2012 Uproar Festival Offers Up an Overdose of Rock Riches at Massachusetts Show
With a ridiculously jam-packed day that featured 14 bands on three different stages spread out over 10 nonstop hours of music, the 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival offers up one heck of a music equation resulting in only one thing – an overdose of rock.
Now in its third year, the 2012 class of Uproar Fest kicked off in mid-August and will roll across the country finishing up at the end of September. And oh what a class it is! This year’s lineup offers all the best that modern hard rock has to offer while showcasing up-and-coming bands. A stacked main stage lineup features a quartet of rock powerhouses with Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind and Adelitas Way. Side stage action is equally impressive ranging from from rock vets like P.O.D. to female-fronted metal act In This Moment and Chris Jericho’s band Fozzy – just to name a few.
One of the great things about Uproar Fest is that even though there are three stages of music, fans don’t have to make any tough decisions throughout the day. With a nod to the festivals finely oiled machine, as soon as one band stops, the next one starts on an adjacent stage, allowing concert-goers to take in every band they want to without any overlap and giving each band the opportunity to win over new fans, play before old fans, and have a captivated audience.
With the Jagermeister and Ernie Ball Stages kicking off shortly after 1 PM EST at the Mansfield, Mass., stop of the trek on Sunday, Aug. 26, it was a revolving door of eclectic sets, each one unlike the one before. One of the clear highlights included In This Moment’s set both in sight and sound. Maria Brink definitely knows how to make an entrance. Decked out in white stockings, a facemask and a bevy of hats, she took to the stage looking like an angel until she opened her mouth and screamed like a metal banshee. She quickly summoned the crowd to get up in the air and in the blink of an eye sweaty bodies were flying over the pit. Their short but compelling set was one of the most memorable of the day.
Right after In this Moment, the Chris Jericho fronted band Fozzy took to the stage delivering a high-energy, rock extravaganza with guitarist Rich Ward hopping right into the high voltage sea of fans on more than one occasion. Jericho has really evolved into a monster of a frontman, clearly drawing inspiration from the bands he’s so vocally supported throughout his career. He’s quietly carved out his own place as one of rock’s rising stars.
Another highlight was seeing P.O.D. back onstage. After a brief hiatus the band is back together and picking up right where they left off. They closed out the sidestage action with a set that should have earned them a main stage spot, but as frontman Sonny Sandoval told us, the side stage is the ‘FUN’ stage, explaining, “you get out there, and that’s where all the kids who want to have fun and go crazy are.” Sandoval seemed to take that sentiment to heart singing the first song from right in the belly of the beast – the audience.
As the side stage bands called it a day, the main stage action was just about to get under way. With the recent departure of Papa Roach from the bill due to frontman Jacoby Shaddix needing surgery on his vocal cords, the four remaining bands had a little longer to play.
First up were Vegas rockers and the young bloods of the tour – Adelitas Way. With two discs under their belts, their set revolved around their singles, showcasing their latest ‘Alive.’ Tons of energy fueled their set – a perfect way to kick off the main stage.
With this being the only New England date on the tour, the show was a hometown gig for not one but two bands on the bill with the one-two punch of Staind followed by Godsmack. Staind kicked off the homecoming raging through a set of hit after hit, pausing only briefly to appreciate the fans that came out for the all-day event. “It’s so awesome to come home and play in front of you after 15 years of doing this s–t,” said a humble Aaron Lewis.
Godsmack were next and attacked their set list with the same ferocity offering up a set list that reminded you of how many hits they’ve produced. The only thing louder than the drum off between frontman Sully Erna and drummer Shannon Larkin was the crowd singing along to songs like ‘Awake,’‘I Stand Alone’ and their first ever hit ‘Whatever.’
Shinedown was the icing on the cake after a long day of rock, but fans who stuck around for their set were in for an experience. With a revamped stage and what feels like a few new notches of energy, Shinedown tore through a short but meaty set that showcased the first three singles off of their latest disc ‘Amaryllis’ in addition to favorites like ‘Devour,’ ‘45’ and ‘Simple Man.’ Oh and pay attention during ‘Devour,’ you might just catch a familiar face from the side stage action making a guest appearance on vocals! Shinedown closed out the night with a roar offering up the quintessential elements of any great rock show proving that their hard work and dedication to their craft has truly paid off.
The Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival continues to be one of the best values for rock fans offering up what feels like a year’s worth of live music in one short day. With ‘energy’ being the key word, it’s the perfect end to the summer so catch the tour when it rolls through your city. Check out our photo gallery from the Mansfield, Massachusetts stop below:
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