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This past weekend's Carolina Rebellion festival at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina turned into a disaster on Sunday (May 5th) as many of the second day acts were washed out by heavy rains that started in the morning and continued throughout the day until the latter part of the schedule was canceled. The three biggest bands of the day -- Soundgarden, Bush and Rise Against -- were unable to play, while Volbeat and Nonpoint had already scrapped their sets.
A brief period of clear weather earlier in the day did allow Pop Evil, All That Remains, Steel Panther, Hollywood Undead and Buckcherry to play. Meanwhile, the first day of the festival on Saturday (May 4th) came off without a hitch, featuring sets from Young Guns, Sick Puppies, In This Moment, Halestorm, Device and more.
Device was joined during its set by Halestorm singer Lzzy Hale for the first public live performance of "Close My Eyes Forever," the cover of the old Ozzy Osbourne/Lita Ford hit featured on Device's debut album.
Draiman told us that covering the song has been on his to-do list for a long time: "I've wanted to do that for years. I've always been a fan of the song, and I originally approached Lzzy about it years and years and years ago. And originally we were gonna do it as a Disturbed cover. But I'm glad it ended up happening with Device and not Disturbed, because of where we ended up going with it stylistically."
The rest of Saturday's bill included Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Deftones, Limp Bizkit and headliners Alice In Chains.
Fans expressed their displeasure over Sunday's turn of events at the festival Facebook page, leading organizers to release a statement which read in part, "We want to apologize to our Rebels sincerely for the weather issues today . . . We did our best to play as many artists as possible, but our top priority will always be the safety of you all, the bands, and their crews, and today the weather just would not cooperate."
The statement added that organizers will announce on Tuesday (May 7th) how they plan to make up for the cancellation to ticketholders.