Steve Neff/ Music Enthusiast Magazine

Steve Neff/ Music Enthusiast Magazine

It’s amazing that it’s been over twenty years since the first WJRR Earthday Birthday concert back in 1993.

Earthday Birthday, or EDBD as it’s become known, has become so popular that a larger venue was needed and for EDBD Version 22, the festival was moved to the Central Florida Fairgrounds to support the high number of hard rockers that call EDBD Rock Central every year.

There would be no small meal of hard rock served at EDBD this year; WJRR brought twelve hours of solid hard rock to thousands of frenzied fans under a balmy central Florida sun.

The EDBD 22 concert boasted a strong lineup of bands this year that included on its main stages Message to Venus, Soulswitch, Bobaflex, Avatar, Sleepwave, Islander, 12 Stones, Flyleaf, Saving Abel, Buckcherry, Trapt, All That Remains, Nothing More, Sevendust, HellYeah, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Tremonti, Rise Against, and Five Finger Death Punch.

Taking the acoustic stage would be Versions of People, I Woke Up Early For My Funeral, Detoura, Bobaflex, Leaving Haven, Flyleaf, and Islander.

These artists offered melodic and intimate performances of some of their more readily known active rock anthems, and provided a refreshing contrast to the other ferocious performances on the distorted stage.

Making a welcome appearance was guitar heavyweight Slash, who was once again backed by the wrecking ball crew that is Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. The band played a solid setlist of original material spanning the unit’s two studio albums together, 2012’s ‘Apocalyptic Love’ and 2014’s ‘World on Fire,’ before the sold out crowd while occasionally turning towards a few classic selections from Guns N’ Roses and the virtuoso’s previous collaborations with Kennedy on his debut solo effort.

After nearly eleven hours of solid hard rock having caused a shockwave across the Central Florida Fairgrounds and a sky-lighting fireworks show, the aftershock that is Five Finger Death Punch would headline an already strong concert.

The smash mouth metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada would take the stage before thousands and tear into “Under and Over It” from their ‘American Capitalist’ album.

Frontman Ivan Moody interacted with the 2015 class of head bangers during the concert as Five Finger Death Punch rolled through such burning numbers as “Burn MF” [from “The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side Of Hell” album] and “Remember Everything” [another choice selection from ‘American Capitalist’].

Another highlight was when the members for 5FDP paved into a strong rendition of “Bad Company,” the title track from hard rockers Bad Company’s self-titled debut, just before rolling straight into “The Bleeding,” which as any dedicated listener can attest is the lead single from Five Finger’s own breakthrough effort, ‘The Way of the Fist.’

5FDP brought about an epic end to an epic evening of festivities. For all newcomers, Earthday Birthday 2015 was now in the books and no one would leave disappointed. Once again, WJRR Radio set the bar high and all eyes will be watching the fairgrounds for next year’s impending shockwave to hit Central Florida.

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Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators

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Five Finger Death Punch

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Steve Neff/ Music Enthusiast Magazine

Steve Neff/ Music Enthusiast Magazine