Rockstar Uproar Does It Again
There wasn’t much not to like about this year’s Rockstar Uproar Tour. I mean, honestly, yes, the day-long slate of rock’s top acts is cool and all, but free Rockstar? You can’t beat that. Oh, right - back to the full slate of bands – which featured Black Tide, Art of dying and Sevendust to name a few, and that’s just the side stage. Yeah, Sevendust headlining the side stage?
After downing perhaps an unhealthy amount of Rockstar – 2 2x Caffiene and 1 Grape Recovery – I settled in at the side stage waiting to see Black Tide, or so I thought. After arriving late to the gig, it turned out that Black Tide switched spots with Art of dying so that they could play. Well, all’s well that’s end well, again, or so I thought. I was definitely looking forward to catching AOD’s set – I mean, their Vices and Virtues album is on my Year End Best Of. Check out the review here. AOD was flat, ripping off a set of meandering rocks tunes that pretty much sounded better on wax, which normally isn’t how it works. Regardless, Sevendust saved the day in the headlining slot, and though they ran through a predictable set of radio hits, they killed it, plain and simple. After buying a handful of Hell or Hellwater merch at their booth – Begin Again, their debut LP, for $5? C’mon now – my friends and I made our way over to the mainstage.
After Escape the fate ended, Seether impressively dazzled the crowd with hit after hit after hit, a set that included “Fine Again,” “Fake It” and “Remedy.” With no frills, no wasted time or motions, Seether, at that point of the day, represented clearly the band to beat. I wanted their cover of “Careless Whisper,” but as I often say, beggars can’t be choosers. They effectively set the stage for the mighty Three Days Grace, who I’ve been saying for years now is the best live band touring today, and again 3DG didn’t disappoint. Again, the hits fell like rain – “Break,” “the Good Life,” “I Hate Everything About You,” “Home,” “Never Too Late,” “Riot,” and “Animal I Have Become” – to name a few. Though there was no pyro or fire, something you get accustomed to when you see this band live enough times, there was a cover of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” another thing the band is known for. Finally, Avenged Sevenfold too kto the stage to round out the daylong festivities and they did not disappoint in the pyro department as they rolled out a fire spitting skull with wings (you know, you’ve seen their logo). Though their set was fairly predictable (c’mon people this was a radio show), they rivaled 3DG for best band of the night with songs like “Beast and the Harlot,” “Bat Country,” “Scream” and “Almost Easy.”
|Photo By Keith Pelkey|
|Photo By Keith Pelkey|