Uproar Festival 2014 was a whirlwind of a day for Immortal Music. It was filled with music, interviews, and a lot of excitment. It also ended up a bit wet -which ended up nice for a while.
The day began for Immortal Music with a two hour road trip with someone very close to them. Nerves were high, because festivals tend to be a bit hectic and nothing can be guarenteed even if it seems like it is. Schedules get thrown around and things change in an instant. The main concern was that interviews would not happen, and Immortal Music would just be put on the back burner. Luckily, everything worked out fairly well.
There were a few small issues, but these issues did not pin me to the floor. The first one rose up when we got to the venue, and Escape The Fate's tour manager, said he was having to deal with some matters and to hang tight. Of course, we did. What else could we do? We also asked if everything was alright, and he said yes, but half of the band disappeared to the gym and he was still waiting on them to get back before he could get any of the interviews going.
So, we decided to just go ahead and get our tickets and head into the venue. We did a little bit of merchandise shopping and checked out some of the set for the Battle Of The Bands winner for our date, Black Jacket. They sounded good, though we didn't actually see their set from where we were. After that, was Sons Of Reverly, who did incredibly well. Once again, we did not actually witness their set. This time, however was due to the fact that we were in line for Escape The Fate's signing. During their signing, Craig Mabbitt got geniunely excited over my friend's tattoo, which quotes, "Forget About Me." So much so, that he had to take a picture and thanked him for it. He responded by saying Craig is one of his idols. That made Craig even happier, and he shook his hand and then went, "I must kiss your hand!" It appeared to be a joke, but he actually did it. Its quite apparent that Craig really does appreciate his fans a lot.
Also during that signing, I decided to ask TJ if their tour manager was the guy under the tent with them. He said yes, and then promptly asked, "Why?" He sounded a bit concerned, and it instantly reminded me of something that happened at Uproar 2012 with Deuce. Luckily, I don't think he thought he was in trouble, he was just concerned.
When I spoke with their tour manager, he apologized again for all the craziness and stated that we could do the interview just after their signing. I told him I'd hang out by the tent, so I could just easily follow him back to where we needed to be. As we were standing there, the friend that was with me poked me and said, "I'm not postive but I think Paige from WWE is here." As he was showing me a picture of her on his phone to confirm why he thought that. I questioned it, and said so, but then she walked over to him. She didn't give a greeting, just flat out asked, "Were you staring at me?"
I instantly got concerned, and started to just excuse him, but I was not fast enough. He explained she looked like someone that was all. She sort of smiled and asked, "Look like Paige?" He said yes, and then asked if she was Paige and she laughed and said yes. I told him later that he got damn lucky there because not only did his idol remember him from a previous show but he met someone he really liked totally out of their element. Its fanfiction material, really.
Then we walked back to the bus area, where the tour manager promptly set up a tent so we all had some shade, and Robert and Kevin Thrasher sat down. A lady did a quick interview with them, and then it was my turn. That'll be up soon, so stay tuned for it. As I was getting my camera and questions ready, I realized I was still wearing this ugly straw hat that was only there for shade purposes. I muttered to my friend, who was going to man the camera for me to, "Hold this ugly hat." Because I definitely did not want to wear it during the interview. Robert, apparently heard me. He all the sudden goes, "Ugly hat? Its not an ugly hat." I sort of brushed it off, thinking he was just being poliet and explained that I didn't like it, but it was cheap and a good way to have some shade. His response was something I quite liked, "Its not about looks. Its the way you wear it and your attitude when you wear it."
He probably was still just being poliet, but frankly, that's something that'll stick with me for a while. I'm not going to talk about the interview too much, because it was all on camera and will be linked here as soon as its uploaded.
As I was finishing my interview with Robert and Kevin, I hear music being blasted from inside the tour bus. Robert gets up and says he's going to get TJ and Craig to answer the questions for the other interviewer that was there. TJ flings the door open and goes, "Hey! So who's interviewing us?" The other guy there said he was, and then TJ goes, "Then come on! You have to interview us while we're partying." I'm so curious as to how that worked out, but sadly I lost the paper where I wrote down the publication the guy was with. It was 'The Fury' something, but for the life of me, I cannot remember what it was. I'm hopeful to come across him one day, so I can see what happened on that bus.
With that done, and Within Reason already scheduled for later on in the day, I decided to bother Sons Of Reverly. We had walked past them on the way to Escape The Fate's bus area, and their set had already passed so I felt like they had plenty of time left. No time had been set for their interview, so it was all up to me.
I walk over to their RV, and a whole bunch of people are sitting under a tent outside of it with the lead singer, Toby. I stopped walking and polietly waited for him to finish his conversation, but then he looked over and said, "Hello..." He sounded a bit curious as to why I was standing there, so I decided to just get into it. I explained that I had an interview with his band but had not been given a time to do it. He automatically decided to just go ahead and do the interview. We started to do the interview outside, but fairly quickly ended up heading into their RV. That was interesting, and frankly, they reminded me of Asking Alexandria, personality wise. I've never met Asking Alexandria, but interviews can tell you a lot about a person. It was kind of crazy, but a lot of fun! Again, I'm not going to talk about the interview too much, because it was also all filmed.
By the time we got done with the interview, it was time for Escape The Fate to get on stage. We pretty much walked out there with them because they were heading to the stage, right as we were walking back into the venue. We quickly stopped Craig for a picture, and wished him luck on the set. Despite the fact that I couldn't see much because everyone else is normal heighth and I am tiny, I really enjoyed their set. I had been really looking forward to it, for many reasons, one of them being because I had not seen them in three and a half years. Another reason was completely because they were the first set I knew I was able to watch all the way through without a single interuption.
I expected a great set -and a great set is what the entire crowd got.
Something in particular that amused me was just before they began "Gorgeous Nightmare." Craig decided to hype up the crowd by having all the guys scream, and then the girls. He alternated between the guys and girls for a moment, and then just got everyone to scream. He then goes, "This song is dedicated to all the ladies out there who swallow. Thank you!" That made just about everyone laugh, and probably hyped everyone up perfectly for the song.
Up just after them was Buckcherry, and we had every intention of watching their set, but the person at the show with me started not feeling well. So, we decided to sit down while they were on stage. We could still hear them from where we were at, which was closer to the amphitheater, but couldn't see them whatsoever. While we were over there, we found ourselves chatting with random people, and ended up running into some familar faces. Its truly amazing the types of people you can meet at a show.
Also while we were sitting there, a first happened. I've only been to a few festivals in the past, I admit, but it has never rained even a little bit at one. It started raining just a little bit at first, which was actually extremely nice and refreshing. However, it kept going and slowly started getting heavier, and it also brought lightning with it. People were all starting to try to take cover under anything they could. We found a bit of shelter under an awning, but we did still end up soaked. It was nice to say I was cold, and it did give me an excuse to wear the brand new jacket I had just gotten, but I was rather concerned about all the technology we had on us. Two phones and two cameras -neither thing was water proof. Luckily, all the technology did make it out okay. What is unfortunate is the posters that we got signed by Escape The Fate were not so lucky. One poster just got a bit banged up, but the other got totally destroyed. Its a minor set back, considering all the memories and merchandise we now had.
After about an hour and a half of watching people dance and dart through the rain, the rain finally let up and the show had to go on. David Koonce, bassist for Within Reason was texting me to let me know that he still wanted to do the interview. He just had to help try to dry off all the now drenched merch, and then would get back to me so we could do this. He had also previously told me that their bus was hectic right the moment because they had friends in town. Something told me right then that they were a bit busy, so I kind of expected that something would not quite work out. He kept in contact though on and off all day, and was being really nice about it, so it was honestly okay that the email ended up being post poned for the day and was actually done over email.
These Raven Skies were supposed to play, but to keep everything on track after the storm, they ended up getting cut. Its disappointing, because surely they wanted to play, but what can you do? Pop Evil took the stage, and we were so far back, to see anything, we honestly had to watch the screens. They sounded great though! They surprised me though, by not playing, "Monster You Made." They did however, play other hits such as "Trenches."
Seether followed them, and they also were wonderful. Because of them, we got to experience that magical moment that happens when the entire crowd sings along. That came with, "Broken." Which comes as no surprise, honestly. It was beautiful. The crowd also seemed to really get into, "Country Song" and "Tonight."
Last up, was Godsmack. Due to time restraints, we only stayed for four songs, none of which I can remember at this time. By the time they even got on, my brain was basically off. It had been a long, hot, hectic, awesome day.
Uproar, you may have stressed me out through all the anticipation, but you definitely did not disappoint yet again. There's only one festival I like -and that is Uproar Festival. Uproar 2015 -bring it on!
Big thank you again to Uproar Festival for providing tickets, and David Koonce, Sons Of Reverly, Robert Ortiz, and Kevin Thrasher for doing interviews with me. You all made Uproar 2014 one hell of an experience.
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