ShipRocked 2012: Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Sevendust + More – Day 1 Recap + Gallery
Rock fans from all different lands traveled far and wide to set sail on the MSC Poesia for the most hard-rocking adventure at sea that is ShipRocked 2012. The boat and about 2,000 rock enthusiasts sailed from Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Tuesday Nov. 27, and luckily Loudwire was on-hand to witness the adventure.
As rockers waited in line to board the ship bands such as Pop Evil rolled though as did Five Finger Death Punch, who gave high fives to fans along the way. Sevendust also joined the party as they walked through security with fans.
The coolest cruise of the year kicked off with an acoustic set by none other than Godsmack. The gig sounded impeccable and was even more enjoyable with some minor guitar tuning mistakes occurred. Not only was it Godsmack’s first time playing Shiprocked, frontman Sully Erna’s admitted that this was also his first cruise ever.
A special appearance was made by Samantha ShipRocked (a two foot Barbie doll with blonde hair and a red frilly skirt even too short for a doll) who sat on the side of the stage during Godsmack’s performance. Samantha is said to be a ShipRocked veteran since she made her presence known last year, as well.
Overall, the very raw and intimate setting was truly captivating – Godsmack, outside, at night, performing acoustically, on a ship, how could things get any better?
10 Years gave an explosive performance on the Deck Stage as well as they had fans singing their new track ‘Backlash,’ ‘Russian Roulette,’ ‘Shoot It Out’ and many others. Singer Jesse Hasek sounded flawless as they band’s vigor made anyone who didn’t know who 10 Years were fully aware of their presence. Not to mention, he cut his leg while climbing on top of a stack of speakers – battle wounds already on the first day.
Carlo Felice Theater is an elegant venue, on the ship, that holds a little over 1,000 people with a lovely purple décor and comfortable seats – Five Finger Death Punch ripped it to shreds. Their rabid fans had the ship rocking, literally, as they bounced through FFDP anthems which could be heard throughout the 15 decks of the boat.
Concerts went into the wee hours of the morning as Sevendust rocked fans at midnight. Frontman Lajon Witherspoon got all up in fans faces as did bassist Vinnie Hornsby who provided the much needed comic relief onstage due to some technical difficulties.
It was a tough night for guitarist John Connolly who was having some major trouble with his guitar cable. Clearly and understandably frustrated he continued to play but he and his brothers onstage showed why this band has been a force for well over 15 years – with or without the broke-ass guitar cable, Sevendust sounded damn good.
Other performances for day one of Shiprocked included In This Moment, Pop Evil and The Letter Black. All of the acts perform twice over the course of the four days so fans are lucky enough to catch them later in the trip if they missed it (or twice if they didn’t).
One only knows it’s far too easy to miss a set while they were drinking it up at one of the many bars and lounges, losing or winning money in the casino, hitting the gym, getting a massage at the spa, in the pool or getting lost on one of the 15 floors on this grand spectacle called the MSC Poesia.
Check Out Photos of the First Day of Shiprocked 2012:
Godsmack (Acoustic Performance):
Five Finger Death Punch: