During the first weekend of November, we joined some of our heavy music friends in Southern California at the Glen Helen Amphitheater at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest. A two day multi-stage music festival celebrating Metal, Heavy, and Hard Rock Music.
Here is a quick recap.

DAY 1: Saturday, November 4th 2017


We started off our day at the Second Stage B with Ernie Ball band Havok who brought the horns out of the San Bernardino crowd.

Havok uses Ernie Ball Slinky :

Skinny Top Heavy Bottom .010, .013, .017, .030, .042, .052

and Hybrid Slinky  009, .011, .016, .026, .036, .046 on guitar.

Cobalt Extra Slinky Bass Strings with Individual .125 Cobalt singles

and Super Slinky 5 Bass String on bass.


Next we witnessed the great thrash of Iron Reagen, with vocalist Tony Foresta and guitarist Phil “LandPhil” Hall of Municipal Waste. There was no disappointment with the electric fast pace riffage.

Iron Reagen use Ernie Ball Slinky:

Regular Slinky .010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046


We ended Day 1 with the insatiable super group Prophets of Rage. With legendary members of Rage Against The Machine and super group Audioslave Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk. Rap Vocals by B Real from Cypress Hill and legend Public Enemy #1 Chuck D.

Prophets of Rage use Ernie Ball 


Tim Commerford has an array of Ernie Ball Music Man Sting Ray Basses, view configurations and specs here.

Regular Slinky Bass Strings  050, .070, .085, .105


DAY 2: Sunday, November 5th 2017

The festival fields were wet from a morning rain. The crew with towels and squeegees covered the stage monitors with visqueen to continue the festivities that were Knotfest!

DED kicked things off with their zombie eyed heaviness.

Ded Plays Ernie Ball Slinky:

6 string Baritone Slinky .013, .018p, .030, .044, .056, .072

Regular 5 String Bass Slinky .045, .065, .080, .100 .130



Followed by adding some complex progressive shredding metal with a Xylophone.

Brandon White (photo above) of ONI plays Ernie Ball

8 String Skinny Top Heavy Bottom .009, .011, .016, .024, .034, .046, .064, .080


Absolutely destroyed the crowd with some of the most brutal breakdowns of Knotfest.

Reba Meyers (foreground) crushing riffs while drummer Jami Morgan (background) belts out into the mic.

Joe Goldman screams out from the stage.

Dominic Landolina holding his breath.

Code Orange Plays Ernie Ball Slinky:

Not Even Slinky  .012 .016 .024p .032 .044 .056

Regular 5 String Bass Slinky .045, .065, .080, .100 .130

San Antonio Texas heavy quartet hit the stage and Joe Antonellis jumped on the subs asking for more from the hyped crowd.

Upon A Burning Body plays Ernie Ball Strings:

Regular 7 Slinky .010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046, .056

Regular 5 String Bass Slinky .045, .065, .080, .100 .130


Sideshows in the crowd were in full force with stuntmen, jugglers, and fire breathers.

Bonus Content:

The secret weapon on the pedal board for the festival was the Ernie Ball Volume Pedal, which we have just revamped in a special 40th Anniversary version with a Kevlar core wire.

Check Ryan ‘Fluff’ Bruce dive into the new 40th Anniversary Volume Pedal below.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by1xzlV1NWA]

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