Uproar with Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind and Hellyeah, Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion, 9/29/12
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Uproar: Godsmack, Staind, Hellyeah, and More @ Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
While Friday's Desert Uprising brought a wealth of debauchery, pyro, and sweat-drenched goths, metallers, emos, hipsters, well, damn, just about every type of rocker you can think of, Saturday's Uproar turned out a crowd that much more party rock oriented. Think more Avenged Sevenfold-bandana-wearing, shirtless meatheads, rather than long-haired, black-clad revelers.
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I mean, with a line-up like Godsmack, Fozzy, and Attika 7 (a band fronted by a porn star, no less), and Hellyeah, who hopped on after In This Moment backed out (although there's no way that Maria Brink's sexiness could be topped by anyone in that band), the majority of those in the crowd was there to party.
The day stayed consistently around 100-degrees, but there was a cool breeze swinging through Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion that kept everyone cool. Santa Clarita-based band A Story Beneath, the Battle of the Bands winner, kicked off the day and had a solid performance with a surprisingly amount of fans present at the Ernie Ball Stage. Other bands to catch on that stage included Mindset Evolution, Redlight King, Deuce and the always popular P.O.D, who I've seen a couple times and always seem to satisfy fans. But the other secondary stage, the Jagermeister Stage, had just as a heavy lineup to prepare fans for the headliners that evening. Uncrowned and Candlelight Red didn't seem to have the same excitement as the other two bands on that stage, Fozzy and Attika 7, who really kept the entertainment going.
After P.O.D. closed out the Ernie Ball stage, most concert-goers wandered over the main stage, stopping to grab $11 beers and browse the festival marketplace which was hard not to explore. From glass pipes (whose strength was shown by the vendor grabbing one and chucking it repeatedly on the ground) and trashy marijuana- and whiskey-related t-shirts, to cute boutique clothing for girls and skull-laden jewelry, there was just about anything a rocker could ever want, or need. For this personal rocker, stopping by the Dimebag Hardware booth and meeting Dimebag's widow Rita Haney was a particular highlight.
On the main stage, Adelitas Way impressed me a lot. I had heard of them before, but never seen them in action. First off, they were younger than I thought they'd be. They also promptly proceeded to impress me with their spot-on sound, and perfected guitar and drum work. Even though this band was the first on the mainstage and there was a long list to go through before the end of the show, tons of fans had gathered and were headbanging and going nuts to this act.