First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Tinley Park, IL
The 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Tour has come to prove that fans of rock will continue rock hell or, quite literally, high water.
While Uproar had some timing issues, such as gates opening nearly an hour late and already 3 songs into the first set, it was the rain that began minutes after the gate opened that defined the day. Sweaters on and puddles filling up, fans of every act pounded through the water, the storm seeming to fuel their screams even more. Surprisingly very few fans were seeking refuge in the Rockstar tent, most choosing instead to take their free drinks stage side where artists commented, “I’m right here with you.”
From the opening of Mindset Evolution through the teary finish of Sevendust, yes, I said teary, fans and bands alike gave their all to the outdoor festival. Moving indoors Escape the Fate rallied the fans, preparing them for acts to come and getting the most response by far for Avenged Sevenfold, who seemed to be the crowd favorite for the evening. The Miss Uproar 2011 contest brought back the very intoxicated Art of Dying frontman Jonny Hetherington accompanied by guitarist Greg Bradley to host with members of the remaining bands judging. The crowd favorite earned the crown, a gulp of Jonny’s Jack and a handful of condoms presented by drummer Robert Ortiz with the promise of “For later, hopefully with me.”
When the lights went down in anticipation of Bullet For My Valentine, Seether, Three Days Grace and Avenged Sevenfold the cheers became louder and louder until they rivaled the opening chords themselves. It may have been cold, it may have been wet, but the thunderous riot of fans, the echo of the drums, the screams of the singers and the lights of the stage, were more than enough to warm each and every person in attendance.
Best Band : Three Days Grace
Band to Skip : Hell or Highwater
Thing to change : VIP tents, these were scattered all over, but always empty despite all of the VIP wristbands floating around. Refuge seekers were turned away, even though the tents were empty, it seemed like a waste.
Overall Experience : Wet, soggy, fantastic. Full of energy and high spirits, a show to attend annually.
– Sevendust’s LaJon Witherspoon coming to tears as Disturbed frontman and “Good friend” David Draiman stood on stage to watch the performance.
– Adam Gotier of Three Days Grace asking “Can we have some fun?” and promptly beginning a very rocked out version of Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ amid a very indecisive crowd.
– A defining roar of disapproval at the messages “Go Pack Go” and “Brewers Rule” texted across the Tinley Park Megascreen. And the waves of ‘Awwww’ at the marriage and homecoming proposals that followed.
Check out photos from the entire day below: