Words & Photos by Rod Snyder

Philly’s own 93.3 WMMR’s annual MMRBQ Festival, was in town at Camden’s BB & T Pavilion over the weekend, unofficially kicking off the summer concert season. It’s also WMMR’s 50th Anniversary this year. They have been hosting shows all around the city this year to commemorate the milestone.

Headlining this year’s festivities are Alice in Chains, Ghost, Stone Temple Pilots and Jonathan Davis of Korn. The undercard consisted of The Record Company, Dorothy, Radkey and In the Presence of Wolves.

Despite the gray and occasionally wet conditions, the crowd persevered. They came to ROCK and that’s exactly what they did! Local band, In the Presence of Wolves opened the show with their energetic set to get things started. The music progressed nicely throughout the day. I think the big show this night was Ghost. Fronted now by “Cardinal Copia” (Tobias Forge) RIP Papa Emeritus III, the band came onto the elaborate stage and played their dark and heavy music to the congregation. It was best stage and light production of the day by far. A hard act to follow, Alice in Chains was up next to close out this year’s edition of the MMRBQ. They came out with a montage of spotlights that lit the place up and proceeded to close the place down.

Just before Ghost took to the stage, longtime WMMR DJ, Pierre Robert, announced that they had booked Metallica to play the Wells Fargo Center in October, for their final birthday show this year. Not a bad birthday present huh?

And so with another MMRBQ is in the books, and the good times and hangovers had by thousands of fans, let’s bring on the summer concert season!

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