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Louder Than Life 2018: Lineup Announced For World’s Largest Rock ‘N’ Roll Whiskey Festival

Louder Than Life 2018: Lineup Announced For World’s Largest Rock ‘N’ Roll Whiskey Festival

A massive music lineup led by Nine Inch Nails, Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack and Deftones has been announced for the 5th annual Louder Than Life, as the World’s Largest Rock ‘N’ Roll Whiskey Festival expands to three days — Friday, September 28, Saturday, September 29, and Sunday, September 30 — at Champions Park in Louisville, KY.

Louder Than Life features a selection of award-winning bourbons, whiskey, spirits, craft beer, and the best food Louisville has to offer, along with a powerful music lineup of rock legends and breaking talent performing on three stages. The festival celebrates the bourbon culture and culinary heritage of this unique American city.

The general onsale for Louder Than Life General Admission tickets, VIP and Top Shelf VIP Packages, hotel and ticket packages, as well as tent and RV camping begins Friday, June 8 at 12:00 PM ET. Visit www.LouderThanLifeFestival.com for details.

The daily music lineup for Louder Than Life 2018 is as follows:

Friday, September 28:  Avenged Sevenfold, Limp Bizkit, Breaking Benjamin, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, Seether, Black Stone Cherry, Skillet, Underoath, Suicidal Tendencies, Red Sun Rising, Tremonti, Bad Wolves, Turnstile, Jelly Roll, Hyro The Hero, Badflower, Islander, True Villains

Saturday, September 29: Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Bush, Bullet For My Valentine, Hellyeah, Body Count, Pop Evil, Sevendust, GWAR, Dance Gavin Dance, From Ashes To New, Sick Puppies, Cane Hill, Bad Omens, Blacktop Mojo, Awake At Last, Stone Broken, The Jacks

Sunday, September 30: Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, Ice Cube, Primus, Billy Idol, Action Bronson, Clutch, Asking Alexandria, Yelawolf, The Sword, Glassjaw, The Fever 333, Monster Magnet, Spirit Animal, The Dose, The Breton Sound

Godsmack’s Sully Erna said, “We’re honored to be headlining the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville this year! Looking forward to partying with all of you again real soon!”

Benjamin Burnley of Breaking Benjamin commented, “We’re excited to come back to Louisville for Louder Than Life 2018 and play songs from our new album EMBER for the first time in Kentucky! We always have a good time there and look forward to what we know will be a kickass show.”

Festival producer Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents, explained, “I couldn’t be prouder of what we have accomplished since the inception of the festival. In five years, Louder Than Life has become the largest rock ‘n’ roll whiskey festival in the world, and I see no better way to celebrate its 5th year than to close out the weekend with Nine Inch Nails and Ice Cube.”

In addition to performances from top music artists, attendees at Louder Than Life will enjoy a variety of onsite food and beverage options celebrating the unique spirits and food of the Louisville region.

Attendees 21+ up can choose to visit Bourbon World presented by the Louisville Courier Journal, and enjoy crafted cocktails at the exclusive Down The Rabbit Hole Speakeasy; sip fine wine at the Caduceus Wine Garden; or enjoy a local brew at the Craft Beer Bar. Other spirits can be enjoyed at the Heavy Tiki Bar presented by Jim Beam, or at the Jack Daniel’s Experience for a “taste of Tennessee.”

Fans 21+ can explore the enormous Bourbon World presented by the Louisville Courier Journal. With 95% of the world’s bourbon coming from Kentucky, festival producers Danny Wimmer Presents have hand-selected expressions from the top distilleries to create a unique opportunity to enjoy bourbons and exclusive one-time specialty cocktails inside what may be the World’s Loudest–and Largest–Bourbon Tent. Site-wide, an enormous selection of bourbons will be available. Participating bourbon brands include: 1792, Angel’s Envy, Barrell Bourbon, Basil Hayden’s, Bloody Butcher’s Creed, Booker’s, Boone County Distilling, Bowman Brothers, Buffalo Trace, Bulleit, Contradiction, Cooper’s Craft, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Elijah Craig, Elmer T. Lee, Evan Williams, Four Roses, Jefferson’s, Jim Beam, Jim Beam Black, Kentucky Owl, Knob Creek, Larceny, Maker’s 46, Maker’s Mark, Michter’s, New Riff Bourbon, Old Forester, Peerless, Rabbit Hole, Rebel Yell, Rock Hill Farms, Wild Turkey, W.L. Weller, and Woodford Reserve. Additional featured spirits include: Jack Daniel’s, Uncle Nearest Whiskey, Southern Comfort and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

The Caduceus Wine Garden will highlight Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards, owned by Arizona resident Maynard James Keenan, co-founder of international recording acts Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer. Having already dove headfirst into this venture, Maynard found out from a distant relative that wine making is in his blood. His Great Grandfather, “Spirito” Marzo, had vineyards and made wine in Venaus, Italy, just North of Turino in Piemonte.

The Louder Than Life food and beverage options will be provided by Southern Hospitality Concessions LLC, DWP’s affiliate concessionaire. Festival attendees will be able to experience a taste of Louisville. Selections from the following local and regional restaurants will be available: Bouquet, Boss Hog BBQ, Cellar Door Chocolates, Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar, Citizen 7, Gospel Bird, Longshot Lobsta, Mike’s Kentucky Kitchen, Midway Café, Tumbleweed, 502 Café, and Whiskey Dry.

Guests can also choose from regional and national festival favorites including Island Noodles, Pie Baby Wood Fired Pizza, Chicago Dog House, Angry Bird Grill, Ben’s Cantina, Spicy Pie Pizza, Mount Olympus, Phat Daddy’s Creole, Master of Patties, Red Top Dog, and much, much more!

If patrons are looking for an elevated culinary experience, they are invited to take a tour of the newly added culinary food parties where guests can enjoy signature cocktails paired with gourmet plates. The “Lock and Key Pizza Parlor” will be presented by Larceny with signature selections from Spicy Pie Pizza. The “Southern Soul BBQ” presented by Maker’s Mark will feature smoked delicacies from Boss Hog BBQ. The “Sip & Grill”presented by Southern Comfort will feature renowned Louisville chef Edward Lee of Whiskey Dry. Chef Lee will be offering a selection of his gourmet Whiskey Dry burgers paired with refreshing Southern Comfort cocktails.

Louder Than Life is produced by Los Angeles-based Danny Wimmer Presents, a producer of some of the biggest rock festivals in America, including Rock On The Range, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Aftershock, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Chicago Open Air, Bourbon & Beyond, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Northern Invasion and more. DWP creates memorable and all-encompassing festival experiences, leaving both consumers and partners with lasting and meaningful impressions. By combining A-list music talent with local cuisine and culture, DWPhas become recognized within the industry for delivering the highest-quality entertainment experiences to fans, artists, sponsors, partners and host cities.

Louder Than Life 2018 partners and sponsors include: Monster Energy, f.y.e., The Music Experience, Miller-Coors, Jack Daniel’s, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Robert Mondavi Private Select, Black Box Wines, Caduceus Wines, Diesel Cigars, SWFTCharge, Kentucky Lottery, Roadrunner Records, Fxck Cancer, Take Me Home, The Louisville Water Company and more.

For more information on Louder Than Life, visit:

Website: www.LouderThanLifeFestival.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/louderthanlifefestival

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ltlfest

Instagram: http://instagram.com/louderthanlifefest

We believe in quality before quantity. Please drink responsibly.

About Danny Wimmer Presents: Since 1993, music industry veteran Danny Wimmer has been producing concerts and festivals, both large and small. In 2011, he formed Danny Wimmer Presents, which now produces several of the largest rock and alternative festivals in the U.S. By combining A-list talent with local cuisine and culture, DWP has become recognized within the industry for delivering the highest-quality entertainment experiences to fans, artists, sponsors, partners and host cities. DWP creates memorable and all-encompassing festival experiences, leaving both consumers and partners with lasting and meaningful impressions. DWP will continue to add new music festivals to its already stellar portfolio, which includes Rock On The Range, Aftershock Festival, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Louder Than Life, Bourbon & Beyond, Rock Allegiance, and Chicago Open Air, among others.

www.DannyWimmerPresents.com

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Wes Borland Releases New Experimental Single, “Matadors & Daughters” From Upcoming ‘Astral Hand’ LP

Wes Borland Releases New Experimental Single, “Matadors & Daughters” From Upcoming ‘Astral Hand’ LP

Wes Borland releases ‘Matadors & Daughters’, the first single from his upcoming solo album. The single includes ‘Arcturus’ on the B-side and is among the new music that Borland will debut as part of his 4-hour durational performance at Moogfest 2018 in Durham, North Carolina, May 17-20 featuring a custom-built sonic rig. While the single is out today, the new material will be featured on the LP “Astral Hand” via Borland’s own imprint, Edison Sound, and be distributed by The Orchard in the fall of 2018.  The single premiered yesterday via Rolling Stone who calls ‘Matador & Daughters’phantasmagoric” while ‘Arcturus’  is a more “umbral, cinematic B-side.”

Listen to single ‘Matadors & Daughters’ and the B-side ‘Arcturus’:
SPOTIFY | iTUNES | SOUNDCLOUD

Matadors & Daughters’ provides a bridge between Borland’s work on his 2016 electronic rock album, “Crystal Machete and his commissioned work for Moogfest. Although the new material is slightly different and follows a more conventional song pattern, it still adheres to the same rules Borland imposed on himself for “Crystal Machete“: no unprocessed vocals, no outside help from anyone else, and no distorted guitar. “The voice rule was inspired by artists like Planningtorock, Air, Daft Punk and Aphex Twin”, Borland explains. “I want the vocals to be androgynous, between male and female. I want them to sit in that uncanny valley between human and not, not male or female, not human or electronic. Rule 2 was distorted guitars. For some reason I have no problem cranking out riff after riff, it’s like a conveyor belt in my head. It’s no challenge to write one. I wanted to disable that option. The third one, no help from outside sources was set up to challenge myself to be a better musician and engineer. The only outside help I had was mastering.

This new set of music also adheres to two additional rules. “Every single song has to have something in it that comes from Wagner’s Ring cycle — an idea or thought, or some musical element, something to me, that I’ve filtered through the Ring cycle, any of the four. And also Jan Hammer’s score to Miami Vice. That score plus something from Wagner, something from both, has to be present in every single single.

In addition to debuting new songs at Moogfest, Borland is presenting a custom sonic rig central to his performance. Describing the rig, Borland says, that “It’s basically multiple delay pedals and loopers and samplers going into a small mixing console which goes into a main sampler/looper. I’ve set up tons of instruments and made railroad tracks that come together to a central hub where I can record a loop of those things and have it run and then play over it and then have other stations that have their own loopers playing  by themselves and I can enjoy the imperfection of those things overlapping each other. I’m set up for all kinds of things to happen, including accidents.” The durational will mostly be a solo performance but will include support from Alex Rosson, former head of audio at Detroit’s Shinola and the ears and vision behind Audeze headphones. It was Rosson who introduced Borland to the Moog team (and director J.J. Abrahams), at dinner one night during which they invited Borland to perform. “Thank goodness they saw in me what I did outside of Bizkit,” Borland says of the invitation. “They’re very open minded.

This is precisely where Borland wants to be. Originally known for his work as a guitarist in 1990s rap-rock juggernaut, Limp Bizkit, Borland has increasingly established himself as a dynamic, experimental artist since leaving Limp Bizkit in 2001 through various solo and collaborative albums and projects, including industrial and metal bands Black Light Burns, Big Dumb Face, and supergroup The Damning Well (with members of Nine Inch Nails, Filter, and A Perfect Circle). “I think when you’re primarily known for songs you wrote when you were 24, it’s ridiculous that that’s it, that’s the snapshot of you in the world forever,” Borland says. “Any growth after that is looked at sideways, so it’s important to be extra good. I try to make everything I do be significant and impactful, to make people who are pigeonholing you go, ‘Oh, I like this.’ And for people who are all ‘Who do you think you are, you are some dumb alien frat boy from Limp Bizkit, we hate you,’ for them to go, ‘I accidentally listened to something this dude did and it’s actually good.’ That’s what I’m aiming for: someone with good taste in music accidentally listening to me and going, ‘Oh, I was wrong.’”

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LOUDER THAN LIFE 2014: Lineup For Impressive Two Day Festival Announced!

LOUDER THAN LIFE 2014: Lineup For Impressive Two Day Festival Announced!

A Can't Miss Event For 2014

A Can’t Miss Event For 2014

The band lineup has been announced for the debut LOUDER THAN LIFE festival–featuring music, whiskey and “gourmet man food”–coming to Louisville Champions Park Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5 in Louisville, Kentucky. The powerful lineup includes Kid Rock, Judas Priest, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Limp Bizkit, Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, Volbeat, Papa Roach and many more.

In addition to presenting top rock bands on three stages, the weekend destination festival will feature thefinest local Louisville food and drink experience: bourbon exhibitions, gourmet man food, local craft beers and more.

The band lineup for LOUDER THAN LIFE is as follows:

Saturday, October 4Judas Priest, Korn, Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, Limp Bizkit, Alter Bridge, Mastodon, Theory of a Deadman, Of Mice & Men, Steel Panther, Memphis May Fire, Pop Evil, Fuel, Otherwise, Thousand Foot Krutch, Nonpoint, Wilson, Flaw

Sunday, October 5: Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Papa Roach, A Day To Remember, Bring Me The Horizon, Buckcherry, In This Moment, Hellyeah, Chiodos, Motionless In White, Nothing More, Butcher Babies, Crobot, Avatar, Monster Truck, Islander

Festival creator Danny Wimmer says, “Louisville is known for a lot of things. But I don’t think people realize what a great rock town this is.  When I first came to Louisville, I fell in love with the city, its diverse food, its bourbon and its culture. It screamed ‘LOUDER THAN LIFE’ and I felt this was the perfect destination for this kind of rock festival,” Adds Wimmer,  “I’ve created the LOUDER THAN LIFE festival to highlight and celebrate the ‘Culinary Capital of Bourbon Country.’ And of course, the culture of rock & roll and bourbon go hand in hand!”

“We’re so excited to have the LOUDER THAN LIFE festival come to Louisville and I can’t wait for the world to try our great local food, which got its start with the birth of the cheeseburger in our city over 80 years ago,” says Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

Volbeat‘s Michael Poulsen adds, “Louisville is a city we enjoy performing in and the fans always create a great atmosphere for a Volbeat show.  We look forward to October. It will be a great time for all.”

According to Danny Wimmer, “The list of whiskeys, craft beers and food partners for LOUDER THAN LIFE is growing daily,” and already includes:

Bourbon, Whiskey & Other Spirits: Angel’s Envy, Basil Hayden’s, Benchmark, Buffalo Trace, Bulleit, Eagle Rare, Evan Williams, Jack Daniel’s, Jägermeister, Jim Beam, Knob Creek, Maker’s Mark, Red Stag, Town Branch Bourbon, Willett, Woodford Reserve and more.

Beer & Wine (Local/Artist Inspired): Bluegrass Brewing Company (American Pale Ale, Altbier Amber Ale, Dark Star Porter and IPA), Alltech Lexington (Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Kentucky Ale and Kentucky IPA), West Sixth (West Sixth IPA, Deliberation Amber and Lemongrass American Wheat), New Albanian (Black & Blue Grass, Hoptimus Imperial Indian Pale Ale, Elector and Beak’s Best Bitter), Falls City Beer (English Ale, Hipster Repellant IPA and Fall Seasonal), Sterling Beer, Iron Maiden’s Trooper Beer, Mastodon’s Black Tongue, Motörhead’s Bastards Lager and more.

Restaurants (Local and/or As Seen On Food Network): Down One Bourbon Bar, Highway 61 Roadhouse, Iron Barley, Lil Cheezers, Longshot Lobsta, Momma’s BBQ, Monkey Wrench, Peyton’s Bourbon Cupcakes, Rye, Side Bar at Whiskey Row, Sivori Catering (burgoo), Spinelli’s, and more to be announced.

Celebrity Chef Appearances: Chris Santos, Vic Vegas, Tom Coghill, Bill Kunz and more to be announced.

A special discounted Weekend Ticket pre-sale for LOUDER THAN LIFE will start on June 10 at 10:00 AM ET www.LouderThanLifeFestival.comDuring the pre-sale, a limited number of discounted Weekend General Admission and VIP tickets will be available for purchase. The pre-sale ticket prices are as follows:

Tuesday, June 10 and Wednesday, June 11: $199.50 (Weekend VIP)

Tuesday, June 10: $79.50 (Weekend GA)

Wednesday, June 11: $89.50 (Weekend GA)

Hotel, camping and VIP packages will also be available for purchase during the pre-sale.

Regularly priced weekend and single day tickets go on sale Friday, June 13 at 10:00 AM PT at www.LouderThanLifeFestival.comwww.Ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets will be priced as follows until June 15 at 11:59 PM ET, when prices will increase:

2-Day General Admission: $99.50

2-Day VIP: $209.50

GA Ticket 4-Pack: $360.00

Single Day General Admission: $59.50

Single Day VIP: $109.50

VIP tickets include: a VIP entrance to venue; access to VIP lounge area featuring dedicated bar, beverage and food service; viewing of main stage (seated and standing areas); seated area with shade for dining and private restroom facilities; a VIP commemorative guest laminate, and more.

NO SERVICE FEE tickets will be available at Spinelli’s Pizzeria for $99 starting Friday, June 13. All locations can be found at http://www.spinellispizzeria.com/ or on the LOUDER THAN LIFE ticket page.

Ticket discounts will also be available for active military through LOUDER THAN LIFE partner GovX.

Sponsors for LOUDER THAN LIFE include Monster Energy Drink, Jack Daniel’s, Jägermeister, F*ck Cancer, Crazy Dave’s Music, UBER, Muhammad Ali Center, Crowne Plaza, Galt House, Spinelli’s, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Original Makers Club, Louisville Metro Parks Foundation and more.

LOUDER THAN LIFE is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, a producer of some of the biggest rock festivals in America, including Rock On The Range, Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy’s Fort Rock Festival, Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion, Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival, Epicenter—Southern California’s Rock Festival, Rockwave, The Big Ticket, Chill On The Hill, and Monster Energy’s Rock Allegiance Tour.

Champions Park is located at 2050 River Road in Louisville, KY, less than three miles from downtown.

www.LouderThanLifeFestival.com

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Limp Bizkit Drops New Video “Ready To Go” Featuring Lil’ Wayne

Limp Bizkit Drops New Video “Ready To Go” Featuring Lil’ Wayne

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Following in the footsteps of our nation’s greatest icons like President Obama and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch NailsFred Durst, ringleader of Grammy-nominated band Limp Bizkit, took to the  interwebs last night for his Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA), where he dropped his new video with Lil’ Wayne for their single “Ready to Go” and responded to his fan’s most burning questions.

Below are some highlights of Fred Durst’s epic Reddit AMA session:

On his upcoming record Stampede of the Disco Elephants on Cash Money Records:

After months shrouded in mystery, Durst unveiled when we can expect to hear his upcoming Cash Money full-length: “You will probably never SEE a Stampede of the Disco Elephants but you will hear Stampede of the Disco Elephants (#SOTDE) in its entirety, the first quarter of 2014.”<

On choosing the band name Limp Bizkit:  

 Naturally a fan asked what we’ve always wondered – where did the name Limp Bizkit even come from? The truth is, Durst and the other band members wanted a name that was simultaneously bizarre and easy to remember. Seems like they picked a winner – especially considering they also came up with possible band names Blood Fart, Gimp Disco and Bitch Piglet! “The name Limp Bizkit came out in a riff session when deciding what to call the band. I wanted it to have the same roll off of the tongue as Led Zeppelin, but be so odd that you would have a hard time forgetting it. We never really took our name or purpose very serious considering the chances of succeeding were slim to none at that point.” 
On Eminem: 
 
When asked about his relationship with Detroit rapper Slim Shady, Fred expressed that he remains a loyal fan of Eminem’s music: “I choose to remember the good times we shared. He is definitely one of the very few best rappers of all time.”
On a possible Three Dollar Bill,Yall$ Reunion Tour:
Durst clarifies: “That’s a false rumor.”
On the true meaning of a “chocolate starfish”:
You’ll just have to check Fred Durst’s Reddit AMA Session to find out yourself.
Although rock bands and rap artists have collaborated since the early ‘80s, there’s nothing old-school about what you’re about to hear on Limp Bizkit’s new single “Ready To Go” featuring  Lil Wayne. The multi Grammy-Award-Winning New Orleans rapper showed his rock n’ roll streak on guitar-infused album Rebirth (2010), so it makes sense that the legendary American rock band Limp Bizkit, world-renowned for heated hard rock classics like “Nookie” and “3 Dollar Bill, Yall$”, would team up with the heralded rapper and Cash Money labelmate. “Ready To Go” marks the first single off Limp Bizkit’s forthcoming full-length release Stampede of the Disco Elephants, out Fall 2013 onCash Money Records.
The single offers up a taste of what’s to come from the rock titans-Fred Durst [vocals], Wes Borland [guitars], Sam Rivers [bass], and John Otto [drums].  Boasting production from Polow da Don [Chris Brown, Pitbull], the cut is a brutal, mosh-worthy riffage and fierce scratching ensues alongside funked up bass and frenetic drumming.  Paired with Lil Wayne’s rapidfire mic wrecking, “Ready To Go” strikes the ideal balance between scorching hip-hop and bombastic hard rock.
“Ready To Go” smashed iTunes charts the first week of its April 16th release, snagging #4 on the iTunes Rock Song & Rock Album Chart and peaking at #1 on the iTunes Rock Song Chart. 
About “Ready To Go,” Durst comments, “We felt like it was a monster. This is a new chapter for us, and it’s exciting. We always knew we wanted Wayne on there, and he killed it. The track really represents a lot of the elements that make up Limp Bizkit and always have…We still wild out in our own way.”
Besides being packed with exciting collabos, hypnotic, disorienting lyricism, and party-driven, speaker-shattering rock production, Limp Bizkit’s forthcoming album signifies the first rock band to join a label roster packed with legendary acts including Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga, and Busta Rhymes. Limp Bizkit said it best themselves when they tweeted, “The [rap] game is missing danger, electricity & rock n’ roll!!! Cash Money Limp Bizkit.”
 
Get ready to remove the chain because this #$*%^ is off it. Limp Bizkit wants to know: Are you “Ready To Go?”

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Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville Artist Lineup Announced

Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville Artist Lineup Announced

An Epic Rock Lineup!

An Epic Rock Lineup!

This year, the third annual Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville expands to two days–April 27 & 28, 2013–at Jacksonville’s scenic Metropolitan Park along the beautiful St. Johns River.

The region’s biggest rock event will feature headlining performances from Alice In Chains and Limp Bizkit (marking the band’s first hometown show in over a decade), as well as Jacksonville legends Lynyrd Skynyrd. The power-packed lineup for Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville also includes: 3 Doors Down, Shinedown,Stone Sour,Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Bullet For My Valentine, Halestorm, Buckcherry, Hollywood Undead, Skillet, All  That  Remains,  Device  (featuring  David  Draiman  from  Disturbed),  Asking Alexandria, Escape The Fate, Filter, In This Moment, Steel Panther, Motionless In White, Pop Evil, Otherwise, Saving Abel, Nonpoint, Red, Young Guns, Thousand Foot Krutch, Gemini Syndrome, Girl On Fire, and more.

A special Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville ticket presale will take place on Tuesday, January 29 and Wednesday, January 30 at select Metro PCS stores. No ticket service fees will be charged during the presale. The regular ticket onsale begins Friday, February 1 at 10am EST at www.WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com, all Ticketmaster locations and select Metro PCS stores.

Two-day General Admission tickets will be just $99.50 plus service fees and single day General Admission tickets will be $54.50 plus service fees. A limited number of two-day VIP tickets and hotel packages will also be available. For full details, visit: www.WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com

“After selling out the last two years of Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville, I now see that the city is ready to bring a full-fledged two-day rock festival to downtown Jacksonville and make it a staple in North Florida music for years to come,” says Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents. “We have great radio partners at ROCK 104.5 and X102.9 providing amazing support to the city and event which will make this year’s festival more massive than ever.”

Metropolitan Park offers a scenic, spacious site for Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville that’s just a few hours drive from cities including Orlando, Tampa, Gainesville, Savannah and Tallahassee, and is easily accessible by plane from around the country. Metropolitan Park is a premier 27-acre recreational facility along the beautiful St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville, Florida at 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd.

Monster  Energy’s  Welcome  To  Rockville  is  produced  by  Jacksonville  native Danny Wimmer (one of the partners in the massively successful Rock On The Range and Carolina Rebellion festivals) of Danny Wimmer Presents. The festival is fueled by Monster Energy. Additional sponsors for the event include F.Y.E.,Metro PCS, Beacon Audio and Revolver Magazine.

Monster  Energy’s  Welcome  To  Rockville  kicks  off  the  2013  World’s  Loudest Month. Created in partnership by AEG Live, Right Arm Entertainment and Danny Wimmer Presents, the World’s Loudest Month features the biggest names inrock music performing in five distinct U.S. concert atmospheres: Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Rockfest, Rock On The Range, and Rocklahoma. In 2012, the World’s Loudest Month featured over 100 artists playing for more than 200,000 rock music fans across the country on five consecutive weekends, confirming that rock music is as vital as ever.

As part of the 2013 Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville expansion, the festival will feature a large media and radio tent to accommodate local and national radio and press outlets from around the country.

For more information on Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville, visit:

Website:www.WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/welcometorockville

Twitter: @RockvilleFest

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Black Light Burns: Wes Borland Discusses The Creation of His Latest Album!

Black Light Burns: Wes Borland Discusses The Creation of His Latest Album!

Though best known as the larger than life guitarist of Limp Bizkit, Wes Borland is not one to be lumped into a particular category. He is also an accomplished painter and his skills as a versatile musician and songwriter are on full display with Black Light Burns, his the avant-garde alter ego. One of the hardest working musicians in the business, Borland let’s his creativity flow unfiltered with Black Light Burns which has never been more evident than with the band’s sophomore album “The Moment You Realize You’re Going To Fall” available from Rocket Science/THC: Music. This powerful band released its debut, “Cruel Melody,” in 2007 featuring Danny Lohner (NIN), Josh Eustis (Puscifer) and Josh Freese (Guns N’ Roses), and a much anticipated follow-up LP of covers and B-side material, 2008’s, “Cover Your Heart,” and an accompanying DVD entitled, The Anvil Pants Odyssey. In 2009, Borland and Black Light Burns hit the road for an extended run with industrial powerhouse, Combichrist, and contributed the track, “I Want You To,” to the Underworld: Rise of the Lycans soundtrack. BLB took a temporary hiatus while Borland stayed busy with a world tour with the reformed Limp Bizkit. In 2012 BLB returned, to the delight of fans, with the track, “It Rapes All In Its Path,” on the Underworld: Awakening soundtrack, and the announcement of the impending release of a new LP. The arrival of their new album, “The Moment You Realize You’re Going To Fall,” fans were far from disappointed. The powerful new album delivers a fifteen track journey in a darker side of Borland’s psyche than their previous full-length release. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Wes Borland to discuss the creation of this impressive album, the challenges her encountered along the way, the status of Limp Bizkit’s upcoming album and much more!

I have been following your career for well over a decade at this point and we’ve spoken several times. I wanted to go back to the beginning and have you tell us a little about your first memories of music and how it came into your life.

My first memories of music are my dad playing acoustic guitar in the house. I think he listened to John Denver a lot. [laughs] I think John Denver was probably the first music I heard. It was that and Jim Croce. My dad listened to a lot of folk stuff. For some reason, he had a Moody Blues record. It had tons of analog synthesizers on it and I thought that was awesome! I would put that Moody Blues record on and pretend I was breaking into some science fiction castle in the living room! I would go through all of these booby traps that I was making up in my mind and set up pillow trap doors and all of that stuff. [laughs] I guess my first experiences were dumb, funny and adventurous experiences.

That definitely foreshadowed what was to come!

Yes! [laughs]

The latest chapter in your life musically is “The Moment You Realize You’re Going To Fall” from Black Light Burns. When you were first starting out to make this record, what were your expectations?

Black Light Burns

The last song to make it on to “Cruel Melody,” which was the first Black Light Burns record, was the first song on the album, “Mesopotamia.” At that point, in my mind, that was the jumping off point of the band steering away from the industrial sound. There were still elements of that goth, industrial era of music but I really liked that sort of surfy, stroked, punk rock, more danceable rock element. I continued to write for this record immediately after “Cruel Melody.” When I was writing the first record, I just cut the songs off, even though I was still writing. I just thought, “OK! That’s the last one on the record. Everything from here on will be on the next one.” As the first record was being mixed, I was still writing constantly and coming up with ideas. I was even to the point where I knew that the first song of … Are you familiar with “Cruel Melody?”

Yes, I am.

The very last song on the record, after it fades out, there is a whispered, barely audible, couple of lines of poetry. Those lines are the beginning of “How To Look Naked.” It is the first half of the verse of that song on the end of “Cruel Melody.” I knew that was going to happen at the end of that record and I was continuing to write the new record. Everyone that worked on the first record had been involved with Nine Inch Nails at some point. We received a ton of criticism for sounding too much like Nails on the first record. That was a definite goal on this one was to steer away from that happening again. I am not really sure how it happened, it just kinda did. It’s not the worst thing in the world. So, there was that and I also wanted less of a metal sound. I wanted it to be heavy but not sound metal. Whenever things started to get heavy, I put a lot more emphasis in the bass being distorted, having the guitars be more overdriven or more twangy or bitey — a sort of Jesus Lizard-y sounding guitar attack. I think that was successful as far as being pulled off in that way and steering away from a muted metal sound. The other thing was to make a dynamic record that sounded less clean and more live. I wanted to keep some of the mistakes in and have everything be a little more crazed sounding and not as polished. This was because the songs on “Cruel Melody,” when we took them into a venue environment and we were actually playing them live, they got wilder and more gritty. I didn’t want that change from record to live to happen as drastically as it did on the first record. Right away, I wanted to have things sound unhinged, right off the bat.

Wes Borland of Black Light Burns

What is the significance of the title of the record?

“The Moment You Realize You’re Going To Fall” was the title of an instrumental idea, the last song on the record, which was written a few years ago. it kinda became the theme for writing the lyrics for the rest of the record. I had an experience where I was rock climbing, I was free climbing, and I got into a situation out in Joshua Tree National Park where they have these huge rock formations. I got stuck on top of this big rock formation. I had gone up a certain way and reached the top but I was exhausted and couldn’t get down. My friends that I was with didn’t know where I was. The sun started to go down and I could see coyotes running by and I realized I was in this oh shit situation. It took me a long time to find a way down. There were all of these moments on the rock where I thought I was literally going to fall off the rock and die or be severely injured. It never actually reached that tipping point of the moment I realized I was about to fall but it was very close many times. That theme of being on the edge and in constant fear, there is a beauty to that, where all of your senses are heightened. I also liked that the title could be taken so many different ways. It could be the moment that you realize you are going to fall in love or the moment you realize you are going to make a terrible decision that is going to affect the rest of your life. If you are a drug addict, it could mean the moment that you are going to give up your sobriety and fall back into drug use and being an addict and there is nothing you can do about it. It could mean if you are going to cheat on somebody or gamble your savings away. There are just so many different ways both positively and negatively that it could be taken that I thought it covered and fed a lot of the themes on the album lyrically.

How has your writing process evolved through the years? Are you doing anything differently these days?

“Cruel Melody,” even though I had demoed a lot of the songs myself, there were still a lot of guest appearances by people and collaborations. There were a lot of people putting their own two cents in. For this one, I really wanted to work in solitary and not have a lot of other people involved in it because I had a lot of ideas and directions that I wanted to take it. Working with other people in a collaborative manner, you can kinda skew what the original idea might have been. It can skew the direction of that and I wanted to make an album where I didn’t have to talk to anyone! [laughs] Basically, I just wanted to be alone with my thoughts and push the ideas in whatever direction they were going to go. The only time I actually was working with people was when we were doing drums and our guitar player played a little bit on a few of the songs but for the most part it was just me working by myself. I would have to come out of that every once and awhile and show it to other people and ask them what their thoughts were to try and get a perspective on where I was headed. That was really helpful for me in the process, you know, to be in a sort of cerebral isolation where I didn’t ever need to communicate verbally.

Wes Borland

That being said, what do you consider the biggest challenge along the way?

Probably just getting it finished and out because it took so long. Most of it was written a while back. I stopped writing for this record, probably, 2-and-a-half to 3 years ago. That was the end of the writing process. I have just been so busy with Limp Bizkit that I haven’t had time to put it out. I had thought about finishing it last year and putting it out but different things and commitments kept me from doing that. Finally, I said, “That’s enough! I am doing it this year!” [laughs] And, “Whatever the consequences are of having to juggle between two bands and different projects — I’ll take them and do it!”

You have also been hard at work on the video aspects of this project. What can we expect out of you in that realm?

We have released one video which was kind of an appetizer and an introduction in some ways to the record. I don’t know if you have seen the video but it takes place on a beach. That is the first chapter of three. The second one is being edited right now and that is going to be the largest video that we are doing for the record. The video is for “How To Look Naked” which is the first track on the record. The third video is going to be more akin to the first video, where it is not as huge of a production. It will be a lot simpler. That video will be for “The Color Escapes” which is the fifth song on the record.

It’s safe to assume you will be hitting the road soon in support of the new album. Have you already started planning what the live show might include visually and musically?

Yeah. There aren’t going to be a lot of visuals besides us doing our thing. It is going to be a stripped down, “Hi! We’re at your neighborhood bar!” kind of show! [laughs] The connection level with the audiences when we play shows is a lot more intimate because we are setting our gear up and talking to the audience before we even start the show, so that whole part is really interesting. Then when we end the show, we actually go off the front of the stage into the crowd until most people leave. It is a very intimate to be in venues like that and do the show the way we do it. During the show, we interact and are on fire the whole time. It is a wild experience. We are going to be changing the set up a lot this time because we have so much material to pull from now. I think we have rehearsed 18 to 20 songs from both records, as well as a couple of songs from the covers EP we did. There is quite a lot to look forward too.

One thing I always enjoy about your work is it is always growing and you seem to have no fear when it comes to exploring new territory. How do you feel you evolved as an artist since you first started out?

The two main things I have learned … The first thing is not to be pressured about anything. I think it is better to work really hard on something and if it flops, it flops. I can’t be afraid that people aren’t going to accept something or that something will be misconstrued. I just like to create and put out. Of course there is quality control. I am not just farting in a bucket, recording it and putting it out. I am trying to explore things that interest me with the hopes that other people will be interested also. The other thing is to not filter any idea. No matter how crazy something is, I don’t like to dull the edges of it. I like to try to see it through to the nth degree and not worry about people being offended or be scared of people thinking I am dumb or anything like that. I just try to be myself and try to not censor myself.

What does the future hold for Black Light Burns? Have you already given thought to moving it forward?

Yeah, I have actually. We go on tour in The States in about two-and-a-half weeks to do a run of shows. We are supposed to go back out in The States in November and then we are going to Europe in the beginning of next year, like the end of January and early-February. My next move with Black Light Burns is to hopefully put out a new EP within the next six months to a year. I don’t want to have four or five years go by between records again.

Another huge part of your life is Limp Bizkit. Do you mind if I touch on a few things there?

No. Not at all!

It’s been nearly six months since the band signed with Cash Money Records. How has that situation been treating you?

Wes Borland

It’s really cool! It is interesting to be involved with that whole Miami scene — to go down there and check out what they are doing. They are so smart, what they are doing and with the way they do things. There are so many levels of, “Why didn’t I think of that!” as far as how they take their lesser known artists and pair them with their more well known artists on a track and, before you know it, everybody is listening to it and they keep building up their roster that way. It is genius but so simple at the same time. It is also cool to be working with hip-hop producers and people who have a different perspective on music than I do. For instance, there is a producer that we have been working with down there named Detail, who is super on fire and is so cool and into all of this different stuff. Working with him is super inspiring in the way he works and just how fast he works. They are crazy! They stay up all night! I love it! It’s so weird! [laughs] The whole studio is completely dead during the day and around 10 p.m., all of this activity begins and Lil’ Wayne is showing up. We had Flo Rida show up one night. There are so many different heavyweight artists in that world who are just around and hanging out with each other to work on music, so that is really cool. So, we have been working on songs like that but we have also been making band type songs, heavy songs, in the studio. We kinda have two different directions going on right now and they are starting to blend into each other but I think the beginnings of a record are starting to happen and we are starting to see where it is going.

I am paraphrasing from the last time we spoke, but last time out, you said the band created “a Limp Bizkit record for Limp Bizkit fans.” As things start to materialize, do you find you are doing more exploration on this record?

Ya know, I think so. Fred [Durst] has been really open lately to trying new things. He wants to do something that sounds like us but is different and covers some new territory. So, yeah. I think there will hopefully be some great new ideas on this album. He was talking about how the Black Light Burns album, every track kinda flows into the next one at some point. He really likes that idea and experimenting more with that kinda stuff and more interludes and stuff like that happening.

Any time Limp Bizkit is in the news or there is a new development, people respond to it, either positively or negatively depending on the venue. What do you think it is about the band that still polarizes the people?

I don’t know. I don’t know why some people still hold onto it. I know some people have always hated it and are shocked that it is still around in some ways but we have really amazing fans, who are really dedicated to the band. They understand that even if you can’t stand the band, the songs are not terribly written songs. There is something there that keeps it from disappearing into that refrigerator buzz metal of the world, the stuff that all sorta sounds the same and is incestuous. I would much rather be polarizing than boring and have people say, “Oh, that’s boring. No thanks.” Limp Bizkit isn’t really easy to ignore and I think that bothers people a lot. The other thing is that we are still excited about doing this. We had a long break from each other and sorta got our shit together as far as realizing what our priorities are and how much we like doing what we do, especially the live shows. Even if you hate the band, if you come to a live show, I talk to people all of the time at festivals who say, “I really didn’t like you before but now I have seen you live and I get it!” That is a big part of why we do, what we do.

You certainly left your mark on the music landscape. As a career musician, what is the best piece of advice you would give to someone looking to make music their livelihood?

Practice a lot, don’t worry about what other people say and keep moving forward. It is so much harder to make it now then when I started as far as trying to get your head above a sea of over-saturated music that is out there on the Internet. I mean, it is so crazy how many people are putting out music right now. There is really good music being put out right now and there are amazing new artists but they are just so hard to find. If you are crazy enough to start a band or to start making music, I would warn you not to [laughs], but if you disregard that warning, then by all means practice a lot, write all of the time and don’t filter yourself.

Another cool aspect of your career is your artwork. Anything new happening on that front we should be on the lookout for?

I paint all the time, so I am basically trying to amass a body of work that I feel comfortable with in putting it all together and having a big gallery show or something along those lines. I will probably align that with doing some kind of book at the same time with a bunch of my artwork. So, yeah, possibly a book and a gallery show. I have been saying that for years but maybe it will happen!

The power of positive thinking!

[laughs] Absolutely!

Is there anything you would like to add before I let you go?

That’s basically it. I am all guns blazing behind two different bands right now!

Keep up the good work, Wes. All the best to you and we will see you on the road soon! We appreciate the opportunity to help spread the word.

Thanks for being interested! Take care!

Check out the official website for the band at blacklightburnsofficial.com, complete with a free download of the album track, “Splayed” from “The Moment You Realize You’re Going To Fall”. 

The Moment You Realize You’re Going To Fall can be purchased online at:

http://bit.ly/TheMoment_iTunes (iTunes)
http://bit.ly/TheMoment_Amzn (Amazon)
http://bit.ly/TheMoment_VNYL (Brookvale Records Vinyl)
http://bit.ly/TheMoment_Nwbry (Newbury Comics)

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Black Light Burns: Now Streaming “The Moment You Realize You’re Going To Fall”

Black Light Burns: Now Streaming “The Moment You Realize You’re Going To Fall”

Black Light Burns

Black Light Burns, the avant-garde alter ego of Limp Bizkit guitarist, Wes Borland, has released its sophomore album, The Moment You Realize You’re Going To Fall, today via Rocket Science/THC: Music. Fans can stream the record in its entirety this week on AOL.com at this location >

A music video by famed director, Agata Alexander, for the album’s first official single, “How To Look Naked,” is currently in production and will be available soon.

Last week the band announced a string of headlining tour-dates, “Black Light Burns U.S. Tour: Chapter One,” set to launch on September 13th in Lancaster, Calif. When asked about his anticipation of the run with supporting acts, Psychostick and The Witch Was Right, Borland commented, “We’re gonna get down, boogie woogie, do it the way we do it. Hands are encouraged to feel up, but not be thrown up. Do not say ‘ho’ if I say ‘hey.’ Nobody will literally have their head ripped off. The roof will remain where it is during the entire show. During the set, we encourage everyone to be the opposite of dressed. Let’s smile a lot and make it look like we’re having a good time just in case they’re watching…”

The touring schedule has been expanded since the dates were announced last week. A full list of confirmed shows can be seen below.

“The Moment You Realize You’re Going To Fall” track list:

1. How to Look Naked

2. We Light Up

3. I Want You To

4. The Girl in Black

5. The Colour Escapes

6. Tiger by the Tail

7. Your Head Will be Rotting on a Spike

8. Torch From The Sky

9. Because of You

10. Splayed

11. Scream Hallelujah

12. Bakelite

13. Burn the World

14. Grinning Like a Slit

15. The Moment You Realize You’re Going to Fall

 

The Moment You Realize You’re Going To Fall can be purchased online at:

http://bit.ly/TheMoment_iTunes (iTunes)
http://bit.ly/TheMoment_Amzn (Amazon)
http://bit.ly/TheMoment_VNYL (Brookvale Records Vinyl)
http://bit.ly/TheMoment_Nwbry (Newbury Comics) 

Black Light Burns released its debut, Cruel Melody, in 2007 featuring Danny Lohner (NIN), Josh Eustis (Puscifer) and Josh Freese (Guns N’ Roses), and a follow-up LP of covers and B-side material, 2008’s, Cover Your Heart, and an accompanying DVD entitled, The Anvil Pants Odyssey.

In 2009, Borland and Black Light Burns hit the road for an extended run with industrial powerhouse, Combichrist, and contributed the track, “I Want You To,” to the Underworld: Rise of the Lycans soundtrack. BLB took a temporary hiatus while Borland stayed busy with a world tour with the reformed Limp Bizkit. In 2012 BLB returned, to the delight of fans, with the track, “It Rapes All In Its Path,” on the Underworld: Awakening soundtrack, and the announcement of the impending release of a new LP.

Borland and co. recently launched a new website, blacklightburnsofficial.com, complete with a free download of the album track, “Splayed.”

Stay tuned to blacklightburnsofficial.com for more information on Black Light Burns and The Moment You Realize You’re Going To Fall.

 

“Black Light Burns U.S. Tour: Chapter One” dates…

9/13 – Lancaster, CA @ Industry Theater

9/14 – Fresno, CA @ Babylon

9/15 – Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse

9/17 – Amarillo, TX @ Leftwoods

9/18 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog

9/19 – Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s

9/20 – Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats West

9/21 – Norman, OK @ Hidden Castle

9/22 – Kansas City, MO @ Aftershock

9/25 – San Antonio, TX @ Korova

9/26 – El Paso, TX @ House Of Rock

9/27 – Tempe, AZ @ Rocky Point Cantina

9/29 – Sacramento, CA @ Boardwalk

9/30 – W. Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go

 

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Gathering of the Juggalos: P.O.D., Kottenmouth Kings And More To Stream Live!

Gathering of the Juggalos: P.O.D., Kottenmouth Kings And More To Stream Live!

The biggest event of the concert season!

With the infamous Gathering of the Juggalos creeping up quickly, the duo of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, better known as Insane Clown Posse, have announced that fans who can’t make it to Cave-In-Rock, IL can watch three days of madness go down, live from their very own living room, via Internet Pay Per View.

Pay for one day, or pay for all three, the choice is yours but you won’t be disappointed with acts like P.O.D, Kottonmouth Kings, Twiztid, Insane Clown Posse and more gracing the Main Stage. The outrageousness won’t stop there as JCW wrestlers take to the ring for Juggalo Bloodymania on tap for Sunday!

For more information on the Gathering of the Juggalos and to buy Internet Pay Per View tickets, visit:http://www.psychopathiclive.com/psylive/events/upcoming.

Also, be on the lookout for Insane Clown Posse’s new album, The Mighty Death Pop!, available in three tasty flavors starting August 14th! Make sure to pre-order all three albums of The Mighty Death Pop! including Black Pop!White Pop!and Red Pop! on iTunes now.

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Insane Clown Posse Premieres Official “Chris Benoit” Video, Launches New App!

Insane Clown Posse Premieres Official “Chris Benoit” Video, Launches New App!

The one and only Insane Clown Posse has just premiered the official video for “Chris Benoit,” the first single from their upcoming album, The Mighty Death Pop!. The video debuted last night on Violent J’s Psychopathic Radio program, The Witching Hour, with special guest Shaggy 2 Dope on psychopathicradio.com.

ICP also announced that they have just launched an official app for iPhone, iPad, and Android that’s packed with exclusive content not available anywhere else. The app is a must have for any Juggalo, and features photo galleries, biographical information, live updated links to Facebook and Twitter, upcoming ICP events, and more. It’s available now for $1.99 in the iTunes store and Google Play.

For more info on ICP and the upcoming 13th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos, visit juggalogathering.comThe Mighty Death Pop! is due August 14th.

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Insane Clown Posse To Premiere “Chris Benoit” Video On July 26th

Insane Clown Posse To Premiere “Chris Benoit” Video On July 26th

Insane Clown Posse are slated to premiere the new video for “Chris Benoit” this Thursday, July 26th on Violent J’s Psychopathic Radio program, The Witching Hour. The premiere will go down during the show (with special guest Shaggy 2 Dope), which airs from 9:00pm – 1:00am EST on psychopathicradio.com.  “Chris Beoit” is the first track to surface from ICP’s upcoming album, The Mighty Death Pop, due August 14th.

Tickets for the 13th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos, featuring performances by Raekwon, The Pharcyde, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Master P, Warren G and more, are on sale now at juggalogathering.com. Fans can check out a new video which gives information about everything happening at The Gathering of the Juggalos.

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