ShipRocked 2018!

The Chop Shop @ ShipRocked 2018 - Full Show Part One
The Chop Shop @ ShipRocked 2018 - Full Show Part Two
The Chop Shop @ ShipRocked 2018 - Full Show Part Three
The Chop Shop @ ShipRocked 2018 - Full Show Part Four
The Chop Shop @ ShipRocked 2018 - Full Show Part Five
The Chop Shop @ ShipRocked 2018 - Full Show Part Six
The Chop Shop @ ShipRocked 2018 - Full Show Part Seven
 

From the desk of Steve Black:

Imagine yourself visiting a sun-soaked small city that floats to and from scenic destinations inhabited by dozens of amazing rock bands. It's the kind of place where you get a big bear hug from guitar God Zakk Wylde while grabbing your morning coffee (actually happened), a place you can enjoy a late-night ice cream with Shaman's Harvest guitarist Josh Hammler (yep, that happened too) or even hanging out with the guitarist of the Grammy nominated band Nothing More, Mark Vollelunga, while he's in his comfy pajamas (Strangely enough, that happened as well).

This magical place I speak of is the annual ShipRocked Cruise which saw us assemble on board the Carnival Liberty with stops in Nassau and the private island Half Moon Cay. 2018 was the 6th time the Chop Shop was a media partner for The World's Greatest Vacation, but it was the first time I realized just how individual each experience is among the greater rock & roll collective.

For instance Jennifer Pinckney from Nashville proclaimed that "One of my favorite moments on the boat (was) seeing Aranda play a very beautiful acoustic session in the main lobby." I saw parts of that set and all of their acoustic morning set by the Zero-G Pool on Deck 9. It was while taking in the morning music it occurred to me that the majority of ShipRockers were still recuperating from the fun of the previous evening. So probably 90% of the Liberty's temporary citizens missed what for Jennifer was deeply moving.

Stephen Sturges of Brookfield, Connecticut took to social media to declare "The highlight of SR18 was standing in a sea of people, remembering Chester Bennington and singing Crawling and In the End together. That moment was totally symbolic of the ShipRocked experience." I was present and the so were a collection of goosebumps on my arm, yet, shortly after I walked through the casino and none of the people in there, who by the way were equally happy, took in what for Stephen was an eternal memory.

This I decided was the real magic of ShipRocked, endless combinations of choice. With so much to choose from including 46 shows on 5 stages (one of those a pirate ship on the beach), from 23 bands (one of which is an all-star band made up of another dozen bands) it's no wonder all of us seemed to have had very different experiences while all taking in the same grand adventure.

Perhaps that's why it never gets old? As every sailing allows endless new combinations to choose from, making it the only event that I've encountered that provides a truly once in a lifetime experience every single year.

Check out Steve's photos and interviews below (not mobile friendly):

Aranda 2 Aranda 3 Black Label 1 Black Label 2 Bumbblefoot Interview Bumbblefoot Corey Glover (Living Colour) Crowd 1 Crowd 2 Crowd 3 Half Moon Cay1 Interview with Aranda Interview With Ded Interview with Red Sun Rising Interview with Seether Interview with Shamans Harvest Joyous Wolf 1 Joyous Wolf 2 Like A Storm 1 Like A Storm 2 Like A Storm 4 LJ from Sevendust Mark Vollelunga and Steve Black Nothing More 1 Nothing More 2 Nothing More 3 Nothing More 4 Nothing More 5 Nothing More 6 Red Sun Risisng 1 Red Sun Risisng 2 Seether 2 Seether 3 Seether1 Shamans Harvest 1 Stone Sour 1 Stone Sour 2 Stone Sour 3 Stowaways 3 The Liberty The Stowaways 1 The Stowaways 2 Wilson 1 Wilson 2 With Joyous Wolf With Like A Storm With POD With Starset With Zack Bowling Zakk Wylde 1 Zakk Wylde 3 Aranda 1 photo galleries lightboxby VisualLightBox.com v6.0

 

The Chop Shop @ ShipRocked 2018 - Artists Q&A
The Chop Shop @ ShipRocked 2018 - Interview with Brock Richards
The Chop Shop @ ShipRocked 2018 - Interview with Dale from Seether
The Chop Shop @ ShipRocked 2018 - Interview with David from DED
The Chop Shop @ ShipRocked 2018 - Interview with Josh Hammler
The Chop Shop @ ShipRocked 2018 - Interview with Kaleido
The Chop Shop @ ShipRocked 2018 - Interview with Like A Storm
The Chop Shop @ ShipRocked 2018 - Interview with Marcos Curiel from POD
The Chop Shop @ ShipRocked 2018 - Interview with Mark Vollelunga
The Chop Shop @ ShipRocked 2018 - Interview Oli Herbert
The Chop Shop @ ShipRocked 2018 - Interview with Red Sun Rising
The Chop Shop @ ShipRocked 2018 - Interview with Blake Allard from Joyous Wolf
The Chop Shop @ ShipRocked 2018 - Interview with Bumblefoot
The Chop Shop @ ShipRocked 2018 - Interview with Dameon Aranda

Check out both photo and audio highlights, as well as full shows from the past 4 years of ShipRocked by clicking the year below:

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