Uproar Festival Review: Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold Rock Atlanta
On September 4th, 2010 Rockstar Energy Drink's Uproar Festival hit Atlanta.
The temperature was dropping into the low 80s when the crowd started moving towards the Main Stage at Uproar Fest. The first performance on the plate for hungry metal fans was Halestorm.
Led by Lzzy Hale, Halestorm was the only female-fronted band at Uproar Fest. They also featured one of the punkest stage set-ups of the night. White and silver with purple lighting that really brought out the highlights in Lzzy's hair. A shimmery, ethereal backdrop that was in direct contrast to what was about to take place on the stage.
The last of the crowd that was moving from the Jagermeister Stage to the Main Stage started hauling ass posthaste as Lzzy sauntered out.
Looking like a neo-apocalyptic Joan Jett, punk-ass bitch, she prowled the barrier, driving the crowd into a fist-pumping frenzy as she challenged them to keep up with her. And to check her tattoo — she's in love with somebody, oh yeah... and "It's Not You." Halestorm followed their opening number with more songs from their 2009 self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records, including "What Were You Expecting," "Dirty Work" and "Familiar Taste of Poison." They then broke into a round of yard-stomp, garbage can, drum-beating.
Lzzy and Halestorm closed out the set with "Nothing to Do with Love" and "I Get Off," which featured not only Lzzy's awesome metal meets hard rock vocals, but a bit of comic relief from her brother on the drum kit behind her. A great drummer, but not so much for the drumstick-tossing trick, if you know what I mean.
As a die-hard — and often, lately --Yankees fan, I can only hope someday to see him picked up as an outfielder for Boston. The set went from a threatening 'this is one chick you don't want to piss off' to 'this is one band you want to party with!' and hear more of, in no time flat.
When Halestorm left the stage, the crowd was just getting warmed up. No one was happy to see them go. I think everyone was in agreement, wishing that their set had lasted longer, particularly those in the pit and the front rows, which had become bogged down with panting Lzzy Hale lust-afters. She's definitely the hottest chick in metal right now. Those of us who had to wade through the drool-covered pit after her performance can vouch for that.Continued on the next page