Revolution Rock Festival conquers Foxwoods
The guys and gals over at Revolution Rock Festival and show producers AEG Live couldn’t have asked for better day for their first ever rock festival at the Foxwoods Casino in CT that drew in over 15,000 people this past weekend. The day started with excitement to see some of our favorite bands, meet fellow rockers that share the same love of rock music and experience the pure magic of a festival. As soon you have arrived – we saw people mingling and gearing up for the show in the parking lots along the way and once you pulled into the parking garage you knew you were in for a treat. People were playing corn hole, listening to music and just having fun. One of the cool perks of this festival was the free shuttle service they provided to the actual festival area. It made it so much easier to navigate for those that were not familiar with the area.
As soon as you walked through the gate you saw two large stages that were at each end of the “parking lot.” We have been to several festivals were people don’t go in until the bigger names go on stage but this festival wasn’t the case. The crowd was massive that filled the parking lot with all ages like the 18 year old we talked to about this being his first ever concert. As Killswitch Engage began to take center stage he already started screaming with anticipation for the show and his eagerness to mosh his heart out in the pit.
The nonstop music took you on a musical journey with some of the best rockers to hit the airwaves. Some of the highlights of the festival were the high energized group that absolutely killed their performance – Killswitch Engage. They got the crowd going and played their asses off. For us Nothing Moore stole the show with their epic stage presence, killer vocals and intensity that flowed out to the crowd. The fans loved them and would have stayed longer to watch them. And, we can’t forget about the guys that paved the way for the younger bands – Anthrax. They showed us what the blend of metal and rock n roll is all about and didn’t miss a beat.
Avenged Sevenfold closed out the show in their signature style and the fans went nuts as soon as you heard their opening song “Nightmare” and the band did not let up there playing all their songs that rocketed them to stardom such as “Hail To The King” and “Shepard Of Fire.” Speaking of fire, the band had pyro strategically positioned throughout the stage adding to the ambiance with a flame line and fireballs shooting high into the air – providing an experience their fans will surely never forget!
One of the things we love most about festivals is that you get to hear new music from bands that we don’t normally have a chance to listen to. And, there was plenty of that. One of the newbies … well newbies to us was 12 Foot Ninja. They were the bees’ knees and had everyone talking about them. We can’t wait to see them again at the next show! Also another standout was The Amity Affliction. Their onstage presence was bar none with a constant flow of energy that included intense head banging and acrobatic jumps in the air – the crowd ate all of this up and still wanted more!
Everyone that was involved should be proud of themselves for accomplishing what they did with their first year festival. The security was on point and helped make everything run smooth, The Bud Light bartenders served some of the coldest beers around, the Dr. McGillicuddy girls mingled and offered you samples of their tasty shots in an old western type setting – there was even a “jail” to take pictures in. Our only one suggestion would be to lower the food prices. After grabbing a bite to eat we realized why the kid near the pit earlier was holding his fries like they were pure gold. But our pricey cheeseburger was mighty tasty.
We can’t wait to see what they have in store for next year! We were able to capture the magic of the day through our lens. We hope you enjoy!
Rachael & Eric Hall / The Fuze Magazine
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