March 10, 2015 ShipRocked smooth sailing 2-2-15 to 2-3-15 w/ Limp Bizkit, Filter, P.O.D., Tremonti, Lacuna Coil, Buckcherry, & more
After opening day, ShipRocked, the ultimate Rock music cruise vacation, marched on for another adrenaline-fueled adventure for fans aboard the Norwegian Pearl in Miami, Florida. A music lover’s dream come true, ShipRocked is a five day cruise from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas and is jam packed with sun, sand, and good old Rock-n-Roll. Not only did patrons get to watch the shows, but they also got the chance to participate in activities hosted by their favorite musicians. With all three thousand cruisers sharing the boat with the bands for the entire trip, a chance meeting with Shinedown’s Zach Myers at the spa or Anthrax’s Scott Ian on the beach was more than likely. Fueled by Monster Energy, the first night of the cruise featured a pre-trip Super Bowl party that included shows by Wilson, Chevelle, and Sevendust. As the boat got ready to sail that second day, musical devotees played poolside games and activities as they waited for the sun to set and the music to start.
When asked to join in the festivities, an excited Fred Durst replied, “Limp Bizkit? New album? Sunshine? Metal party? Phil Anselmo? Unlimited lobster? Half-naked women? No rules? Loud music? Every day? Every night? Repeat five times in a row? You don’t have to ask me twice. I’M IN!!!!! See you there, Bizkit heads!!” And he was not kidding. As a horn blasted from the quarterdeck, the ship set sail to the Nu Metal tunes of this hard-working band. Durst immediately jumped into the crowd and made his way through as if to personally great each and every groupie on the floor. The tight knit bond between the band and the crowd felt more like a family reunion than a random assortment of Limp Bizkit fans, and this continued right up to their very last note as they played tracks like “My Generation,” George Michael’s “Faith,” and “Break Stuff,” among others.
The evening continued on as everyone from the bow to the stern rode the wave of smiles, good times, and music. At this point, fans could make a choice as to what stage they wanted to hit up and which of their favorite bands they wanted to see. The Monster Energy Deck Stage had Filter, P.O.D., and Nonpoint, while the Stardust Theater had guitar Mark Tremonti’s solo band simply called Tremonti, along with party rockers Buckcherry. The Atrium Stage had Cilver, Andrew W.K., and Gemini Syndrome, and the Law Dawg Lounge had Sidewise, Lacuna Coil, and Letters From The Fire. It is not an understatement to say that the decision to choose a stage was a tough one. Luckily, with so many options, there was no wrong choice, and since most of the bands aboard the ship had multiple sets, there was almost always a chance to catch one’s favorites later on in the trip. As the day slipped away to night and the sounds of the ocean splashed against the ship, this long, sweaty, fun-filled musical day had come to a close.
Day three dawned as the Norwegian Pearl dropped anchor in Great Stirrup Cay. This private island, owned by Norwegian Cruise Line, is a tropical paradise of white sandy beaches, pounding waves crashing the shoreline, and a salty stage set up for a rocking good time. There were Beach and Greets with several artists, Beach War Games that produced some unbelievable sights, including the boys of Wilson dressed in bikinis and playing volleyball against the ShipRocked Girls, and music performed by rising act Letters From the Fire and veteran Canadian rockers Thousand Foot Krutch.
Letters From the Fire
Thousand Foot Krutch
After a day of beach fun, fans made their way back to the ship for more musical adventures. This evening was kicked off on the Deck Stage by Metal Allegiance, the superstar filled power group delivering their incredible versions of some of the best songs of Metal from years past. The set also included a visit from Lacuna Coil’s own Cristina Scabbia as well as a stop by Wolfgang Van Halen as Metal Allegiance performed Van Halen’s 1978 self-titled debut album in its entirety. One of the more memorable sets of the cruise, it showcased talent by the likes of Alex Skolnick, Scott Ian, Chris Broderick, Mike Portnoy, Rex Brown, Dave Ellefson, Charlie Benante, Troy Sanders, Joey Belladonna, and Mark Osegueda, making for an epic performance.
After Metal Allegiance, Icon For Hire hit the Deck Stage, followed by a rare performance from Sevendust, who also played their entire 1997 self-titled debut album. The Theater Stage had Crobot and Black Label Society, while in the Atrium, there was Wilson, along with fans showcasing their own talents with some Hard Rock Karaoke. Over at the Law Dawg Lounge, Zach Myers traded places with Otherwise. The evening was closed out with a crazy Mardi Gras masquerade party hosted by the ShipRocked captain, the honorable Fred Durst, wrapping up another wild day aboard the mighty Norwegian Pearl.
Black Label Society
Stay tuned for ShipRocked day 4-5
Photo credit & reporting: Rick Triana Photography