Welcome to Rockville Weather Forces GN’R Cancellation + More

Weather also plays a big part in the 2022 edition of Welcome to Rockville. A night after Korn, Breaking Benjamin and Skillet were unable to perform due to inclement weather in the area, the weather also impacted the celebrations on Saturday (May 21), forcing Jerry Cantrell and Shinedown to shortened sets while the headlining Guns N’ Roses didn’t know how to play at all.

Once again, rain and lightning in the area prompted festival organizers to advise fans attending the event to take shelter. The delay then forced some set rescheduling, with Dirty Honey, Alexisonfire, Sick of It All and Saul all losing their performances on Saturday.

Jerry Cantrell was one of the artists who was able to get some stage time, but he was only able to perform an abbreviated seven-song set, which included the Alice in Chains songs “Them.” in addition to “Brighten,” “Cut You In,” and “Psychotic Break.” Bones, Check My Brain, No Excuses and Man in the Box.

Shinedown’s set time was also pushed back and they also got a chance to play a shortened set, but a second storm to hit the area ended things after only “Devil,” “Planet Zero,” “Get Up,” and ” Enemies” had played.”

Brent Smith told the crowd: “There’s nothing we can do about it. We were informed about a Code Red. We have nothing to do with it. That’s mother nature and at the end of the day she’s boss.”

Unfortunately for the festival-goers there was no going back a second time. “Unfortunately, another storm is heading our way so we have to unfortunately cancel the rest of tonight’s show. We are as heartbroken as you that today’s inclement weather has upset our plans, but ultimately the safety of our fans, artists, staff and vendors is of the utmost importance. Please proceed calmly to your vehicle or campsite. Thank you and see you tomorrow,” read a message posted via the festival’s social media. As such, the Guns N’ Roses headline became the last weather-related casualty of the night.

That meant the festival headliner was unable to perform for the second night in a row due to the weather. Kevin Peebles of the Appetite for Distortion podcast tweeted, “So close to it happening. The crew set the stage Rain is now the worst I’ve ever seen.”

Slash added, “The cancellation of tonight’s Welcome to Rockville was a massive disappointment. We were really looking forward to the show. But the weather had other ideas, sooner rather than later!”

Welcome to Rockville will hope for a better result on Sunday (May 22) with Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins and the Porno for Pyros reunion on the schedule. Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless, The Struts, Poppy, The Hu, Spiritbox and more will also play.

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