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Rock On The Range 2012 once again delivered the goods, proving that it remains the best destination festival in the US. The tens of thousands of live music lovers who made the trip from near and far were treated to 2 full days and a bonus night of continuous rock and metal.
Ohio's Columbus Crew Stadium is the perfect venue for an all day musical onslaught. The main stage spans the entire width of the soccer field, providing 120 yards of crowd-surfing, circle-pitting, moshing madness. The stands offer excellent viewing angles. The large second stage on one side of the stadium allows for a quick walk between main stage and side stage performances, which run like clockwork one after the other. The viewing area is surrounded by food, drink, merch, FYE CD's for sale that come with a free artist signing, free Monster Energy drinks, and a PS3 truck featuring games that aren't even out yet. The opposite side of the stadium is much cozier - a Jagermeister truck stage on a small patch of grass creates an intimate club environment. There is on site camping and plenty of nearby hotels, all close to the airport. There is no reason not to come to this festival every year.
The 2012 lineup was everything we have come to expect from Rock On The Range - a healthy dose of up-and-coming artists, tons of today's chart toppers, and several living legends. Many previous fan favorites, such as Halestorm, Escape The Fate and Adelitas Way, were elevated to the main stage. That left spots on the side stages for rising artists such as James Durbin, Aranda, In This Moment and Trivium, as well as heavy hitters P.O.D., Cypress Hill and the mighty Anthrax. The main stage provided plenty of energy, keeping the crowd in a constant frenzy of activity. The hit makers of the past decade - Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Chevelle, Black Stone Cherry, Volbeat - teed up the Rangers to be finished off by the epic awesomeness of Slash, Incubus, Megadeth, Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie. Another massive success - just ask anyone who was there.