Today, the lineup for Rock On The Range 2015 has been announced. This coming spring Linkin Park, Slipknot, and heavy metal icons Judas Priest are set to headline along with featured acts Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, Volbeat, Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, Papa Roach, Of Mice & Men, Ministry, Anthrax, and many more. Tickets are on sale via RockOnTheRange.com.
Linkin Park released their sixth studio album The Hunting Party last June. The disc debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and is closing in on 1 million copies sold worldwide. The band led the Carnivores Tour that summer with special guests Thirty Seconds to Mars and AFI. From there, they made appearances appearances at Download Festival, Rock am Ring, and Rock im Park and toured Europe with Of Mice & Men in the fall. Throughout their career, Linkin Park have sold over 60 million albums worldwide and garnered to Grammy Awards from numerous nominations.
Slipknot are in the midst of their Prepare For Hell World Tour. Their new album .5: The Gray Chapter recently debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. All of the band’s four prior studio albums have been certified platinum. Their single “The Negative One” has been nominated for a Grammy Award this year for Best Metal Performance. The band has been nominated for eight Grammys throughout their career, winning Best Metal Performance in 2006 for their hit track “Before I Forget”. Slipknot formed in 1995 and have been a steady, dominant force in the music world for 20 years. The band headlined the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in 2012 and this past October the held the second annual Knotfest in San Bernardino, CA. In February, the band will co-headline Soundwave Festival in Australia alongside Faith No More and Soundgarden, plus many more acts.
Judas Priest completed a massive U.S. arena trek with Steel Panther. The band’s new disc Redeemer of Souls dropped back on July 14 in the UK via Columbia Records and July 15 in the US via Epic Records. It debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200, giving Judas Priest their first Top 10 album in America. The record is the much-anticipated follow-up to the band’s 2008 double concept album Nostradamus. After touring in support of Nostradamus, founding guitarist K.K. Downing retired from the band in 2011. This new album is the band’s first studio effort to feature new guitarist Richie Faulkner, who toured with the band on their Epitaph Tour from 2011-2012. Faulkner has had some big shoes to fill, but he’s risen to the occasion and helped Priest keep their signature double-ax attack. 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. – by Matt Bishop