Day three of ShipRocked proved to be a test of endurance. Fueled by energy drinks, fans managed to make it to the Bacardi Beach Bar, filled up with fans waiting to meet Nonpoint, Wilson, Scorpion Child, and Crash Kings at the appropriately dubbed "beach & greet."
Aranda were first up on the beach stage, allowing fans to rock out to the high energy tracks in the sand or to take their beers and floaties to the water to relax and take in the tunes. Their set consisted of a number of tracks from their latest album, Stop the World. Brothers Gabe and Dameon Aranda's blend of raw, edgy vocals and upbeat guitars on "One More Lie" had the beach bouncing along. Things slowed down a bit on rock ballad "Satisfied," with harshly entertaining and relatable lyrics like "no I never wanna see you smile, and I never wanna see you satisfied."
The hour following Aranda's set was no time for rest. Randomly selected groups of ShipRocker's fought through their exhaustion to participate in beach wars, which brought us back to elementary school days of tug of war and other games that ultimately crowned one group victorious just in time for 90's alternative rockers Candlebox to take the stage. Fresh off of a year long tour in celebration of the 20 year anniversary of their self-titled debut, the band had a massive collection of hits to play for us, including "You," and the singalong favorite "Far Behind,"
The last day at the beach came to a bittersweet end, and by 6pm everyone was ready to bring on the night. The Monster Deck Stage was packed full from the floor to the balcony to catch Three Days Grace's second set. The venue was far more appropriate, with no pesky chairs getting in the way of rocking out and jumping along to the contagious beat of "Misery Loves My Company", a spot on cover of Limp Bizkit's "Break Stuff" featuring Shawn "Hammer" Hamm on vocals, and of course, a necessity at any Three Days Grace show, "Riot". Slower songs such as "Never Too Late" and "High Road" offset the heavy tracks perfectly throughout the set, giving tired legs a rest as they sang along.
Before the crazy night's schedule begun, Digital Summer hosted a wine tasting and acoustic performance in the Headbanger Lounge, allowing some relaxation time before heading to see the Butcher Babies. Fronted by the gorgeous Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd, the Californian metal band had everyone screaming along to "I Smell a Massacre" and others. Just before Butcher Babies set came to a close, The Halo Method were scheduled to play the Atrium Stage. Eager fans were disappointed to hear that technical difficulties had forced them to cancel their set. Luckily, singer Lukas Rossi brought out an acoustic guitar to perform for his loyal fans, promising to reschedule for the following day.
American Fangs from Houston, Texas took over the Headbanger Lounge at 9:30, followed by the crazy guys of Wilson. Black Stone Cherry rocked the deck stage, populated by both ShipRocked bands and fans ready to check out the southern rocker's hits "White Trash Millionaire" and "In my Blood." Those sacrificing the Black Stone Cherry show were lined up and waiting to get into Five Finger Death Punch's second show in the Stardust Theater.
Five Finger Death Punch is one of those bands that will get you moving even before they come on stage. Their set started with a bang and everyone's rock horns went straight into the air. The audience got a real treat in the middle of the set when frontman Ivan Moody came out into the audience during "Remember Everything" and "Battle Born." Audience members got handshakes and hugs from the singer, making the night just that much more special. While Ivan was out in the crowd the rest of the band powered through, feeding off the energy of the crowd. Their set was not without the sarcastic comments regarding the "no moshing" rule on the boat, and Moody was more than ready to accept whatever fines he would receive for encouraging it. In addition, when the band was reminded about their time limit, Moody made it clear that they would rock until they felt that the night was over. Of course, he did stick to the time limit, give or take a few minutes, but in the name of rock and roll, you kind of have to break the rules a little bit.
To end out the night, In This Moment closed out the deck stage followed by Andy Wood on the atrium stage until almost 2 a.m. Shiprockers didn't let this end of their night, though. Rockers don't let sleep get in the way of their fun, and partying continued until the early hours of the morning.