Rock on the Range Festival VIP Sweepstakes Winner Announced!
Marshall Kilpatric, a drummer from Arvada, Colorado, has won the Mercury Festival VIP Sweepstakes trip to the sold out Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio. He took the time to share some of his thoughts on his upcoming trip (and to say he’s excited is an understatement).
Q: How did you find out about the Mercury Insurance Festival VIP Sweepstakes?
I learned about the sweepstakes from watching AXS TV, as they were airing coverage of the Coachella Festival. I saw the commercial for the contest and immediately found myself entering with hopes of winning. I am very happy to be the recipient from not only Mercury Insurance, but from seriously one of the best networks on cable television at this time.
Q: Have you ever been to Rock on the Range before?
No, I have not been to Rock on the Range before, however, I have had the privilege of performing at other similar festivals over the last few years. I am particularly excited to attend this one because the line-up consists of several of my longtime musical influences and also for the opportunity to see some longtime friends in the “business” doing what they do best … all within the festival setting!
Q: Why’d you choose to enter to win a trip to Rock on the Range out of all of the available festivals?
My reputation as a drummer is known predominantly in the rock and metal genres, so this festival presents me with a very familiar environment. I’m excited because I will be in the company of former touring mates, and more than anything, I will get to see legends such as Judas Priest that I began to believe I might never have the opportunity to. Now, not only do I, but I get to do so in “VIP style”!
Q: What were your first thoughts when you found out you won the Rock on the Range trip?
My first thoughts were those of total disbelief. I mean, when I (or anyone I know) enter such contests, you typically know your chances of winning are not necessarily in your favor. So when I received the phone call, it took me a moment to actually mentally register that it was not a joke, or even worse, a scam, prank, or telemarketing scheme! Once it sunk in, and I also realized who I would be seeing at the fest, let’s just say I was speechless and completely ecstatic at the same time.
Q: Who do you plan to take with you on your VIP trip?
I am taking one of my longtime closest friends, whose name is Anthony, and who also happens to be a member of one of my music groups. It’s possible he may be more astonished than I at getting the chance to go with me.
Q: What about the festival are you most looking forward to?
I will say as far as what I am most looking forward to, one thing is seeing (as already mentioned) legends Judas Priest. But also, other acts that I have either toured with, worked with, or been fans of since their inception such as Ministry and Marilyn Manson. (Yes, that guy…) But I cannot ignore the fact that I am very excited to experience whatever VIP status allows for me to be involved with. No matter how large or small the significance of my involvement, I love the camera, and am definitely NOT camera shy!!!
Q: Any additional comments?
I would just like to say that I am very grateful that Mercury, along with AXS TV, has provided this opportunity, and I think it is great to see the support of not only live music in general, but for the arts in any way or manner. Having this covered by AXS is something I am very happy to see, as I think it is a truly important thing for our society, and especially our youth, to be exposed to music and art in any form possible. The fact that Mercury Insurance has joined forces to help make this happen speaks volumes of your company’s vision, and what your priorities may be aside of just “strictly business.” I cannot thank you enough, not only for me personally, but on everyone’s behalf who has the chance of winning a contest such as this, and even just putting forth the effort to do so.
I will most certainly take as many pictures as humanly possible (and time and circumstance allows)!