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
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
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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