10 Years of Rockin’ the Boat
ShipRocked celebrated its 10th year January 26-31 with a sold-out ship of over 3,200 guests onboard Carnival Valor departing from Galveston, Texas, with stops in Cozumel and Progreso in Mexico’s Yucatán.
During this year’s 5-day ultimate rock music cruise vacation, ShipRocked guests enjoyed performances from and meet and greets with over 20 artists, including Papa Roach, Bullet For My Valentine, I Prevail, Nothing More, Suicidal Tendencies, Sevendust, Motionless In White, 7 year ShipRocked veterans Sevendust, comedian Brian Posehn, all-star band The Stowaways, and more. ShipRocked’s own all-star band The Stowaways, presented by Keep The Beat Alive, dedicated one night’s performance to Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul, and also honored fallen Stowaways performer Oli Herbert (All That Remains). The 2019 Stowaways featured Joey Belladonna and Frank Bello of thrash legends Anthrax, Brian “Head” Welch (Korn), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, David Ellefson (Megadeth), John Tempesta (The Cult), Wuv and Traa from P.O.D., John Deservio (Black Label Society), and many more. ShipRocked’s guest hosts were Kayla Riley and Ralph Sutton.
Other unique highlights included: Papa Roach hosting two marriage proposals on stage during their deck stage sets. Brian “Head” Welch of Korn hosting a packed Q&A and screening of his emotional documentary, Loud Krazy Love, which documents his relationship with his daughter Jennea and his struggles with addiction, beginning with early days in Korn. During the Q&A segment, an emotional Jacoby Shaddix shared a personal story about how much he related to the film and how Welch helped him through difficult times in his past. Then there was The Feud (Papa Roach vs. I Prevail); Beach Wars with Nonpoint; Deck Wars with Wilson; Beer Pong with Badflower; Love & Marriage (with Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust and his wife Ashley); Playa Mia Beach Excursion (with Wilson & Blacktop Mojo in Cozumel); and Blindfold Musical Chairs (with Them Evils).
SRX was our biggest and best sailing yet. I am tremendously proud of how ShipRocked has grown and evolved over the last 10 years. It continues to offer a uniquely intimate fan experience that just can’t be duplicated at concerts or festivals, and a camaraderie amongst our incredible community of guests who have become a year-round family. The cliché ‘we’re all in the same boat’ couldn’t be more true. A few thousand rock and roll misfits on vacation in our ‘safe space’ together for 5 days and nights celebrating the music and each other. We can’t wait to see what the next decade brings for our Home away from homeAlan Koening
Ben Weinman Suicidal Tendencies ShipRocked guests and staff during sailaway from Galveston
Beach Wars Artist Q&A
Brian “Head” Welch of Korn at his Loud Krazy Love documentary screening A packed evening crowd
Sevendust meet & greet I Prevail meet & greet
Papa Roach on the deck stage Wilson
ShipRocked 2020 will take place February 1-6, 2020 and will be a trip from New Orleans, Louisiana to Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico onboard Carnival Valor. Look for ShipRocked 2020 details in the coming months at www.ShipRocked.com.
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