The third annual Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival returns this August and September for more than 30 shows throughout North America. The main stage features multiplatinum rock bands Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind and Papa Roach, along with breaking band Adelitas Way. In addition, the Ernie Ball Stage and Jägermeister Stage in the festival area will include performances from multiplatinum headliners P.O.D., as well as up-and-coming artists Deuce, Fozzy, Redlight King, Mindset Evolution (winner of the 2011 Best Buy Music Gear Battle Of The Bands Powered By Ernie Ball), In This Moment, Thousand Foot Krutch, Candlelight Red and a local battle of the bands winner.
Visit http://bit.ly/UPROARTV2012 to see a video with some of this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival bands talking about the tour. Look for tour dates, venues and ticket on-sale information to be announced in the coming weeks.
“This is our first year on the UPROAR Festival, and we are honored to be sharing the stage with all the bands…Trust me this is one tour you do not want to miss,” says Brent Smith of Shinedown.
Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin proclaims, “Nothing makes us feel more at home than playing the best festival in the U.S. with the baddest-ass line-up of the year! You better hold on to your hats America, ’cause this fall we’re coming at you hard ‘n loud with the power hour Smackdown!”
The touring music and lifestyle festival continues to grow. Despite encountering hurricanes, floods and other inclement weather in 2011, the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival packed houses, with over 324,800 in total attendance. UPROAR expands in 2012 by adding a third stage and more bands to the lineup.
Live Nation is the national tour promoter for the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival.
“We’re really excited about this year’s awesome lineup,” say tour producers John Oakes and John Reese. “It’s incredible to have so many of the biggest bands in rock together with some newer bands that are blowing up. By adding a second stage to the festival area and including even more great talent, we’re stepping things up a notch for the UPROAR fans.”
To kick off the 2012 tour, the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival will be giving away a trip for two to any show on the 2012 trek. The grand prize winner will receive roundtrip airfare for two from a U.S. city to the UPROAR show of their choice, hotel accommodations, airport transfers, $500 spending cash, and VIP treatment at the show. Go to http://bit.ly/uproarflyaway to enter for a chance to win.
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival will entertain fans for a full afternoon and evening, with performances from the hottest rock bands, along with a concourse midway featuring band autograph signings, vendors and other activities. The festival is produced by John Reese, John Oakes and CAA in conjunction with Live Nation. Look for tour dates, cities and venues to be announced in the coming weeks and go to www.RockstarUproar.com and www.LiveNation.com for the most up-to-date information on the tour.
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is made possible through the support of sponsors including Rockstar Energy Drink, Ernie Ball, Jägermeister, Airforce Reserve, Air National Guard, Army, Imagen Records, Lunarpages, Matador Beef Jerky, Schecter Guitars, South Surf, Slurpee, Truth, and Zippo Lighters.
About The Bands
Atlantic recording group Shinedown recently released their fourth studio album AMARYLLIS, which entered at #4 on the Billboard 200 chart with over 105,000 units sold in its first week earning the multiplatinum rock band the highest chart debut of their career. Produced by multiple Grammy award winner Rob Cavallo, AMARYLLIS features the chart-topping single “Bully” and its follow-up “Unity.” “Bully” marks Shinedown’s 7th consecutive #1 at rock radio, continuing a streak that began with their previous album, 2008’s THE SOUND OF MADNESS. That release proved to be the band’s mainstream breakthrough, debuting at #8 on the Billboard 200 before spending 120 consecutive weeks on the chart. The history-making album had each of its six singles go to #1 at rock radio, including the 2x-platinum certified crossover smash, “Second Chance,“ which also topped the Adult radio chart and went top 5 at Pop in 2009. That same year, the band received an American Music Award nomination for “Best Alternative Rock Band.” Shinedown’s unprecedented ascendancy over multi-format rock radio commenced with their RIAA platinum certified 2003 debut LEAVE A WHISPER and its gold certified 2005 follow-up, US AND THEM. Together, both albums yielded seven consecutive top 5 radio hits. Shinedown is: Brent Smith (vocals), Barry Kerch (drums), Zach Myers (guitars), and Eric Bass (bass).
Godsmack is considered one of the definitive alternative hard rock bands in contemporary music. The band’s 13 year legacy – guided by fearless founder and front man Sully Erna – includes over 15 million albums sold – highlighted by scores of sold-out international concerts, countless successful tours, a remarkable 18 hit singles, 4 platinum records, 1 gold EP and four Grammy nominations. The Oracle, the band’s last album, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart marking the 3rd consecutive album by the band to debut at #1. Certified gold in the US, the album generated such hits as “Cryin’ Like A Bitch” and “Love-Hate-Sex-Pain.” For the first time ever in the band’s career, Godsmack will release an album comprised solely of live performances of tracks spanning across their entire discography. Live & Inspired–out May 15–will also include abonus disc of cover songs.
Staind is a multi-platinum Massachusetts hard rock outfit comprised of Aaron Lewis, Mike Mushok, Johnny “Old School” April and tech turned drummer Sal Giancarelli. Over the past 16 years, the band forged a melodic musical maelstrom that served as solace for fans of all ages. They’ve sold over 15 million albums worldwide, had 10 top ten singles across multiple formats with four songs hitting number one, and wrote the most-played rock song of the past decade, “It’s Been Awhile.” Three out of six albums—Break the Cycle, 14 Shades of Grey, and Chapter V—debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and 2008’s The Illusion of Progress peaked at #3. Staind’s latest self-titled release debuted at #5 on the Billboard chart and spawned the fastest growing #1 single, “Not Again,” in the band’s history.
Known for their electrifying and explosive live shows, Papa Roach have become the common denominator for some of the most successful rock tours in recent years and have critics worldwide hailing them as “the best live band.” With their feet firmly planted in over 10 years of multi-format success, Papa Roach’s Time For Annihilation…On the Record and On the Road (Eleven Seven Music) debuted as the #1 Independent Rock, #23 Top 200, #4 Hard Rock and #5 Alternative Album on Billboard’s charts. The New York Post proclaimed “Papa’s On Fire” and hailed Time For Annihilation…On The Record and On The Road as one of the “most appealing concept albums of the year.” The album’s lead single, “Kick in the Teeth” remained in the Top 10 at the Active Rock radio format for over 4 weeks straight. The album is a unique hybrid listening experience, which showcases live renditions of past hits as well as five new studio tracks produced by David Bendeth (Paramore, Breaking Benjamin, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus). With the release of this record, the band continued their long-term commitment to WhyHunger, raising funds and awareness for hunger and homelessness worldwide. The band included a hidden track on the record, a first in philanthropy, to encourage fans to text to donate as they do live in concert. In addition, the band visited the Los Angeles Mission (Los Angeles, CA) and the Yorkville Common Pantry (New York, NY) food banks as volunteers to celebrate their album release and continued partnership with WhyHunger. On recent tour dates, the band auctioned off VIP experiences with all proceeds going to WhyHunger.
Adelitas Way have become road warriors over the past couple of years. They are currently touring to support their sophomore effort Home School Valedictorian, which has already yielded two top 5 songs including the #1 song “Sick.” The band has toured with Shinedown, Seether, Three Days Grace, Chevelle, Theory of a Deadman and Halestorm, to name a few. They are really excited to be part of this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival.
P.O.D. (Payable on Death) formed in 1992 and has logged a remarkable array of achievements, including worldwide sales exceeding 10 million, a series of chart topping radio hits, and an unprecedented four #1 MTV videos. With a 15-year career under their belts, P.O.D. has released seven studio albums, received three Grammy Award nominations, contributed to numerous motion picture soundtracks, and toured the world over many times. With their third studio album, The Fundamental Elements of Southtown, they achieved their initial mainstream success – the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA in 2000. Their following studio album, Satellite, continued the band’s success with the hit singles, “Alive” and “Youth of the Nation,” pushing it to go triple platinum. The band’s line-up consists of vocalist Sonny Sandoval, drummer Wuv Bernardo, guitarist Marcos Curiel, and bassist Traa Daniels. P.O.D. recently announced they have signed to Razor & Tie for an exclusive, multi-album, worldwide deal. The band will release their new studio album Murdered Love on June 19, 2012. Murdered Love is the first new studio album in four years and sees the band reunited with long-time producer Howard Benson who also produced the band’s massive Satellite album alongside hit albums for Kelly Clarkson, Theory of a Deadman, Daughtry, and My Chemical Romance. The band is currently on the road now and will stay on the road throughout 2012. P.O.D is managed by Jordan Feldstein and Rich Egan of CAM8 and represented for touring by Ron Opaleski and Brian Ahern of WME Entertainment.
Deuce is a lyricist, songwriter, producer and knows-no-boundaries singer/rapper hailing from Los Angeles, CA. As the co-founder, former lead singer and main songwriter/producer for Hollywood Undead, Deuce emerged as the creative force that led the band to staggering albums sales of their debut, Swan Songs, which also reached #1 on the Alternative, Hard Rock and Rock album charts. Deuce is known for his signature masks and ability to jumpstart any party with his often raunchy and vulgar lyrics. Since his departure from Hollywood Undead in 2010, Deuce has performed in front of thousands at 2011’s Epicenter and released his debut solo album Nine Lives on April 24, 2012. The album debuted as the #2 rock album on iTunes and #16 overall.
Fozzy is the brainchild of Rich Ward and Chris Jericho, two larger-than-life, trailblazing personalities that have spent the past decade shaping their unique brand of sonic splendor. Ward is one of metal’s pioneers – the mastermind of Stuck Mojo, he soldered metal with rhythmic vocals long before it became fashionable and is hailed as one of Pantera legend Dimebag Darrell and Black Label Society/Ozzy Osbourne axe man Zakk Wylde’s favorite guitarists. And frontmen don’t come more dynamic than Chris Jericho, one of professional wrestling’s biggest superstars, the embodiment of charisma, and the byproduct of a lifetime immersed in metal. A worldwide force on the touring circuit, Fozzy have conquered stages from Los Angeles to Lichtenvoorde, including a successful string of dates on the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival and an appearance alongside metal’s Big 4 – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax – at the Knebworth Sonisphere festival July 10, 2011. Now it’s North America’s turn to experience Fozzy’s powerhouse fusion of power metal roots, progressive style and classic feel…
Hailing from Hamilton, ONT, Redlight King’s U.S. debut album Something For The Pain released in 2011 landed #3 on Billboard’s Heatseeker chart while their first single “Old Man,” an original song penned by frontman Mark Kasprzyk (aka “Kaz”) featuring the first-ever sampling of the Neil Young classic, ignited a buzz for the band and was the 13th most-played song at Alternative Radio last year. Redlight King’s music is a mash-up of gritty rock and old school beats, while the songs on their debut are a culmination of life’s highs and lows. Their current single, “Bullet In My Hand,” a coming-out-of-the-dark tale that shatters with a ferocious rock chorus and has anthem written all over it, shot straight to the top of the Active Rock charts while their song “Comeback” has been tapped for the highly-anticipated Avengers Assemble soundtrack alongside Soundgarden, Rise Against and Evanescence. Performing on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Conan, Redlight King are an incendiary live band, spending much of their time on the road hitting the stage with the likes of AWOLNATION, Incubus, Buckcherry, Shinedown and more.
Mindset Evolution is a hard hitting five piece active rock band from Peoria, IL featuring Rob Ulrich (vocals), Joey Gibbs (drums), Skyler Baer (guitar), Bradley Prentice (guitar), and Josh Bodeen (bass). Mindset Evolution formed in 2005 and has grown over time into the powerhouse that it is today. Having been featured on the Vans Warped Tour and working relentlessly in their home region of the Midwest, they have developed a strong fan base that has put them on top of over 5,300 bands nationwide as the victors in the Best Buy Music Gear Battle of the Bands. They’ve been compared to and have shared the stage with bands like Seether, Hinder, Puddle of Mudd, Breaking Benjamin, Trapt and Saving Abel. With an EP recorded with producer Jay Baumgardner at NRG Studios in North Hollywood and a spot on the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival on the way, this band is poised to take the nation by storm with its ultra high energy performance and sweeping melodic hooks. Look for big things in the near future for Mindset Evolution.
In This Moment
Dynamic metal rockers In This Moment’s fourth album for longtime label Century Media Records, BLOOD, is slated for a Summer 2012 release. The set is produced by studio great Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch). The southern California-based band was formed in 2005 and have released three full length albums to date, selling over a quarter of a million records in the US alone. They’ve cracked the Top 40 Active Rock charts and have appeared on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, as well as Warped and Ozzfest tours. Frontwoman Maria Brink was recently named Revolver’s Hottest Chick in Metal. In This Moment is: Maria Brink (vocals), Chris Howorth (lead guitar) and Travis Johnson (bass).
Thousand Foot Krutch
Toronto-area rockers Thousand Foot Krutch first appeared in 1997. In 2003, the band signed to Tooth and Nail and released their first studio album, Phenomenon. They have since released four records, with their fifth album, The End Is Where We Begin, released in April 2012. The End Is Where We Begin marks a turning point for the band as they independently release their first album in nearly 15 years. With over 17 major awards to their name (GMA Dove, GMA Canada Covenant Awards, etc.), the band is at their peak, continuing to tour the world over.
Candlelight Red delivers hard-edged, yet melodic, powerful, emotion-driven music to its audience. Case in point, the group’s kick ass debut full length, The Wreckage (released via Imagen Records), which was produced by Grammy-nominated producer David Ivory (whose credits include Halestorm and the Roots, among others). And CLR are already road warriors, as evidenced by recently completed nationwide tours with Trapt, Lacuna Coil, Sevendust, Saving Abel, Egypt Central, 10 Years and Crossfade, among others. The group’s lead-off single from The Wreckage, titled “Closer,” has been ruling Sirius XM’s Octane for over six months, and the follow-up single, “She’s Got the Look” undoubtedly will bring Candlelight Red to the next level.
About Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is produced by John Reese and John Oakes of Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), CAA’s Darryl Eaton and Ryan Harlacher and Live Nation’s Perry Lavoisne. Since its inception in 2010, the touring festival’s attendance continues to grow, with nearly 325,000 in attendance in 2011. SGE is one of the world’s premier music festival production companies. With hundreds of live events worldwide each year, SGE works with agencies, brands and musical talent to produce or co-produce concerts across various genres and interests.