Rock on the Range has been putting on a massive rock festival in Columbus, Ohio, and Winnipeg, Manitoba for 12 years now. This year's festival is expected to be one of the biggest yet, with the attendance growing year-by-year. In what started out in 2007 with 35,000 people gathering to see ZZ Top headline the event, over 135,000 people arrived in 2017 to see Live, Bush and more.
Tool fans have a reason for excitement. The band has announced that they are preparing to finally release their long-awaited follow-up to their 2006 album 10,000 Days, something that is now 12 years in the making. Meanwhile, the band is hitting a lot of the summer's biggest festivals, including Rock on the Range 2018. Fans of singer Maynard James Keenan will get two chances to see him, as he will pull double duty with his side band A Perfect Circle.
Alice in Chains returned in 2013 to release the album The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. They now have a reported new album coming this year and have been actively working on it. There is no word on whether or not the band will try out some new songs as they hit the festival tour. The band has maintained the same lineup since 2006, with singer William DuVall stepping in after the 2002 death of Layne Staley.
3. Stone Sour
There won't be a performance by Slipknot this year at the Rock on the Range 2018 festival, but lead singer Corey Taylor will be there with his side band, Stone Sour. While Slipknot is on another one of their long breaks, Stone Sour released a new album in 2017 titled Hydrograd and picked up the Best Hard Rock Album of the Year at the Loudwire Music Awards.
Alice in Chains is not the only grunge-era icons that will perform at Rock and the Range 2018. After last year's festival was overshadowed by the death of Chris Cornell right before Soundgarden was supposed to play the event, two bands that made their name alongside Cornell's group will be on hand this year. The Stone Temple Pilots concert will be a special one, though, as they are debuting their brand-new lead singer, Jeff Gutt, who replaces the deceased Scott Weiland.
5. Body Count
In 1992, rap star Ice-T caused controversy when he formed the heavy metal band Body Count and released the notorious single "Cop Killer" for radio play. Since then, Ice-T has picked up a lot of recognition playing a police officer on the "Law & Order: SVU" TV series. However, Body Count never quit making music and had a brand-new, Grammy-nominated album hit in 2017 called Bloodlust. This year, Body Count will play Rock on the Range 2018.