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TheRockTribune’s coverage of the 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Fest

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, News, Photos, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2012 by Randy

2012 marks the third year for the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, and as the two prior, it’s a must see for all.  This year’s line up is packed with talent, from bands like Candlelight Red and P.O.D. on the side stages, to the big boys on the main stage such as Staind, Godsmack, and Shinedown.  A classic display of old and new, and being the last big tour of the summer, this may be the only thing that’ll carry you through winter until it all starts over in the spring.

Second stages tend to be where the fan/artist intimacy resides, as it gives the fans a chance to get as close as their heart’s desire and go nuts with the Gods on stage.  2012’s side stages were off the charts in Pittsburgh, PA and will continue to be throughout the rest of the tour as long as the fans show up ready to party and give the bands energy to feed off of.  The Ernie Ball and Jager stages didn’t have an act that was disappointing…every band walked out on stage like they owned the place and threw down a performance to back up that attitude.  Two of the most impressive acts were Candlelight Red on the Jager stage and P.O.D. on the Ernie ball stage, with CLR being fairly new to the game…they may have won “most impressive.”  They stepped out with a fairly small group of people in the pit, but after their second or third song they had drew an enormous crowd…real fist pumping, “heart beating out of the chest” mayhem.   Old school nu-metalers P.O.D, a band everyone knows, had the task of headlining the side stages.  They straight up set the tone for everyone on the main stage with ease and passion that has fueled them for years and marked them as one of the top three performances of the whole day.  If an act has to be labeled as someone who needs to “step it up,” then the award goes to Deuce.  The performance they had put on was decent, but for someone who the media and radio stations hype up so much, it didn’t meet expectations.

Main stage acts included Staind (3 consecutive albums debuted at #1) and Godsmack, but let’s not forget Adelitas Way.  They are the first band to come out and “break in” the main stage at every city on this tour.  The entire band is crowd friendly and makes sure the fans have fun and enjoy themselves as much as they do.  As previously mentioned… Staind, always a stellar and consistent performance, (even though Aaron Lewis sings about being a country boy from time to time) is still relevant to hard rock. Godsmack also threw down, with Sully Erna wheeling out (recorded drums on Godsmack’s first album) a complete second drum set, rattling off drum solos alongside drummer Shannon Larkin.  When they stepped off stage it left the entire venue with mouths wide open and set the bar awfully high for headliner Shinedown. Their performance was sadly the low point of the day…the band just didn’t show up with a great set list and had a lack luster show that had some fans leaving before it was even half way over.  It doesn’t look good when you’re the “main attraction” and you can’t keep everyone’s attention.  But maybe someone should tell front man Brent Smith that the year is 2012 and he should be banging his head since he’s a rocker, not attempting to shake his hips like Elvis.  Hats off to Rockstar Energy Drink for putting together another great line up this year.  All that’s left is to sit back and wonder what next year will behold.

-Logan Rendulic, © TRT 2012

 http://www.rockstaruproar.com/

ROCK ON THE RANGE 2012 REVEALS MASSIVE LINEUP FOR SIXTH ANNUAL PREMIER DESTINATION ROCK FESTIVAL PERFORMERS INCLUDE INCUBUS, ROB ZOMBIE, SHINEDOWN, MARILYN MANSON,FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, SLASH, MEGADETH, CHEVELLE, CYPRESS HILL, MASTODON AND MORE

Posted in Artist Watch, News, Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 1, 2012 by Randy

ROCK ON THE RANGE returns for its sixth year boasting a massive lineup covering the rock spectrum. America’s premier destination rock festival will be held May 18-20 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH featuring performances from Incubus, Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Marilyn Manson, Five Finger Death Punch, Slash, Megadeth, Chevelle, Cypress Hill, Mastodon and many more.

Incubus is stoked to be joinin’ the killer lineup at Rock On The Range this year.  We’ll see y’all in Columbus,” comments Brandon Boyd from festival co-headliner Incubus.

“If you thought last time was a blast, then this time we are gonna blow your f#@*ing mind,” says co-headliner Rob Zombie.

To get the party started and based on the success of last year’s anniversary celebration, the weekend will kick off with the Friday Night 4Play, which is absolutely FREE with every ROCK ON THE RANGE weekend ticket purchase. The May 18 party will feature performances from Hairball, Foxy Shazam, Hells Bells and more.

The current lineup for ROCK ON THE RANGE 2012 is as follows: Incubus, Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Marilyn Manson, Five Finger Death Punch, Slash, Megadeth, Chevelle, Cypress Hill, Mastodon, Theory of a Deadman, Volbeat, Down, The Darkness, Halestorm, Escape The Fate, P.O.D., Lacuna Coil, Adelitas Way, Black Stone Cherry, Cavo, Attack Attack!, Trivium, Bobaflex, Falling In Reverse, Redlight King, Aranda, Emphatic, Otherwise, James Durbin, Black Tide, Kyng, 12 Stones, SOiL, Rival Sons, Eve To Adam, and Ghosts of August.

Monster Energy returns as one of the driving partners behind the success of ROCK ON THE RANGE as more than fifteen acts perform on the mammoth Monster Main Stage.  Jägermeister also celebrates its fifth year as a key partner while welcoming twelve of the hottest up-and-coming bands to the in-your-face, up close and personal Jägermeister Music Stage.  In all, ROCK ON THE RANGE features three stages, 44 bands, and three days of non-stop rock.

“There are so many incredible bands playing at ROTR this year, and every one of them is significant,” says Del Williams, co-executive producer of the event for Right Arm Entertainment. “I think this is the most interesting mix of bands that we have had at the festival. The Rangers already know that the weekend is going to be insanely great, but there will be surprises this year and a certain edge to the lineup that will likely create some of the most memorable moments in the 6 year history of Rock on the Range.”

Tickets for ROCK ON THE RANGE go on-sale Friday, February 10 at 10:00 AM EST at the festival’s website, Ticketmaster and the Crew Stadium Box Office. Two-day weekend stadium GA tickets once again start at just $99.50 (plus service and transaction fees). A limited number of ROTR pre-sale layaway tickets are also still available through February 29. Visit www.RockOnTheRange.com for full details and VIP package information.

Visit www.RockOnTheRange.com, www.facebook.com/rockontherange, and www.twitter.com/rockontherange for the most up-to-date information.

Presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG LIVE and Crew Stadium, ROCK ON THE RANGE is a multi-stage music and lifestyle event featuring a potent line-up of bands on three stages.  The nationally renowned festival centrally located in the heart of the country has annually drawn weekend crowds in excess of 70,000 since its inception in 2007.

www.RockOnTheRange.com

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