ShipRocked 2014: Day 4 in Photos
The fourth and final day was a sad one for Shiprockers, it was a full day at sea as the Norwegian Pearl was on its way back to Miami. Luckily for fans it was a day packed with major meet-and-greets and explosive performances.
The Spinnacker Lounge was a revolving door for meet-and-greets as Sevendust, Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment and Young Guns had the morning shift to meet their adoring fans. Papa Roach, Tremonti, Art of Dying and Halo Method did their meet-and-greets in the afternoon. While in the evening Three Days Grace, Living Colour, Love and Death and Candlebox all pressed the flesh with their fans.
Scorpion Child along with Love & Death played their second performances at the Headbanger Lounge while Living Colour and Tremonti took over the Meliti Stage later in the day. Art of Dying got their time on the big stage at the Stardust Theater, as did Papa Roach.
The Deck Stage was the busiest of the day as Digital Summer kicked off the afternoon with an energetic performance. More up-and-coming bands like Crash Kings and Young Guns also graced the Deck Stage.
Sexy burlesque group Hells Belles dominated the Deck Stage with sensual stripteases. The ladies half-hour performance turned the burly, male ShipRockers into mush and had them drooling.
With a storm coming, Candlebox played an abbreviated set on the Deck Stage. With only a handful of songs, they provided a lively performance and ended with their well known classic, ‘Far Behind.’ Vocalist Kevin Martin was in high spirits as he chugged a Smirnoff onstage and danced with the veteran Shiprocked doll aptly named Samantha Shiprocked (photos below).
Sevendust has previously played a dreamy acoustic set for their first performance and on the last day they were set to take the Deck Stage for a full on electric set. Even though the band also had to have an abbreviated set due to the approaching storm, their grips had to hustle and the sound check went rocky but overall Sevendust was nothing short of electrifying.
They kicked off their set with ‘Splinter,’ and transitioned into the notable favorite ‘Denial.’ They played newer songs ‘Decay,’ ‘Till Death’ and ‘Got a Feeling.’ The passion and rawness of Sevendust is unwavering, as the literal sweat beads glistened on the face of all of the members. One of the coolest concert moments of the cruise and maybe ever was during the last song ‘Face to Face’ where Lajon Witherspoon invited a young woman onstage (named Kelly Skeuse) who happened to be a sign language interpreter. Kelly interpreted ‘Face to Face’ for one of her signing projects/classes. Not many people can hold their own while sharing a stage with Sevendust but Kelly killed it while signing the powerful song with a swagger and force of her own.
The last performance of the last day was Papa Roach literally rocking the Stardust Stage. From the floor to the top balcony everyone was bouncing to the newer tracks ‘Still Swingin’’ and ‘Leader of the Broken Hearts’ as well as to older favorites ‘Getting Away With Murder’ and ‘Between Angels and Insects.’
Whether Jacoby Shaddix was up close and personal with fans onstage or making his way through the crowd, the command he has is due to his humble and very humorous nature. It’s no surprise that fans lost their minds when the night was ended with ‘Last Resort.’ Let’s just say the Norwegian Pearl is one sturdy ship. All in all when you see Papa Roach live, you’re going to have fun.
So maybe Papa Roach wasn’t necessarily the last show of the cruise. There was an all-star jam at the Bar City Bistro where various artists delighted fans with a powerful final set which lasted until the wee hours of the morning. Whether it was the combination of Nonpoint frontman Elias Soriano performing Rage Against the Machine‘s ‘Bulls On Parade’ with the members of Wilson or Living Colour taking the stage with Art of Dying, the all-star karaoke was an all-out good time.
Many sleepy fans woke up in sunny Miami the next morning (or didn’t go to sleep at all) and enjoyed their last helping of the yummy breakfast buffet and the lovely staff saying, “Washy Washy Happy Happy!” Though everyone was hoping for a fifth and full day of ShipRocked to continue, there’s no doubt fans will be on board for Shiprocked 2015.
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Meet and Greets at the Spinnacker Lounge: