Rock and roll at Rock am Ring Festival
Stars and Stripes June 7, 2003
NURBURGRING, Germany —– Abdominal pains, delayed production of a new studio album and ruptured vocal cords, have the likes of Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit and Sum 41, respectively, dropping like flies off the bill of the Rock am Ring Festival, which kicked off here Friday. But as they say, the show must go on, and there are still plenty of top-name acts among the almost 100 bands to satisfy the approximately 130,000 music lovers expected to gather this weekend at this Formula One race track turned giant party and its sister festival, Rock im Park in Nürnberg.
Friday’s action got off to a great start with metal/punk act The Murderdolls kicking off the festival at Centerstage. The Donnas, an all-girl rock band followed and kept things moving. Former Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan was scheduled to play Friday night with his new band, Zwan, and veteran British rockers Iron Maiden will close out Friday’s bill.
Headlining Centerstage on Saturday will be Placebo and Audioslave with Dave Gahan, Stereophonics and Badly Drawn Boy performing on the Alternastage.
It’ll be metal mania on Sunday with a hard-rocking lineup of Disturbed, Queens of the Stone Age, Deftones, Marilyn Manson and, finally, Metallica tearing up Centerstage. Moby, Absolute Beginner, ASD and Patrice will hold court on the Alternastage.
There are still plenty of tickets available for 120 euros for the whole weekend, which includes parking, and camping or 99 euros without a campsite.
Single-day tickets will be available for Sunday only with ticket prices set at 60 euros on sale Sunday at the festival site. See www.rockamring.de for more information.