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Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival Review

By: Kristyn Clarke

The summer concert series continue along as Uproar Festival makes its debut with hard hitting acts Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, and Halestorm. The second stage also included stellar bands HELLYEAH, Airbourne, Hail the Villain, and New Medicine. Uproar delivered one of the best summer tour line-ups this year, and is definitely not one to miss! It was worth your while to show up to the festival as soon as they opened the gates because although they played early sets both Hail The Villain and New Medicine did a fantastic job of getting the crowd amped up and ready for the rest of the day!

Hail The Villain did an amazing job of bringing their universe to the stage, and lead singer Bryan Crouch, had the crowd feeding off his incredible amount of energy during their set from beginning to end. You can tell this is a band that truly enjoys what they are doing and I expect to hear a lot more from them in the near future! See PCM's interview with Hail The Villain vocalist Bryan Crouch below:

New Medicine is definitely another band to keep on the radar with their energetic pop punk sound they had the crowd bouncing around and singing along. The band's song " Little Sister" is a beautifully touching song about the untimely passing of the lead vocalist's little sister at a very young age, and while performing live, especially with that song and the newest single "Laid", New Medicine had the audience at full attention.

Airbourne took the stage next rocking out as Joel O'Keeffe fired up the crowd with songs off No Guts, No Glory and Runnin Wild. It was definitely the kind of music that makes you want to crack open a beer and wave your fists in the air...this is a party band through and through! They know how to rock out and bring a good time, which is what I love about this band! They have nailed exactly what a rock show should be and have yet to disappoint! PCM's interview with Airbourne is below:

Speaking of cracking open beer...There was beer flying everywhere as heavy metal supergroup HELLYEAH played their set. Chad Grey knows how to incite rowdiness and had the crowd asking for more. "You are all my family. If someone throws something up here, beat the f**k out of them. If someone throws something at you, I'll beat the f**k out of them for you." Yeah!!! That's how it's done! It was during HELLYEAH's set that the mosh pits really got started and the crowd began to lose their minds! Airbourne may have started the party, but HELLYEAH really turned things up a few notches. It was a great start to the afternoon, and definitely geared everyone up for the main stage line-up that was still to come. PCM's interview with HELLYEAH below:

Halestorm started on the main stage and did a tremendous job with the live crowd playing hits such as "I Get Off", "It's Not You", and the new single "Familiar Taste of Poison". Lzzy Hale has such incredible vocal range; she blows my mind every time I have the chance to check out the band. Lzzy showed love for the Pennsylvania crowd where they got their start from and the band seemed thrilled to be playing back around the area where they cut their teeth. One of my favorite parts of Halestorm's set was the 'drum circle' which gave drummer Arejay some time to shine, and showcased the percussion skills of the rest of the band as well! Check out PCM's interview with Halestorm below:

Stone Sour was next and as you would expect, front man Corey Taylor and the rest of the band led the eager crowd through a solid set. They played quite a few tracks from their newest album "Audio Secrecy" and the crowd ate up every minute. The single "Say You'll Haunt Me" sounded incredible and Corey Taylor just oozes charisma, it was certainly a powerful performance. PCM's Kristyn had the chance to sit down for few minutes with Stone Sour's Corey Taylor, check out the interview below:

Avenged Sevenfold had an amazing stage show which included everything from a man swinging off the rafters with a noose around his neck to an incredible pyrotechnics display. The band opened with their latest single "Nightmare" and wowed the crowd continuously throughout their hour long set. Part way through there was an incredibly touching tribute to the late Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan as the entire crowd had their lighters and cell phones held high in the air. It was a great disappoint that AX7's set had to stop at all, as I, could have listened to them play for quite a bit longer! The band had such an intense stage presence and their memorable show will stick with me for quite some time.
It's amazing to say that the headliner for the show had a lot to live up to after the energetic and emotional show put on by Avenged Sevenfold, but if anyone is up to the challenge it is a band like Disturbed!

Anybody that has seen Disturbed live will attest that David Draiman knows how to control the crowd in the palm of his hand as...Everyone knows the deal by now...Let me see your mf'ing fists as thousands of fists raise high in the air. This show was no different as he had a very solid set including midway through playing a mix of pieces of hit songs all put together not stopping and flowing one by one, one might think "Oh, my…it's a medley!" but trust me it worked! Newer songs from the band's recently released #1 album "Asylum" sounded great and on point right along with hits from past albums. Disturbed's set was also a visual treat, as they incorporated hundreds of video screens and intense light effects to create the ambience for their intense performance!



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