SIXX STRINGS’ special guest reporter Metalhead Mike from the Karlson & McKenzie show recently went to the inaugural Revolution Rock Festival at The Foxwoods Resort Casino grounds in Connecticut and gave us his take on all the events that were to be had. Take a gander below and check out his coverage and photographic journal of some of the bands that played!
From the start, this was no ordinary hard rock and heavy metal show. Whoever thought something of this magnitude would be held in our backyard at The Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut? I will admit I was skeptical, but boy was I proven wrong as a “reporter” (I use that term loosely since it’s my first time), and also as a fan. The Revolution Rock Festival was run like a well-oiled machine in its infancy; I’m hoping it returns again next year.
One of the things I noticed while taking the shuttle over to the concert grounds, everyone was excited and eager to see what this event would look like. When I went to pick up my photo credentials in the VIP area, I was greeted by the great staff on hand; everyone was trying to figure out the wristband “tickets” that replaced the traditional tickets to get in. They had little microchips in them that were scanned to get in and to access the VIP areas. This was new to me having never experienced such a set up after going to concerts for over 20 years. I have to admit the VIP area was well worth it. One of the few shows I can say that about. I have bought VIP tickets before that just give you early admission and a few other perks. The Revolution Rock VIP area had fancy upgraded bathrooms, food trucks on the healthier end of the spectrum, and a bar area filled with chairs, beanbags, and a chalkboard to write on. There were also shorter lines, which everyone likes! If you wanted to get fed at this event, there was no shortage of options from a long line of food trucks featuring selections from chicken, pork, pizza, and grilled cheese. For my tastes, I personally enjoyed the pizza and teriyaki chicken. The prices were reasonable throughout the festival, with water only being $3… a huge plus on a long, hot day.
Now for the music… I was able to catch at least half of the bands staying mostly towards the Monster Energy Stage, but did make it a point to venture off towards the second Bud Light Stage for Sevendust, Ghost and Nothing More. The band that kicked it all off at the second stage was Crashing Satellites, who went through a few sound troubles, but soldiered on performing a cool short cover of “Stairway to Heaven”. Nothing More had my interest piqued when the singer was playing some drums in front of them and at one point the whole band (minus the drummer) was playing the bass with effects on a contraption that looked straight out of the medieval times. Sevendust knows their crowd and they came out swinging and didn’t let up. The band that really surprised me though was Ghost (or Ghost B.C. if you’re a hardcore fan). I didn’t know what to expect from them but I’ve heard their song “Square Hammer” on repeat just about since I left. Their performance is a perfect blend of theatrics and rock music.
Over on the Monster Energy main stage, I caught Crobot. They had a high energy, 70’s feel. Picture a modern Steven Tyler that actually likes having fun on stage. Anthrax was up next, they rocked it as metal veterans should in an early showing. Killswitch Engage are always the party starters, and really brought the crowd to life. Adam D did stop their set briefly to help a fan that had been injured, but quickly got things going again. Of Mice and Men were solid. It was my first time catching them and I didn’t know what to expect, but they did impress. Chevelle was probably my only disappointment from the eyes of a fan at this show. They sounded just OK and not as tight as I would think for how many years they’ve been playing together. Volbeat was a band that I have heard of here and there, but never was able to catch live until now. High energy rock music with an Elvis sounding vocalist is how I would describe it, including a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire”. Slayer…”Raining Blood”…need I say more?! The headliner, Avenged Sevenfold, came out blazing… literally! Pyro lit the sides of the stage with a huge video screen behind them that captured every moment from the band to the crowd.
As you can see, there was a lot to take in at the Revolution Rock Festival! Metalhead Mike came back raving about his experience and first stab at being a festival rock reporter… much to the chagrin of the team on K&M. Let’s hope that New England’s most recent shot at this type of event returns again next year, so we can get Mike back at giving us his perspective!