On Wednesday night, Cleveland proved it's the home of Rock and Roll once again.Big names were all over the red carpet stretching into Quicken Loans Arena for the second annual Alternative Press Music Awards. “Somebody said this is the punk rock Oscars, and when you go inside and see this place, it is,” said Mike Shea, who founded the magazine that started it all 30 years ago.From Weezer to Rob Zombie, musicians were out in full force and local fans loved what they had to say about the city. “I love Cleveland! I've been here a million times. It's great,” Rob Zombie said. Panic! at the Disco lead singer Brendon Urie said he felt right at home. “I love Cleveland. Look at me, I'm a local already. I'm drinking Great Lakes. I love this!” he said.Event organizers say more than 7,500 fans attended the awards show.“It's crazy. Just got here and fans are going nuts. This carpet is intense. I'm already having fun,” said a member of Simple Plan before the show. “We're stoked to be playing live! We haven't played live in three years. So it's going to be fun,” said Deryck Whibley, lead singer of Sum 41.As Alternative Press magazine marked 30 years, it remembered its Cleveland roots. Founder Mike Shea wanted the awards show to stay in Cleveland. He says the musicians love it. “They love the people of CLE, how hip it is, the vitality. So I think it's great for Cleveland,” Shea said. Hundreds of fans came from all over Ohio and others drove from hours away. “This is my first time going to the APMAs. So, it's awesome!” said Gia Corubbo, of Youngstown. “It's kind of out of this world. Never been to an awards show. It’s fun,” said Rebecca Carroll of Scranton, PA.Musicians seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as the fans.“Supporting rock and roll. The Rock Hall is here and we're stoked to be here,” said Ashley Purdy, bassist for Black Veil Brides. “Since I was little, Cleveland was the place to rock!” said a member of Pierce the Veil. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has displayed a special exhibit marking Alternative Press’ 30th anniversary, featuring magazine covers from over the years.
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