Monday 15 April 2024

Heavy rock festival PLANET DESERT ROCK WEEKEND V shares first names for January 2025 edition in Las Vegas; tickets on sale now!

Vegas Rock Revolution's Planet Desert Rock Weekend is back for its 5th edition and announces the first bands to play two Las Vegas venues across the Jan. 30-Feb. 1 weekend, with Fireball Ministry, Mos Generator, JIRM and more!

Curated by Vegas Rock Revolution founder John Gist, Planet Desert Rock Weekend has established itself as a major event for all heavy rock fans from the Las Vegas area and beyond, hosting a highly curated selection of international heavy rock and psych bands for three nights of intimate surroundings with amazing sound to capture the full spirit of the heavy rock world. More than just a concert, it's a celebration and an essential gathering of musicians and fans from around the globe. The shows are taking place at night, so that festival-goers can fully enjoy the unique city of Las Vegas, its museums, casinos or hiking spots.

This year, Planet Desert Rock Weekend brings in Californian label Ripple Music to curate an entire night by presenting some of their roster's finest live acts. Don't wait to book your pass as the final lineup will be announced soon!


From January 30th to February 1st, 2025 at Count's Vamp'd and The Usual Place (Las Vegas, NV)

With Fireball Ministry (USA)
Mos Generator (USA)
JIRM (Sweden)
Samavayo (Germany)
Sergeant Thunderhoof (UK)
Omega Sun (Slovenia)
Fire Down Below (Belgium)
Valley of the Sun (USA)
Sons of Arrakis (Canada)
Mr.Bison (Italy)
+ more TBA!

A few words from the festival about the bands:

Fireball Ministry - Los Angeles

Rising from quietly smoldering for many years we are honored to have Fireball Ministry be a part of PDRW. This is a pure legacy band that has been rocking the scene since 1999 and have shared the stage with the likes of Alice Cooper, Blue Oyster Cult, Judas Priest, Slayer, Danzig, Anthrax, Motörhead and many others. Recently it was announced Ripple Music will be reissuing their catalog.

Mos Generator - Washington State

Mos Generator has been rocking for over 20 years and led by Tony Reed who is a monumental force within the scene. From straight forward heavy rock to heavy psychedelic they have always created music that elevates above many.

JIRM - Sweden

Ripple Music’s JIRM (formerly known as Jeremy Irons + the Ratgang Malibus) has built their reputation on an epic sound on each release regardless of the evolution and creativity of the album. They can range from a light summery psych song to a dark-tinged song describing inner turmoil. They are accented by amazing vocals. JIRM’s album “The Tunnel, The Well, Holy Bedlam” landed #4 on the Doom Charts for March 2022. This will be their 1st time in the States.

Samavayo - Germany

This German trio has been releasing amazing heavy rock since 2003! Their evolution of sound and influence have changed some over the years but at their core, they are a heavy rock band that writes rocking catchy songs yet get you moving. They have played with many of the top bands in the world, whether it was on tour or at a festival. Samavayo’s album “Payan” landed #2 on the Doom Charts for March 2022. This will be their 1st time playing the USA!

Sergeant Thunderhoof - England

These Brits have blown away fans in the U.K. for years and rocked amazing album after album of heavy rock for the world to hear. Touted for their live sets but their recent album “The Scripted Veil” took the scene by storm with incredible soaring vocals and superior songwriting to most. Landed #1 on Doom Charts for June 2022. This will be their 1st and only show in the States in 2025!

Omega Sun - Slovenia

Returning to Planet Desert Rock Weekend is Omega Sun whose recent 2023 release Roadkill captured many rocker’s ears with their powerful blend of heavy rock, doom, grunge and stoner rock. Recently the guys had the great fortune of opening up for USA supergroup The Winery Dogs and have embarked on a European tour. We love to bring back bands to the PDRW fold! Their 2023 release “Roadkill” landed #9 on the Doom Charts and VRR’s end-of-year list at #6 in 2023.

Fire Down Below - Belgium

Since their 2017 release “Viper, Vixen, Goddess, Saint” they have done a masterful job of blending desert rock, stoner rock and grunge elements to make music very easily accessible to people who want to rock. Their 2022 release “Low Desert Surf Club” on Ripple Music landed #5 on Vegas Rock Revolution’s end-of-year list and #3 on Doom Charts for September. This will be their 1st time playing the USA!

Valley of the Sun - Cincinnati

Super pumped to have Valley of the Sun return to Planet Desert Rock Weekend after performing at the inaugural one. Led by frontman Ryan Ferrier they deliver straight heavy rocking desert rock that sticks in your head. Their recently released album on Ripple Music landed close to the top of Vegas Rock Revolution’s top albums of the year.

Sons of Arrakis - Montréal

Early on Vegas Rock Revolution has been touting and working with Sons of Arrakis and after hoping to have them as part of PDRW IV, we are excited to have them for 2025! Their sound is an outstanding blend of heavy rock/ heavy psych/ progressive/ stoner with a backdrop of being a Dune-themed band. Their debut album ended #2 for 2022 on the VRR end-of-the-year list behind festival alumni Freedom Hawk (2). Their album landed #1 on Doom Charts for July 2022 and #8 overall for the year. SOA is finishing up their 2nd album which will be released on Black Throne Productions.

Mr. Bison - Italy

Mr. Bison has been one busy band since appearing at Planet Desert Rock Weekend II. Their latest album “Echoes of the Universe” has made an amazing splash in 2024 including landing #2 on the Doom Charts for February. Mr. Bison have continued to evolve and challenge themselves including adding a new member who is a multi-instrumentalist. We can’t wait to have them back and hear the new stuff live! Mr. Bison is part of the Heavy Psych Sounds label.

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