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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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