Columbus. With the release of Black Gives Way to Blue, the band co-headlined Saturday in 2009 with Slipknot, and shared the stage with fellow Seattle grunge headliner Soundgarden in 2013. In interviews, the band has stated it plans to release a follow-up to that year’s The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here in 2018 as well.
Few bands are more associated with ROTR than Avenged Sevenfold, who will partake in a fourth year rocking out after headlining more recently in 2011 and 2014. The band’s 2009 appearance is well-known for being the last U.S. show involving the band’s late drummer, Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan.
Tickets are going fast. Weekend field passes are already on Phase 3. Weekend stadium passes are onto Phase 2. As always, camping and daily passes are available. Layaway options are available as well. Tickets can be purchased here.
Attendance has continued to climb for the festival steadily year-by-year. The total of 55,000 that attended 2008’s two-day experience doubled by 2014, and a sellout attendance of 135,000 was announced by festival organizers this year.
Stay tuned to The Pit for another year of extensive coverage leading up to and at Rock On The Range!