Welcome to Rockville – 2017
If you like your rock hot, sticky, sweet, Welcome to Rockville would have been the perfect place for you! World’s Loudest Month commenced, and the rock gods looked down on Jacksonville, Florida, and smiled! April 29th and 30th could be heard across the Sunshine State like a rock and roll explosion that enveloped the listeners in rapturous metal glory. It is the kick-off for the World’s Loudest Month and it lived up to its name. Legendary performers such as Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, A Perfect Circle’s Maynard James Keenan, and our friends in Mastodon and The Offspring played alongside soon-to-be legends like Starset, The Pretty Reckless, Pierce the Veil, and Highly Suspect for a weekend of sweet, sweet beautiful metal and rock music all in one place like the world had never seen before. Every time we go down there, we swear that the show just can’t get any better. Every single year, it’s like they scream, “CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!” and they proceed to show us just how good it can get.
Mastodon proved once again why they are truly legends of the stage. After a seventeen-year career that is showing no signs of slowing down, their performance at Welcome to Rockville showcased the pure talent and raw lyrics that they are known for. It was a scorcher in Florida to be sure, and Mastadon’s heavy performance added to the heat already smothering the crowd.
Matt McJunkins was the only member of A Perfect Circle that was able to sneak past the darkness of the set and into our lens, allowing us to grab a few quick and serene images. Their set was exactly what the crowd needed – Maynard James Keenan proved to the whole crowd, time and again, why he has more than earned the Rock God label so many have bestowed upon him. Their set was the last one we caught for the night, and we left exhausted, sweaty, and geared up for day two.
In addition to kick ass music, festival organizers enhanced the experience with Gourmet Man Food, Monster Experience by Monster Energy drinks, the FYE Experience, Zippo Encore Experience, F*CK CANCER, Take Me Home Animal Rescue, and some of the best food trucks in the continent added to the fast-paced, eat while you rock atmosphere. With experiences such as Eat.Rock.Repeat, there is never a shortage of delicious things to eat at these festivals during World’s Loudest Month, and Welcome to Rockville most definitely pleased the tastebuds.