Thirty years after Ian Curtis' suicide and Joy Division's subsequent break-up, the band's legacy stillmeans both magic and misery for its three living members. Most of the magic comes from how their art has been remembered: the Manchester, England-bred group's ominous, stirring songs set the blueprint for morose post-punk, and their thin discography continues to be prized by critics. The fact that Curtis, a 23-year-old enigma of a vocalist, hanged himself as his band was gaining success helped fortify a mythological aura, too. Meanwhile, the misery stems from Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, and Stephen Morris losing a cohort so early, and Curtis' death then throwing a pall over their remaining careers.
Now in its fourth year, Rock on the Range 2010 fit 38 bands with hard rock and metal leanings into the two-day fest, packing the yellow and gray-tinted expanse of Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, with thousands of fans. Headlined by Godsmack and Limp Bizkit, the concert contained all the details that define the festival atmosphere: a wave of empty plastic Budweiser bottles, belligerent local sports fans, bad tattoos, crass t-shirts, people looking for weed in the men's bathroom, a smattering of bare breasts, and bizarre characters (like the guy wearing only boots, a robe, and Spongebob Squarepants underwear). Music-wise, here's our take on what made this noisy weekend worth the visit. See our photo gallery of the Fest here >> BEST GRATUITOUSLY PROFANE AC/DC COVER: PUDDLE OF MUDDWhen Wes Scantlin hits a stage, expect curse words to flow without pause.