"We're really excited to play one of America's great rock festivals," says Nikki Sixx, Mötley Crüe bassist. Sixx made the statement in a recent press release announcing the two-day Rock on the Range lineup. Around 35 bands will play the festival, slated for May 16 and 17 in Columbus, Ohio.

Unlike many festivals, Rock on the Range is contained to a soccer stadium. This means fans can mosh without sinking into a pile of mud in case Mother Nature isn't in a Metal mood. Last year, Rock on the Range broke attendance records, becoming the biggest two-day festival in America with nearly 60,000 attending the weekend-long party.

Just like any festival, Rock on the Range must mix it up to keep fans happy. This year, there will be three stages to handle the extra number of bands on the bill. There will also be an increased focus on environmental awareness. Rock on the Range is the first festival to offer rewards from an on-line recycling initiative. Some prizes include festival merchandise and free tickets.

Rock on the Range started as a one-day event in 2007. Wild success meant the expansion to two days and this year, there is a Rock on the Range in both Columbus and Winnipeg, Canada.

Bands to catch at Rock on the Range 2009: Mötley Crüe, Slipknot, Clutch, Duff McKagan's Loaded, All That Remains, Avenged Sevenfold, Static-X

Price of admission: Two day general admission (with field access) - $114.50, two day general admission (stadium only access) - $99.50, single day tickets also available. Military discount available. Click here for more information.

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