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Foo Fighters, Tool among Sonic Temple fest acts

NOFX sets final tour, Kings of Thrash in region

Foo Fighters will be at the Sonic Temple Arts & Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio.

Chris Hupe

Whatzup Features Writer

Published January 18, 2023

Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival, the hard rock music gathering that emerged in the wake of the demise of Rock on the Range, is returning to Historic Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, after a three-year hiatus, May 25-28. 

The festival announced eight headliners including Foo Fighters, who may be on a mission to headline every North American music festival in 2023 after deciding to continue on following drummer Taylor Hawkins’ death last year. 

The other seven top-tier acts are all veterans of the summer music festivals, too, including Deftones, Tool, Kiss, Queens of the Stone Age, Rob Zombie, Godsmack, and Avenged Sevenfold. 

Other notable acts set to appear include Bullet for My Valentine, Beartooth, Chevelle, Knocked Loose, Falling in Reverse, Puscifer, Black Veil Brides, and The Pretty Reckless

In all, about 80 bands will hit the stage during the event. 

Tickets are on sale, with four-day field passes going for $409.99, with individual days being $169.99 … layaway is available.

Catch final NOFX shows

Punk legends NOFX will call it a career after 40 years in the music business, but not before they head out on a 40-city run of dates to say goodbye. 

The Final Tour, billed as 40 Years, 40 Cities, 40 Songs Per Day, will be a true farewell trek. Unlike most farewell tours announced recently, the band have no plans to continue into infinity. 

Frontman Fat Mike confirmed this in a press release, “This is not a final tour like Mötley Crüe or Black Sabbath. These are the very last shows NOFX will ever be playing. We are gonna play with all our hearts … With all our joy … And then we are done. We are done done.” 

The entire slate of shows has not been announced, but they have scheduled a two-day camping stop, June 24-25, at Legend Valley in Columbus, Ohio. 

The band will play five albums in their entirety during that weekend. 

Also set to appear The Bouncing Souls, Lagwagon, Circle Jerks, Pennywise, and Face To Face, making it a true Punk in Drublic experience. 

More dates are expected to be announced soon.

Kings of Thrash hitting region

Featuring former Megadeth members David Ellefson and Jeff Young, Kings of Thrash recently announced the first leg of a 2023 world tour. 

The appropriately titled Thrashin’ USA Tour will see the band performing the classic Megadeth albums Killing Is My Business … And Business Is Good! and So Far, So Good … So What! in their entirety. 

The band will be releasing a live CD/DVD package called Best of the West … Live at the Whisky A Go Go on March 24. The 17-song set was recorded and filmed live on Oct. 15, and features performances with another former Megadeth member, Chris Poland

Check out the Kings of Thrash at The Vogue in Indianapolis on Feb. 20, The King of Clubs in Columbus, Ohio, on Feb. 22, Legends Bar in Cincinnati on Feb. 25, or The Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland on Feb.  27. 

Hatriot will open the shows.

Road Notes covers concerts within driving distance of Northeast Indiana. Send your news items to info@whatzup.com.

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