ShipRocked 2014: Papa Roach, Living Colour, Sevendust + More – Day 2 Recap + Gallery
Hangovers be damned, ShipRocked Day 2 kicked off on the private island of Great Stirrup Cay in the beautiful Bahamas. Rockers that rolled out of bed early enough were in for something special as Art of Dying officially kicked things off on the beach stage. With a high energy performance, Frontman Jonny Hetherington took a moment to take it all in calling the experience a true “bucket list” moment for his band. They wouldn’t be the only band to hit the beach stage on Monday though, Nonpoint also offered up a blazing set proving that it really is better in the Bahamas.
At the end of the day, ShipRockers headed back to the mothership to gear up for a monster night of music and comedy that would include everything from Papa Roach letting loose on the Monster Deck Stage to a very special acoustic performance from Sevendust in the standing room only Stardust Theater.
It was all hands on deck when Papa Roach tore up the Monster Deck Stage. Let’s face it, not even a 965-foot long ship can contain a fired up Jacoby Shaddix and the potent frontman made that known from the word go, instructing fans to jump up and down with him on demand. Papa Roach decimated the deck digging into their catalog and throwing out everything from newer tunes like 'Still Swingin'' from their latest disc 'The Connection' to classic P-Roach anthems like 'Scars' and 'Last Resort.'
The Headbanger Lounge was definitely the sleeper stage of the night. Tremonti kicked things off at 7:30, shredding through a set of melodic rock infused with speed metal inspired riffs and guitar faces to match. Joined by Wolfgang Van Halen on bass, Garrett Whitlock on drums and Eric Friedman on guitar, Tremonti has really evolved transforming from one man's solo aspirations to a fully realized band. Crash Kings and Digital Summer also played on the Headbanger Lounge stage throughout the night, going up against legends like Living Colour and Sevendust but still packing the room, a most respectable feat!
It wasn’t all music though. Comedian Jim Breuer was also on board. He hit the Monster Deck Stage at 8:15 providing some rock and metal inspired comic relief. Anyone familiar with Breuer knows his love for metal so it wasn’t surprising that his routine included topical bits inspired by Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody, Slayer, and of course, his metal version of the kid song ‘B.I.N.G.O.’ sung by Breuer in the voices of Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Halford, Ronnie James Dio, Brian Johnson and James Hetfield – oh, and he even brought his own live band to accompany him.
Next up would be back to back sets that were like a one-two knockout punch to all of the senses. The legendary Living Colour invaded the Monster Deck Stage for what would be heralded by many, including several of the bands on the bill, as one of the most memorable sets of the entire cruise. While Living Colour may not fit into the confines of just “rock” music, what they do as a whole has inspired rock musicians since their inception. Masterful musicians delivering what could only be described as the most epic of set lists. The incomparable Living Colour – Corey Glover, Vernon Reid, Will Calhoun and Doug Wimbish - put on a clinic for everyone on board and seemed to have a blast doing it. Their overall vibe was as infectious as their music.
Another monumental set was Sevendust’s acoustic show in the Stardust Theater, at least for those that were lucky enough to get in the door. With the seats filling up quickly and standing room capacity only, many people were turned away for the one of a kind show, but not to fret, Sevendust recently announced they’ll be taking their acoustic set on the road so everyone will have a chance to check it out. It’s hard to imagine the power of Sevendust confined to an acoustic setting but it certainly put a new spin on things. Of course, the band couldn’t make it through the whole set acoustically though – they turned things on for the last song of the night closing the show out in true Sevendust fashion.
Fans that didn’t make it in the door to see Sevendust were able to check out Scorpion Child channeling a ‘70s inspired rock vibe or Digital Summer kicking things up in the Headbanger Lounge.
The night ended on a high note with Love and Death on the Monster Deck Stage but for those who hadn’t had enough yet the party continued into the wee hours of the night with Andy Wood hosting karaoke and Three Days Grace drummer Neil Sanderson DJing a set in the Bar City Bistro.
With Day 2 down that marked the half-way point, it’s hard to imagine how things could possibly get any better from here. Day 3 – whatcha got?
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