By: Josh Olson for The Sound Alarm
On August 17, The Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival kicked off in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The festival includes two stages and eight bands. The outdoor portion of the festival features the bands Airbourne, Hail the Villain, New Medicine, and Hellyeah performing an early set, while the inside portion, featuring Halestorm, Stone Sour, Avenged Sevenfold, and Disturbed, rocks into the night.
The festival started at 3 p.m. outside, and 3 blocks away from the Target Center (home of the Minnesota Timberwolves), with Hail the Villain who played a fast, hard, and intense set. The Canadian band was definitely one of the bands with the most stage presence during the day. Vocalist, Bryan Crouch, was loaded with energy that I can’t even begin to describe. He powerfully jumped, kicked, and marched about the stage throughout their set. It was truly something you would have to see to believe.
Next up was New Medicine, originally from Minneapolis; the band started their set playing the upbeat “Rich Kids,” the second track on the band’s upcoming album, Race You To The Bottom. The band then continued their set with “The Takeover,” a crunchy, raw, and original punk song that left the crowd screaming for more. The energy was only raised as the band broke into their next song, “Little Sister,” a melodic but still aggressive song that is written about lead singer Jake Scherer’s own experience with his sister, who was tragically lost at a young age. Despite the heavy subject matter, the crowd loved it. The band would then go on to play their final two songs, “Race You To The Bottom,” the title track from their upcoming album, and their new single, “Laid.” New Medicine was one of my favorite sets of the night. Their music has a perfectly refined sound and energy that I simply loved. I would recommend checking these guys out when you get the chance.
Then Airbourne took the stage, a metal band with a twist of classic rock for an interesting kick. Their head banging set could only be described with one word. Crazy. During their set the entire band would get into synchronized head bangs, where their long hair would spin and trash wildly. Overall it was an enjoyable set that reminded me of an older generation of rock.
The last band of the outdoor event was Hellyeah. This “super group” originates from the dirty south, with band members from various heavy metal bands including Damageplan and Mudvayne. The band put on a set, which was by far one of the most intense. The crowd response was crazy for Hellyeah. There was more jumping, moshing, and crowd surfing in the crowd then I have ever seen at a concert. There seemed to be a never ending flow of surfers falling into the concert pit, as they tried to get as close as possible to the band they love. The only thing lacking with Hellyeah’s set was stage presence, as vocalist Chad Gray seemed to be the only one with energy and a strong presence.
After that the concert moved inside the Target Center with the Halestorm, Stone Sour, Avenged Sevenfold, and Disturbed. Halestorm and Stone Sour put on a decent classic rock show with nothing incredibly special. This all changed when Avenged Sevenfold began their set. Avenged Sevenfold gave it everything they had as they played, and their show was truthfully one of the most theatrical I have seen in a very long time. With special effects including backdrop changes, bursts of fire, and fireworks, everything was not only exciting, but simply amazing to see. One of the most noticeable theatrical effects the band employed wasn’t as typical. Before the band broke into their first song, “Nightmare,” a man had a spotlight shined on him as he jumped from the top of the rafters with a noose around his neck (obviously fake, but still great shock value). The man then hung there for the rest of the opening song, after which actors dressed in biohazard clothing laid the man on a stretcher and removed him from the stage. I have a feeling that these effects and stunts will only become greater as the tour progresses.
Last, but obviously not least, Disturbed took the stage. The band’s set was decent and featured the night’s largest light show, but couldn’t top Avenged’s special effects and stage presence. The highlight of Disturbed’s time on stage would have had to have been the grunts and screams that vocalist David Draiman belted out throughout the show.
Overall, this huge concert and event was filled with music, energy, and energy drinks. I highly recommended going to see the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival in a city near you.
More information about the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival can be found at: www.rockstaruproar.com. Remaining dates for the festival can be found below…
Wed Aug 18, 2010 Kansas City, KS Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone
Fri Aug 20, 2010 Omaha, NE WestFair Amphitheatre
Sat Aug 21, 2010 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sun Aug 22, 2010 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Tue Aug 24, 2010 Columbus, OH LC Outdoor Amphitheatre
Wed Aug 25, 2010 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Fri Aug 27, 2010 Scranton, PA Montage Mountian Amphitheatre
Sat Aug 28, 2010 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Sun Aug 29, 2010 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Tue Aug 31, 2010 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live
Wed Sept 1, 2010 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Fri Sept 3, 2010 Birmingham, AL Verizon Wireless Music Center
Sat Sept 4, 2010 Atlanta, GA Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Sun Sept 5, 2010 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARYAmphitheatre
Wed Sept 8, 2010 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Fri Sept 10, 2010 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Centre
Sat Sept 11, 2010 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheater
Sun Sept 12, 2010 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Tue Sept 14, 2010 Denver, CO Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
Wed Sept 15, 2010 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Fri Sept 17, 2010 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sat Sept 18, 2010 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Sun Sept 19, 2010 Phoenix, AZ (Tempe) Tempe Beach Park Amphitheatre
Tue Sept 21, 2010 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena
Wed Sept 22, 2010 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Fri Sept 24, 2010 Spokane, WA Greyhound Park
Sat Sept 25, 2010 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre
Sun Sept 26, 2010 Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum
Tue Sept 28, 2010 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Wed Sept 29, 2010 Calgary, AB Saddledome
Thu Sept 30, 2010 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
Sat Oct 2, 2010 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
Sun Oct 3, 2010 Fargo, ND Fargodome
Mon Oct 4, 2010 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center Memorial Coliseum