ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK UPROAR FEST HITS CINCINNATI HARD

UPROAR hit Cincinnati Sunday and it ROCKED. This tour stop brought headliners Skillet, Pop Evil & Godsmack as well as Buckcherry, Escape The Fate, Sons Of Revelry, Fun Gone Wrong, 3 Years Hollow & The Ernie Ball Battle Winner. BitoJava’s Jessica and Russ were at The Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati for the show.

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Sunday’s Lineup:

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE

Godsmack – 9:25 PM
Skillet – 8:15 PM
Pop Evil – 7:25 PM

BLACKSTREAM RECORDS FESTIVAL STAGE

Buckcherry – 5:50 PM
Escape The Fate – 5:00 PM
3 Years Hollow – 4:25 PM
Fun Gone Wrong– 3:50 PM
Sons of Revelry – 3:15 PM
Battle Band Winner – 2:45 PM

BANDS WE SAW:

Sons Of Revelry

3 Years Hollow

Escape The Fate

Buckcherry

Pop Evil

Skillet 

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The first set I shot at UPROAR on Sunday was Canadian band, SONS OF REVELRY were psyched to play the festival.  They won the Ernie Ball Battle of The Bands for UPROAR last year & took the stage at 3:15 and put on an awesome set. Be sure to check them out!

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Next up for us was 3 Years Hollow. Lead singer, Jose gave several shout outs to Sirius XM Octane throughout the set, asking fans in the crowd to request their songs. The band has 2 EPs and an album under their belt and are on the UPROAR tour through August 26th.

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Until a week before the festival, I had heard of, but never listened to Escape The Fate. Their publicist sent me their newest record, Ungrateful to listen to and review (coming soon) and I fell in love with their sound. Their set was crazy. Midway through, lead singer, Craig Mabbitt told the crowd to start a circle pit around the rockstar energy tent and jumped into the pit with them. They played “Ungrateful”, “One For The Money” and other hits. If you’re headed out to UPROAR, check out their set!

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The last show on the festival stage and the one we at BitOJava were most excited to see was Buckcherry and they killed it! The band played a 50 minute set full of some of their biggest hits (“Sorry”, “Lit Up”, “Crazy Bitch” “Everything”), as well as songs off of their new EP , Fuck (“Say Fuck It” ( an Icona Pop Cover), “Somebody Fucked With Me” & “I Don’t Give A Fuck”)The set started off with Lit Up, Rescue Me and All Night Long. Horns were up, guitars were loud & yes, like any outdoor rock fest, everyone was crowd surfing (even through the ballad). Throughout the set, lead singer Josh Todd warned everyone to be careful because he didn’t want anyone hurt.  The crowd went crazy as Buckcherry’s set ended with the band’s biggest hit, “Crazy Bitch”.

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First up on the main stage was Pop Evil. This is the second time I’ve seen Pop Evil live and they always put on an impressive show. Sunday night’s set included six songs, including their hits “Torn To Peices”, “Deal With The Devil” & “Trenches”. They put on an amazing set and kept the crowd on their feet the whole time.

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Lastly, Skillet took the stage at UPROAR. They took the stage at 8:15 & they brought the girl power with drummer, Jen Ledger and rhythm guitarist, Korey Cooper. These ladies rocked and Korey is one of the most talented rhythm guitarists I’ve seen live. The girls, lead singer John Cooper (Korey’s husband) & lead guitarist, Seth Morrison kept the crowd entertained during their 8 song set, which included “Sick Of It”, “Rebirthing” and “Monster”.

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UPROAR 2014 was one of the best shows I’ve seen all summer. If you are thinking about heading out to a stop on the tour (which runs through September 21st), grab your tickets now. You don’t want to miss this year’s lineup!

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TOUR DATES:

 SAT, AUG 23, 2014 MT. POCONO, PA Mt. Airy Casino Resort

 

SUN, AUG 24, 2014 NOBLESVILLE, IN (INDIANAPOLIS) Klipsch Music Center

 

TUE, AUG 26, 2014 CAMDEN, NJ (PHILADELPHIA) Susquehanna Bank Center

 

WED, AUG 27, 2014 GILFORD, NH Meadowbrook Pavilion

 

FRI, AUG 29, 2014 SIMPSONVILLE, SC Charter Amphitheater

 

SAT, AUG 30, 2014 TAMPA, FL Midflorida Credit Amphitheatre

 

SUN, AUG 31, 2014 GULFPORT, MS CPR Fest

 

TUE, SEP 2, 2014 GRAND PRAIRIE, TX (DALLAS) Verizon Theatre

 

SEP 3, 2014 CORPUS CHRISTI, TX Concrete Street Amphitheater

 

FRI, SEP 5, 2014 BONNER SPRINGS, KS (KANSAS CITY) Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

 

SAT, SEP 6, 2014 SIOUX CITY, IA Tyson Event Center

 

SUN, SEP 7, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK Zoo Amphitheatre

 

TUE, SEP 9, 2014 BROOMFIELD, CO (DENVER) 1STBANK Center

 

THU, SEP 11, 2014 POST FALLS, ID (SPOKANE) Greyhound Park

 

FRI, SEP 12, 2014 AUBURN, WA White River Amphitheatre

 

TUE, SEP 16, 2014 IRVINE, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

 

WED, SEP 17, 2014 LAS VEGAS, NV The Joint

 

THU, SEP 18, 2014 PHOENIX, AZ Comerica Theatre

 

SAT, SEP 20, 2014 ALBUQUERQUE, NM Isleta Amphitheatre

 

SUN, SEP 21, 2014 TUCSON, AZ Kino Memorial Stadium

You can check out some of the shots that we got at THE ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK UPROAR FESTIVAL in Cincinnati last weekend in the gallery below:

Check back for more UPROAR FESTIVAL 2014 coverage, coming soon!

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Motley Crue Takes Fans To The Wild Side One Last Time @ First Niagara Pavilion in PA.

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What do confetti, strippers, smoke, fireworks, shadow boxes, pentagrams roadies with squirt guns, a roller coaster drum set,a bass that shoots fire,straight jackets, leather pants, hair spray, a guillotine, bubbles, balloons, loud guitars & a snake have in common? The answer? A night with shock rock’s finest, Alice Cooper & Motley Crue.

This is the last time Motley Crue will ever tour.

Just let that sink in.

One of the greatest hard rock bands of the 80’s,which has released 9 records, sold out arenas across the world and, most importantly, inspired so many fans to pick up an instrument and rock out.

Wednesday night’s show @ The First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania started out with a set from The Raskins, an NYC based band that just put out their debut album. The lights went down and during the 15 minute intermission, the stage was transformed by roadies in skeleton suits into the equivalent of a rock and roll circus in hell.

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Seriously. Included in a night with the talented Alice Cooper (who has had a major influence on Motley, their style and their music) are clown heads, death by a guillotine, evil nurses, straight jackets, snakes, balloons and, of course, bubbles.

Fire rained down, the guitars were cranked and Alice & the band were ready to wake the dead.

The band went through some of Alice’s biggest hits, including School’s Out, I’m Eighteen, No More Mr. Nice Guy, Poison & Welcome To My Nightmare. Alice’s three guitarists (Ryan Roxie , Nita Strauss (who came on this year as Orianthi’s replacement) & Tommy Henriksen) had an insane amount of chemistry onstage that kept the crowd in awe throughout the set.

Alice continuously kept the crowd entertained, throwing fans necklaces during “Dirty Diamonds” and shaking fake billion dollar bills off of a sword into the audience during “Billion Dollar Babies”.

The band ended the impressive set with “School’s Out” and a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall”.

Next, the stage was once again transformed buy Alice’s minions , this time with shadowboxes, fog machines, pentagrams and a whole lot of fire.

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The lights went up and so did the flames as Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and the main man himself, Vince Neil ran onstage and started off the show with “Saints Of Los Angeles”.

Motley’s stage affects & set up leaves nothing to disappoint and neither do they, blaring through 14 of their greatest hits before Nikki Sixx stopped the show and sat down on the stage for story time, to tell the audience how the band formed. Next, Tommy Lee did the most impressive drum solo I have ever seen… on a roller coaster drum set… upside down.

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Next, Mick Mars took over the spotlight for an amazing guitar solo and the band launched into “Livewire” and perhaps their 2 biggest hits, “Girls, Girls, Girls” (Pole dancers included) and “Kickstart My Heart” .

Fireworks went off, Confetti flew everywhere, the crowd went crazy and the band took their final bows.

The lights went down, but the night wasn’t over yet.

Security kept the audience in the pavilion as a stage was revealed in the middle of the crowd. Tommy Lee took a seat at the piano and the band the band’s most popular ballad, “Home Sweet Home” as an emotion filled end to a hard rocking night.

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 “I swear to fucking god we’re going to haunt you till the day you die” – Nikki Sixx

and they will. Motley Crue will haunt you till the day you die. Those four guys that banded together to rock will live on for decades through the generations of artists they have inspired. They are legends. They may never tour again. Some may say Motley is dead, but they will never die. Their music will live forever.

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Nita Strauss , Ryan Roxie & I before the show.

ALICE COOPER SETLIST:

  1. The Underture
  2. Hello Hooray
    (Judy Collins cover)
  3. No More Mr. Nice Guy
  4. Under My Wheels
  5. I’m Eighteen
  6. Billion Dollar Babies
  7. Poison
  8. Dirty Diamonds
  9. Welcome to My Nightmare
  10. Feed My Frankenstein
  11. Ballad of Dwight Fry
  12. Killer
    (partial)
  13. I Love the Dead
    (excerpt)
  14. School’s Out
    (with snippet of “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2″)

MOTLEY CRUE SETLIST:

  1. Saints of Los Angeles
  2. Wild Side
  3. Primal Scream
  4. Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)
  5. Looks That Kill
  6. On With the Show
  7. Too Fast for Love
  8. Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room
    (Brownsville Station cover)
  9. Without You
  10. Mutherfucker of the Year
  11. Anarchy in the U.K.
    (Sex Pistols cover)
  12. T.N.T. (Terror ‘N Tinseltown)
  13. Dr. Feelgood
  14. In the Beginning
  15. Shout at the Devil
  16. Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
  17. Drum Solo
  18. Guitar Solo
  19. Live Wire
  20. Too Young to Fall in Love
  21. Girls, Girls, Girls
  22. Kickstart My Heart
  23. Encore:
  24. Home Sweet Home

For more about Motley’s Final Tour, check out:

MOTLEY CRUE TOUR DATES: www.motley.com/tour/

ALICE COOPER SITE: www.alicecooper.com/

ROXIE 77 SITE: www.roxie77.com/

NITA STRAUSS FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/NitaStrauss

SIXX SENSE: www.sixxsense.com

Our Interview with Ryan Roxie: 

Part1: http://www.bitojava.com/2013/08/30/rock-isnt-dead-part-1-of-our-interview-with-ryan-roxie-of-roxie-77-alice-cooper-and-casablanca/

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3 Bands You HAVE to see @ Uproar Fest This Sunday In Cincinnati

Every year since 2010, The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival has brought well known hard rock & heavy metal acts to cities across the US for a one day rock festival at each stop. Russ & Jessica from Bit O Java will be on site all day Sunday at the Cincinnati stop of the tour and will have all the buzz.

This year’s lineup for Cincinnati brings some of the nation’s hottest rock bands, including Buckcherry, Godsmack, Pop Evil, Skillet, Escape The Fate, 3 Years Hollow, Tattered and more to the Riverbend Music Center.

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Our List Of 3 Bands You Have To See at UPROAR:

#1 BUCKCHERRY

WHEN: 5:50pm

STAGE: Festival Stage

Buckcherry is the band that we at BOJ are most psyched to see on Sunday. The band, which formed in 1995 in California, currently includes members Josh Todd, Keith Nelson,Stevie D.,Xavier Muriel & Kelly LeMieux. Buckcherry just formed their own label, F -Bomb and are getting ready to release a new EP, titled  “Fuck”. With hits such as Lit Up, Everything, Nothing But Tears, Crazy Bitch & Sorry, Buckcherry’s set at UPROAR is sure to rock!

#2 ESCAPE THE FATE

WHEN: 5:00pm

STAGE: Festival Stage

Escape The Fate takes the Festival Stage at 5:00 Sunday. The Las Vegas based, post hardcore band just released their fourth album, Ungrateful last year. Their current lineup includes Robert Ortiz, Craig Mabbitt, TJ Bell & Kevin Gruft. The bands influences include Motley Crue, Fall Out Boy, Buckcherry, System Of A Down, Journey, Metallica & more.

#3 POP EVIL

WHEN: 7:25pm

STAGE: Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage

Pop Evil puts on an intense set & if you haven’t yet, you need to see these guys live. The band formed in 2001 in Michigan and has released 3 albums, the most notable being Oynx, which came out last year & reached number 39 on the Billboard 200 chart. Their singles “Trenches” & “Deal With The Devil” both made #1 on the Billboard U.S. Mainstream Rock Chart in 2013.

COMPLETE LINEUP:

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE

Godsmack – 9:25 PM
Skillet – 8:15 PM
Pop Evil – 7:25 PM
These Raven Skies – 6:55 PM

FESTIVAL STAGE

Buckcherry – 5:50 PM
Escape The Fate – 5:00 PM
3 Years Hollow – 4:25 PM
Tattered – 3:50 PM
Sons of Revelry – 3:15 PM
Battle Band Winner – 2:45 PM