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Rock Fest Reshuffle: Snoop Dogg Out, Slipknot Frontman In

promoter points to cancellations, border closures for lineup changes

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MIXING IT UP. Snoop Dogg won't be at Rock Fest this July, but Corey Taylor of Slipknot will. (Photo credits: Snoop by NRK P3 | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, Taylor by Bill | CC BY 2.0)
MIXING IT UP. Snoop Dogg won't be at Rock Fest this July, but Corey Taylor of Slipknot will. (Photo credits: Snoop by NRK P3 | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, Taylor by Bill | CC BY 2.0)

Less than two months before one of the Valley’s signature music festivals plugs in the amps for the first time in two years, Rock Fest has announced some big lineup changes.

Among the biggest is the replacement of Snoop Dogg – who was also scheduled to perform at last year’s COVID-canceled Rock Fest – with Corey Taylor, best known as the frontman for metal superstars Slipknot. Snoop reportedly has canceled all of his 2021 tour dates, and Taylor came in clutch (and just a couple of days before Slipknot kicks off a world tour with a show in Moscow). Taylor and Limp Bizkit will top the bill on Friday, July 16, at the fest grounds outside Cadott. They’re joined in that day’s lineup by Philip H. Anselmo (frontman for the late, great Pantera) and his band, The Illegals.

The fest will kick off with a special “Bonus Bash” on Wednesday, July 14, helmed by Queensryche. Rock Fest favorite Rob Zombie will headline on Thursday, July 15, with Staind and Anthrax (who were originally slated for Friday night), while the fest will close out on Saturday, July 17, with Korn and Danzig.

Rock Fest promoter Wade Asher had this to say about the lineup shifts:

“Hey Rockers! We knew that being the first large Rock Festival in the Nation to return in 2021 was going to be five times the work compared to any other year. BUT my team and I also know that there is nothing more important than giving our fans live music as soon as possible. The beat of that kick drum off your chest when you are up again the rail is so needed right now! Our industry continues to be affected by so much damage done this past year – once again rearing its ugly head with border closures & tour cancelations. Rest assured that we will never give up on getting you, our fans, back to Your Second Home in July !! That said, there are some changes to our 2021 lineup. HUGE shoutout to Corey Taylor, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Pop Evil, Tommy Vext, and Bad Omens for stepping in and stepping up! Come hell or high water WE WILL see you ‘Where We Just Rock!!’ in 53 glorious f@#&ing days!!” –Wade, Rock Fest promoter

Here’s the full lineup (with changes marked in red), as updated by Rock Fest on Friday, May 21:

WEDNESDAY, JULY 14

(Bonus Bash for three-day ticketholders)

Queensryche

Slaughter

Royal Bliss

Joyous Wolf

Stitched Up Heart

The Black Moods

Modern Mimes

Unkle Daddy

THURSDAY, JULY 15

Rob Zombie

Staind

Anthrax

Theory of a Deadman

Steel Panther

Saint Asonia

Memphis May Fire

Fozzy

Blacktop Mojo

Carnifex

Fire from the Gods

Falling Through April

Scattered Hamlet

Anything But Human

Digital Homicide

Any Given Sin

GFM

Jett Threatt

Nivrana

Drama Queen

Contingency

Ignescent

FRIDAY, JULY 16

Limp Bizkit

Corey Taylor

Snoop Dogg

Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals (A Vulgar Display of Pantera)

Anthrax

Badflower

Of Mice & Men

Bad Wolves

All That Remains

Tommy Vext

Like a Storm

Crobot

Bones UK

Silvertung

Wildstreet

Distal Descent

City of the Weak

Throw the Fight

SIIN

Hammer Down Hard

Fool Fighters

Dressed to Kill

Strange Daze

Caster Volor

SATURDAY, JULY 17

Korn

Danzig

Chevelle

Motionless in White

Pop Evil

Avatar

We Came As Romans

Gemini Syndrome

Bad Omens

Through Fire

Hyro the Hero

Rachel Lorin

Stormbreaker

Nuisance

Stellar Circuits

Your Screaming Silence

Evandale

Strate Jak It

Gypsy Road

Mad Alice

Cowboys from Hell

Probable Cause

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