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    Las Rageous - photo by: Tony Cordell
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    Las Rageous Festival - photo by: Tom Donoghue
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    Coheed and Cambria | photo by: Tom Donoghue
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    Derek Stevens, owner and CEO of the Las Vegas Events Center | photo by: Tom Donoghue
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    Las Rageous Festival - photo by: Tony Cordell

Inaugural Las Vegas Festival ‘Las Rageous’ Wraps With Nearly 20,000 in Attendance

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Rock and metal fans from all over the world flocked to Downtown Las Vegas to catch live sets by some of their favorite acts including, Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Anthrax, Breaking Benjamin and more.

Some surprises during the evening included Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna joining Killswitch Engage for a cover of Dio’s “Holy Diver,” along with Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds joining Eagles of Death Metal during their hit, “I Only Want You.”

Eagles of Death Metal | photo by: Tom Donoghue

“Las Rageous was a monumental event for the DLVEC and took Downtown Las Vegas by storm,” said the owner and CEO of the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, Derek Stevens. “I’m incredibly proud of our first original festival and can’t wait to invite thousands of guests back for years to come.”

“We are overwhelmed by the response and crowd turnout for this festival,” said Kurt Melien, president of Live Nation Las Vegas. “The inaugural Las Rageous was everything we could have hoped for. Vegas is home to an incredible rock culture and we’re thrilled to be able to give this passionate group of individuals an event that is theirs to celebrate. We look forward to bringing Las Rageous back for many years to come.”

Here is what some of the press had to say about the inaugural event:

“This new fest, which got off to a strong start over the weekend, luring thousands to the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center and adjacent streets, delivered a broad array of bombast, from prog to metalcore, thrash to radio rock, the festival’s two stages bracketed by food trucks and fire twirlers in hot pants…”
-Las Vegas Review Journal, April 24, 2017

“…Las Rageous Music Festival was a raging success …”
-VegasNews.com, April 26, 2017

“The first ever (hopefully, first annual) Las Rageous Fest in Downtown Las Vegas was a clear hit. Both days — April 21 and 22 — were packed with rockers and metalheads waiting in 90-degree heat to see their favorite bands.”
-MXDWN.com, April 26, 2017

The full music lineup for Las Rageous included Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Breaking Benjamin, Coheed and Cambria, Anthrax, Mastodon, Eagles of Death Metal, Killswitch Engage, Of Mice & Men, All That Remains, The Devil Wears Prada, and Escape The Fate, plus Sin City locals We Gave It Hell, Nations, Code Red Riot, and A Friend, A Foe, along with KOMP-FM Battle Of The Band Winners Bravo Delta and Honor Amongst Thieves.

Photos courtesy of A12 Entertainment/Tom Donoghue

An avid drummer whose discography includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After many years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.

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