The second annual Rock Carnival brought some of the best rock and metal bands in the world to FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, New Jersey, and NEPA Scene was the only publication from Northeastern Pennsylvania to endure the bad weather to cover some badass music on Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 2.
“This year’s lineup far exceeds our expectations,” Rock Carnival producer John D’Esposito said in a press release before the event. “The incredible new layout, amenities, and resources are sure to enhance the Carnival experience for our fans and their families.”
Unfortunately, the rain made everything a muddy mess, shutting down stages, carnival rides, and other festivities, but that couldn’t put a damper on the amazing performances throughout the weekend. On Day 1 on Sept. 30, we shot Clutch, Blue Öyster Cult, and Alice Cooper, and on Day 2 on Oct. 1, the planned schedule got back on track and we photographed Punky Meadows, Jackyl, Monster Magnet, Fuel, Ace Frehley, Overkill, and legendary headliner Twisted Sister, who made Rock Carnival their official farewell show for the northeast portion of the United States.
“As 2016 marks the end of our live performing career, Twisted Sister is looking forward to returning to the tri-state New York City area for the final time to the Rock Carnival,” Twisted Sister founding guitarist Jay Jay French said in a statement before the concert. “In celebrating our 40th anniversary and our farewell to live performing, we are bringing our ’40 & Fuck It’ worldwide farewell tour one last time to the area that created us!'”
To cut down on load times and better organize all the photos, we split our coverage into two posts, so see photos of Citizen Zero, 10 Years, Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Life of Agony, Sebastian Bach, The Used, and Halestorm on Day 3 here.
Also, see photos from Rock’N Derby earlier this year, from the same producers of Rock Carnival, here.
Blue Öyster Cult
Miscellaneous festival fun
by Keith Perks
Keith is an artist, photographer, and writer. He loves diners, dive bars, Southern culture, anything Irish, and vintage America. He knows Cytoxan kicks in after about eight hours and he once helped save a green pig.