The Story of an Uncommonly Gentle Man

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27 hours a day, 8 days a week!
It’s been a little longer than I expected to update after Rock on the Range, but oh well, sue me. The week leading up to RotR, I really didn’t do a whole lot, kinda just hung out around the house.

Friday the 15, I woke up around Noon to get my crap together for the trip and Grrrr picked me up on the way back from his folks so we could just wait for his friend Roger to get to his place. We ended up leaving his apartment about 4:45 p.m. and stopped at Burger King to get something to eat before getting on the road. We got up to Lenny’s place and were pretty much ready to ride out, so we just threw out stuff in the Tracker and headed up to Columbus. We made damn good time, and seriously made it from Louisville to Columbus in right around 3 hours. Lenny got us checked into the hotel and then we decided to go get something to eat. We walked to the bar next to the hotel, but boy, was it one crazy bar. It was like, a swingers bar or something…I ono, but they didn’t serve any food so we ended up going to this place called Rooster’s. It was pretty good; I had some kind of burrito with a beer. We headed to Wal-Mart afterwards since there was one right across the street from the hotel and bought a few things and headed back to the hotel room. We pretty much just went to sleep and what not, though I really didn’t sleep for crap that night.

So I officially got up and out of bed around 6:30 a.m. to get some breakfast. It was pretty cool, cause the hotel served free breakfast and didn’t have to pay for it like we did last year. So we hung out in the room and I read some of this crazy zombie book that Grrrr had brought with him since there was nothing good on tv. Right about 10:00 a.m., Grrrr, Chrystal, and me went to the pool to swim for a bit before getting ready to head to Crew Stadium. We swam for almost an hour before getting out and waking Lenny up. We took a bit of time and Lenny finally managed to get up. Since the first couple bands we didn’t care to see, we took our time getting to the Stadium. We managed to get there shortly after 1:20, as Black Stone Cherry was already on the main stage. They’re your average rock and roll band, nothing to fancy. Pretty neat though since they are from KY and were playing Rock on the Range. The next band that was up that I wanted to see was Crooked X on the second stage. They have several songs in Rock Band, so I wanted to see how their live show was. They were pretty good for a bunch of kids, so I will give them that; though we stood on the Stadium overhang instead of going into the crowd at all on the second stage. Saliva was next on the main stage, and this was my third time seeing them. I enjoy their music and them live, but they didn’t really seem to do much being only the 2nd band on the big stage. Lenny isn’t a fan and he kept referring to how often they used “Boom” in their songs. So one of the two bands I wanted to see on the third stage was coming up, so we walked across the stadium to try and catch Hurt, but turns out the third stage was terribly placed and nobody could see much of anything if you weren’t right up on the railing; epic fail whoever decided to put that there. So I kinda just listened to them since I couldn’t physically see them, they sounded good, and makes me definitely wanna catch them when they come around on their own tour. Flyleaf was next on the main stage and they always put on a good show. They played a new song too, which was pretty neat. Apparently, Lacey’s hair got caught in the guitarist’s guitar, so they had to work with that for a couple seconds. Static-X was on the 3rd stage, so I tried to listen to some of their set since I couldn’t see them, but man, maybe it was where I was at, but all I could hear were drums and part of a guitar. It really sucked, so after about 4 or 5 songs, I dipped out and decided to catch the rest of Rev Theory on the 2nd stage. So for the rest of the weekend, my trips to the 3rd stage were done. After Rev Theory, Chevelle took the main stage, and this was about when the rain clouds moved in. Since I had checked the forecast, I bought poncho’s for everyone, since they were only $1 at the Dollar General. They came in handy cause it rained pretty good during Chevelle’s set, and we didn’t get wet at all. Chevelle sounded really good and they played a new song as well, since they have a new album coming out later this year. One of the bands on the second stage I really wanted to see more than any of them was coming up next, and that was All That Remains. I stood by the railing and just watched them, but damn I kinda wish I would have gone down to the field. The next band on the main stage was KoRn, and while I was kinda hoping they would have played some more older stuff, they did play my favorite song by them (Somebody Someone), so I was satisfied. Atreyu was up on the 2nd stage, and I didn’t really care to see them so me and Lenny held good seats down for Alice In Chains and Slipknot. So Alice In Chains came on, and I probably would have been more thrilled if it had been Layne Stayley with em, but I just wasn’t too excited. They did play some good stuff and the guy did a good job, just I ono, I wasn’t super-stoked about it. And not only that, but the crowd didn’t react to them nowhere near as much as KoRn; whom I thought should have been playing before Slipknot ever since they announced the line-ups for each day. So Slipknot came on and I thought they were going to have a longer time to play than they did, cause they only had about an hour, which was pretty bogus. It seemed about half the crowd had left by the time Slipknot was on their last song, which sucks, cause they did the “Jump the fuck up” bit during ‘Spit it Out’. If everyone had stayed, it would have been massively epic. Anyway, after Slipknot was over, we headed to the car and back to the hotel. We stopped at a Taco Bell on the way back since we were crazy hungry. Once we got done eating, we all pretty much ended up passing out and sleeping (well, some of us anyway, haha).

Black Stone Cherry setlist:
Blind Man
Lonely Train
Please Come
Maybe Someday

Crooked X setlist:
Crashing Down(?)
Another Brick In The Wall (Pink Floyd cover)

Saliva setlist:
Click Click Boom
My Own Worst Enemy
Family Reunion
Ladies And Gentlemen
Your Disease

Hurt setlist:
Ten Ton Brick
Dreams Away
Got Jealous
Fighting Tao

Flyleaf setlist:
Justice And Mercy
Breathe Today
Beautiful Bride
Fully Alive
I'm Sorry
All Around Me
I'm So Sick
Something I Can Never Have (Nine Inch Nails cover)

Static-X setlist:
I'm With Stupid
Push It

Rev Theory setlist:
Wanted Man
Light It Up
Favorite Disease/Head Like A Hole (Nine Inch Nails cover)
Far From Over
Hell Yeah

Chevelle setlist:
The Clincher
Straight Jacket Fashion
Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)
Comfortable Liar
The Red
Sleep Apnea
Send The Pain Below
I Get It

All That Remains setlist:
Not Alone
The Air That I Breathe
Two Weeks
This Calling

KoRn setlist:
Right Now
Did My Time
Falling Away From Me
Coming Undone (w/ We Will Rock You verse)
Shoots & Ladders (Bagpipe intro only)
Here To Stay
Freak On A Leash
Y'All Want A Single
Make Me Bad
Somebody Someone
Got The Life

Atreyu setlist:
Bleeding Mascara
Falling Down
When Two Are One
Right Side Of the Bed
Ex's And Oh's
Becoming The Bull
Lip Gloss And Black

Alice In Chains setlist:
Rain When I Die
Them Bones
Dam That River
Angry Chair
Man In The Box

Slipknot setlist:
Iowa/742617000027 (Intro)
Wait & Bleed
Before I Forget
The Blister Exists
Dead Memories
People = Shit
Spit It Out

So we woke up fairly early Sunday as well, and at one point during the night, I guess Lenny had got up and tried to go sleep in his car because everyone was snoring, haha. We ate breakfast and all that before making another trip to Wal-Mart so Lenny could by himself a little hoodie, since the high for Sunday was only 60 degrees. We got to the Stadium a little earlier since we actually wanted to catch one of the bands playing early on the 2nd stage. We got there just before Framing Hanley took the stage, and made our way up onto the stadium to watch them from the railing. They seemed to do a pretty good job live, and the crowd was totally into the cover of “Lollipop” obviously. Hoobastank was the first band of the day on the main stage, and they definitely seemed to have a better show at RotR than what they did a few years ago when I saw them with Linkin Park. They played a few songs from their newer albums which I wasn’t too familiar with, but I have to def. check em out now. Cavo was next on the 2nd stage, and since none of us really cared too much, we just held our seats for Saving Abel next on the main stage. They definitely are a crowd pleaser, I’m not crazy about them, but they had the crowd going for being so early. Pop Evil was next on the 2nd stage, and I wanted to catch their show, so we watched them from the railing. They were a lot better than I thought they would be, and their guitarist did a decent little solo too by himself, so props to him. Blue October was on the main stage next, and while I do like their music, they did not fit the festival at all. The singer did not talk to the crowd, they played, and they left. Really weird that they were booked for RotR, but it was cool to see them nonetheless. Sick Puppies were next on the 2nd, so me and Lenny made sure to get a good area to see them. They had a little bit of mic troubles during a couple songs, one of them which was their cover of “Say My Name”, so that was a bit of a bummer; but I am looking forward to their new album this year. Shinedown was up on the main stage, and while I wanted to see them since I was more familiar with their latest album, their singer talked a damn lot. They could have played another song or two the time he spent talking. Oh well, while they were finishing up, me & Lenny dipped over to get a good area for the 2nd stage since Billy Talent was up next and they were the band behind All That Remains I wanted to see over there. Their singer sounds just like Terrance & Philip, it was great. But yeah, if they were to come around here for their tour when their new album comes out, I would so be there. Buckcherry was up on the main stage and they always put on a good show. They didn’t get nowhere near as long as I thought since KoRn the day before played for a while in the same spot. The Used was the last band on the 2nd stage and I had no interest in seeing them, so we stayed in our seats for Avenged Sevenfold and Motley Crue. Avenged Sevenfold seemed like they got the shaft, cause they had only played like 4 songs when they were told they needed to hurry up and get off the stage. I thought that was a bit ridiculous cause they are damn good live and were the first band to use pyro all weekend, with Motley Crue being the only other band (and they used a crap ton of fireworks too); which may explained why they didn’t play “Bat Country”. But yeah, they took a good 40 minutes or so setting up for Motley Crue. Tommy Lee’s bass drum was ridiculously huge. We stayed for a few of their songs, and while I would have liked to stayed for a bit more, Grrrr and Lenny really wanted to dip out, so we ended up leaving after about their 6 or 7th song, whichever “Mutherfucker of the Year” was. We got on the road and stopped at a McDonald’s, which was crazy cause they actually had angus burgers, so I got one of those. We only stopped once more to get gas and then that was it. We got back in Louisville shortly around 2:00 a.m. and I got home about 2:40 a.m. I pretty much took a nap that evening since I had to be at work at 8:00 a.m.

Framing Hanley setlist:
23 Days
The Fold
Pretty Faces
Built For Sin
Count Me In
Hear Me Now
Lollipop (Lil Wayne cover)

Hoobastank setlist:
Out Of Control
All About You
Inside Of You
My Turn
Running Away
The Reason
Crawling In The Dark

Saving Abel setlist:
In God's Eyes
Beautiful You
New Tattoo
18 Days
Drowning (Face Down)

Pop Evil setlist:
3 Seconds To Freedom
Another Romeo & Juliet
100 In A 55
Walk (Pantera cover)

Blue October setlist:
What If We Could
Say It
Should Be Loved
Into The Ocean
The End
Hate Me

Sick Puppies setlist:
Street Fighter (War)
My World
All The Same
You're Goin Down
Say My Name (Destiny's Child cover)
Nothing Really Matters

Shinedown setlist:
Cry For Help
I Dare You
Left Out
The Sound Of Madness
Save Me
Second Chance

Billy Talent setlist:
Devil In A Midnight Mass
Try Honesty
Rusted From The Rain
This Suffering
Devil On My Shoulder
Fallen Leaves
Red Flag

Buckcherry setlist:
Tired Of You
Next 2 You
Broken Glass
Out Of Line
Lit Up
Rescue Me
Too Drunk
Crazy Bitch

The Used setlist:
Take It Away
The Bird And The Worm
Liar Liar (Burn In Hell)
Blood On My Hands
The Taste Of Ink
All That I've Got/Buried Myself Alive
Pretty Handsome Awkward
Box Full Of Sharp Objects

Avenged Sevenfold setlist:
Critical Acclaim
Beast And The Harlot
Eternal Rest
Chapter Four
Unholy Confessions
Almost Easy

Motley Crue setlist:
Kickstart My Heart
Wild Side
Shout At The Devil
Saints Of Los Angeles
Mick Mars solo
Live Wire
Mutherfucker Of The Year
Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
Same Ol' Situation
Primal Scream
Looks That Kill
Girls, Girls, Girls
Dr. Feelgood
Home Sweet Home

So yeah, the events after Rock on the Range haven’t been too exciting. Thursday, the 20th, I finally ventured into the iPod world and got me a 120 GB iPod classic. I don’t need a iTouch, since I’ll be getting an iPhone eventually, probably if these new rumored ones comes out.

Last Friday, the 21st, Jason, Darryl, & me went up to the theaters and saw “Terminator Salvation”. It was ok, better than T3,but still not great. Tomorrow, we plan on seeing “Night at the Museum 2” and “Up”. I am quite excited about “Up” as Pixar doesn’t do bad movies. And Saturday, me and Jason are going to Indianapolis to see Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction, so I’m pretty stoked about that.

I bought Lego Indiana Jones for the 360 since it was only $19.99. I’ve been thinking about picking up HAWX or Street Fighter 4 since they’re on sale at Target this week. Speaking of games, Rock Band announced a 12 pack of Iron Maiden coming in two weeks, so I’m excited about that cause it has “Hallowed Be Thy Name” as part of it, hell yeah!

Anyway, I think that will do it for this update. Work tomorrow and then the weekend!

Stay Classy, LiveJournal

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The link to Chevelle's album, "Wonder What's Next", is broken =(

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