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'Uproar' shuns S.A. again; Godsmack to headline fest's return to Corpus Christi

The fifth annual Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival announced its tour lineup and itinerary within the hour, and San Antonio is now batting 0 for 5.

Godsmack vocalist/guitarist and pseudo drummer Sully Erna, shown during their lone San Antonio visit in eight years May 2, 2012, at the Alamodome, will headline Uproar.
JAY NANDA / San Antonio Metal Music Examiner

No surprise there.

But while skipping the 7th-largest city in the United States for the fifth consecutive year, the consolation prize is that the sister tour to the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival will be returning to the Concrete Street Amphitheater in Corpus Christi on Wed. Sept. 3., for the first time since the inaugural Uproar in 2010.

Godsmack will headline the 2014 rendition with Seether, Skillet, Buckcherry, Pop Evil, Escape The Fate and Redlight King in tow. A secondary stage will comprise newer bands Three Years Hollow, New Medicine, Within Reason, Sons of Revelry, These Raven Skies and Tattered. There will also be a burlesque show put on by the Suicide Girls.

Tickets go on sale Friday at the fest's website here or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. They can also be purchased at Concrete Street's website here. The only other Texas date scheduled is Sept. 2 in Grand Prairie; those tickets go on sale June 27. The fest kicks off Aug. 15 in Detroit. There are six TBA dates forthcoming. One of those could be another Texas site on Aug. 31 -- the date scheduled before Grand Prairie. The festival runs through Sept. 21 at another TBA slot. Complete tour dates can be found here.

The 2 1/2-hour drive from San Antonio should be worth it for hard rock and metal fans in South Texas. Godsmack has only played in San Antonio once in the past eight years, that coming May 2, 2012, at the Alamodome with Staind and Halestorm on the Mass Chaos tour. Less than two hours after finishing their set that night, Godsmack frontman Sully Erna (top left) held an autograph signing party in which he performed acoustically at Backstage Live downtown (see SAMME coverage here).

The 2010 Uproar Festival at Concrete Street, which took place on the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, was headlined by Disturbed with Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour and Halestorm, with Hellyeah headlining the second stage (click on band-name links for SAMME interviews). But in 2011, the festival's only Texas appearance came at The Woodlands just outside Houston, with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. In the past two years, the fest's only Texas stops were in The Woodlands and Dallas. The 2012 fest featured Shinedown, Godsmack and Staind, while last year's was highlighted by Alice In Chains and Jane's Addiction.

Godsmack is slated to release sixth studio album 1000hp on Aug. 5. Seether, meanwhile, will release Isolate and Medicate on July 1. The band featuring South African vocalist/guitarist Shaun Morgan, South African bassist Dale Stewart (SAMME interview here) and Oklahoma drummer John Humphrey played the River City Rockfest over Memorial Day weekend on May 26 at the AT&T Center, where they played new single "Words As Weapons" (official video here). Seether has visited San Antonio numerous times in the past six years and filmed the video for hit single "Fake It" in nearby Boerne.

Skillet, featuring husband/wife tandem John and Kacey Cooper, played the River City Rockfest in 2013. Buckcherry, which features San Antonio native and Austin resident Xavier Muriel on drums, played the Aztec Theatre on April 18 touring behind its Confessions CD (SAMME coverage below). Pop Evil is touring behind its Onyx record and opened a sold-out show for Stone Sour on Feb. 15 at Backstage Live, at which the SAMME chatted with drummer Josh "Chachi Riot" Marunde (watch here). Redlight King also recently played the River City Rockfest.

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