Massive amounts of high wattage energy was not only the theme of the day on Saturday, August 2, it was something you saw, felt, smelled, and heard all around the Toyota Pavilion in Moosic, PA. All the senses were fully engaged as fans anticipating the special experience that the 2014 Rockstar Mayhem Festival was poised to deliver converged on Montage Mountain.
The amps kicked on at 1 in the afternoon with three field stages showcasing bands including Miss May I, Body Count (featuring Ice T), Cannibal Corpse, Suicide Silence, and Mushroomhead.
By the time mainstage performances kicked off at about 6:30 PM, the lineup of Trivium, Asking Alexandria, Korn, and Avenged Sevenfold had their work cut out for them, considering that the fans had already been jumping, screaming, and crowd surfing for several hours straight and now stood anxious to be recharged and fulfilled.
Trivium set the pace, opening with their heartpounding “Black”. Asking Alexandria got the crowd pumped with “Don’t Pray for Me” and drove through their seven song set winding it down with “The Death of Me”.
Korn delivered a high energy set that spanned their 20 years of recording–the atmosphere of their performance quite simply transcended to an unforgettable experience. Opening with older favorites including “Falling Away from Me” and “Twist”, the set also included “Spike in My Veins” and “Never Never” from their latest album “The Paradigm Shift.” The set closed with “Blind”, which had launched the band into fame two decades ago, with Jonathan Davis’ kids rocking the stage. There was even a marriage proposal at the end of the set (She said “yes!”).
You would think that by the time Avenged Sevenfold took to the stage the crowd would too be drained with little left to get back on their feet. But as the stage lit up in flames and Synyster Gates delivered the opening riff of “Shepherd of Fire” from the band’s chart topping album “Hail to the King”, the crowd was re-energized and ready for more. Later, lighters and cell phones alike were lifted when A7x played “So Far Away”, an emotional tribute to “The Rev”, the band’s founding drummer who passed in 2009. When A7X closed out the set with “This Means War”, also from “Hail to the King”, the crowd wanted more. The band did not disappoint, returning with “A Little Piece of Heaven” and “Unholy Confessions.”
This was the place to be. By the end of the day you could feel the synergy in the air as the musicians and fans united by simply feeding off each other to keep going, with each band playing as if it was their last day as if they had something that had to get out.
By midnight, with the amps cooling down, we turned to leave and realized we didn’t just see a great show… we experienced an event of unusual proportion.
Mayhem at its finest!
Bryan began writing software applications in 1982 and has been ingrained in IT systems and solutions ever since. An entrepreneur at heart he began his first company in 1989 to provide business consulting and software solutions. He has worked in many IT areas including software development, training, systems administration, and architecture design in enterprise as well as smaller organizations.
Today he enjoys working with and leading his team at Ethixa, capitalizing on the years of experience and knowledge and the diverse backgrounds throughout the company. Bryan has a master’s degree (MBA) and holds undergraduate degrees in both Computer Information Systems and Business Administration. He also has earned the following professional certifications:
MCSD, MCSE, MCT, MCP, CIW, MOUS, MCDBA, MCAD
s are closed.
November 29th, 2017
The Koch-Marshall Trio Are American Guitarist Greg Koch, His Son Dylan Koch On Drums and Hammond[...]
November 28th, 2017
Nathalie De Clercq is the New York-based co-founder behind the recently launched, WIPLabs.com (W[...]
November 26th, 2017
Nolin Veillard is the mastermind and founder behind the world’s top portable, toughest, and high[...]
November 8th, 2017
Monte Bezell grew up in Brooklyn, New York always knowing he wanted to be in the entertainment i[...]
October 25th, 2017
Oct. 25, 2017, Indianapolis – The Melvins’ Dale Crover and Deerhoof team up for the next install[...]
October 25th, 2017
Oct. 25, 2017, LOS ANGELES – Asking Alexandria launch new song “Where Did It Go?” (http://smartu[...]
October 20th, 2017
ALL-STAR CAST INCLUDES BILLY GIBBONS, STEVE LUKATHER, ERIC GALES, WALTER TROUT AND ROBBEN FORD Lo[...]