Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival
As the summer comes to an ofﬁcial end one of the most anticipated
rock tours of 2013 came to Denver. The Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival
rolled into Fiddler's Green Amphitheater in Denver, CO on Sunday,
September 1 for a full day of diverse rock.
The afternoon got off to a fast and energetic start with the young
British band Charming Liars. After that, there were alternating bands
playing one after another, only stoping for a teardown and set up with
he next act. One of the bands that instantly caught my attention was the
Chuck Shaffer Picture Show from Virginia. They won the 2012 UPROAR
Festival Battle of the Bands, besting acts from 28 markets to land a
spot on the 2013 UPROAR tour. They were a highlight of the side stages
and of the entire festival. Other bands on the side stages that played
solid sets were Middle Class Rutt, Danko Jones, and Beware of Darkness.
In addition to being a great place to be exposed to new talent, the
side stages were also a good place to see some familiar faces in new
bands. The Walking Papers is formed by ex-Guns N' Roses Duff McKagen and
Jeff Angell (The Missionary Position) as well as Barrett Martin of
Screaming Trees. They played a nice set of blues-based songs from their
self-titled album that was released in 2012. Next up on the opposite
stage was the southern rock 70's outﬁt also consisting of a all-star
lineup. The band consists of Jon Stevens (INXS) Richard Fortus, Frank
Ferrer and Dizzy Reed from Guns N' Roses and Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy).
They currently have a single "Fly" featured in the animated movie
After the two side stages wrapped up, Circa Survive was the ﬁrst act
to the play the main stage. Frontman Anthony Green is extremely intense
when he performs and if you are lucky enough to get up close to see him,
you will witness a psychedelic trippy ride through the music. He slowly
maneuvers with the microphone around his body pausing then jerking when
the songs change pace.
Second on the main stage were conceptual prog-rockers Coheed and
Cambria. Frontman Claudio Sanchez with his hugemaine of hair blazed
through a set of their signature metal/punk riffs. With such a dedicated
fan base it was not hard to hear the fans singing and screaming back the
Jane's Addiction were next up and took a more theatrical approach,
infusing sex and fashion along with their alternative music. Perry
Farnell came out wearing a top hat and coat and in the back was his wife
Etty along with another stage mistress being lifted up on wires wearing
burlesque costumes. The entire band, including the underrated guitarist
Dave Navarro, was in ﬁne form playing a pretty predicable - but spot-on
- summer set that included hits "Been Caught Steeling", "Mountain Song",
and "Jane Says". They also performed their new single "Soulmate".
Alice In Chains' signature grungy sludgy rock was a stark contrast to
Jane's Addiction and proved to be a great compliment to close a night of
amazing music. Accompanied by a huge stage with hanging LED screens, AIC
performed an outstanding set that touched on just about every part of
their catalog. Having just released their new album, The
Devil Put Dinosaurs Here at the end of May, the two
singles "Hollow" and "Stone" ﬁt nicely in the set that included "Them
Bones", "Man in the Box", and "Acid Bubble" from their 2009 comeback
with William DuVall, Black Gives Way to Blue.
William continues to take over vocals in the songs and provides his own
interpretation while not trying to sound like Layne Staley. He also does
a nice job of laying down the signature vocal harmonies Cantrell and
Staley were so famous for. The night concluded with a trio of some of
their best hits as "Down in a Hole", "No Excuses", and "Would?" as Alice
In Chains perfectly closed out this year's UPROAR.
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