The Uproar Festival was a whirlwind of heavy rock that swept through DTE Energy Music Theatre this past Friday.
We arrived at the festival in the early afternoon for a full day of rock music enjoyment and were immediately greeted by the sound of guitars, drums and the glimmering taste of energy. You could almost feed off the electricity of it all. The music gets in your veins and fuels the day with a pure and unadulterated spike of a musical high.
On the second stages were bands Uncrowned, Switchpin, Silvertung, Drown Mary, Attika 7, Within Reason, Cruz, Greek Fire, Candlelight Red, Thousand Foot Krutch, In This Moment, Mindset Evolution, Redlight King, Deuce, Fozzy and headliners P.O.D.
Mindset Evolution played a hot and heavy set, even with their bass player sitting in a chair with an injured leg. They got the crowd hyped up and smashing into each other on this hot and sweaty day.
P.O.D. closed out the second stages with an energetic crush of music as everyone swarmed the stage to get close to the action. They rocked their popular hits "Alive," "Youth of the Nation," and "Boom." They also played some songs off the new album Murdered Love and then closed out the set with a snippet of Sublime's "What I Got."
The main stage was on fire with searing performances from the four bands gracing the stage. Adelita's Way knocked their set out of the park opening with the song "The Collapse," and closing with "Invincible."
Staind's frontman Aaron Lewis always brings a tangible emotion to the stage that you can feel in his music and through his vocals. He opened the set with "Eyes Wide Open," and also played popular songs "Right Here" and "It's Been a While."
Godsmack ignited the night as the sun was going down opening up with "The Enemy." My favorite part of their set was the drum solo duel between frontman Sully Erna and drummer Shannon Larkin. This is usually a staple of all Godsmack shows and it really gets the adrenaline pumping.
Closing out the night with Shinedown was the perfect ending to a high day full of music. Shinedown came out and played "Sound of Madness," to the deafening roar of the crowd. They played a number of songs off the album Sound of Madness, along with some new ones and a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man," which is always a crowd favorite.
For more info on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Tour visit http://www.rockstaruproar.com
For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
Cryin' Like a Bitch
Straight Out of Line
Batalla de los Tambores
I Stand Alone
Sound of Madness
Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)
If You Only Knew
I'll Follow You
(Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)
Fly From the Inside