SPAC closed out its 2010 summer concert season not with a whimper, but with a bang – a big, loud, heavy metal bang.
The Big Day Out/Uproar Festival rolled into the Saratoga Performing Arts Center for a day of head-banging heavy metal mayhem headlined by Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold on the main stage.
Earlier in the day, Mudvayne howler Chad Gray led Texas metal mavericks Hellyeah, while brothers Joel and Ryan O’Keeffe fueled Australia’s Airbourne, both bands delivering solid afternoon sets on the second stage set up behind the concession plaza.
Thousands came and enjoyed bands ranging from the relatively unknown Canadian hard-guitar-and-bass pounding Hail the Villain to Stone Sour with Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor leading the charge. And Minnesota’s up-and-coming hard rockers New Medicine slammed a few songs out into the crowd, too.
Halestorm’s front-woman Lizzy Hale showed everybody there that metal wasn’t just a guy thing, as she feverishly wailed and slashed away at power chords on her Gibson guitar.
However, it was Avenged Sevenfold who stole the show. At the start of their set, the curtain fell revealing a real ‘lifeless’ body hanging from a noose above the band. Yeah, that got things jumping. A few Alice Cooper theatrics never hurt anyone.
When David Draiman and Disturbed followed them on the main stage, there was little left to do except to crank up the volume and launch pyrotechnics. The band delivered the goods. And the audience wanted more.
Both these two veteran bands of metalheads were touring their newest releases – Disturbed with “Asylum” and Avenged Sevenfold with “Nightmare” – and either of them could be considered headliners.
With the demise of local radio station the Edge earlier this year, there was no Edgefest this summer. So fans have the Channel 103.1 to thank for bringing the Uproar Festival to town and making it Nippertown’s finest and only headbangin’ festival of 2010. A Big Day Out, indeed.
Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Deanna Amore’s review at The Saratogian