The 2023 version of Welcome to Rockville befell over 4 days from Thursday (Could 18th) to Sunday (Could twenty first) in Daytona Seaside, Florida. The large rock fest was led by headliners Tool, Pantera, Slipknot, and Avenged Sevenfold, whereas additionally that includes dozens extra notable acts.
The competition closed out on Sunday with Device’s first present of the 12 months. The efficiency was significantly notable in that singer Maynard James Keenan dressed in drag simply days after Governor Ron DeSantis signed a brand new anti-drag invoice into regulation. As for the music, the band performed a short 10-song set that included classics like “Forty Six & 2” and “Stinkfist” alongside newer tracks like “Worry Inoculum” and “Invincible.”
Elsewhere on Sunday, Incubus paused their set for a second to assist a distressed fan. The band carried out with new touring bassist Nicole Row, filling in for Ben Kenney after he underwent surgical procedure for a mind tumor. Different highlights included units from Deftones, The Mars Volta, Coheed and Cambria, and extra. Earlier within the day, politically-minded punkers Anti-Flag used their efficiency to rail in opposition to DeSantis’ anti-gay and anti-trans insurance policies in Florida.
Saturday proved to be the heaviest of the 4 days, with the reunited and revamped Pantera topping the invoice. Following a video tribute to late brothers Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul, the lineup of basic members Philip Anslemo and Rex Brown alongside guitarist Zakk Wylde and drummer Charlie Benante ripped by way of a 14-song set that included favorites like “A New Stage,” “Mouth for Struggle,” “Stroll,” and “Cowboys From Hell.”
Previous to Pantera’s set, Godsmack rocked the gang with hits like “Awake,” “No matter,” and “I Stand Alone,” whereas Alice Cooper appeared re-energized with guitarist Nita Strauss again in his band, delivering classics like “I’m Eighteen” and “Faculty’s Out.” Sadly, Alter Bridge needed to cancel as singer Myles Kennedy was experiencing respiratory points that affected his voice. That ended up giving Sepultura an enormous crowd, as followers flocked over to see the thrash veterans’ set that was slated similtaneously Alter Bridge. Saturday additionally featured partitions of dying throughout units from Kreator and Suicide Silence, and a large circle pit as Knocked Free introduced the hardcore to Rockville.
On Friday, Avenged Sevenfold headlined, showing a bit rusty after 5 years off the street. Whereas the band did play a “shock” present final week in Las Vegas, their Welcome to Rockville gig primarily marked their first correct live performance since 2018. Singer M. Shadows admitted from the stage that Avenged wanted extra observe to stand up to hurry, because the band carried out three songs from their upcoming album, Life Is However a Dream, in addition to hits like “Nightmare,” “Bat Nation,” and “Hail to the King.”
Earlier within the night, nation singer Hardy performed his first rock present at Welcome to Rockville, protecting Stone Temple Pilots’ “Large Empty” and welcoming A Day to Keep in mind’s Jeremy McKinnon onstage for “Radio Track.” Evanescence introduced favorites like “Going Underneath,” “Name Me When You’re Sober,” and “Convey Me to Life” to their 14-song efficiency. And simply previous to I Prevail’s set, a pair within the crowd exchanged marriage vows. Friday additionally noticed the sons of Metallica play within the bands OTTTO (Tye Trujillo) and Bastardane (Castor Hetfield).
Slipknot had the glory of being the fest’s first headliner on Thursday, breaking out the pyro and enjoying past curfew to accommodate for an earlier climate delay. The masked band’s 15-song set was bookmarked by opener “Disasterpiece” and nearer “Surfacing.”
Rob Zombie whipped the gang right into a frenzy at the same time as he was affected by some points along with his backdrop of wall panels, whereas storms within the space pressured the cancellation of Trivium’s set and an abrupt finish to Avatar’s gig. Additionally on Thursday, Indian steel band Bloodywood performed a high-energy set whereas additionally talking their thoughts on a lot of subjects, together with lambasting “sensationalism” in journalism. In the meantime, Maynard James Keenan made his first look of this 12 months’s Rockville fest with Puscifer, this time sporting his particular agent outfit along with the band’s newest album, Existential Reckoning.
Total, it was a profitable Welcome to Rockville competition, with just one climate delay within the at all times unpredictable Florida. A lot of the identical bands might be again at it once more, together with a number of different acts, this coming weekend on the Sonic Temple competition in Columbus, Ohio (tickets available here).
See our intensive gallery of images from the 2023 Welcome to Rockville competition beneath.
Photograph Gallery – Welcome to Rockville 2023 (click on to develop and scroll by way of):