Lazerfest

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Lazerfest
Location(s) Boone, Iowa (2002-2003, 2007-2013)
Des Moines, Iowa (2014)[1]
Years active 2002 - 2003, 2007 - Present
Website
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Lazerfest is a music festival, created by the Lazer 103.3 radio station in Des Moines, Iowa. The festival features currently active rock artists such as The Offspring, Queens Of The Stone Age, Machine Head, Skillet, Theory Of A Deadman, and Pop Evil. The 2014 festival was held Sunday, May 11, 2014 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.

History[edit]

The inaugural Lazerfest music festival was held on Sunday, August 18, 2002 at Waterworks Park in Des Moines, Iowa. The show featured a main stage with artists such as P.O.D., Rob Zombie (with an unexpected guest appearance by Zakk Wylde), Stone Sour, Adema, Lostprophets, Van Halen tribute band "The Atomic Punks" and up-and-coming local band Index Case. Originally, Drowning Pool were also scheduled to appear, but just four days before Lazerfest, frontman Dave Williams died unexpectedly. There was also a second stage primarily featuring baby bands and a couple of locals, but headlined by Hatebreed. A relatively unknown Seether were one of the six second stage acts at the original Lazerfest.

The 2nd annual Lazerfest music festival was held on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at the Indianola Balloon Grounds in Indianola, Iowa. Again, a two-stage set-up with Staind, Static-X, Powerman 5000, Adema, Ra, Lo-Pro, DoubleDrive and Guns N' Roses tribute band "Night Train" appearing on the main stage. National act Spineshank headlined the second stage, which otherwise featured local Central Iowa-area bands. Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor was the special celebrity emcee of the event.

No Lazerfests were held between the years of 2004 and 2006. During those three years, the only summer festival hosted by Lazer 103.3 was "Waterstock Rock," which primarily featured 80s hard rock and heavy metal bands.

The return of the Lazerfest music festival was held May 13, 2007 at the Indianola Balloon Grounds. It featured seven popular artists performing at the main stage, including Hinder, Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Saliva, Fuel, Bullet For My Valentine and Operator. Eight small, less popular artists were featured at the second stage, including National acts Smile Empty Soul and The Exies.

2008 was the first and only year there were two Lazerfests. The first was held on Wednesday, May 21 at Waterworks Park in Des Moines, Iowa. Kid Rock headlined with Theory of a Deadman and Finger Eleven as the opening acts. This is the only example of a Lazerfest being held during the week. Lazerfest "Version 2.0" was held on Saturday, July 5 at the Indianola Balloon Grounds in Indianola, Iowa, and was more of a traditional Lazerfest set-up with a main stage featuring artists such as Stone Temple Pilots, Staind, Hinder, Filter, Five Finger Death Punch and Drowning Pool. A second stage featured a mix of lesser-known National acts and locals.

Attendance continued to grow in 2009, with ten bands featured on one stage at the Indianola Balloon Grounds in Indianola, Iowa on Sunday, May 31, including Korn, Buckcherry, Junk Beer Kidnap Band featuring Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor, Saving Abel, Saliva, Loaded featuring former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Rev Theory, Halestorm, The Veer Union and Des Moines' own Destrophy.

Lazerfest 2010 was the first Lazerfest to sell out the Indianola Balloon Grounds in Indianola, Iowa on Sunday, May 16, selling 25,000 tickets[2] on the strength of the lineup, which was featured on two full-sized stages. On one stage, Godsmack, Rob Zombie, Hellyeah, Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm, Drowning Pool, Violent Soho and local band Mindrite. And on the other, Three Days Grace, Alice Cooper, Seether, Papa Roach, Skillet, Red, New Medicine and local band Dead Horse Trauma.

Lazerfest 2011 took place on Sunday, May 15 at the Indianola Balloon Grounds in Indianola, Iowa. Over 22,000 attended the show, which featured two full-sized stages with acts including Stone Sour, Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Seether, Theory of a Deadman, Bullet For My Valentine, My Darkest Days, Saliva, Black Label Society, Rev Theory, Art of Dying, Escape the Fate and local band Facecage. Queensrÿche were scheduled to perform, but missed their connecting flight to Des Moines from Minneapolis earlier that day due to mechanical issues with their plane that resulted in arriving early evening, past their scheduled set time.

Lazerfest 2012 took place on Sunday, May 13 at the Central Iowa Expo in Boone. Approximately 15,000 attended the show, which featured two full-sized stages with acts including Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, Chevelle, Theory Of A Deadman, Volbeat, Adelitas Way, Buckcherry, Sebastian Bach, Black Stone Cherry, P.O.D., Art Of Dying and Dead Horse Trauma.

Lazerfest 2013 took place on Friday, May 10 at the Central Iowa Expo in Boone. Approximately 15,000 attended the show, which included the show's headliner Alice In Chains, along with Bush, Volbeat, Halestorm, Killswitch Engage, Papa Roach, All That Remains, Device featuring Disturbed frontman David Draiman, Sick Puppies, Thousand Foot Krutch, Young Guns, Asking Alexandria, Bloodnstuff and Fatal Addiction.

Lazerfest 2014 took place on Sunday, May 11 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.[1] Thirteen bands played on two stages, including co-headliners The Offspring and Queens Of The Stone Age, plus Skillet, Theory Of A Deadman, Machine Head, Pop Evil, Adelitas Way, The Pretty Reckless, Thousand Foot Krutch, Powerman 5000, J Roddy Walston and the Business, We Came As Romans, and Chelsea Wolfe. Escape The Fate were forced to cancel their appearance due to a family emergency, and Green Death's set was cut due to inclement weather. On April 30, 2014, Lazer 103.3 posted on [their http://www.lazer1033.com website] that it would be moved from its usual location of the Central Iowa Expo in Boone to the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Performing acts[edit]

2002[edit]

P.O.D.
Rob Zombie
Stone Sour
Adema
The Atomic Punks
Lostprophets
Index Case
Hatebreed
Sinch
Seether
Rearview Mirror
Epidemic
River Bottom Nightmare

2003[edit]

Staind
Static-X
Powerman 5000
Adema
Nightrain
RA
DoubleDrive
Lo Pro
Index Case
Spineshank
Facecage
On A Pale Horse
Calous
Devil With Cheese
Waiting For The Fall
River Bottom Nightmare

2007[edit]

Papa Roach
Saliva
Buckcherry
Operator
Curbstone
Bullet for My Valentine
Hinder
The Exies
Index Case
Facecage
Fuel
Smile Empty Soul
Stereoside
Autovein
Dirty Little Rabbits

[3]

2008[edit]

Kid Rock
Theory of a Deadman
Finger Eleven

2008 (Version 2.0)[edit]

Stone Temple Pilots
Staind
Hinder
Filter
Five Finger Death Punch
Drowning Pool
Palmerston
Curbstone
Index Case
Facecage
Destrophy
Mindrite
Marcato

[4]

2009[edit]

Korn
Buckcherry
Junk Beer Kidnap Band
Saving Abel
Saliva
Duff McKagan's Loaded
Rev Theory
Destrophy
Halestorm
The Veer Union

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2010[edit]

Three Days Grace
Godsmack
Rob Zombie
Alice Cooper
Seether
Hellyeah
Five Finger Death Punch
Papa Roach
Red
Skillet
Halestorm
New Medicine
Violent Soho
Drowning Pool
Mindrite
Dead Horse Trauma

[6]

2011[edit]

Avenged Sevenfold
Stone Sour
Three Days Grace
Seether
Theory of a Deadman
Saliva
Black Label Society
Bullet For My Valentine
Rev Theory
My Darkest Days
Escape the Fate
Art of Dying

[7]

2012[edit]

Shinedown
Five Finger Death Punch
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators
Chevelle
Theory Of A Deadman
Volbeat
Adelitas Way
Buckcherry
Sebastian Bach
Black Stone Cherry
P.O.D.
Art of Dying (band)
Dead Horse Trauma

[8]

2013[edit]

Alice In Chains
Bush
Papa Roach
Killswitch Engage
Halestorm
Device
Volbeat
Sick Puppies
Young Guns
Thousand Foot Krutch
All That Remains
Asking Alexandria
Bloodnstuff
Fatal Addiction

[9]

2014[edit]

The Offspring
Queens Of The Stone Age
Machine Head
Theory Of A Deadman
Skillet
Pop Evil
Adelitas Way
Thousand Foot Krutch
The Pretty Reckless
Powerman 5000
J Roddy Walston and the Business
We Came As Romans
Chelsea Wolfe

[10]

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