Carolina Rebellion: Day 1

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Photo by Benjamin Robson

Carolina Rebellion, the heralded rock ‘n’ roll festival, took the excitement and head-banging to another level this year, adding an extra day which inevitably attracted thousands of more rebels to Concord N.C. for the sold-out festival weekend. Ecstasy (figuratively, but most likely the recreational substance as well) filled the air as thousands lined up at the crack of noon Friday to barrel through the gateway to hard rock bliss and paradise.

63 bands, over 90,000 fans and 32 hours of rock ‘n’ roll euphoria.

Photos by Benjamin Robson.

Aranda kicked off the three day weekend for the early birds who were committed to sloshing through the shallow mud to throw the horns up in front of the Oklahoma City natives. Their short set on the Rebellion stage warmed up the crowd for Stitched Up Heart, Black Stone Cherry, Lacey Sturm, and the Swedish face paint icons Avatar.

Hellyeah, along with their “We’re All In This Together” tour comrades New Years Day, From Ashes To News and Escape the Fate delivered intense, heart pounding sets that evoked the first crowd surfers of the weekend.

Photos by Benjamin Robson.

3 Doors Down took over the festival as soon as 6:15 p.m. struck with a nostalgic set consisting of their greatest hits which a crowd at least 100 yards deep sang word for word. To no surprise, many topless rebels superman-ed across the fingertips of the sweaty audience while 3 Doors Down jammed out to “Kryponite.”

Photos by Benjamin Robson.

Coincidence? Not at all.

Collective Soul delivered one of the most musically sound live performances off the weekend while rock ‘n’ roll hall-of-famers Lynyrd Skynyrd pumped life into the Southern crowd with timeless classics. Ten thousands of lighters and a few cellphones lit up the night sky while heads gracefully bobbed back and forth to “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Freebird.”

Photos by Benjamin Robson.

Scorpions capped off the night in German style as Rudolf Schenker, Matthias Jabs and Klaus Meine took center stage to more or less, rock Rebellion, like a hurricane. Their supercharged set consisting of 15 classic ballads, including a rare festival encore set the bar fairly high for the following 42 bands.

Photos by Benjamin Robson.

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Jared Allen

Jared Allen

Jared is an aspiring journalist and avid music listener living in Charlotte, NC. He enjoys live music, long car rides with Kellin Quinn and trips to the local record store, even though he still doesn't own a turntable in fear that his roommates will evict him.

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