Today, the official lineup for the 2014 Louder Than Life Festival has been announced. On October 4-5, Champions Park in Louisville, KY will welcome headliners Judas Priest, Korn, Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock, Volbeat, Papa Roach, and Five Finger Death Punch. Other featured acts include Alter Bridge, Mastodon, Theory of a Deadman, A Day to Remember, Otherwise, Pop Evil, Crobot, Monster Truck, Chiodos, and many more. Festival creator Danny Wimmer says, “Louisville is known for a lot of things. But I don’t think people realize what a great rock town this is. When I first came to Louisville, I fell in love with the city, its diverse food, its bourbon and its culture. It screamed ‘louder than life’ and I felt this was the perfect destination for this kind of rock festival,” Wimmer adds. “I’ve created the Louder Than Life Festival to highlight and celebrate the ‘Culinary Capital of Bourbon Country’, and of course, the culture of rock & roll and bourbon go hand in hand!” Volbeat frontman Michael Poulsen states, “Louisville is a city we enjoy performing in and the fans always create a great atmosphere for a Volbeat show. We look forward to October. It will be a great time for all.”
A special discounted Weekend Ticket pre-sale for LOUDER THAN LIFE will start on June 10 at 10:00 AM ET www.LouderThanLifeFestival.com
Tuesday, June 10 and Wednesday, June 11: $199.50 (Weekend VIP)
Tuesday, June 10: $79.50 (Weekend GA)
Wednesday, June 11: $89.50 (Weekend GA)
Hotel, camping and VIP packages will also be available for purchase during the pre-sale.
Regularly priced weekend and single day tickets go on sale Friday, June 13 at 10:00 AM PT at www.LouderThanLifeFestival.com
2-Day General Admission: $99.50
2-Day VIP: $209.50
GA Ticket 4-Pack: $360.00
Single Day General Admission: $59.50
Single Day VIP: $109.50
VIP tickets include: a VIP entrance to venue; access to VIP lounge area featuring dedicated bar, beverage and food service; viewing of main stage (seated and standing areas); seated area with shade for dining and private restroom facilities; a VIP commemorative guest laminate, and more.
Heavy metal godfathers Judas Priest are set to release their 17th studio album, Redeemer of Souls on July 14 in the UK via Columbia Records and July 15 in the US via Epic Records. “Sometimes in the past we may have come under fire for being too adventurous musically, so we have listened,”said guitarist Glenn Tipton. “From start to finish, Redeemer of Souls is 18 songs of pure classic-Priest metal.” The record is the much-anticipated follow-up to the band’s 2008 double concept album Nostradamus which debuted at #11 on the Billboard Top 200. The band proceeded to tour the world in support of the record from 2008-2009, which included a Metal Masters run with Heaven & Hell, Motörhead, and Testament. After touring in support of Nostradamus, founding guitarist K.K. Downing retired from the band in 2011. This new album will be the band’s first studio effort to feature new guitarist Richie Faulkner, who toured with the band on their Epitaph Tour from 2011-2012. Part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Judas Priest are widely considered godfathers of traditional heavy metal music. To date, the band has sold over 50 million albums worldwide. In 2010, the band garnered the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.
In 1994, Korn released their self-titled debut album, revolutionizing metal and music as whole. They created a whole new sub-genre, “nu-metal”, that fused traditional heavy metal with elements of alternative rock, grunge, and hip-hop. In the following decade, Korn would rule the airwaves. Topping the Billboard charts, garnering massive radio play, and consistently owning the #1 spot on MTV’s TRL, Korn became the biggest band in the world. The band has sold over 35 million records world-wide. The band has released ten studio albums, 8 of which have gone Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 (five of them hit the Top 5). Eight of their albums have gone multi-platinum. They have been nominated for 7 Grammy’s, winning two of them, and 11 MTV Video Music Awards, winning 2 of them. Korn hit their peak when they released back-to-back masterpieces: 1998′s Follow The Leader and 1999′s Issues. Both albums hit #1 on the Billboard Top 200. Their last album, 2010′s Korn III: Remember Who You Are, hit #2. Korn got back near top of the music game with The Path of Totality, which hit #10 in Billboard in 2011. The band’s latest effort, The Paradigm Shift, debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 last fall.
Five Finger Death Punch are currently on the festival circuit in the U.S. with a stop at Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH on May 18. The band is touring in support of their latest effort, the monster double-LP The Wrong Side of Heaven and The Righteous Side of Hell – Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. Both discs debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 back in July 2013 and November 2013 respectively. The band recently toured on Australia’s Soundwave Festival, followed by a sold-out European tour. Two weeks ago, Five Finger Death Punch won Song of The Year and bassist Chris Kael won the Paul Gray Best Bassist Award at the Revolver Golden Gods in Los Angeles.
This is Volbeat’s fourth North American tour trek in support of their latest effort, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, which came out back in April 2013. The record has taken the band to whole new level, giving them their first Top 10 debut on the Billboard Top 200 at #9. Volbeat were nominated for a Grammy Award this year for Best Metal Performance for the song “Room 24 (feat. King Diamond)”. Volbeat have always received widespread acclaim in Europe. The band’s debut album, The Strength/The Sounds/The Songs, won the award for Best Debut Album at the 2005 Danish Metal Music Awards.
Their second album, 2007’s Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil, was certified platinum and the band won the award for Best Live Band and Best Album at the 2007 Danish Metal Music Awards. Their third album, Beyond Heaven/Above Hell, went platinum in Finland and Germany, gold in Sweden and Austria, and double-platinum in their native Denmark. The record also broke the band into the mainstream in the U.S. with the hit single, A Warrior’s Call, which garnered massive play on rock radio nation-wide. Over the past few years, Volbeat have been touring relentlessly, playing some of the world’s biggest festival stages including Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion, Download Festival, Hellfest, Wacken Open Air, and Metallica’s Orion Music + More Festival. In February 2013, it was announced that Rob Caggiano, who had been producing the band’s latest album and playing guest solos, had officially joined the band.
Pop Evil broke out with their major-label debut, Lipstick On The Mirror, in 2008. The band worked with Kid Rock producer Al Sutton on the record, and it spawned the hit single “100 in a 55”. The band proceed to tour with Buckcherry, Saliva, Whitesnake, and Judas Priest on their British Steel 30th Anniversary North American Tour. Pop Evil have exploded onto the mainstream with the success of their sophomore effort, War of Angels, which hit #43 on the Billboard Top 200. The disc produced four hit singles. The album’s third single and huge radio hit, “Boss’s Daughter”, was co-written by Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars, and Mars also makes a guest appearance on the track. On this album cycle, the band has toured with the likes of Drowning Pool, Trust Company, Finger Eleven, Escape The Fate, 3 Doors Down, Puddle of Mudd and Theory of a Deadman. Last Summer, the band toured on the Trespass America Festival, then headed to Canada for a run with Black Label Society. The band recently released their third studio album, Onyx, on May 14. The album hit #39 on the Billboard Top 200, and the lead single, “Trenches”, recently gave the band their first #1 Mainstream Rock Radio hit.
Crobot are a riffy and relentless hard rock outfit from Pottsville, PA. Since their inception in 2011, the band has drawn comparisons to the likes of Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden, Clutch, Queens of The Stone Age, Wolfmother, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Audioslave, and many more. With jackhammer guitar riffs and soaring vocals, the band’s explosive live shows have captivated audiences large and small around the country. They released their debut album, The Legend of The Spaceborne Killer, in 2012 and it was one of the best rock album’s of the year. In November 2013, the band inked a deal with Wind-up Records. The band just released their major label debut, The Crobot EP, via Wind-Up Records. Crobot are one of the hardest working bands in the biz, having toured the U.S. countless times over the last few years. Back in January, the band toured the Northeast with idols Clutch and The Sword. They just recently completed a run with Kyng and Kill Devil Hill, and are now on another North American tour leg with contemporaries Scorpion Child and Kingsnake.
Hellyeah are set to unleash their new album Blood For Blood on June 10. Their last effort, 2012’s Band of Brothers, produced three hit singles and received much praise from fans. The band is currently touring with Avenged Sevenfold and Adrenaline Mob on A7X’s Shepherd of Fire Tour. Nothing More are set to drop their self-titled debut LP on June 24. Their debut single “This Is The Time (Ballast)” is currently making it’s rounds on rock radio. – by Matt Bishop (@The_MattBishop)(Five Finger Death Punch Photo Courtesy of Matt Christine Photography)