Their brand of polished, heavily layered and radio-friendly metal may not be de rigueur among discerning headbangers, but it’s worth noting that the three major headliners of this Tampa festival – Disturbed, Godsmack and Megadeth – still make far and away some of the most popular and necessary music in the country to a wide swath of the population. The triumvirate’s albums have gone platinum in the U.S. an astounding 24 times combined, and we swear you can’t watch any documentary footage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan without hearing one of their songs blaring from an intimidating M1 Abrams tank. (Hey, whatever keeps them defending our pussy indie asses! Thanks, guys!) Presented by Revolver magazine, Rockstar Energy Drink (natch) and Jägermeister (double-natch), this one-day aggro orgy also features on-the-rise talent like Unearth, Red Fang and Orlando’s metal pride, Trivium. – Justin Strout (with Disturbed, Godsmack, Megadeth, Machine Head, In Flames, Trivium, Unearth, Red Fang and more; 2:15 p.m. at the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa; $32-$73.25; 813-740-2446)
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