Rockstar Uproar Festival 2012 at Jiffy Lube Live

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Rockstar Uproar Festival returned for another year and Chip Tamplin was on hand when the tour came to Jiffy Lube Live. Check below for his thoughts and photos from the show.

Candlelight Red:

Candlelight Red was definitely a nice surprise. I wasn’t really familiar with them, especially since I’d skipped them at a few other shows this year. They were definitely one of my favorite bands on the side stages, right behind Fozzy and P.O.D.

They had a lot of energy and vocalist Ryan Hoke was constantly moving from side to side. Their song “The Wreckage” was killer too.

Vocals: 8
Crowd Response: 6
Overall Sound: 8
Band Activity: 8
Overall Rating: 8

Setlist:

1. In Your Hands
2. Demons
3. Cutter
4. Medicated
5. Closer
6. The Wreckage

In This Moment:

I’ve never been a fan of In This Moment, but I usually liked them live. Not this time. While the rest of the band was energetic, singer Maria Brink was a dead fish, occasionally moving her arms or hips, but that’s where it ended. To make matters worse, her voice was so shot she was practically inaudible for most of their set or she’d skip singing certain parts because she knew she couldn’t hit the proper notes.

It was their last date on the tour, so it was slightly understandable, but I wish we’d had Thousand Foot Krutch instead. Easily the worst time I’ve seen them.

Vocals: 3
Crowd Response: 9
Overall Sound: 7
Band Activity: 7
Overall Rating: 5

Setlist:

1. Adrenalize
2. Blazin’
3. Whore
4. Burn
5. Blood

Redlight Kings:

While I enjoy their music, Redlight Kings are so boring live. They sound great, just boring. I don’t expect much from bands, but a little bit of movement is a small price to pay for my attention when I’m watching them.

Fans seemed to enjoy them quite a lot though.

Vocals: 8
Crowd Response: 8
Overall Sound: 8
Band Activity: 3
Overall Rating: 8

Setlist:

1. Comeback
2. City Life
3. Old Man
4. Built to Last
5. Bullet in My Hand
6. Underground

Deuce:

I will admit that I enjoy Hollywood Undead. Deuce, of course, is a former member of HU but sadly his solo work is pretty awful. He started off with a small mash up of “Undead” that got fans slightly into his set, but after that people seemed to get less and less interested – myself included.

Vocals: 6
Crowd Response: 5
Overall Sound: 6
Band Activity: 8
Overall Rating: 6

Setlist:

1. 9 Lives/Undead [Hollywood Undead cover]
2. Let’s Get it Crackin’
3. Story of a Snitch
4. I Came to Party
5. The One
6. America

Fozzy:

If the band Fozzy sounds familiar it’s probably because of the semi-famous front man, wrestler Chris Jericho. Despite the fact they’ve been around for almost a decade and a half, I can’t recall ever hearing any of their music.

I love them. In fact, they were my favorite band on the side stages. They had lots of energy, especially from Jericho and guitarist Rich Ward. The crowd loved them. They were constantly chanting “Y2J!” Fantastic set. Highly recommended.

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

Setlist:

1. Spider in My Mouth
2. Sandpaper
3. God Pounds His Nails
4. Sins and Bones
5. Enemy
6. Blood Happens

P.O.D:

Aside from last year’s edition of Rock on the Range, P.O.D. has been stellar every time I’ve seen them. This time was no exception. Vocalist Sonny Sandoval is a fantastic front man with lots of energy. The other members are also great.

Although they’re on tour in support of their new album Murdered Love they still worked a lot of old songs into their setlists, especially from their amazing album Satellite.

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

Setlist:

1. Murdered Love
2. Boom
3. On Fire
4. Without Jah, Nothin’
5. Youth of the Nation
6. Southtown
7. West Coast Rock Steady
8. Lost in Forever
9. Alive

Adelitas Way:

From being on a forgettable act on a tiny side stage at Rock on the Range 2009 to one of my favorite bands on the main stage on Uproar…it’s amazing how far Adelitas Way have come in such a short time.

Vocalist Rick DeJesus sounds better than ever and guitarist/bassist tandem Robert Zakaryan and Derek Johnson are easily the most fun in the band to shoot and always fun to watch. Their song is “Invincible” is just too catchy!

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

Setlist:

1. The Collapse
2. Hurt
3. Alive
4. Cage the Beast
5. Criticize
6. Sick
7. Invincible

Staind:

If I had to go the rest of my life without seeing Staind, I’d be okay with it. Still, I have to admit, Aaron Lewis sounded better live than I can remember at this show. He was still his normal boring self, but at least he sounded great while doing it.

A pretty solid setlist, aside from the slow finisher.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 8
Overall Sound: 8
Band Activity: 7
Overall Rating: 8

Setlist:

1. Eyes Wide Open
2. Right Here
3. Now
4. For You
5. Paper Wings
6. It’s Been Awhile
7. Not Again
8. Outside
9. Mudshovel
10. Something to Remind You

Godsmack:

I was basically doing this tour just to cover Godsmack and Papa Roach again. Sadly, PR had to drop off so I only had Godsmack but they definitely delivered. My only complaint was the lengthy drum solo. For new fans it’s definitely cool, but if you’ve seen them more than once you can usually do without it. Or at least cut it shorter. I mean, they could’ve done two-three more songs had they cut it back a little bit.

Still, in the grand schemes of their set it was a very minor complaint. Their set list was, of course, comprised of “the hits”, but definitely still nice. Vocalist Sully Erna sounded fantastic and the rest of the band looked like they were having a blast on stage. They were definitely the crowd favorite too.

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

Setlist:

1. The Enemy
2. Keep Away
3. Cryin’ Like a Bitch
4. Straight Out of Line
5. Awake
6. Re-Align
7. Speak
8. Voodoo
9. Batalla de los Tambores
10. Whatever
11. I Stand Alone

Shinedown:

Sadly, a good portion of the crowd (at least those in the pit area) left after Godsmack finished their set. Those that remained were reaching a fever pitch of excitement by the time the lights finally dropped in time for Shinedown’s set.

Shinedown had a very elaborate stage set up, though it seemed almost identical to the one when I saw them back in May at Carolina Rebellion. Still, I love seeing Shinedown live. Vocalist Brent Smith is a fantastic front man and the rest of the band followers his lead quite well.

Their set was definitely lengthy which made their fans quite happy.

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

Setlist:

1. Sound of Madness
2. Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)
3. Enemies
4. If You Only Knew
5. Devour
6. I’ll Follow You
7. Unity
8. .45
9. Bully
10. Simple Man [Lynyrd Skynyrd cover]
11. Second Chance
12. Fly From the Inside

Photos (Bands Listed in Alphabetical Order):

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