Interviewers: Timothy Cox and Sergio Cesario
Copy & Edit: Timothy Cox
Camera: Lillie Cox
Written by Timothy Cox
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WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE 2019
@ Metropolitan Park
Jacksonville, FL, USA
May 3-5, 2019
Dead Girls Academy
Another festival on the books, and more memories from it. Monster Energy’s 2019 Welcome To Rockville produced by Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP) hit Jacksonville, Florida with great anticipation, and excitement. This year featured Tool, Korn, Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Judas Priest, Incubus, Bring Me The Horizon, Papa Roach, Evanescence, Chevelle, The Cult, Flogging Molly, and Meshuggah. Of course, the festival gave us some veteran bands that always rock on the smaller stages like Beartooth, Architects, The Interrupters, Black Label Society, Wage War, and While She Sleeps.
After a two-hour delay, the festival continued with some adjusted set times, and a longer noise ordinance curfew authorized by the City of Jacksonville (COJ. As fans re-entered the festival, Flogging Molly kicked things back off, and the major headliners, The Crystal Method, Chevelle, Evanescence, and Korn were able to finish the day strong. The day ended at midnight with Korn bringing the same enthusiasm as always, with Jonathan Davis on bagpipes and thanking the COJ.
Day 2 rolled up, and fans got a break from the rain, but as the rock gods were ready to make some more noise, it was clear mother nature wasn’t through with us for the weekend. This time, she brought the heat! With a sick sense of humor in mind, the rock gods brought some killer sets by Boston Manor, Dead Girls Academy, Wage War, Movements, Black Label Society, Badflower, and a little bit of humor from Crobot. As the festival experience continued, the day ended with Judas Priest putting on an awesome set that definitely created some more fans who had never heard of the longtime metal band. The night was finally cooled off, and Rob Zombie closed out the day with his normal theatrical performance.
Mother Nature decided that we may have made too much noise the day before, and felt the need to put us all in time out. Today, was the most anticipated day of the festival with TOOL set to perform later on in the day. Mother Nature put us all in time-out with severe weather conditions that forced us all to wait an extra 2 and half hours before we could even get through the gates. Unfortunately, there was nothing DWP could do to re-adjust the line-up schedule for the day. Although we missed a number of bands, we were still able to see The Interrupters, Architects, and Meshuggah tear it up onstage in the afternoon.
The night closed similarly to day 1, by finishing and closing out the festival strong. The headline acts, Papa Roach, Bring Me The Horizon, and Incubus delivered some incredible performances, but the wait and anticipation ended for the day—as TOOL made its way to the stage to kick off the first show of their US tour, and it was fantastic. Providing us with a few new songs from their long awaited new album, and some of their more previous hits like "Ænima” and “Forty-Six and Two", they closed out the festival with "Stinkfist" and their last “Thank you and goodnight". As everyone headed to the gates to exit, we already started speculating as who could be on the Rockville 2020 line-up…!
DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY
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