The festival announcements are rolling in now, the latest being Carolina Rebellion. With the festival expanded to two days this year for double the trouble, The Rebellion will feature headliners Soundgarden, Deftones, Alice In Chains, and the return of Limp Bizkit. The location has been moved to Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC – just outside of Charlotte, NC. The bands will perform on three festival stages: the Monster Energy ‘Carolina Stage’, the Monster Energy ‘Rebellion Stage’ and the Jägermeister Stage. The entertainment store F.Y.E. will be sponsoring Artist Autograph Signings, scheduled throughout both days in the F.Y.E. Tent.
Soundgarden exploded unto the mainstream with the release of their third album, 1991′s Badmotorfinger. The follow-up, 1994′sSuperunknown, catapulted the band to legendary status. Debuting at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, the album has since been certified 5x platinum by the RIAA. The record earned the band two Grammy Awards in 1995, and today it still serves as a blueprint for heavy alternative rock music. Soundgarden disbanded in 1997 following the release of their 1996 effort, Down On The Upside. In 2010, the band reunited and issued their first greatest hits collection, Telephantasm. The album featured the previously unreleased single, “Black Rain”. In March 2011, the band released the live album, Live on I-5. This past spring, Soundgarden contributed a new single, “Live To Rise”, to the soundtrack of the blockbuster film The Avengers. The band’s first studio LP in 16 years, King Animal, came out on November 13, 2012. The album debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200, and sold over 83,000 copies in it’s first week of sales.
Deftones are riding he wave of their latest album, Koi No Yokan. The record hit #11 on the Billboard Top 200, and #2 on the U.S. Hard Rock Chart. The album produced three hit singles – “Leathers”, “Rosemary”, and “Tempest” – and sold over 65,000 copies in it’s first week of sales. In 2001, the band won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance for the track “Elite”. Throughout their career, the Deftones have had three studio albums achieve platinum status – Adrenaline, Around The Fur, and White Pony. The band is currently on a European headlining your, and they will return to the States for more touring in March. Deftones are set to kick off their festival run in May when they play Ozzfest Japan.
Alice In Chains have enjoyed much success in recent years since their reformation in 2005. After playing a series of 1-offs with special guest vocalists, the band officially reformed with new vocalist William DuVall in 2008 and entered the studio to begin work on a new album. Much like contemporaries Soundgarden, it had been 14 years since AIC’s last studio effort. In 2009, Black Gives Way To Blue was released to much fan praise and critical acclaim. The record hit #5 on the Billboard Top 200, and garnered the band two Grammy Award nominations. Alice In Chains were one of the most successful music acts of the 1990s, selling over 25 million albums worldwide throughout the decade. In 1992, the band released sophomore album, Dirt, which was critically acclaimed and has been certified quadruple platinum. Two of the band’s albums, Jar of Flies and Alice in Chains, both hit #1 on the Billboard Top 200. In total, Alice In Chains have received eight Grammy Award nominations throughout their career. The band will be dropping a new album in 2013. The record’s first single, “Hollow”, was released back 0n December 18, 2012.
Alternative rap-metallers Limp Bizkit are making their return to the stage at Carolina Rebellion this year after a long hiatus. The band began making noise in the music industry in 1997 with the release of their debut album, Three Dollar Bill, Yall$. With slots on Warped Tour, Ozzfest, and Family Values Tour, the band brought their fresh brand of nu-metal to the mainstream, with all sorts of alternative, rap, sludge, hip-hop, and rock influences. The album produced two hit singles – “Faith” and “Counterfeit”. Limp Bizkit’s sophomore effort, Significant Other, blasted them to super-stardom. The album hit #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and was certified platinum. Producing four hit singles, the album is still considered to be the band’s masterpiece. It’s follow-up, 2000’s Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and sold 1.5 million copies in it’s first week. The album has sold over 12 million copies worldwide. The band released threemore LPs and a greatest hits compilation, and are currently recording a new studio album, Stampede of the Disco Elephants. The band also has plans to release an EP as well, The Unquestionable Truth (Part 2). The EP is in connection with their 2005 album The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1), an incredibly heavy outing that saw the band drift away from their trademark rap-rock sound and indulge in a sludgier, more alt-metal sound.
Full Weekend General Admission tickets for Carolina Rebellion go on sale to the public Friday, February 8 at 10am EST, as do Single Day General Admission tickets, all at www.CarolinaRebellion.com. Full Weekend tickets will be available starting at $99 plus fees, and Single Day tickets will start at $59.50 plus fees. Parking is included with all tickets. To get access to the special internet presale, which will be held from Wednesday, February 6 through Thursday, February 7, go to the Carolina Rebellion Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CRebellion) orwww.CarolinaRebellion.com and sign up to receive the Rebellion newsletter. Those who sign up can purchase the Full Weekend General Admission tickets for just $89 plus fees during the presale only. Once again, ticket discounts will also be available for active military. For full details about military ticket discounts, go to www.CarolinaRebellion.com. – by Matt Bishop