Rock Allegiance returns with an incredible selection of craft beers, gourmet man food, and killer bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains, Slayer and more.
After a successful debut in 2015, the Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Festival returned to Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania. This year, the festival was extended to two days along with even more choices of local cuisine, craft beers, and various experiences to keep the fans busy between band performances. 39 bands were spread across the Bridge Stage and River Stage inside the stadium and the Liberty Stage outside the stadium.
Festival goers had their choice of gourmet man food from over 10 eateries including Sum Pig, Mama’s Meatballs, Chickie’s & Pete’s, and Seoulfull Philly. There were also several craft beer selections from Evolution Craft Brewing Co., Fordham & Dominion, New Belgium Brewing Co., Starr Hill Brewery, Troegs Brewing Co., and Victory Brewing Co. offering something to please everyone’s taste.
The music kicked off Saturday with up-and-coming band Dinosaur Pile-Up on the Liberty Stage. Other bands that performed on Saturday included The Word Alive, Young Guns, Skindred, Max and Igor Cavalera Return to Roots, Apocalypse Blues Review, Avatar, Jim Breuer, Trivium, Letlive, Motionless in White, Baroness, Buckcherry, The Cult, Chevy Metal, The Offspring, Breaking Benjamin, and Alice In Chains.
One of the highlights of Saturday came earlier in the day with the performance by Avatar from Sweden, who have toured relentlessly over the past two years and have built up a solid US following. Led by Johannes EckerstrÃ¶m in clown makeup, Avatar’s performances are a visual spectacle. Johannes marched about the stage like a ringleader, striking crazy poses, and lashing out with his lengthy tongue, while the guitarists played and whipped their hair in circles. They setlist covered their last three releases, Black Waltz, Hail the Apocalypse, and Feathers & Flesh.
Another treat for the crowd was the set by the “world’s greatest cover band,” Chevy Metal. This is a band led by Foo Fighter drummer Taylor Hawkins, along with guitarist Mick Murphy and bassist/vocalist Wiley Hodgden. The crowd roared as the guys ripped thru Motley Crue songs, “Looks That Kill” and “Live Wire.” They followed with several other classics, including “Stay With Me” by Faces, “Ziggy Stardust” by David Bowie, and “Let There Be Rock” by AC/DC leaving their audience wanting more.
Other highlights came from Skindred and Motionless in White. Skindred from Wales played a set of reggae infused metal that was engaging and had the audience pumped. Motionless in White powered through their set of gothic metal, including “Reincarnate” and the sing-a-long “A-M-E-R-I-C-A.” They crowd loved both bands.
As the sun went down, the evening brought out the main acts of the day starting with The Offspring. They had the crowd dancing and singing along to just about every song. Next up was Breaking Benjamin, who have enjoyed a great run since the release of Dark Before Dawn in 2015. Their set was loaded with hit after hit.
Closing out the first day of the was Seattle grunge rock band Alice In Chains. Led by founder Jerry Cantrell and new singer William DuVall, they tore through an 11 song set that had the crowd rocking and singing along. Their set was “Hollow,” “Them Bones,” “Again,” “Check My Brain,” “Down in a Hole,” “No Excuses,” “Stone,” “We Die Young,” “Man in the Box,” “Would?,” and “Rooster.”
Sunday started out rather gloomy with overcast skies threatening the possibility of rain to go along with the already humid air, though it did not scare off any fans as they piled in early to catch some of the hard-rocking bands including Hundredth and San Francisco Bay Area Death Angel on the Liberty Stage. The latter threw down one of the best performances of day with their hard-driving thrash metal, a special treat to start the day for those who showed up early. It did not take long for them to get a mosh pit started that continued throughout their set.
Other bands who played on Sunday were Aeges, Twelve Foot Ninja, Kyng, Crobot, Sevendust, Hellyeah, Neck Deep, Of Mice and Men, Killswitch Engage, The Amity Affliction, Ghost, Anthrax, Pierce the Veil, Chevelle, Volbeat, Slayer, and Avenged Sevenfold.
Sunday by far had the heavier lineup of bands for the weekend. The two main stages were loaded with hard rock and metal from many veterans, as well as several newer bands. In addition to Death Angel, highlights of the day came from Crobot, Sevendust complete with a surprise visit from Joey Belladonna of Anthrax, Hellyeah, Killswitch Engage, Of Mice and Men, Anthrax, and Ghost. Crowd surfing took place pretty much all day at the main stage along with many mosh pits. The fans were having a great time.
The festival closed with Avenged Sevenfold who fired up the masses launching into “Nightmare.” Their stage was full of fire, which only added to the energy that the band was generating with their performance. Vocalist M. Shadows covered the stage engaging fans, while guitarists Zachy Vengeance and Synyster Gates tore up their fretboard, and newcomer Brooks Wackerman pounded the skins. Their complete setlist was “Nightmare,” “Afterlife,” “Shepherd of Fire,” “Hail to the King,” “Buried Alive,” “Gunslinger,” “To End the Rapture,” “Second Heartbeat,” “Planets,” “Acid Rain,” “Bat Country,” and “Unholy Confessions.”.”
It was a great weekend for fans of all ages. Hopefully the promoters will continue to build on their success and bring it back in 2017 with more great music and experiences for the fans.