ShipRocked guests returned to Port Miami on February 6, 2015 after five days of sun, sand, sea and hard rock during the ultimate rock music cruise vacation. ShipRocked 2015 featured once-in-a-lifetime performances and musical collaborations during the round trip ocean voyage from Port Miami on-board Norwegian Pearl, with two days at picturesque Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas.
For those that want to “Rock Hard, Vacation Harder,” plans are underway for ShipRocked 2016. The ShipRocked pre-sale will begin in the next few weeks, with cabin selection following shortly after. Look for details in the coming weeks at www.ShipRocked.com.
ShipRocked 2015–fueled by Monster Energy–featured performances and Photo Meet & Greets with Limp Bizkit, Black Label Society, heavy metal all-star band Metal Allegiance, Buckcherry, P.O.D., Sevendust, Tremonti, Andrew W.K., Living Colour, Filter, Lacuna Coil, Nonpoint, Otherwise, Zach Myers of Shinedown with J.R. Moore & Zack Mack, Crobot, Thousand Foot Krutch, Wilson, Gemini Syndrome, and more.
Metal Allegiance put their spin on two scorching sets of rock and heavy metal’s most influential and recognizable songs, and for the first time, performed Van Halen’s self-titled debut album in its entirety, joined by very special guest Wolf Van Halen (Tremonti/Van Halen) on bass for select songs. The ShipRocked Metal Allegiance lineup included singers Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Troy Sanders (Mastodon) and Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil); guitarists Chris Broderick (ex-Megadeth), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Alex Skolnick (Testament), and Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus); bassists Frank Bello (Anthrax), David Ellefson (Megadeth) and Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill/Pantera); and drummer Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater).
Living Colour’s first performance featured special guests Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust) on “Cult Of Personality,” Scott Ian on The Clash’s “Should I Stay Or Should I Go,” and Joey Belladonna and Alex Skolnick on Cream’s “Sunshine Of My Love.”
Many ShipRocked guests started their vacation early with the ShipRocked Super Sailgate Pre-Party–sponsored by Monster Energy–on February 1, which kicked off with Zakk Wylde’s rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” on guitar, featured Chevelle’s only ShipRocked performance, as well as a halftime performance from Wilson (complete with cheerleaders), and a post-game performance by ShipRocked veterans Sevendust.
In addition to the non-stop music on the ship and the private island during ShipRocked, guests participated in a variety of events, activities and competitions, including:
- Book Signing with David Ellefson and Rex Brown
- Artist Q&A with Fred Durst, David Ellefson, Mike Portnoy, Marcos Curiel, Cristina Scabbia and Lukas Rossi
- Beach Wars with team captains Nonpoint & Otherwise
- After-hours DJ set from Fred Durst
- Drunk Spelling Bee hosted by Andrew W.K.
- Supernaturale Beer Pong hosted by Crobot
- Hard Rock Karaoke hosted by Chad Nicefield of Wilson
- Rock ‘N Roll Bingo hosted by Gemini Syndrome & Big Jay Oakerson
- Legion Of Skanks Comedy Show (Big Jay Oakerson & Luis J. Gomez)
- The SDR Show with Ralph Sutton and Big Jay Oakerson
- Tattoo Parlour provided by Spaded & Jaded Tattoo, Tulsa OK
- Rock My Yoga with Mari Dew
- Theme Nights
2015 also marked the first-ever Shippy Awards on the final night of the cruise, where guests were presented with awards for various accomplishments during the trip.
The ShipRocked charity auction benefitting Cancer Sucks (www.cancersucks.com) raised nearly $80,000. Cancer Sucks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding innovative medical research and finding a cure for cancer. The annual auction features one-of-a-kind rock memorabilia from current and past ShipRocked bands and more.
Here’s a taste of what various press experienced during ShipRocked:
“When you step on the deck of the ShipRocked boat you realize immediately that this is a special place where artists and their biggest fans can rock the nights away with massive show after show for five days on the high seas aboard Norwegian Pearl…One of the coolest things to see on the [ship] is that all of the band members are true rock music fans. They all attend each other’s performances while on board…ShipRocked is all about the fans and the fan experience. Every single band member was out of their room enjoying the ship, meeting fans, taking pictures, and signing autographs every day. I saw fans wait patiently to speak to their favorite band members and they were all very respectful of the artists throughout the cruise. This is not my first music cruise but this is the first one where every band on board did a formal meet and greet so that their fans could have a photo with all band members either onboard the ship or on the island.”
–Amy Harris, AXS.com, February 8, 2015
“ShipRockers have their own nomenclature, their own code of conduct and a willingness to embrace strangers, knowing we are all there for the same reasons.”
–Steve Black, WRIF-FM (Detroit)/Chop Shop Radio, February 9, 2015
“The fun aboard ShipRocked is endless…”
–Liz Ramanand, Loudwire.com, February 10, 2015 (Day 1 recap)
“ShipRocked is the ultimate party on a huge boat with all of your favorite bands.”
–Liz Ramanand, Charged Magazine, February 10, 2015
“…the vacation of a lifetime…”
–Amy Harris, Cincinnati CityBeat, February 11, 2015
Check out the official ShipRocked 2015 Aftermovie Teaser Trailer here:
(ShipRocked 2015 Aftermovie Teaser Trailer)
Note: All photos by Chris Bradshaw except Metal Allegiance meet & greet photo by Nick Shirghio.