DAYTONA BEACH – You wanted the best; you have the best.
Yes, members of the KISS Army will be able to pledge their allegiance for at least one last time when the band takes the stage as the opening night headliner of the Welcome to Rockville music festival May 19-22 at Daytona International Speedway.
The Daytona Beach stop is part of the group’s “End of the Road Tour,” a farewell hike that began three years ago but has been extended multiple times due to the seemingly endless complications of the pandemic. world of coronavirus.
Welcome to Rockville:What to know before going to the Daytona Beach Rock Music Festival
Originally scheduled to end in July 2021, the tour is now expected to wrap up by the end of the year, according to the latest updates offered by the current lineup of founding band members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, now joined by drummer Eric Singer and lead guitarist Tommy Thayer. . The final tour date posted on the band’s website is October 7 at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, California.
This means the band’s Welcome to Rockville set will be among their final flame-tinged rock ‘n’ roll shows. No doubt, this is an important step.
Until the inevitable reunion.
Of course, many fans visiting Rockville are disappointed with the absence of the Foo Fighters, after bandleader Dave Grohl ended all scheduled shows following the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins.
In case you missed it, Nine inch nails was drafted in to headline the Foos closing night. Although there has been some grumbling online about the change, Nine Inch Nails and frontman Trent Reznor remain a formidable live presence.
For Nine Inch Nails, the Daytona Beach performance will be among a limited number of U.S. tour dates this spring, a list that includes late April stops in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta.
Since the band’s last tour in 2018, Nine Inch Nails released simultaneous albums, “Ghosts V: Together” and “Ghosts VI: Locusts,” side-by-side at the dawn of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.
Additionally, Reznor and his longtime collaborator Atticus Ross have created soundtracks for productions such as the HBO series “Watchmen”, the Disney-Pixar film “Soul”, and the Netflix productions “Bird Box” and “Mank”, among others.
Korn headlines Friday night
After emerging as a nu-metal vanguard with their landmark self-titled release in 1994, Korn managed to sell 40 million albums and continue to push the boundaries of heavy metal. On their Friday night headliner in Rockville, expect the band to mix in mandatory hits with material from their latest release, “Requiem.”
The new songs, including the single “Start the Healing,” came about amid pandemic shutdowns that unexpectedly took the band off the road. Lead singer Jonathan Davis and the band used the luxury of time to record on analog tape, a process they credit with adding new texture to the music.
Guns N’ Roses Saturday
After also being sidelined during the pandemic, Guns N’ Roses is back on the road with a reunion of original members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan. The band’s Saturday headliner at Welcome to Rockville precedes upcoming summer tour dates in Europe and shows in South America this fall.
The reunited group released two singles last year, “Absurd” and “Hard Skool,” both from 2008’s “Chinese Democracy” album. Slash recently told music magazine NME that there could be new music from the band this summer. So there is at least the potential for a preview at Welcome to Rockville.
Other lineup changes
In case you missed it, there are a few more tweaks to the Rockville roster:
After canceling its 2022 tour dates, Parkway Drive is no longer playing in Rockville. Likewise, Hatebreed, The Black Dahlia Murder and Solence will also be absent from the festival.
Back on the preparations in 2021:Welcome to Rockville ready for takeoff at Daytona International Speedway
On the plus side, Underoath, RED, John Harvie and Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown have been added to the lineup by Los Angeles-based event promoter Danny Wimmer Presents.
When does my favorite band play?
A complete updated program with fixed times will be published approximately two weeks before the show via the event website, welcometorockville.comas well as its social media pages and mobile app.