Rock on the Range 2013 Preview

(Gibson) Festival season is officially here, and Rock on the Range is quickly becoming one of the country's biggest events to feature heavy music each year. The annual music festival takes place May 17-19 at Columbus Crew Stadium and, per usual, offers a hard-hitting mix of metal and modern rock sounds. So, what acts are invading Rock on the Range this year? Check out Gibson.com's preview piece, featuring a few highlights below.

Korn, Love and Death May 17: The metal world pretty much freaked when they heard the news that former Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch, who left the band years ago after getting sober and finding Christianity, would be back to perform with the band at Rock on the Range 2013. Now, Welch has a whole tour lined up with Korn, but the excitement to see the band together again at Rock on the Range is still strong. Welch's other band, Christian hard rockers Love and Death, are also scheduled to play the festival.

Smashing Pumpkins May 18: Best known for psychedelic '90s nuggets such as "Tonight, Tonight" and "1979," the Pumpkins are currently on the road in support of their latest full-length, Oceania. Expect to hear plenty of new material and the band's signature dream pop, shoegaze sound.

Corgan recently chatted with Gibson.com about how the band has evolved over the years. "I think maybe the values that the band represents are like a fine wine: They've gotten better over time," Corgan said. "There were a lot of value systems that were around the band where people pretended they were cooler or more indie, and those have kind of fallen by the wayside. I think that being musical and the integrity of having your own musical language is more important over time than whether somebody likes you or whether you're popular."

Stone Sour May 18: Corey Taylor and Stone Sour arrive at Rock on the Range with not one, but two new albums: House of Gold & Bones Part I and Part II. The albums make up a double concept release of sorts, and Taylor recently spoke with Gibson.com about the idea behind releasing the double set.

"We knew we wanted to do a double album, and more we talked about it, it became apparent we wanted to release it as two separate albums rather than one big package, both for creative reasons and pragmatic reasons," Corey said. "Creatively, we could do different things with packaging and crate excitement for Part 2, almost like a sequel to a movie. We knew could do cool things and, by word of mouth, drive what was going on. Pragmatically, double albums are really expensive, and in this day and age when most people don't even like to buy CDs, we wanted to make sure our fans had the incentive to buy them. Instead of charging something 30 bucks, we decided to split it up and make it more affordable for people." more on this story

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