After my recent review of Mayhem Festival, 2010, including live interviews backstage with Winds of Plague and In This Moment, and an exclusive phone interview with Ray Luzier of Korn, I had the opportunity to cover the very first of what promises to become the next winning entry in the Jagermeister / Rockstar Energy Drink summer music festivals, Uproar Festival.
Uproar Festival was created by John Reese, the man who also brought us Mayhem Fest, as well as the Taste of Chaos tour. Korn, Lamb of God, Slayer, Bullet For My Valentine, Rob Zombie, and Marilyn Manson: the hardcore metal bands that have figured prominently on Mayhem Fest over the years.
Uproar Fest covers hard rock and the more alternative metal bands, which is not to say that those who grace the stages are in any way less prominent or talented, on the contrary, Uproar is to alternative metal-heads, what Mayhem Fest is to the hardcore crowd; a well-rounded offering of the best bands in their genre, from noon until night; a dream line-up with something for everyone.
I’m not sure if, being the inaugural Uproar Fest, and a tremendous success, it will continue to be contained by only two stages after this year, but for now it is nine bands on two stages: the Jagermeister Stage and the Rockstar Main Stage. There is no rotating between stages as there is at the Mayhem Festivals. I was particularly glad of that, considering I had been granted a backstage interview with one of the hottest new bands to join the tour circuit, New Medicine, and also a photo pass for both stages so that I could do a concert photo review.
Not having to run from stage to stage meant I had more time in the photo pit, which in turn meant that I went home with 800 pictures — and the hefty job of selecting the best to share with the metal fans here at blogcritics!
In order to share my experience to its fullest, not to mention the great photos, I decided to break up the coverage into two parts based on the bands who were outfitting each stage. I’ve included the photos, line-up, album information and the setlist that each covered when Uproar Festival rolled through Atlanta, GA.
The Rockstar Main Stage that day featured Halestorm, Stone Sour (whom I’ll soon be doing an audio interview with), Avenged Sevenfold and Uproar Festival headliner Disturbed.
The first band to hit the main stage in Atlanta was Halestorm — although I’ve been told that they had, at times, alternated the main stage opening position with Hellyeah, who were the closing act on the Jagermeister stage that night.
One of the things I love most about John Reese’s fests is that he always supports the new up-and-comers on the tours. He is one of those rare concert jockeys who actually wants everyone to play nicely – -and to give the new kids a helping hand — and that is reflected in every act that joins his tours. You’ll read more about that in the up-coming Jager stage review, and in the interview with New Medicine; how the guys from Stone Sour and Disturbed are supporting the new acts at Uproar. It’s just awesome!
Halestorm was the only female-fronted band at Uproar Fest and Lzzy Hale hit the stage ready to rock! She reminds me very much of Joan Jett when she first burst onto the scene. You know this girl can hold her own on Uproar, both vocally and musically. She’s a fiery, fist-thumping little metalhead who can really wail on a guitar.
Halestorm’s self-titled debut album was released April 28, 2009, on Atlantic Records.
Arejay Hale (drums, percussion)
Joe Hottinger (guitar)
Josh Smith (bass guitar)
Halestorm’s Set List:
It’s Not You
What Were You Expecting
Familiar Taste of Poison
Nothing to Do with Love
I Get Off
Next up was Stone Sour featuring Slipknot members Corey Taylor and Jim Root. Their entrance brought the crowd to its feet. The connection was immediate. They love their fans, their fans love them. The party was on from there!