Rock On The Range — America's premiere destination rock festival — will return to Columbus, Ohio's Crew Stadium Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17. The 2009 lineup for the nationally renowned festival, centrally located in the heart of the country, will be highlighted by performances from some of rock's biggest artists, including MÖTLEY CRÜE, SLIPKNOT, ALICE IN CHAINS, AVENGED SEVENFOLD and KORN.
"We try to listen to our fans and they've been saying for years that we should play at Rock On The Range," said Nikki Sixx of MÖTLEY CRÜE. "We're really excited to play one of America's great rock festivals."
SLIPKNOT's Corey Taylor says, "Being asked to headline Rock on the Range is an absolute pleasure! Columbus, Ohio has always been very good to us. The line-up looks great; the shows look fantastic. And I personally think it will be an absolute blast for everyone. See you in May!"
Presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG LIVE and Crew Stadium, the two-day, multi-stage music and lifestyle event will feature a potent line-up of more than 35 bands. This year's well-rounded mix of rock's top artists also includes SHINEDOWN, BUCKCHERRY, THE USED, ATREYU, CHEVELLE, FLYLEAF, SAVING ABEL, SALIVA, BLUE OCTOBER, HOOBASTANK, BLACK STONE CHERRY, and many more.
This marks the third outing for the annual event, which drew 30,000 people in its inaugural year in 2007 and more than 55,000 people in 2008. Event features this year include the addition of a third stage, the Jägermeister Music Stage, onstage fan platforms — for contest winners — and an expanded vendor village.
In 2009, Rock On The Range will also increase their "Go Green" initiative via Rock On The Range "Go Green," an online portal that allows fans to recycle old cell phones and mp3 players for free tickets and Rock On The Range memorabilia and official festival merchandise. Rock On The Range is the first festival to have an online recycling trade-in rewards component. More information can be found at www.rotrgogreen.com.
Tickets for Rock On The Range, as well as VIP packages that include festival tickets, hotel accommodations and festival merchandise, go on sale Saturday, February 21 at 10:00 a.m. (ET) via www.rockontherange.com and www.ticketmaster.com, all local Ticketmaster outlets and at the Crew Stadium box office. Two-day ticket packages will start as low as $99.50.
2009 lineup (subject to change):
ALICE IN CHAINS
BLACK STONE CHERRY
ALL THAT REMAINS
STATE OF SHOCK
THE LEO PROJECT
X FACTOR 1
CHARM CITY DEVILS