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Welcome (Back) to Rockville

Music fest announces 2019 line-up

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This morning Welcome to Rockville announced its 2019 line-up. Jacksonville’s springtime hard-rock weekender has become one of NEFla’s premiere music festivals, welcoming a record-breaking 90,000 headbangers in 2018. The ninth annual edition promises to be even bigger.

The festival unfolds May 3-5 at Metropolitan Park. More than 50 acts are on the bill, including headliners Rob Zombie, Tool and Korn. Yes, ‘90s nü-metal nostalgia reigns here, but there’s also a healthy dose of seminal metal, courtesy of Judas Priest.

“Judas Priest are primed and ready to unleash new Firepower with full metal fury on the USA again as we are one of the headliners at Welcome to Rockville in Jacksonville, Florida!” said Judas Priest’s leather-clad singer Rob Halford. “The Priest is back!”

Our pick, however, is genre-defying British outfit The Cult. Singer Ian Astbury has sidelined as Jim Morrison’s official doppelganger with Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger in The Doors of the 21st Century. Guitarist Billy Duffy got his start in early Manchester punk group Slaughter & the Dogs, starring a young Morrissey. Together, Astbury and Duffy have been making their own brand of mystical stoner metal since the 1980s.

Tom Morello gets an honorable mention here, too. It’s a shame to see the pioneering guitarist (Digitech Whammy, anyone?)  so far down the bill but—alas!—Chris Cornell is buried and Zack de la Rocha is ... where is Zack de la Rocha??

Tickets go on sale noon Friday, Dec. 7.

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