The fifth annual Bud Light River City Rockfest is drawing near, and a slew of bands from various eras are scheduled to take part.
The two marquee attractions have interesting tales regarding the Alamo City.
Def Leppard canceled several dates last spring and summer when vocalist Joe Elliott experienced vocal problems. When the shows were rescheduled in the fall, the band made up its Corpus Christi gig 2 1/2 hours away but did not do likewise for the San Antonio one. But the wait is about to end. Def Leppard can be expected to play a 90-minute set featuring many of its hits such as "Pour Some Sugar On Me," "Armageddon It," and "Rock of Ages."
Godsmack, incredibly, will be making only its second showing in San Antonio since 2006. The Boston-area natives, who released 1000hp in 2014, has made numerous visits to Dallas and much smaller Corpus Christi, headlining the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival in the latter city. But Godsmack's only previous San Antonio showing in the past 11 years was when it took part in the Mass Chaos tour with Staind and Halestorm in May 2012 at the Alamodome. Vocalist/guitarist Sully Erna made that night count, however, as he followed the concert with a short drive to Alamo City Music Hall (then known as Backstage Live), where he participated in an acoustic performance and autograph signing party. The River City Rockfest will mark Godsmack's first San Antonio appearance in five years.
Also on tap is The Offspring, which continues to receive major airplay on local airwaves that lean heavily on '90s-era rock. Fans at the festival, which numbered more than 27,800 last year, can expect to hear the group's timeless hits such as "Come Out and Play (Keep 'em Separated)," "Self Esteem," "Gotta Get Away" and "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)."
Also slated to appear across the three-stage extravaganza are 2015 Rockfest participants Papa Roach, The Pretty Reckless and In Flames.
Fozzy will be on hand as well. The group, fronted by World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Chris Jericho, saw its leader suspended in a shark cage during WWE's Royal Rumble pay-per-view Jan. 29 in the Alamodome. Jericho has always stated, too, that the Alamodome is where the impetus for starting Fozzy was formed after he met guitarist Rich Ward backstage there during a 1999 World Championship Wrestling event.
National artist Nothing More will take part in its hometown festival, while local act The Heroine will become the first and only band to play all five River City Rockfests. Rival Sons, meanwhile, is fresh off opening for Black Sabbath during the heavy metal legends' final North American concert this past Nov. 12 inside the AT&T Center and will make its first Alamo City appearance since that gig.
Here is the complete roster for the 2017 River City Rockfest over Memorial Day weekend:
Def Leppard, Godsmack, The Offspring, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, The Pretty Reckless, Nothing More, Taking Back Sunday, Buckcherry, In Flames, Black Stone Cherry, Rival Sons, Norma Jean, Fozzy, Dorothy, Kyng, Badflower, Wage War, Goodbye June, The Heroine