Festival season is just around the corner, and as exciting as it is, something always has to come first! Before the festivals happen, there's always a series of lineup announcements for various festivals that will happen in the coming year. That season is now upon us, and has kicked off with the 11th Annual Rock On The Range festival! If you'd like to see the full lineup, please click here, because this post is not about Rock On The Range directly. Its connected, yes, but its actually about Fort Rock 2017, just as the title says.
Now I've been going to festivals for several years now, and have come to notice something very interesting regarding them. All the US festivals (aside from Warped tour, which always has to be the unique one), tend to have similar lineups. I assume its so less people around the country feel left out when they hear of a festival that's too far away from them that they would love to go.
No two lineups are ever the exact same, but they always have bands in common. Also, there's some observations I've made regarding Fort Rock. Some bands seem to perform every other year, and no band has ever played two years in a row. For example, Papa Roach performed at Fort Rock 2013, which was the first year, and 2015. Rob Zombie played in 2014, and 2016, as did Five Finger Death Punch.
So, given those observations, I think I might be able to make some good guesses regarding the 2017 Fort Rock lineup. Plus, its kind of just fun to see if I can guess any of the bands. Last year I guessed nine of the bands performing for Fort Rock this year, and let me tell you -I was very excited about it! What I think its kind of interesting, is I looked back just to see who all I guessed and what all I said surrounding those guesses and a handful of the bands that are actually playing ROTR 2017 were on my guess list. None of those bands actually performed this year, but I'm wondering if they may perform this year.
On that list, and the ROTR lineup for this year are Korn, Volbeat, Beartooth, Seether, Alter Bridge, and Nothing More. Korn, Volbeat, Nothing More and Alter Bridge have all played Fort Rock before, but not recently. So, I am wondering if they could be there in 2017. Volbeat hasn't performed since the first year in 2013, Korn, Nothing More and Alter Bridge all have not performed at Fort Rock since 2014, so it seems possible that they would all perform.
I've been wracking my brain to come up with ideas ever since they announced the dates for Fort Rock 2017. Its going to be the fifth annual one, and the fourth one I've attended as press. 3rd one in a row! So, Fort Rock is quite special to me. So, based off some of my own guesses, and the ROTR line up, I think I might have somewhat of an educated guess.
Just as I said last year, I must throw out there that I don't actually know the lineup, so I imagine more than half of the bands I guess will not actually perform. With enough information, and context clues though, sometimes you can get a vague idea. I mean, after all, last year, I did guess that Disturbed, Shinedown, Bring Me The Horizon, Lamb Of God, A Day To Remember, and Saint Asonia all would play at Fort Rock 2016.
So, I'm hopeful that this year will be no different!
Metallica, Soundgarden and Korn are all headlining ROTR 2017, and given how massive Metallica has always been, and the recent success of their brand new album, I would not be shocked if they do perform one of the two days of Fort Rock. Korn feels like a safe guess, because, as I said, they performed in 2014. It just feels like they're over due for a performance here locally.
I had half wondered if Skillet would perform, because they have never played Fort Rock, but play all over Florida, including near our area, quite regularly. So, seeing them on the ROTR lineup, makes me speculate that its possible. Sum 41 had also crossed my mind, simply because they made their massive comeback this year and I have a feeling they're going to be going out on tour, and performing at all the massive festivals next year.
My lineup predictions for Fort Rock 2017 are:
Day One; April 29, 2017:
-The Offspring -Papa Roach
-The Pretty Reckless -Alter Bridge
-Sum 41 -Taking Back Sunday
-Motionless In White -Pierce The Veil
-Starset -Nothing More
Day Two; April 30, 2017:
-Anon Amarth -In Flames
-Suicide Silence -Chevelle
-Beartooth -Coheed And Cambria
-Every Time I Die -Bush
-One Less Reason -Kyng -As Lions
I feel fairly secure in my guesses, but obviously I could be wrong. Honestly, it surprises me a bit to see Pierce The Veil in the lineup at all, but at the same time it shouldn't. They played a few festivals this year that they didn't seem to completely fit the bill for. I'm actually rather excited for them that they're not getting stuck in a box. They put on a great show, so I would really like to see them again.
As far as the bands that I really want to see seem fitting for Fort Rock based off the ROTR, there's Papa Roach, Seether, PTV, One Less Reason, Attila, Motionless In White, Starset, Nothing More, and a few others I didn't mention.
Other bands that I chose not to name here, but were speculated were Three Days Grace, Art Of Dying, Escape The Fate, In This Moment, and Halestorm. I'm not sure who all to expect, but I really do think the ROTR lineup is a big hint!
I'm extremely hopeful for Papa Roach again, as I would love to see them again. One of my absolute favorite photos that I've ever taken actually is of Jacoby Shaddix at Fort Rock 2015. So, if I could some how do that again, that would be awesome. Plus, who wouldn't like to hear their favorite song again and again?
All of the speculations will be proved true, or false on December 5, and frankly I can't wait! Stay tuned for the lineup, more content and of course, my thoughts on the real lineup. I'm actually feeling enthused to write for the first time in several months, so who knows! Maybe this will bring back the spark that has been out for a while now.
We shall see! Meanwhile, who do you want to see play a festival near you? Let us know in the comments, over on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
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