Carnival rides, wrestling ring, elaborate fireworks display, three stages hosting over twenty bands including some of the biggest names in rock… EDBD22 pulled out all the stops

The National Anthem announced the arrival of Earthday Birthday, or EDBD, as it is commonly called, and brought with it some of the biggest acts in rock and roll this year. The event, in its 22nd year, is presented by Orlando rock station, WJRR. The event was held at Central Florida Fairgrounds on April 25.

The list of bands here for this event reads like a who’s who and who’s hot in the world of rock music today. The lineup for the two main stages included Message to Venus, Soulswitch, Bobaflex, Avatar, Speepwave, Islander, 12 Stones, Flyleaf, Saving Abel, Buckcherry, Trapt, All That Remains, Nothing More, Sevendust, Hell Yeah, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Tremonti, Rise Against, and Five Finger Death Punch.

The acoustic stage lineup featured Versions of People, I woke Up Early for My Funeral, Detoura, and Leaving Haven. Joining them were Bobaflex, Islander, and Flyleaf who played acoustic sets in addition to playing the main stage.

Together with one of the event’s biggest sponsors, Rock Pink, an organization raising awareness of breast cancer and early screenings, there was a little something for everyone. The two main stages were across from each other, alternating with one act starting within moments of another act finishing. It was downright flawless.

A few honorable mentions would be Flyleaf who’s new lead singer, Kristen May, seems to be filling the shoes of Lacey Strum quite seamlessly with a powerful voice. Myles Kennedy, his voice always spot on and crystal clear, was a great accompaniment to Slash’s flawless guitar work, which almost stole the entire show mid-day.

Orlando’s own Sevendust was a huge hit. They were a last minute addition when Bush was unable to play the show. Sevendust has played many EDBD events of the years when they were on the rise and were more than happy to help out the radio station that had helped their them in their early career. Sevendust made a dynamic addition to the day and left this show with many more fans.

Adding to the excitement of the day was a fireworks display which lit up the sky in between the two final acts of the day, Rise Against and Five Finger Death Punch. Ivan Moody, singer for Five Finger Death Punch, was ever the crowd pleaser as he engaged and encouraged them to sing along. He even brought some younger fans up on the stage as well as pulling a man from the audience as he asked the guy, “You can sing, right?” After a nod, he gave the guy the mic; if that man is NOT in a band, he should be! Given there is a strict curfew outdoor events, Ivan finished his set with a verse, sang a capella, of their famous remake of the song “Bad Company.”

Photographer, Karen Romano Adams, onhand capturing images of many of the who entertained the masses in attendance.

Five Finger Death Punch
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Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators
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Hellyeah
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Sevendust
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Buckcherry
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Saving Abel
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Flyleaf
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101.1 WJRR Radio Station
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