Disappointed fans say Rob Zombie walkoff won't keep them away from Rock Fest

By: Joe Nelson Email
By: Joe Nelson Email

CADOTT, Wis. (WEAU) - Rock Fest wrapped up Sunday night, but not everything went as planned.

Headliner Rob Zombie ended his show after just two songs, saying he could barely talk and couldn't finish the show.

The old saying, ‘The show must go on,’ didn't apply to Sunday’s concert.

Thousands were disappointed, after Rob Zombie left the stage about eight minutes in, but fans said it won't keep them from coming back.

“I can’t even talk man, there’s no way I can do this show. I’m sorry,” Rob Zombie said right before he walked off the stage.

His staff later said he had a medical issue that kept him from being able to finish the concert.

After seeing Aerosmith and Five Finger Death Punch leading up to its final day, Rock Fest 2014 ended on a sour note for some.

“His voice was shot and he couldn't do it anymore,” rock fan Andrew Rechtzigl, of Alexandria, Minnesota said.

Fans say they were told to stick around for about an hour, before the show was called off.

“Until an artist tells us directly that a show is cancelled, we're going to do everything we can to make sure the show goes on if there's any chance, so until we hear from an artist or artist camp directly that a show is not happening, we will wait until we know,” Jill Brenner, Rock Fest and Country Fest Marketing Director said.

Brenner said Rock Fest staff said they were disappointed too, but had no other options but for the concert to end.

“When an artist has the stage and they cancel the show, that's unfortunately what happens, and again, it was not the way we wanted to end the weekend, it had been so spectacular and I think that's what everyone will remember,” Brenner said.

Despite the upset fans, law enforcement says it didn't have any major problems.

“A few people were a little rowdy but no major incidents in regards to band not completing their scheduled appearance,” Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said. “2014 has to be by far the most quiet as far as law enforcement, that I’ve seen and I’ve been there just about every year.”

Both area businesses, boosted by extra traffic, and fans say the fests' end didn't ruin their experience.

“You get to meet a lot of interesting people, faces you don't usually see,” Farmers Kitchen restaurant manager Rita Beqiri said.

“I come here for the good people, the hospitality, we camp with Canadian friends that we met a couple years ago, we just have a blast,” rock fan Kyle Kerfeld, also of Alexandria, Minnesota said.

Rob Zombie’s Twitter account also said he was sorry and that he knew he couldn't finish the concert when he started.


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