Rock on the Range is an annual, two-day rock festival held each May in Columbus, Ohio. This May (16th - 17th) will mark the third consecutive event. Previous festivals were wildly successful sell-outs.
As you well know, February is festival announcement season and people are ready to learn who will play Rock on the Range 2009.
Rumors and festivals go hand in hand - so here are the rumored bands for Rock on the Range:
Alice in Chains
Motley Crue (headliner)
All That Remains
Charm City Devils
State of Shock
I highly doubt the list is 100% accurate, but some rumors do match fact and here is what I know:
Saliva, Charm City Devils and Crooked X are confirmed.
More bands are needed to flesh out two stages on two days, so add Pop Evil and Godsmack. I also know the lineup announcement was slated for January 27 but that fell through...and now I think I know why. Consider this: Nikki Sixx said earlier this week that a Crue Fest II announcement is coming soon. Motley never let anyone announce their shows before they do - so ROTR has to wait for the Crue Fest PR machine to roll. This means - in effect - Rock on the Range has all (or most of) the Crue Fest II bands. The natural question - which ones? If I had to put a Crue Fest together from the list above I'd pick Motley, Charm City Devils, Crooked X and Shinedown. Again, add Godsmack to that list.
Oh yeah. There's also the logistical consideration: Motley very pointedly is avoiding Ohio on the winter leg of their tour. Makes sense to skip a city you're likely hiting in just a few months.
So, what do you think? Again, (most) of this is pure speculation. Some is based on real knowledge. I guess we'll see.