Uproar Festival Irvine California 2014

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Uproar Festival Irvine California 2014

With only four shows remaining, Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival delivered its hard rock message to hundreds of fans on September 16, 2014 in Irvine California.  The message was clear: for those about to rock, we salute you!  The AC/DC inspired montage set off headliners Godsmack as the final band of the night, but they were not alone as they were supported by several preceding bands who gave their all in the blistering and strangely humid heat near the end of the 2014 southern California summer.  Here’s a run-down and highlights of bands that Daniel shot.

Uproar Has Second Stage Strength

Escape the Fate performed on the second stage and was every bit pumped for the show.  The energy between band members was jovial and at some points Mabbit engaged the fans in light-hearted banter about which we all chuckled!  I really dug the small stage.  Despite the reduced stature it was every inch a rock show: great sound and visibility were all a plus.

Escape the Fate @ Uproar 2014

Escape the Fate @ Uproar 2014

Escape the Fate @ Uproar 2014

Escape the Fate @ Uproar 2014

Escape the Fate @ Uproar 2014

Escape the Fate @ Uproar 2014

Main Stage Mastery at Uproar

Buckcherry, although appearing early on the main stage, helped get fans revved that night.  They graciously thanked long-time and new fans for coming out to see them live.  More than one fan was overheard elucidating their opinion that Buckcherry “still had it” and many a person rocked out in the sizzling heat of the late afternoon.

Buckcherry @Uproar 2014

Buckcherry @Uproar 2014

Buckcherry @Uproar 2014

Buckcherry @Uproar 2014

Buckcherry @Uproar 2014

Buckcherry @Uproar 2014

 

In any festival, common genres are usually the rule of thumb, but Skillet always proves to be a twist on expectations.  Beginning with their violinist and cellist sets the tone for a different performance, to say the least.  Lovely.  Ever the crowd pleaser, John Cooper constantly reminds fans of his appreciation for them.  A healthy dose of different always goes down smooth. Mmmmmm, Skillet.

Skillet @Uproar 2014

Skillet @Uproar 2014

Skillet @Uproar 2014

Skillet @Uproar 2014

Skillet @Uproar 2014

Skillet @Uproar 2014

 

 

Seether was much anticipated by the Uproar crowd, as evidenced by fan excitement during the stage preparations.  Hits were played and new songs were relished as they moved from one song to the next, and their emotional songs run the gamut of angry to sad.  The crowd was obviously pleased with the performance.  Transitions were seamless.

Seether @Uproar 2014

Seether @Uproar 2014

Seether @Uproar 2014

Seether @Uproar 2014

Seether @Uproar 2014

Seether @Uproar 2014

Godsmack began with the aforementioned AC/DC montage of band photos and inspirations over the years, and kicked into high gear as their set began.  “The smack is back!” was declared and what followed can be described as a taste of the new with classic stand-by tunes that fans wanted.  Fire-enhanced and belting it out, Godsmack delivered.

Godsmack @ Uproar 2014

Godsmack @ Uproar 2014

Godsmack @ Uproar 2014

Godsmack @ Uproar 2014

Godsmack @Uproar 2014

Godsmack @Uproar 2014

All of the bands at Uproar had the post-metal hard rock feel that fans desired, but each gave their own flavor to the festival. Hats off to the promotors of the show for making the show accessible for fans to get the most out of their music investment.  It was easy for fans to see each of the bands, even with the two stages.  Great job on another Rockstar Uproar Festival.

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Aftershock in Sacramento September 13-14, 2014

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Aftershock Festival 2014 in Sacramento on September 13-14, 2014!

Do you want to see Rob Zombie?  Weezer? How about Offspring, Bad Religion, BLS, Lacuna Coil, limpbizkit, or Pennywise?  You can see all of these bands plus MANY more at Aftershock 2014 in Sacramento on September 13-14, 2014!

There are over 30 bands on four stages meaning the music is non-stop!  Check out the set-times and plan your day, or bounce around and see what you see.  You’re the boss of you!

Since I’m the boss of ME I am particularly looking forward to Offspring, Chevelle, BLS, and Seether because I have never seen them.  There is no doubt that Rob Zombie will put on a killer show, as well as Lacuna Coil, Pennywise, Weezer, and Bad Religion.  Also looking forward to seeing Eyes Set to Kill for the second time as I only caught the end of their set last year at House of Blues.  Wait, did I say Butcher Babies or Of Mice and Men or Five Finger Death Punch?!  So many good bands!!

The varied bands are a a treat for someone like me with eclectic taste.  From Tech N9ne to Mastodon, there is something for everyone. I’m all for festivals with similar genre but since I’m looking for some new tuneage, this is right up my alley.  Music Icon News will be speaking with Islander at Aftershock 2014 as they open up the Monster Stage South.  We will also be looking for every opportunity to get anywhere and everywhere we can!

Drop what you’re doing and get your ass to Discovery Park in Sac Town this weekend!

Click HERE for tickets!  The prices are very reasonable for what you get!  Check it out!

New LIVE Anthrax DVD Chile On Hell

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New LIVE Anthrax DVD Chile On Hell

This May, Anthrax announced Chile on Hell: the live DVD that would display the hard work and dedication to fans that Anthrax is all about.  Set to release on September 16, 2014, Anthrax’s Chile on Hell is an excellent wrap-up to an amazing three years of touring.  In those three years Anthrax has reminded us that they are still among the living of iconic metal masters.  The return of Joey Belladonna on vocals set the stage for a multiyear tour to feature not only their newest releases Worship Music and the Anthems EP, but also the classic favorites that remain metal anthems for rockers of all ages.

I have been to several Anthrax shows and I will continue to do so because they are one of the best live bands I have seen.   I saw them in many shows leading up to their performance at the Big Four in Indio.  The Big Four was definitely a killer show, as it had the four bands that started so many other heavy music performers on the road for metal; Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax!  Anthrax never fails to deliver an energetic performance that gets everyone going, and this DVD shows their skill as entertainers.

Anthrax loved the idea of filming their live DVD in Chile as the fans had been so memorable for them. Charlie Benneke says, “Santiago was the perfect place to film the show for this. When we’d played there in the past, we’d finish our set, play our encore and go back to the dressing room.  But every time, the fans would continue to scream and cheer and clap.  I mean, they went on and on, they wouldn’t stop.  One time Scott and I walked out to the side of the stage just to watch what was going on in the audience, it was intense.  Why wouldn’t we want to film a DVD in front of an audience like that?”

Again, this DVD is perfect for new as well as loyal fans.  There are so many songs by Anthrax that fans want to hear live, and you’ll get everything from “I am the Law,”  to “Indians,” and everyone’s favorites like “Caught in a Mosh” and “Madhouse”.  “Indians” has got to be one of the best songs to ever experience live. One thing I really like about this DVD is that it is mostly music!  There are a few candid moments but this is exactly what you want when you buy a LIVE DVD!  Celebrate life by picking up your copy on September 16th!

If you want a chance to check them out live you might want to consider the Motorboat Cruise with many other killer bands, or Knotfest coming up right in the Inland Empire.  The lineup at that show is phenomenal!

If you can’t stand to read one word more until you get a taste of this DVD, I guess you better click HERE to see the trailer for Anthrax live DVD Chile on Hell!  Any of you that also enjoy the album art will notice that the DVD cover art is similar the work on the Anthems release.  It was designed by Stephen Thompson who partnered with Charlie Benante to “redesign” the artwork from last year’s release

Acknowledging their fan dedication I have to say I had the opportunity to speak with Joey Belladonna as a fan a few years back.  I grabbed a couple of former students of mine and shoved them towards Joey saying, “Here is your young fanbase man! Tell ’em what’s up!”  He took the time to speak to both of them at length, and signed things for them.  It had been a long night but it was great to see him listen to young people; more folks should take their time with young people these days.

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