Louder Than Life Festival

Preview by Steve Black

Let's see, a great rock & roll line up - Gourmet Man Food - tons of beverages - and good friends? How many different ways can I say YES! The new Louder Than Life festival has the makings to be the best event of the summer. It takes place in Louisville. Kentucky, so it's not exactly "around the corner" from the Motor City, but the distance is within reason and we are talking about seeing Judas Priest, Kid Rock, S.T.P. Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Alter Bridge, Korn, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Pop Evil, Theory of a Deadman, Otherwise, Nothing More, Monster Truck and several other bands spread out over 2 days, October 4th and 5th.

I spoke to **Rob Halford** of **Judas Priest** a few days back and he sounded thrilled 

as he told me "As I understand it this is the first one (festival) in Ketucky of this nature. Just look at the bill! It's extraordinary the talent that will be appearing. It is way I love festivals because it brings all kinds of bands together and all different kinds of fans together."

**Rob Caggiano** of **Volbeat** told me via Skype "Every time we play a festival we try to 

check out the other stuff that's going on depending on time. This will be a great rock & roll show so bring your ear plugs."

The "other stuff" as Rob put it includes the Jack Daniel's Whiskey Experience, German Town 

presented by Jagermeister, a huge line up of gourmet man food from local Kentucky and near by St. Louis BBQ masters, celebrity chefs and even access to artist inspired drinks including Mastodon’s Black Tongue Double Black IPA, Iron Maiden’s Trooper Premium British Beer, Motörhead’s Bastards Lager, Motörhead Vodka and Slayer’s Reign in Blood Red Cabernet Sauvignon.

I asked Dean DeLeo from Stone Temple Pilots if he would have the opportunity to sample 

some of the fun beverages and he told me "I'll let you be the judge of that, if you see me and my playing ability...well, you'll know if I passed through the craft beer garden." I then suggested he wait until after the show, after all nobody wants an empty hand during Judas Priest set, and we mutually decided that might be a good plan to follow.

I will be there as The Chop Shop interviews all of the bands playing the show, with special guest

reports from some of the bands on the food and drink. I'll also be recording a full 2-hour Chop Shop backstage with tons of special guests.

I hope you can join me, this one will be talked about until we do it all over again next year.




 


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