CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA (August 25, 2013) — The fourth annual Carnival of Madness had the distinction to be the first rock concert in the reopened and refurbished US Cellular Center. Lines formed outside US Cellular early to get the coveted rail rider positions. Fans told me that it had been years since a major rock concert came to Cedar Rapids. At least a band with the caliber such as Shinedown, and they wanted more! Carnival of Madness also featured Nashville’s We As Human.In This Moment, who I describe as Lady Gaga meets GWAR, and long time hard rockers Papa Roach rounded out the lineup. If I had to be mean, and I was forced to pick only one band that really impressed me, it would be Skillet. Skillet incorporated everything and more in an arena rock show. Although I wasn’t extremely familiar with Skillet, after my allotted three songs in the pit I joined the throng of the general admission (GA) attendees for Skillet’s entire set. Visually and sonically they may have fit US Cellular Center the best out of all the Shinedown supporting bands. Skillet certainly has the hardest working female guitarist in the metal world. Shinedown lived up to their headline status. Featuring breathtaking pyrotechnics and state of the art lights. According to Live Nation’s Jon Reens, it was simply an “amazing show” — a pretty nice endorsement from the person who brought Pearl Jam to Wrigley Field. Cedar Rapids wants more big rock shows. US Cellular got the message loud and clear for six plus hours, prompting their staff to ask followers on their Facebook page what rock band they wanted next. Whatever band gets the nod next, rest assured the bar has been set by Carnival of Madness.
In This Moment
A look at Carnival of Madness by tour photographer Rob Fenn