Rockstar Uproar Festival 2014

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Rockstar Uproar Festival has been one of the years biggest rock tours every year since 2010 (2010, 2011, 2012) and we’ve covered it for you every year except 2013. Read below for our impressions and photos from the August 26th date in Camden, New Jersey.

Sons of Revelry:

Uproar had one of the thinnest side stages – in terms of mass appeal – I’ve ever encountered on one of these tours. Until Escape the Fate, there was very little crowd draw, and the crowd reflected that.

Having never heard of Sons of Revelry, I was expecting very little from their set. I actually thoroughly enjoyed them. Their styles, as well as Within Reason’s (who were next) were a bit out of place given the other bands on the bill, but I dug the sound. Unfortunately the crowd size was disappointing given the time of day, but I’ve downloaded a few of their songs while writing this review (damn you ADD!) and will continue to jam out to them. If you haven’t heard them, check out their song “Love n Novcaine”. So catchy.

Vocals: 8
Crowd Response: 5
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 9
Overall rating: 8

 

Within Reason:

Within Reason started moving the show a bit more towards the sound the crowd was looking for, but they still came up short. The crowd was unusually lackluster. Like Sons of Revelry, I thoroughly enjoyed their set and have since downloaded some of their music. Which, for anyone who’s followed my reviews over the years knows is very rare. It’s very rare that an opening band wins me over, let alone two.

Despite the pathetic crowd, I would definitely recommend seeing both Within Reason and Sons of Revelry. They also did an awesome cover of Linkin Park’s “Lost in the Echo”, which was especially awesome since we just covered them a few weeks ago. Not sure why, of all of Linkin Park’s songs, they chose “Lost in the Echo”, but the cover was still awesome.

Vocals: 8.5
Crowd Response: 6.5
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 9
Overall rating: 8.5

 

3 Years Hollow:

As I said, I thoroughly enjoyed both Sons of Revelry and Within Reason, but it was great to finally get to a band that I felt “fit in” with the rest of the bands on the bill, that actually got that apathetic crowd moving their feet a bit. It was great to see the crowd finally getting involved rather than standing their checking their phones or starring blankly at the stage. I was very impressed with them. Great energy on stage, great sound and finally got the day rocking – can’t complain.

While this was supposed to be their final date on the tour, they were asked to stay on for another week shortly after their set ended.

Vocals: 8.5
Crowd Response: 8
Overall Sound: 8.5
Band Activity: 9
Overall rating: 8.5

 

Escape the Fate:

I’ve seen Escape the Fate many times over the years – nine times to be precise – and this was far and away the best I’ve seen them. They’ve always been solid, but they were on another level today. Vocalist Craig Mabbitt’s voice was on point and guitarists TJ Bell and Thrasher were maniacs on stage.

Opening with my favorite post-Ronnie song “You’re Insane”, I was immediately sucked into their set. Was a bit surprised they didn’t play “Situations”, but I suppose this was a different crowd than what they’d attract at Warped Tour. Speaking of crowds, theirs was insane. I wasn’t expecting them to draw quite the crowd they did, but it was almost bigger than side stage headliners Buckcherry, which is saying a lot.

For most bands, once I’ve seen them a few times, I’ve got no interest in seeing them again. It was great to see that not only I could see a band so many times and still enjoy them, but that I could enjoy them more than ever.

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

Set list:

1. You’re Insane
2. Issues
3. Gorgeous Nightmare
4. Fire It Up
5. Ungrateful
6. One for the Money
7. This War is Ours (The Guillotine II)

 

Buckcherry:

I’ve never been a huge fan of Buckcherry. They’re fantastic live, but their music has never done much for me, aside from a random song here or there. Even though I don’t really enjoy their music, you know they’re going to bring it live. Vocalist Josh Todd has an absurd amount of energy and guitarist Stevie D isn’t far behind. Out in support of their appropriately titled Fuck EP, much of their set was dirtier than normal, which the crowd seemed to thoroughly enjoy.

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

Set list:

1. Lit Up
2. Dead Again
3. All Night Long
4. Somebody Fucked With Me
5. Everything
6. Sorry
7. Dirty Mind
8. Say Fuck It [Icona Pop cover]
9. Gluttony
10. I Don’t Give A Fuck
11. Crazy Bitch

 

Pop Evil:

Like several of the bands on the bill, I’ve seen and covered Pop Evil many, many times over the years. Unlike Escape the Fate, this was the weakest I’ve seen Pop Evil. They just seemed drained. Perhaps the years of rigorous touring caught up to them, but they just didn’t seem to have that same spark that I usually see them playing with. Even on their worst day they’re still better than a lot of bands, but I can’t say I wasn’t a bit disappointed by them today.

Vocals: 8
Crowd Response: 7
Overall Sound: 8
Band Activity: 9.5
Overall rating: 7.5

Set list:

1. Last Man Standing
2. Goodbye My Friend
3. Sick Sense
4. Torn to Pieces
5. Deal with the Devil
6. Trenches

 

Skillet:

While I haven’t seen Skillet as many times times as some of the others, they have yet to disappoint me live. Their energy, sound and live show just makes them so enticing to see. Vocalist (and bassist) John Cooper’s voice never disappoints, his badass wife and lead guitarist Korey Cooper is constantly moving back and forth from one side to the other to pump up the crowd.

A band that has also toured tirelessly, it’s amazing that Skillet has toured as much as they have without getting too burnt out on it – but if they are, it’s not showing. Unfortunately they didn’t have that long of a set, so their set list was exactly what I thought it would be, but that didn’t stop the crowd from going nuts for them for forty-ish minutes. If you’ve never seen Skillet, do yourself a favor and see them. Immediately.

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

Set list:

1. Whispers in the Dark
2. Sick of It
3. Hero
4. Not Gonna Die
5. Awake and Alive
6. Rise
7. Monster
8. Rebirthing

 

Seether:

And now we’re back to one of the bands that I’ve seen…a lot. I’ve seen Seether about eight times over the years and they never disappoint. Sure, from a photographer’s standpoint they’re an absolute nightmare – terrible lighting and very little energy. But if you’re just there to enjoy the show, you’re not going to find many bands that are better live and as consistently good as Seether.

Their set was pretty predictable given their allotted set times, but you can’t go wrong with their selections. It was a single-laden set, but exactly what I expected from them.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 9
Overall Sound: 8
Band Activity: 5
Overall rating: 9

Set list:

1. Gasoline
2. Fine Again
3. Rise Above This
4. Words As Weapons
5. Breakdown
6. Broken
7. Tonight
8. Country Song
9. Fake It
10. Remedy

 

Godsmack:

It’s been a few years since the last time I shot GodsmackUproar Festival 2012, to be precise. In that time, the band took a break from touring to recharge their batteries. After a decent break, the band returned to the studio to work on (and release) their most recent album 1000hp.

Due to the festival atmosphere, even their set felt short, even though it wasn’t. For the most part, I was a bit disappointed by how toned down Godsmack’s set felt. Much of their normal production felt lacking. There was pyro (after our three songs, ugh) but aside from that – not much to speak of. I felt more impressed by Skillet’s stage set up and production than Godsmack’s, which was rather disappointing.

While their production was a bit stripped down compared to what it was a few years ago, they still sounded great. The rest clearly did them good. Can’t wait to cover them again on their next tour.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 7
Overall rating: 9.5

Set list:

1. Generation Day
2. Cryin’ Like a Bitch
3. What’s Next
4. Locked and Loaded
5. Keep Away
6. The Enemy
7. Something Different
8. Straight Out of Line
9. Awake
10. Speak
11. Voodoo
12. Batalla de los Tambores
13. Whatever
14. 1000hp
Encore:
15. I Stand Alone

For more information on the tour and the bands, please check out the following:

Godsmack website

Seether website

Skillet website

Pop Evil website

Buckcherry website

Escape the Fate website

3 Years Hollow website

Within Reason website

Sons of Revelry website

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