Rockstar Uproar Festival 2010

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Saturday, September 4, 2010

This year Rockstar Energy decided to start up another tour in addition to their Mayhem festival. Dubbed the Rockstar Uproar Festival, the touring lineup features Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold and Stone Sour. Chip Tamplin had the chance to attend one of the stops on the tour and his impressions and photos are below.

New Medicine:

An up and coming band from Minnesota whose blend of rock and roll is a great fusion of hard rock riffs with catchy vocals. I’d never heard of this band before Uproar but I walked away from their set excited to check them out further. They were selling advance copies of their CD, Race You to the Bottom after their set and I gladly got one. While this band is still young, I see great potential in them. I highly recommend people get their album Race You to the Bottom when it hits stores.

Vocals: 9.5
Crowd Response: 8
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 9
Overall Rating: 10

Set list:

1. Rich Kids
2. Laid
3. Little Sister
4. Race You to the Bottom
5. The Takeover

Hail the Villain:

Hailing from The Great White North, Roadrunner newcomers Hail the Villain came out swinging on the second stage. Vocalist Bryan Crouch taunted the crowd consistently throughout their set with sinister faces. Though they alternated every stop of the tour with New Medicine, they brought such a different crowd reaction to the show than New Medicine did. While they weren’t the best band on the bill, they certainly pumped the crowd up significantly more than I expected. While they are still a young band, under the wing of Roadrunner they have the potential to soar into the next level very soon.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 9
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 9.5

Set list:

1. Mission Control
2. Take Back The Fear
3. My Reward
4. Evil Has A Name
5. Try Hating The World
6. Runaway

Airbourne:

While they were not headlining the second stage, Aussie classic-rockers Airbourne certainly made a case for it putting on a clinic for all bands to take notes. Vocalist and lead-guitarist Joel O’Keeffe has more energy than most frontmen. Constantly running around stage, pumping up the crowd and playing solos till you’d think his fingers would be bleeding. At one point he actually jumped off stage, hopped up on a roadies shoulders and proceeded to play while the roadie walked him through the crowd (pictured below) and later on in the set during their closing song “Runnin’ Wild”, he climbed up the speakers and proceeded to play the rest of the song on top of them. For the vocal style that O’Keeffe has, it’s a wonder he doesn’t lose his voice more often but surprisingly his voice was crisper and on par more than it has been in quite awhile. This was especially surprising given that it was the eleventh or twelfth date of the tour. While the crowd didn’t seem to appreciate them as much as I did, I thought Airbourne were by far the best band on the second stage, and even better than some of the main stage bands, too.

Vocals: 9.5
Crowd Response: 9
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 10

Set list:

1. Diamond in the Rough
2. Girls In Black
3. No Way but the Hard Way
4. Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast
5. Runnin’ Wild

HellYeah: 

For anyone who has been living under a rock for the past 4 years and haven’t heard of “super group” HellYeah, they are comprised of Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett, Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell, Damageplan bassist Bob Zilla, and former Pantera and Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul.

With that said, I’ve never really liked them, as I have never understood the hype of the whole “southern-rock” influenced sound. I love Mudvayne and Pantera so when this group was first announced I felt let down by both of their CDs. However, their live performance and vibe really brought a newfound respect for the band. All the songs that I felt sounded too over-produced on CD sounded so much harder and raw live and Chad Gray’s voice sounded substantially better than when I saw Mudvayne last, which was also a big concern of mine before they started.

While I still won’t be listening to them after the show, I did enjoy their set and understood why they were asked to play this tour (though I think they would’ve been a better fit on Mayhem).

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 9.5
Overall Rating: 9.5

Set list:

1. Hellyeah!
2. Goddamn
3. Matter of Time
4. Cowboy Way
5. You Wouldn’t Know
6. Nausea
7. Stampede
8. Alcohaulin’ Ass

Halestorm:

Started by siblings Lzzy and Arejay Hale, Halestorm has garnered a tremendous amount of support and acclaim within the last 5 years. I saw them for the first time in May and was amazed at how much maturity they have for such a young band. Lzzy caries the band well and shows a great poise for being such a young front woman. While I’ve never really listened to this band outside of their shows, I very much enjoyed their set though I think they would’ve been a better fit as direct support to HellYeah rather than Stone Sour. Regardless, great show. Highlights included an interesting drum solo by Arejay Hale followed by the rest of the band ditching their instruments for trashcans and joining in on Arejay’s solo.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 8.5
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 9.5
Overall Rating: 9.5

Set list:

1. It’s Not You
2. What Were You Expecting
3. Dirty Work
4. Familiar Taste of Poison
5. Drum Solo/Circle
6. I Get Off

Stone Sour:

Corey Taylor is without a doubt one of, if not my favorite vocalist in rock. No matter where he sings or writes, it turns out incredible, but I’ve always considered myself a much more avid Slipknot fan than Stone Sour. With that being said, I was still very excited to see Stone Sour again.

While Stone Sour is a vastly different band than Slipknot musically (though the lines between them have blurred a bit as of late), Corey and fellow-Slipknot guitarist Jim Root’s presence is unmistakable within the Stone Sour sound. Joining the tour in support of their future release, Audio Secrecy, Stone Sour played a good portion of new material which I felt a bit let down by (as I don’t see the point in playing a lot of material that your fans won’t know yet) but they still delivered a power-packed forty-five minute set packed with singles like “Through Glass” and closer “30/30-150”.

Vocals: 10
Crowd Response: 9
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 9.5
Overall Rating: 9

Set list:

1. Mission Statement
2. Reborn
3. Made Of Scars
4. Say You’ll Haunt Me
5. Come What(ever) May
6. Your God
7. Through Glass
8. Digital (Did You Tell)
9. Hell & Consequences
10. 30/30-150

Avenged Sevenfold:

Following the passing of their drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, the future of Avenged Sevenfold was unclear. It seemed like the end but with the help of hired-gun Mike Portnoy (drummer for Dream Theater) they were able to finish recording their new album, Nightmare and get out on tour to support it.

As the curtain drapped the stage in darkness, the intro to the title-track to their new album, Nightmare started. As the curtain dropped so did a hangman’s noose and a person attached (held up by smaller and less noticeable “invisible” ropes. He hung there motionless throughout the entire set. While this was cool sight to see, it also seemed like a “too soon” thing to do after losing a band member.

With that being said, I was very impressed by a7x’s performance. I hadn’t seen them since their performance at Rock on the Range 2009. They had an awesome stage set up with an almost perfect replica of their album cover. The only downfall of the set was, in my opinion, another mediocre set list. Still, it was probably the best performance of theirs I’d seen and much like Zombie vs. Korn at Mayhem, they had by far the superior live performance compared to the headliner.

Vocals: 9.5
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 9.5
Overall Rating: 9.5

Set list:

1. Nightmare
2. Critical Acclaim
3. Welcome to the Family
4. Beast and the Harlot
5. Buried Alive
6. So Far Away
7. Afterlife
8. God Hates Us
9. Unholy Confessions
10. Almost Easy

Disturbed:

Disturbed haven’t really evolved much musically over the course of their career. But, as the say goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. In support of their recently released album, Asylum, Disturbed put on a hell of a show. Simplistic in its execution, but still great with video screens positioned behind drummer Mike Wengren playing pre-recorded videos to correspond with whatever song they were playing. Unlike Avenged Sevenfold, they chose songs relatively evenly between albums and didn’t weigh so heavily on new songs like Stone Sour.

David Draiman kept what dwindling crowd was left after Avenged Sevenfolds set relatively pumped for the remainder of their performance but more stragglers began leaving as their set progressed so they could beat the awful traffic jam that ensues after every performance at Jiffy Lube Live.

Draiman and co. tried their best to keep the crowd but unfortunately it seemed as though Avenged Sevenfold was the unofficial headliner.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 9
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 9.5
Overall Rating: 9.5

Set list:

1. Remnants
2. Asylum
3. The Game
4. Prayer
5. Liberate
6. Land of Confusion [Genesis cover]
7. Inside the Fire
8. Stricken
9. Fear / Meaning of Life / Numb / Voices
10. Another Way to Die
11. Stupify
12. Ten Thousand Fists
13. Indestructible

Encore:

14. Down With The Sickness

Photos (Bands Listed in Alphabetical Order):

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