It has been a week since X-fest the Rockstar Energy Uproar Tour and it is a special moment in time that should still be lingering in all of the attendees’ minds. X103’s partnership with X-fest and the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival was a concert for the records. So you missed the X-fest/Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival? Then you don’t want to miss out on this review.
After sitting in traffic for an hour on I-69, I had just managed to get there at the end of Art of Dying’s set. I did manage to get in just before Sevendust took the stage; making me miss Battle of the Bands winner Luminoth, Hell or Highwater and Black Tide.
Upon arrival to the Ernie Ball/Best Buy Music Stage it was clear that this was no ordinary crowd at the second stage. People were backed as far as the tents in the back of the field. In case anyone is not familiar with the second stage field at Verizon Wireless Music Center, it is probably close to half a mile long and a mile wide.
Sevendust put on an amazing show with an impressive set list and the always powerful vocals of lead singer Lajon Witherspoon. Unfortunately, they played a short set and in my opinion should have opened the main stage instead of headlining the second stage. They are a truly talented band.
Escape the Fate started on the main stage before Sevendust even ended their set; which wasn’t fair for both Sevendust fans and Escape the Fate fans. I only got to catch Escape the Fate’s last few songs, all the while Sevendust were still playing. I think someone should have planned the timing better between the two stages.
Escape the Fate is still a fairly new band but played like they have been doing this forever. I was thoroughly impressed by them prior to the concert and was equally as impressed after having heard them play live. Those boys have a lot of energy on stage and have a different sound than anything else being played on the radio. I look forward to seeing more projects by them.
Following Escape the Fate, were the boys in Bullet for my Valentine. I was pleased to see them a year ago at May Day and was actually curious why they weren’t put on a metal rock show. Well X103 did the right thing by putting them on this show because this was much more of their environment. With songs like “Your Betrayal”, “Waking the Demon” and the always sought after “Tears Don’t Fall” there is no doubting the musical force behind this UK band.
The next band to follow all of this epic music was Seether. Although they were impressive musically, their set list was slightly disappointing. They played “Broken” with no duet and left out songs like “Driven Under” which was one of their most highly popular songs. But they were notably good at working the crowd and left the crowd wanting more. That was really great considering Three Days Grace was up next.
This would have been my third time attending a Three Days Grace concert and the second time I was not so impressed. But after watching them this third time, I realized what it was that made me like these guys so much. They are such a talented band with an impeccable talent to involve their fans. They had such a fun set; especially when Adam Gontier broke into Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” in the middle of the song “Home”. They also played songs from their new and old albums, making it a show for old Three Days Grace fans as well as newly formed fans.
Just when things were getting majorly epic, the cold air rolled through and I had no choice but to leave the venue. I did, however, stay in the parking lot and rocked out to Avenged Sevenfold in the car. I have got to hear from several people the amazing show they put on and from the pictures it seems these guys have a fantastic stage presence.
This year’s X-fest/Rockstar Uproar Festival was definitely one of the best concerts I have had the pleasure of attending. There were masses amounts of people and I can almost guarantee that was one of the largest concerts held at the Verizon Wireless Music Center in several years. My kudos are out to all of the bands who played this year as well as to Verizon Wireless Music Center for allowing such a major show.