Yesterday on the anniversary of September 11 (one of the countries biggest tragedies), a dozen of the top hard rock acts set up shop at the Shoreline Amphetheater in Mountain View, CA. The Rockstar Energy Uproar Music festival (now in its fourth installment) is meant for those that might not be interested in the more hardcore lineup of Mayhem Festival. Headliners this year included grunge titans Alice in Chains and fellow 90s rockers Janes Addiction. Also packed on the tour were a handful of recently popular artists such as flavor of the month New Politics who have achieved radio stardom with their catchy single 'Harlem', and Danko Jones who has taken time off from the front mans own radio show to cruise the states, spewing his brand of energetic hard rock.
With tickets ranging from $20-80 not including parking or VIP you would have expected the 22,000 capacity venue to be brimming with angst ridden teenagers (hoping to catch a whiff of the lead singer of Coheed and Cambria's perfectly permed hair), as well as their aging parents trying to hold onto their 'coolness' while rocking out to Alice and Jane. This unfortunately was not the case for Shoreline. Maybe it was the fact that people didn't want to rock out on the anniversary of 9/11, or maybe it was because Black Sabbath had just tore through that same amphitheater stage just two weeks ago, but most likely, it was the fact that Summer is now over, school is back in session, and it was a Wed night. Either way, the last attendance specs I heard of was just about 8,000, and the majority of those people didn't show until it was time for Janes Addiction and Alice in Chains.
With that said, there were some great bands playing early in the festival schedule that you probably missed out on. Here are the top five bands that in my opinion deserved a much bigger crowd yesterday, and where you can see them next.