Louder Than Life Festival 2017 Day 1

Written By: Brandon Delano

Champions Park in Louisville, KY hosted the Louder Than Life Festival for the fourth straight year. Fans came from across the region to see over 35 of the top touring bands in the country play over the two-day festival. 

Louder Than Life offers fans more than just some of the best music in the country, but also gives fans one of the best festival experiences out there. With some of the best bourbon and gourmet food fans have plenty to choose from when taking a break from the music. Some of this year’s fan experiences included, F.Y.E Experience, The Music Experience, Monster Energy Experience, Jack Daniels Experience, and Bourbon World. 

Fans couldn’t have asked for better weather for this years festival and fans turned out in record numbers proving rock is not dead in the city of Louisville. 

Saturday saw the likes of Of Mice & Men, Eagles of Death Metal, Hollywood Undead, Gojira, Steel Panther, Halestorm, Mastodon, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, and Ozzy Osbourne take to the stages. 

One of the many highlights of the day included the return of Hollywood Undead to Louder Than life. The band debuted their latest single “California Dreaming” at the festival which was the first show of their current tour which will continue thru December 11th when it wraps up in Santa Ana, CA. 

Hollywood Undead Setlist:

Usual Suspects
Undead
Tendencies
War Child
Comin’ in Hot
Day of the Dead
California Dreaming (Live Debut)

Steel Panther closed out the days activities over at the Zorn stage, which saw acts like He Is Legend, DED, Through Fire and Fire From The Gods all play earlier in the day. 

Steel Panther’s headlining performance consisted of a 45 minute eight song set, the setlist was as follows.

Steel Panther Setlist:

Eyes of a Panther
Goin’ in the Backdoor
Asian Hooker
Let Me Cum In
Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love (Van Halen cover)
Girl From Oklahoma
Community Property
Death to All but Metal

After wrapping things up at the Zorn stage fans made their way back across the festival grounds to finish things up with Halestorm, Mastodon, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, and Ozzy Osbourne. 

Fans were treated to a ten song set by Lzzy Hale and the rest of the guys of Halestorm. With songs like “Apocalyptic,” “Mayhem,” and “I Miss The Misery” it’s no surprise why Halestorm are a crowd favorite at any festival. Halestorm are currently out touring until October 14th, tickets and VIP packages can be purchased HERE

Halestorm Setlist:

Love Bites (So Do I)
Apocalyptic
Mz. Hyde
Amen
I Am the Fire
I Get Off
Freak Like Me
Drum Solo
Mayhem
I Miss the Misery

Mastodon recently released their EP, Cold Dark Place as a follow up to their 2017 release Emperor of Sand. The guys will continue their current tour thru October 27th before heading over to Europe. To purchase tickets and VIP packages go HERE

Mastodon Setlist:

Sultan’s Curse
Divinations
Crystal Skull
Ancient Kingdom
Bladecatcher
Black Tongue
Colony of Birchmen
Ember City
Megalodon
Andromeda

Rob Zombie returned to Louder Than Life, making a stop while out on his ‘Satanic Orgy 2017’ tour. With a fourteen song set, Zombie mixed things up with material from his latest release, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, White Zombie classics, and a few covers to round things out. 

Rob Zombie Setlist:

Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown
Superbeast
In the Age of the Consecrated Vampire We All Get High
Living Dead Girl
Well, Everybody’s Fucking in a U.F.O.
More Human Than Human (White Zombie song)
Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)
The Hideous Exhibitions of a Dedicated Gore Whore
House of 1000 Corpses
Guitar Solo
Thunder Kiss ’65 (White Zombie song)
Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones cover)
School’s Out (Alice Cooper cover)
Dragula

Louder Than Life 2017 saw the return of Five Finger Death Punch with Ivan Moody fronting the band. Ivan looked and sounded the best he ever has as he led the band thru a eleven song set to close out the Loudmouth Stage for the day. The set included acoustic versions of “Wrong Side of Heaven,” and “Remember Everything.” Five Finger Death Punch will make festival stops at Rock Allegiance and Aftershock before heading to Russia and Europe to close out 2017. 

Five Finger Death Punch Setlist:

Lift Me Up
Never Enough
Wash It All Away
Got Your Six
Bad Company (Bad Company cover)
Jekyll and Hyde
Burn MF
Wrong Side of Heaven (Acoustic)
Remember Everything (Acoustic)
Under and Over It
The Bleeding

Iconic rock legend Ozzy Osbourne closed out the festival on Saturday. Ozzy only has two remaining scheduled appearance for 2017 when he headlines this years Aftershock and Ozzfest Meets Knotfest festivals. 

Ozzy Osbourne Setlist:

Bark at the Moon
Mr. Crowley
I Don’t Know
Fairies Wear Boots (Black Sabbath cover)
Suicide Solution
War Pigs (Black Sabbath cover)
Drum Solo
Iron Man (Black Sabbath cover)
Shot in the Dark
I Don’t Want to Change the World
Crazy Train

Encore:
Mama, I’m Coming Home
Paranoid

 

With record attendance Saturday’s Louder Than Life proved that live music is alive and well. 

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