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Las Rageous: Day 2 Finale with Avenged Sevenfold, Mastodon, Eagles of Death Metal and More!

Saturday came quickly after the ferocious night before with headliners Godsmack, and Las Rageous Day 2 got underway with KOMP Battle of the Band winners Honor Amongst Thieves on the “F” Stage. Las Vegas rallys together to support local music and Las Rageous had their share of Vegas talent in addition to national acts over the two day event. Several of the Stage “F” an “U” bands on both days were from Vegas or have Vegas roots, including Code Red Riot who took the stage following Honor Amongst Thieves.

Code Red Riot’s Corky Gainsford is an alumni of Vegas’ own Otherwise and Blue Man Group drummer, but traded drums for vocals with this latest endeavor and showed his vocal prowess on this second show for the band, with guitarist Tyler “Taz” Azure, bassist Jon “Woz” Wozniak, and co-BlueMan drummer Todd Watzig on drum duties for the Las Rageous date. The band has a single “Living Low” out at present, and things are in the works for more music and news soon! Check out their single at

Escape the Fate followed Code Red Riot on the “F Stage, another band originally formed in Vegas, although with only one native son still in the band after numerous lineup changes over the years. Local mate and drummer Robert Ortiz was back in the city of sin with ETF, and the fans were packed on the barricade for the bands’ Las Rageous set. Vocalist Craig Babbit announced earlier this year that Escape the Fate would be recording a sixth CD this year, follow up to 2015 Hate Me. Follow the bands news at

Vegas natives Nations opened the MainStage “U” on Saturday, with dual vocalists that alternated melodies and growling screamo vocals for a diverse sound and a lot to watch on the big stage, playing single “Dirty Fire” and hinting at a new release this summer. All That Remains were next on the Main Stage, and although not local boys, singer Phil Labonte has a six-degree-of-separation link to Sin City, filling in as vocalist for 5FDP last year for the remainder of the tour as Ivan Moody took a needed hiatus. Labonte led All That Remains, his self proclaimed “modern metal band” into a power filled set, and gave Vegas a taste of “Madness”, their new cd released just last month.

Honor Amongst Thieves photos: Jo Anna Jackson/Stardogphotos

COde Red Riot photos: Jo Anna Jackson/Stardogphotos

Escape the Fate photos: Jo Anna Jackson/Stardogphotos

Nations photos: Jo Anna Jackson/Stardogphotos

All That Remain photos: Jo Anna Jackson/Stardogphotos

As night set the heavy hitters came out to play, and Eagles of Death Metal became the sleeper hit of Las Rageous as the always humorous, snappily dressed and eclectic vocalist Jesse Hughes was joined by Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds on EODM’s opening number “I Only Want You”, featuring Hinds on a little AC/DC influenced solo, and Hughes gyrating and getting the crowd dancing and singing along from the start. Later in the set Hughes dedicated Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream” to Mastodon, who took the Main Stage following EODM for the heaviest set of the night. Beginning with “Sultan's Curse” from their newly released album, Emperor of Sand, Mastodon pummeled the crowd with their prog/metal wall of sound, with bassist Troy Sanders, guitarist Hinds and drummer Brann Dailor all taking turns at vocals during the set. A definite high point of the festival, and Mastodon continues their tour along with support from EODM, check out tour dates near you at

Eagles of Death Metal photos: Jo Anna Jackson/Stardogphotos

Mastodon photos: Jo Anna Jackson/Stardogphotos