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What a party it was! The 6th annual Monster Energy Fort Rock Festival got a new home on the east coast at Sunrise’s Markham Park.  Additionally, they also decided to bring the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne!  Over the weekend of April 28-29th, South Florida experienced it’s largest rock festival since the old 94.9 Zeta radio shows and man this lineup was stacked!

Saturdays lineup kicked off strong with Bad Wolves who just hit number one on the alternative charts with their cover of the Cranberries' hit “Zombie” (watch the video here), followed by the highly unique and energetic duo, ’68.  While many of the bands on the lineup have played Fort Rock before, that didn’t make it any less exciting.  One of Saturday’s highlights was Orlando’s own Trivium.  Not strangers to playing South Florida, there was no surprise that they had the crowd singing each song word for word. 

Closing out the night was the trio of Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch and Godsmack.  Godsmack, fresh off the release of their new album When Legends Rise, treated the rock fans to four new songs “When Legends Rise,” “Eye of the Storm,” “Unforgettable” & “Bulletproof” as well as 9 more scorching songs filled with pryo and a greatest hits lineup that could go toe to toe with any other rock band out there.  Personally, my highlight was “1000hp” the title song off 2014’s album 1000hp.

If Saturday was the gold standard well then Sunday was Platinum.  Anchored by Breaking Benjamin (who just released a new album in April, Ember), Stone Sour, fronted by Corey Taylor who headlined Fort Rock in 2015 with Slipknot) and the reformed Stone Temple Pilots with new singer, Jeff Gutt, kept every fan screaming out for more. 

The real treat though was Ozzy!  Ozzy who brought along Zakk Wylde on guitar, was on the second night of his “No More Tours 2” which quite possibly was the last time South Florida will get to see the Prince of Darkness.  If so, Ozzy definitely left of a high note.   The Ozzman kicked off his 14-song set with “Bark at the Moon” and “Mr. Crowley” and he made sure to play his and Black Sabbath hits including “War Pigs” and “No More Tears” before closing out the 2018 edition of Fort Rock with “Mamma, I’m Coming Home” and “Paranoid.”

Each year Fort Rock keeps on getting bigger and bigger, and with over 30,000 fans storming Markham park this year.  Is it too soon to start looking forward to 2019?