March 9, 2015 ShipRocked sets voyage in style 2-1-15 Miami, FL w/ Sevendust, Chevelle, & Wilson
The ultimate Rock music cruise vacation – also known as ShipRocked – was a once in a lifetime experience for music fans down in Miami, Florida. Produced by Alan Koenig of ASK4 Entertainment and Whet Travel, this sixth annual trip aboard the Norwegian Pearl cruise ship started off at the Port of Miami on Sunday, February 1, 2015 and continued on through sun and surf to land on Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas for two full days before returning back to the states on Thursday, February 5th. Anyone lucky enough to board this luxury cruise vessel got to share his vacation with some of Rock’s greatest musicians, including headliners Limp Bizkit, Metal Allegiance, Black Label Society, Sevendust, Buckcherry and Lacuna Coil, among many others. A walk across the deck or a trip to the buffet could bring patrons eye to eye with some of their favorite Rock stars. For the first time, guests were invited onboard early for the Pre-Party Super Sail Away, allowing them to check into their cabins and enjoy the bars, spa, and casino a full day before the other guests. This additional day also included a Super Bowl tailgate party on the boat and shows from Sevendust, Chevelle, and Wilson.
Nearly three thousand fans from forty-four US states and almost a dozen countries were on board the Norwegian Pearl this February night to see more than fifty performances from twenty-five artists in six separate arenas, including the sandy stage at Great Stirrup Cay. The first night, the Super Bowl party started in great Rock-n-Roll fashion with Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” on his classic Karl Sandoval V, followed by a one time, pre-game performance by Chevelle. The band treated fans to an hour long set that included “Take Out the Gunman,” “I Get It,” “The Red,” and “Face To the Floor,” just to name a few. Afterwards, ShipRocked cruisers were amped up, slightly intoxicated, and ready for some football! During the nail-biting game between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, fans were treated to an abundance of food and spirits. The ship had a half-time show all its own with the Detroit Hard Rock band Wilson, playing songs from their 2014 album, Full Blast Fuckery. Tagging along with Wilson was their Fuckery cheerleading squad of beautiful ShipRocked girls. Some fans were almost sad to see the game start back up again.
Once the Super Bowl score was finally settled, the stage was cleared and the post-party was underway. ShipRocked’s prodigal sons, Sevendust, returned for another year to the sounds of the crowd shouting loud enough to be heard back in Miami. With hands held high, fans sang along to every song, high fiving vocalist LaJon Witherspoon as he swept along the stage to tag everyone up in front. Playing crowd favorites “Face To Face,” “Denial,” and “Enemy,” Sevendust held back a bit, as this was only the first of three ShipRocked sets that this band was giving over the course of the week. All this, and the boat had not even left the dock yet.
Anticipating an almost constant wave of music over the next four days, fans were ecstatic with the Pre-Party Super Sail Away, lucking out on not only some great music, but also getting to share the biggest football game of the year with three thousand of their closest friends. With the near-future full of artist meet and greets, Q&A sessions, and artist-hosted activities including contests, game shows, and insane parties on top of the over fifty individual Rock shows, the first night of the sixth annual ShipRocked cruise was gearing up to be only the beginning of these music fans’ most spectacular vacation.
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Photo credit & reporting: Rick Triana Photography