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Line-Up Revealed for 8th Annual Carolina Rebellion

Muse—In Their Only American Festival Performance—
Queens Of The Stone Age, Godsmack, Alice In Chains,
Five Finger Death Punch, Incubus & Shinedown Top Lineup

For 8th Annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion

Friday, May 4, Saturday, May 5 & Sunday, May 6 At
Rock City Campgrounds At Charlotte Motor Speedway In Charlotte, NC

Festival producers Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Presents are bringing a diverse and unprecedented music lineup to the 8th annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC on Friday, May 4Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, 2018.

The Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion music lineup will feature many critically acclaimed, multiplatinum artists and the hottest up-and-coming talent including: Muse (in their first announced, and only American festival performance of 2018), Queens of the Stone AgeAlice In ChainsFive Finger Death PunchGodsmack (celebrating their 20th anniversary), IncubusShinedownBilly IdolBreaking BenjaminStone SourHalestormStone Temple PilotsIn This MomentThe UsedBullet For My ValentineThe StrutsUnderoathClutchGreta Van Fleet, and many more.

Many Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion bands will be performing brand new music from their upcoming 2018 releases, including Alice In ChainsShinedownStone Temple PilotsHalestormBlack Veil BridesAsking AlexandriaSevendustPop Evil, and Red Sun Rising.

The Mid-Atlantic’s Biggest Rock Festival features over 60 bands performing on four stages, plus outstanding barbeque offerings in the Pig Out Village, and top-notch camping facilities. In 2017, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion had another record-breaking year, with more than 105,000 fans attending over three days.

The daily band lineup for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion 2018 is as follows (subject to change):

  • Friday, May 4:

    Alice In Chains, Shinedown, Stone Sour, Stone Temple Pilots, Bullet For My Valentine, Underoath, Parkway Drive, Pop Evil, Sevendust, Andrew W.K., Tremonti, Red Sun Rising, Avatar, Texas Hippie Coalition, Power Trip, He Is Legend, Turnstile, Counterfeit, Stick To Your Guns, The Wild!

  • Saturday, May 5:

    Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Halestorm, In This Moment, The Used, Trivium, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, Hatebreed, Butcher Babies, New Years Day, Shaman’s Harvest, From Ashes To New, Emmure, Toothgrinder, Palisades, Bad Wolves, Palaye Royale, Joyous Wolf, Them Evils

  • Sunday, May 6:

    Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Incubus, Billy Idol, The Struts, Clutch, Thrice, Baroness, Greta Van Fleet, Quicksand, The Sword, Red Fang, Code Orange, The Bronx, Mutoid Man, The Fever 333, The Blue Stones, Black Foxxes, Spirit Animal

Joe Litvag, Executive Producer of Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, said, “In all of the Carolinas there is only one music festival that has this kind of variety in a single weekend, spanning the rock spectrum and the decades of rock history. From MuseQueens of the Stone Age, and Incubus to Five Finger Death PunchGodsmackShinedownHalestorm, and Alice In ChainsBreaking BenjaminStone Temple Pilots…it doesn’t stop. And that is exactly what we wanted to accomplish for this year’s Carolina Rebellion—non-stop, incredible rock from a diverse range of top artists.”

Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion flyer with band lineup and venue details

Brent Smith of Shinedown said, “We are extremely honored to be playing Carolina Rebellion 2018. We have always admired how this event has grown year after year. With that being said, let’s get it on. Cya in May, Rebels!!!”

All General Admission and VIP tickets (including layaway options), as well as Hotel Packages and Camping options, are on sale now at Fans are encouraged to buy early and save. New for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion 2018: Each ticket price level has a limited number of tickets available, so attendees can save more by buying earlier. Ticket prices will automatically move to the next price level once a price allotment sells out. The layaway purchase option also allows fans to split the ticket cost into four monthly payments.

Current ticket pricing levels are as follows while supplies last:

  • Weekend VIP: $350.00 plus fees
  • Weekend General Admission: $149.00 plus fees
  • Weekend General Admission 4-Pack: $500.00 plus fees
  • 2-Day General Admission (Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday): $99.50 plus fees
  • Single Day General Admission: $89.50 plus fees

Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Diamond Premier Hotel Packages are also available for purchase while supplies last.

Camping Packages are currently SOLD OUT. However, Camping Upgrades (to tent, basic RV or full RV camping) are still available for those that purchase GA or VIP weekend tickets.

Specially priced tickets for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion will be available for active military through partner GovX ( while supplies last.

Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is produced by AEG Presents and Danny Wimmer Presents and is brought to you in part by Monster Energy.

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CKY’s Jess Margera: New Record “The Phoenix” is a Rebirth and Return to Writing ‘Timeless’ Songs [Interview]

CKY have released “The Phoenix,” their first album in eight years, with guitarist Chad Ginsburg taking over vocal and frontman duties for the group, joined by Jess Margera (drums) and Matt Deis (bass), and signaling a rebirth of the band that has held a cult following for two decades.

Rei Haycraft was able to catch up with drummer Jess Margera as they performed on the HIM “Bang and Whimper” Farewell Tour at The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC.


REI: Rei Haycraft here at the Fillmore Charlotte with the Jess from CKY! How’s your tour been thus far?
JESS: It’s been really good. Today’s a little rough. Like I was saying earlier, I’m kind of hungover, because Brent from Mastodon came to the Atlanta show last night, and that’s always a good time, but now… I’m paying the price.

REI: That’s awesome! Did he get up on stage with you guys for his solo?
JESS: No. We were talking about maybe doing the song that he’s on the record [“Days of Self-Destruction”] but he kind of just wanted to hang. He showed up a little late, and stuff, so we were like, alright just have a good time. We’ll party later.
REI: What was it like working with him on a song?
JESS: I actually was not there. We did the record and Rancho De La Luna … well we did most of the music there, and then Chad went back to his place in LA and cut the vocals, then he had to go to Henson Studios to record Brent’s solo, because, I guess Mastodon was mixing at Henson Studios, which is pretty funny. There’s probably an Elmo taping going on next door, or something.

REI: Eight years since the last CKY record. You’re probably getting a million questions about what is it like coming back after all that time and as a three-piece. Can you tell us a little bit about that?
JESS: I think it was really good to take a bunch of years off. You know, go mess around and do some solo projects, and stuff. Chad did a solo record. I did some stuff with the company band, which is a band I’m in with Neil Fallon from Clutch, and Jim Rota from Fireball, and Brad from Crew Manchu. So, that was fun. Yeah, after a few years, you get itchy and you’re like, “Alright, I gotta go back to home base. The band I’ve been in since high school.” It was pretty great getting back together with a new energy to the band, because we got pretty burnt out for a while.
REI: Do you feel like The Phoenix is a rebirth for CKY?
JESS: Absolutely. We kind of hit a wall, I guess 2009-ish, and we did that record Carver City, which it has its moment, but it’s kind of like CKY on steroids, and we just went completely over the top and focused more on creating a crazy sounding record versus writing super catchy songs. We really wanted to get back to writing good hooks, and catchy melodies, and timeless choruses. Like we used to do on Infiltrate, and stuff like that. More about the song, less about the, “Hey, look at me. I’m a good musician,” or whatever. You know musicians appreciated Carver City and stuff, because we went a little over the top with it, but at the end of the day, most people just want to hear a good song.

REI: The latest music video that came out was “Head for a Breakdown,” but that was tour footage, kind of compilation.
JESS: Yeah, that was kind of funny how that worked out. We were doing a UK tour, and then we were playing two nights at this place in London, and the Costa Sisters came out. We’d known them forever, and they were like, “Let’s film something.” We’re like, “What?” They’re like, “We’ll just follow you guys around London.” It worked out perfect, because we had a press day, and then pretty much everything got canceled because of the Arianna Grande thing [the Manchester bombing of 2016] happened right then, and so we just had all day to cruise around town. It’s kind of funny. I’ve been to London probably 20 times, but I’ve never done the whole thing. Like, went to see Parliament, London Bridge, and all that stuff.
REI: Did you see where Harry Potter was written?
JESS: I don’t think so. I went to a bunch of cool pubs, where William Shakespeare used to drink and stuff. I nerded out on a lot of stuff like that. I love old pubs. It’s funny, because right by my house in Pennsylvania there’s a 300-year-old pub that’s really cool, but over in England it’s like, “Yeah, this was built in 1210,” you’re like, “Holy shit, the Knights at the Roundtable and shit were drinking there probably.”
REI: It puts things in perspective for sure.
JESS: Yeah.

REI: Then your other music video for Replaceable, that’s a little bit more on the whacky fun side. What was that like to shoot?
JESS: Yeah, it was cool, but it was stressful because we had basically one day before we left for Warped Tour when we found a director and everything. It was like… we were just so busy putting the finishing touches on the album and they’re like, “You guys got to shoot a video for this,” and it’s like, “Well, we have Warped Tour coming up any day now,” so we just scrambled and found a director. Luckily, he was a somewhat local guy. We just made it happen. It all came together.
REI: What was the process like of shooting it with all of the actors, all the props and sets. Do you all have a big hand in that?
JESS: The director, Joffe, he hooked everything up and came up with the concept. We were going to try and maybe somewhat recreate that Phil Collins video where he just keeps firing directors and stuff, like, “hey, you’re replaceable.” We loosely based it on that, but made it our own as well.
REI: Did you keep the sock puppets?
JESS: I think, yeah, I think Chad has them maybe. Chad’s like really into puppets and … you know I’m sure he loved going to Henson to record Brent Hinds. He loves like the Muppets and stuff.
REI: That’s not where I thought that was going.
JESS: Yeah. I know. He came over to my house once. I have four kids. He was just armed with Muppet videos and stuff and was like, “Scarlotte, did you ever see Muppets Take Manhattan?”

REI: What song do you feel has been resonating the most with fans since the record came out?
JESS: I think “Head for a Breakdown.” That was my pick to go to radio with first. I guess a lot of other people saw it differently, so they went with “Replaceable,” but it’s funny, man, you could see as soon as we dropped that video it got … I think it’s up to 200,000 views already, or something. Only came out a week and a half ago. I’m stoked to see people really getting into that song, because probably one of my favorites off the record.

REI: What’s your favorite to play live?
JESS: I have a lot of fun with “Escape from Hellview.” We’re not doing it on this tour, but on our headliner shows, we wrote this whole intro before it kicks in. It’s super Stranger Things-y, John Carpenter-y. It’s fun. We only get a certain amount of time on this tour, so we kind of had to chop that, but yeah, that’s probably my favorite song to play live.

I kind of want to say The Phoenix is the album that should have came out after Infiltrate in my opinion. We kind of branched off on An Answer Can Be Found and Carver City, and tried new things. It was hit or miss. Some songs really clicked, and some were kind of whatever. Most people like the first two albums the most, and I feel like the new album is very on par with those. I feel like “Head for a Breakdown,” or something, could have came out with Infiltrate. It would have fit pretty well on that record in my opinion. It blends good, flows nice, and gets a great reaction every night.
REI: What do you hope that fans take away from this new album?
JESS: We really wanted to try something new, and we went to Rancho De La Luna in the desert, and Joshua Tree, because we’re huge fans of that whole scene, you know Kyuss and Queens of Stone Age, and Eagles of Death Metal, and stuff. The opportunity popped up to go there and record. I mean, it’s just such a one of a kind place. The amps. Everything about it. We were trying to make it sound like if Quincy Jones recorded an album at the place where Kyuss made Welcome to Sky Valley.
REI: I think I heard a quote where it said this album was “as if Quincy Jones had run amuck with CKY”?
JESS: Yeah. Somebody said that I was like, perfect. That’s completely accurate description of that because we love those bands … like stoner rock bands from the desert, and we like Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson stuff, so try to blend that together somehow.

REI: What also would you like fans to know about the band or things for them to look forward to?
JESS: Well, we’re definitely going to keep touring and keep making records, much more faster pace than we have been. Yeah, those days are over of taken five years in between albums and stuff. We want to stay busy. We feel extremely fortunate that we still have a pretty impressive cult following after 20 years. Not every band can say that. We don’t take it for granted at all. It’s just really cool to come out here, and do tours with our friends. We’re going to UK with Skindred coming up. Really cool band that we’ve been friends with for a while. Now, we’re doing our own headlining tour in February and March. Yeah, it’s mainly just getting out there again, and touring, and letting people know we’re actually back for real this time.
REI: No more hiatus.
JESS: Yeah. Lots of apologizing. Damage repair or whatever. Half these clubs we’ve played it’s like, “Sorry about last time, man. I think we lit that couch on fire, or something backstage…. Sorry about that.” We’re not like that anymore. It’s been a lot of apologizing and repairing damaged relationships.
REI: In a good way, and giving people new music to boot.
JESS: Yeah.

REI: Do you have any last words of wisdom for fans back home?
JESS: Have a good time, all the time.
REI: Unless you’re burning couches.
JESS: Right. That’s a Viv Savage quote from Spinal Tap, of course—
REI: And, as a drummer it’s dangerous to quote Spinal Tap, because your own fate may hang in the balance.
JESS: I might implode on stage or something.
REI: Well, let’s hope that’s not the case, or else all of your promises of new records are going to go flat.
JESS: If I’m going to implode, it’ll probably be today, because I’m very hung over, but I just had a Hair of the Dog beer, and a bunch of coffee, so I feel a lot better now…. ’cause, this morning was rough.
REI: I’m sorry. [laughs] Well, thank you so much for taking time with us and have a fantastic set!
JESS: Absolutely. Right on. Thank you.

Welcome To Rockville 2018 Lineup Revealed!

Stone Temple Pilots Join Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville For Special Saturday Appearance; Wolf Alice, He Is Legend & Toothgrinder Added To Festival Lineup

Florida’s Biggest Rock Experience Expands To Three Days • Friday, April 27, Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29, 2018 • At Metropolitan Park In Jacksonville, FL

With Sets From Ozzy Osbourne, Foo Fighters,
Avenged Sevenfold, Queens Of The Stone Age,
Along with Billy Idol, Five Finger Death Punch, Godsmack, Stone Sour & More
General Tickets, VIP Packages, Hotel & Camping Options On Sale Now

Stone Temple Pilots — who just debuted their new singer Jeff Gutt last night — have been added to the unparalleled music lineup for the eighth annual Monster Energy Welcome To RockvilleFriday, April 27Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, FL.

Florida’s Biggest Rock Experience grows to three days in 2018 with Foo FightersOzzy OsbourneAvenged SevenfoldQueens of the Stone AgeBilly IdolGodsmackStone Sour, and Five Finger Death Punch leading an incredible talent lineup not seen at any other U.S. rock festival. Other additions to this unprecedented rock experience—created by Jacksonville native Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents—include Toothgrinder (Friday), He Is Legend (Saturday), and Wolf Alice (Sunday).

The updated daily band lineups for Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville are as follows:

  • Friday, April 27:

    Ozzy Osbourne, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm, The Used, Parkway Drive, Underoath, Trivium, Atreyu, Power Trip, Texas Hippie Coalition, ’68, Toothgrinder, Palisades, While She Sleeps, Bad Wolves, Them Evils

  • Saturday, April 28:

    Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Breaking Benjamin, Stone Temple Pilots, Hollywood Undead, Killswitch Engage, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, Sevendust, Pop Evil, Andrew W.K., Avatar, Butcher Babies, Red Sun Rising, Joyous Wolf, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, He Is Legend, Stick To Your Guns, Palaye Royale, The Wild!

  • Sunday, April 29:

    Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Billy Idol, Clutch, Bullet For My Valentine, Thrice, Greta Van Fleet, Baroness, Quicksand, Red Fang, Wolf Alice, The Sword, The Bronx, Turnstile, The Fever 333, Black Foxxes, Fireball Ministry, Spirit Animal

Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville tickets, VIP packages, as well as hotel and camping options are on sale now. Discounted online hotel rates are also available through Curadora. Visit for details. As in the past, General Admission ticket discounts are also available for active military through Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville partner GovX (

Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville flyer with band lineup and venue details

As previously announced, for the first time, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville is offering car and RV camping spots for attendees. Camping spots at Tailgaters Parking lots include four nights of camping in a secured lot featuring indoor restrooms, shower trailers and access to a full restaurant and general store.

Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville kicks off the annual World’s Loudest Month festival series and will also feature a variety of onsite experiences, including the Monster Energy Experience (featuring Monster Energy tastings and signings with select Rockville artists), The Music Experience (an interactive exhibit and musical instrument retailer), F.Y.E. Fan Experience (purchase your favorite album and get it signed by select Rockville artists), Zippo, and Take Me Home nonprofit animal rescue organization, among others.

Attendees will enjoy local and regional food favorites in the Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville “Grub” zone, while fans 21+ can wash down Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville‘s over-the-top food offerings with a variety of beverages, including selections from the Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards Wine Garden (owned by Arizona resident Maynard James Keenan, co-founder of international recording acts TOOL, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer), Heavy Tiki Bar (an oasis filled with killer cocktails and shade), and local craft beer.

Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville is fueled by Monster Energy. Additional 2018 sponsors include: The Music Experience, F.Y.E., Zippo, and more to be announced.

Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, a producer of some of the biggest rock festivals in America, including Rock On The Range, Monster Energy Aftershock, Louder Than Life, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Chicago Open Air, Bourbon & Beyond, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Northern Invasion and more. Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville kicks off the annual World’s Loudest Month festival series.

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Long Live the Spirit of Tour Life — Exclusive Interview with A LIGHT DIVIDED

Interview by Rei Haycraft at The Milestone in Charlotte, NC.

We caught up with Winston-Salem, NC native rockers A LIGHT DIVIDED as they set out on the “Long Live The Flame Tour,” their ninth regional tour and their first run through the Mid-Atlantic to talk about tour life, their forthcoming album, and some of their best (and worst) tour memories!

Learn more about A Light Divided by following them on Facebook, Reverbnation, Spotify, YouTube, and at their official website at