Desert Uprising: Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and More, Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion, 9/28/12
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Desert Uprising, featuring Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Buckcherry, Corey Taylor, The Art of Dying @ Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion| 9/28/12
There have been a lot of ups and downs during the planning of 98 KUPD's first annual Desert Uprising last night, which found Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie's Twins of Evil tour teaming with the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar tour.
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It seemed like the line-up was constantly shifting: First, Stone Sour had to drop off the bill due to guitarist Jim Root's health problems, but frontman Corey Taylor decided to perform solo. Jonathan "JDevil" Davis, the dubstepping Korn side project, was initially supposed to open with a DJ set, then moved to the VIP DJ, then just completely dropped out per doctor's orders-- but Sid Wilson from Slipknot, a.k.a DJ Starscream, took his place.
But, Marilyn Manson! Rob Zombie? Having those two kick off their tour in Phoenix seemed too good to be true -- just as long as Manson didn't run low on his absinthe supply and all of Zombie's pyrotechnics for his new show setup didn't blow off a stage hand's arm.
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The Art of Dying was the first band to open the main stage, close to 5 p.m. Don't let the fact that they're from Canada fool you--they're on a label founded by Disturbed frontman David Draiman, and put on a pretty entertaining performance, though the crowd, many who'd been hanging out in the 100-degree heat all day, began to falter a bit.
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Which means, time for a break. Taking a break at this festival meant wandering through the "carnival," perfect for those looking for a creepy, or surprisingly awesome, souvenir. The booths that peppered the festival grounds offered all sorts of goodies, from girl's shirts constructed out of fishnet and dental floss to marijuana leaf-and-profanity-sprinkled tees, to glass pipes and satanic sculptures.
Wanna learn witchcraft, anyone?
The anticipation for Corey Taylor's performance was mixed: as a musician, he never fails to attract fans from all his different ventures. These fans always show up, even though the Slipknot fans sometimes scoff at Stone Sour, and Stone Sour fans tend to not like his "hillbilly" solo style he's exhibited in the past with the Junk Beer Kidnap Band. He hit the stage about 25 minutes ahead of schedule, and played a mix of songs from Stone Sour and Slipknot, acoustic style, finishing up with "Through The Glass," always a mainstream crowd favorite.
I've never been a fan of Buckcherry. Maybe it's because they are, oh, I don't know, obnoxious? But I will give them this--they know how to entertain their fan base. Gangly lead singer Josh Todd loped around stage, shirtless and with his every-square-inch-tattooed torso on display. "All Night Long," a cow-belly celebration of sleazy impulses, had people in the pit rocking out, and I couldn't help but compare their swagger to bandsl like Motley Crue and Guns N' Roses.