The 2018 edition of Montebello Rockfest again hosted an eclectic mix of rock music ranging from comedy rock to thrash metal, somehow taking all these disparate sub-genres and turning it into one gigantic party. The Thursday night crowd had to deal with inclement weather, but when I was able to attend on Friday the weather had turned pleasant.

My day started with the Celtic punk band Flogging Molly, who, paired with Dropkick Murphys, gave the crowd a taste of arguably the two best bands in the genre. Meanwhile, Sum 41 celebrated the 15th anniversary of Does This Look Infected?, claimed the Juno Rock Album of the Year in 2004, with a raucous performance. Godsmack thrilled the crowd with a pyrotechnics display worthy of the finest Arena show. Stone Temple Pilots, now joined by their newest vocalist Jeff Gutt, proved they could still rock with the best of them.

To round out the first night, Prophets of Rage, a supergroup consisting of members from Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill, closed out the main stage. The band was every bit worthy of the headlining slot, as they entertained with their combination of rap and rock that grabbed the audience. They also performed rock-enhanced versions of Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” and Cypress Hill’s “Insane in the Membrane”, and their renditions left the listener satisfied regardless of which precursor they were a fan.

The photo essay includes photos of: Flogging Molly, Suicide Silence, Dropkick Murphys, Sum 41, Cannibal Corpse, Groovy Aardvark, Rancid, Dimmu Borgir, Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots and Prophets of Rage. Please select the slider for all the photos.

Flogging Molly
Suicide Silence
Dropkick Murphys
Sum 41
Cannibal Corpse
Groovy Aardvark
Dimmu Borgir
Stone Temple Pilots
Prophets of Rage


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