The 2018 Fort Rock Festival is the biggest in the history of the southwest Florida event. The festival, which always took place in Fort Myers is now taking place this year at Markham Park in Sunrise, Fla. Not only is there is a new location for the event, but there is also a chance for Florida rock fans to see the biggest headliner in the history of the festival.
Ozzy Osborne is the top performer at the festival this year. The event takes place on April 28-29 and tickets are on sale now at AXS. For the April 28 show, get tickets here, and for the April 29 portion of the festival, get your tickets here. With the event looking like a monster festival this year, here are five must-see artists at the 2018 Fort Rock festival (see the entire lineup here).
1. Ozzy Osborne
What is there to say about Ozzy Osborne. The Prince of Darkness is no stranger to the festival scene, as he hosted his own Ozzfest for many years, performing both with his solo band and his reunion tour with Black Sabbath. Now that Sabbath is finished, Ozzy is working on his solo career again, and while he likely won't release a new album, he is on his Farewell World Tour through 2020, so this might be one of the last chances to see Osborne playing southwest Florida.
While Ozzy Osborne is a legend in the heavy metal genre, Five Finger Death Punch have carved out a place of their own. The band, formed in 2005, has become one of the most successful thrash metal bands of recent years, with all six of their albums reaching at least gold status. They are also festival veterans, playing the Mayhem Festival three times and Download Festival five times. They have a new album planned for sometime in 2018 as well.
After the death of their founding lead singer Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilots got serious about moving on. They held tryouts and hired a brand-new lead singer in former X-Factor contestant Jeff Gutt and immediately took him out for his first live show in November 2017. With a new singer, Stone Temple Pilots is working on their next studio album and have lined up some live shows, including the Fort Rock Festival in 2018.
Formed in 1995, Godsmack came along towards the end of the grunge scene and helped define the new era of heavy metal music. They were instantly successful, with three straight number one albums and four Grammy nominations. Seeing Godsmack at the Fort Rock Festival with Ozzy Osborne is no surprise. They also played at Ozzfest numerous times over their 20-plus year career.
While not as famous as the other four bands on this list, Shinedown has developed a reputation as one of the top live acts in the rock scene today. The band formed back in 2001 and have released five studio albums with The Sound of Madness as their breakout album, a double-platinum success. Shinedown also has 11 number one singles on the rock charts, which is third to only Three Days Grace and Van Halen.