ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK UPROAR FESTIVAL
KICKS OFF AUGUST 17 IN MINNEAPOLIS, MN
AND WRAPS OCTOBER 4 IN MADISON, WI
TREK FEATURES STELLAR ROCK LINEUP INCLUDING:
AIRBOURNE, HAIL THE VILLAIN AND NEW MEDICINE
DISTURBED, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, STONE SOUR AND HELLYEAH ALL SET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUMS COINCIDING WITH TOUR
NATIONAL ON SALE SET FOR JUNE 12
The first annual Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is set to rock North America with a late summer trek featuring a stellar active rock lineup including multi-platinum headliners Disturbed andAvenged Sevenfold, along with Stone Sour and Halestorm featured on the main stage. The potent rock lineup for the touring music and lifestyle jaunt also features performances from Jägermeister Second Stage headliners Hellyeah, as well as Airbourne, Hail The Villain, New Medicine and the Jägermeister Battle of The Bands Winner in each city. The 36-date tour launches August 17 in Minneapolis, MN and will visit arenas and amphitheatres across North America before wrapping October 4 in Madison, WI.
The national on sale for the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is Saturday, June 12 and tickets will be available via www.RockstarUproar.com and www.LiveNation.com. A special pre-sale will commence Tuesday, June 8. Go to www.RockstarUproar.com for details. Tickets for the September 19 Tempe Beach Park Amphitheatre show go on sale Saturday, May 15. Information is available at www.luckymanonline.com.
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is produced by John Reese, John Oakes and CAA. This team has co-founded and continues to co-produce the Rockstar Taste Of Chaos and the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. All of the amphitheater dates are being produced in conjunction with Live Nation.
Disturbed have sold 11 million albums and six million digital tracks worldwide, and have scored eight #1 singles at Active Rock radio over the course of their career. Disturbed are currently in the studio recording their new CD entitled Asylum, which will be released by Reprise Records in late summer. The group’s last studio album, the platinum self-produced Indestructible, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart in June 2008 and remained in the Top 10 for five weeks. Indestructible is the band’s third consecutive #1 album, following their platinum-sellers Believe (2002) and Ten Thousand Fists (2005), making Disturbed one of only six rock bands in history to score three consecutive #1 debuts with studio albums. “We are truly looking forward to being part of a lineup this strong,” says Disturbed’s David Draiman. “It’s always good to tour with friends.” In 2008, the song “Inside the Fire” was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Hard Rock Performance category for the 2009 award show and is the longest running #1 single in history at Active Rock Radio.
Southern California’s Avenged Sevenfold recently finished tracking their highly anticipated fifth studio album, slated for release later this year. The group, once an integral part of the independent underground rock scene, achieved worldwide success with their platinum 2005 breakthrough City Of Evil (Warner Bros. Records). The album featured the wildly popular single “Bat Country.” The band quickly became known for their spectacular live shows and continues to sell out arenas worldwide. They are the only band to have headlined the Vans Warped Tour and Ozzfest while simultaneously hitting #1 on MTV’s TRL. In 2006, they won the award for fan-voted Best New Artist category for “Bat Country” at the MTV Video Music Awards. In 2007, their self-titled Avenged Sevenfold album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Alternative, Hard and Rock Charts and #4 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. It spawned the singles “Almost Easy,” “Afterlife” and “Scream,” and has sold over a million units worldwide. In 2008, the band captured their magnificent stage show on Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough, a live CD/DVD that has since been certified platinum. This tour marks Avenged Sevenfold’s first tour since the passing of beloved friend and drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, and frontman M. Shadows shares, “After recently finishing up our new record we were not sure if we were going to continue touring. We got a call from our friends at UPROAR and decided this would be the best way to introduce our fans to the new album. We are excited to share the new music with you and our friends on tour.”
Stone Sour’s passionately pulsing second album, Come What(ever) May found the band firing on all cylinders and capturing the attention and the hearts of the rock ‘n roll masses. The album was a massive success, already gold and approaching platinum status while the band is currently holed up in Nashville, Tennessee working on their much anticipated, as-yet-untitled third effort, due out on Roadrunner Records in summer 2010. Grammy-winning Come What(ever) May producer Nick Raskulinecz is once again onboard as producer. “Me and the boys are really looking forward to the UPROAR Festival this fall,” comments the group’s Corey Taylor. “Not only is it another chance to tour the great States, but it’s also a chance for us to play the new material that we’ve been working on. It’s going to be no holds barred every night, and we hope everyone is ready for it.”
“With UPROAR, our goal is to bring fans a late summer celebration featuring awesome rock bands, lifestyle attractions and activities. Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold and Stone Sour along with the rest of the bill deliver one of the best rock touring packages in recent times,” says tour producer John Reese. “The album sales success of Disturbed has been unprecedented and they have the opportunity to be one of the only rock bands in history to have an album debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 four consecutive times. In my opinion, Avenged Sevenfold with this new album are set to take their career to a massive place and Stone Sour’s career is on a path to hugeness.”
“The creative duo behind UPROAR, John Reese and CAA, are incredibly talented at pulling together a stellar line up of great bands, combined with great activities, in a fun-filled summer environment, at a great price. Our current partnership on Mayhem has been a huge success drawing more than 600,000 fans to our amphitheaters in 2008 and 2009, and given the great roster of bands on UPROAR, we anticipate another big hit with fans this summer,” said Jason Garner, CEO of Concerts for Live Nation.
“At Rockstar Energy Drink we are committed to the music fan and with UPROAR we are ready to unleash one of the best rock packages in recent memory on North America,” says Rockstar Energy Drink Marketing Director Mike Kelso. “A plethora of great music and fan friendly surprises will be unveiled at the 2010 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival.”
“Jägermeister is once again thrilled to be working with John Reese and his team on UPROAR,” comments Rick Zeiler, Director of Strategic Marketing for Jägermeister. “Our company takes great pride in working with the best in the business and UPROAR has all of the elements to be one of the best tours this year. We’re also very excited to have Hellyeah headline the Jägermeister Mobile Stage.”
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival will feature a full afternoon and night of activities, including a concourse midway filled with vendors and activities and a daily wrestling tournament featuring the Detroit-based Blue Collar Wrestling Alliance. The Blue Collar Wrestling Alliance UPROAR lineup will feature eight of the finest, fastest rising wrestlers in the world who will put their skills to the ultimate test during the BCWA UPROAR Invitational. The 36-event tournament will encompass 245 matches over seven weeks throughout North America. The athlete that perseveres over injuries and adversity will be named King of the Tournament.
UPROAR TVlaunches today and a new episode will air every Tuesday from May 11 through the end of the tour. UPROAR TV can be found at www.RockstarUproar.com. Fans can expect exclusive behind the scenes footage and surprises from bands on the tour. In addition, Guitar Player magazine will produce the official festival program which will be distributed free at each show.
The itinerary for the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is as follows. For complete ticket and tour information, visit www.RockstarUproar.com and www.LiveNation.com.
Date City Venue
Tue 8/17 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Wed 8/18 Kansas City, KS Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone
Fri 8/20 Omaha, NE WestFair Amphitheater
Sat 8/21 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sun 8/22 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Tue 8/24 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Wed 8/25 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City
Fri 8/27 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Sat 8/28 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Sun 8/29 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Tue 8/31 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live
Wed 9/1 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Fri 9/3 Birmingham, AL Verizon Wireless Music Center
Sat 9/4 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
Sun 9/5 TBA
Tue 9/7 TBA
Wed 9/8 TBA
Fri 9/10 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
Sat 9/11 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheater
Sun 9/12 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Tue 9/14 Denver, CO Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
Wed 9/15 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Fri 9/17 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sat 9/18 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Sun 9/19 Tempe, AZ Tempe Beach Park Amphitheatre
Tue 9/21 TBA
Wed 9/22 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Fri 9/24 Portland, OR Clark County Government Center Amphitheatre
Sat 9/25 Seattle, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre
Sun 9/26 Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum
Tue 9/28 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Wed 9/29 Calgary, AB Saddledome
Thur 9/30 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
Sat 10/2 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
Sun 10/3 Fargo, ND Fargodome
Mon 10/4 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center Memorial Coliseum
About Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is produced by John Reese, John Oakes, CAA’s Darryl Eaton and Ryan Harlacher and Live Nation’s Perry Lavoisne. Reese and Eaton co-founded and continue to produce the Rockstar Taste Of Chaos, now in its sixth year and the only worldwide traveling music/lifestyle festival. They also co-produce the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, now in its third year and the largest heavy music traveling festival in America. The team has also produced many other successful music/lifestyle festivals and concert tours including the Samsung Music as A Weapon Festival and the Curiosa Festival, among many others.
About Live Nation
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE-LYV) is the largest live entertainment company in the world, consisting of five businesses: concert promotion and venue operations, sponsorship, ticketing solutions, e-commerce and artist management. Live Nation seeks to innovate and enhance the live entertainment experience for artists and fans: before, during and after the show.
In 2009, Live Nation sold 140 million tickets, promoted 21,000 concerts, partnered with 850 sponsors and averaged 25 million unique monthly users of its e-commerce sites. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors.
About Blue Collar Wrestling Alliance
The Blue Collar Wrestling Alliance, also known as BCWA LLC, was started in 2007 by Mike Blackwell. BCWA has produced over 200 wrestling shows, entertaining thousands of fans of all ages in the Detroit metropolitan area. BCWA quickly rose to become the most dominant wrestling organization in the state of Michigan due to its consistency and all-ages appeal.