It doesn't have the killer lineup of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival -- how do you top Slayer, Slipknot and Motorhead? -- but the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival does pull in with some bands that have been mainstays of heavy alt-rock stations like The X, with headliners Shinedown, Godsmack and Staind.
Uproar, which stops at the First Niagara Pavilion on Friday, lost one main stage band when Papa Roach had to pull out because of singer Jacoby Shaddix requiring surgery for a nodule on his vocal cord. Rather than replacing Papa Roach, the mainstage bands, including up-and-comer Adelitas Way, will pack a few extra songs in the set.
Godsmack and Staind are familiar faces from the early '00s. The Jacksonville, Fla.-based post-grunge band Shinedown broke through in 2008 with "Second Chance," a Nickelback-style power ballad from its third album, "The Sound of Madness." Shinedown's follow-up, "Amaryllis," which hit No. 4 on the album chart, led with the anti-bullying single simply called "Bully."
The Ernie Ball Stage and Jagermeister Stages will feature the likes of P.O.D., Deuce, Fozzy, Redlight King, Mindset Evolution, Candlelight Red, and In This Moment, a goth-metal band from LA with theatrical flair and a singer, Maria Brink, with big pipes.
"To be a part of a package that's got 15 bands together and is a traveling festival is great," Brent Smith said of Uproar. "I haven't gotten a chance to get out and see some of these newer bands. I'm going to do my best to get out and watch those bands. I'm a big fan of Redlight King. We were just out with In This Moment. It's going to be awesome to see Maria [Brink] get out and do her thing, especially early in the day. It's such an interesting show when you see it in a venue with the lights out. That's one thing for me. Honestly, if I were a fan out in the audience at a show like this, I'd try to soak up as much as I possibly could of the bands I didn't know anything about. There are a lot of bands on the bill who bring a lot to the table. When you look at the amount of bands on the festival and what styles they bring, it's actually a really eclectic tour. There are a lot of peaks and valleys. It's a good rollercoaster ride."
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