Photographs by Timothy Reidy
Due to waterlogged conditions on the grounds of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the afternoon portion of the headbangin’ Q-Ruption Is the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival were cranked up in the SPAC parking lot, making for one of the more interesting situations of SPAC’s 2013 season.
The afternoon festivities began with the Local 518′s Frank Palangi, who earned his slot at a battle of the bands at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park just a week earlier.
But the big amphitheater action in the evening was the real draw for most metalheads with Alice in Chains and Jane’s Addiction co-headlining the big-stage proceedings, along with Circa Survive and Nyack neo-prog-rockers Coheed and Cambria.
Excerpt from Brian McElhiney’s review at The Daily Gazette: “Alice in Chains was worth the admission price alone, playing with a fervor and skill unequaled by the other groups on the bill (which is saying something, considering every main stage act gave strong performances). The group eased into its set, beginning at 9:45 with ‘Hollow’ from this year’s The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, and sounding much fiercer than that record. William DuVall, replacing the late Layne Staley on lead vocals, and guitarist Jerry Cantrell immediately found their vocal footing, delivering the band’s trademark eerie harmonies with ease. Two classic songs, ‘Them Bones’ and ‘Again,’ brought the energy level in the amphitheater even higher, with DuVall once again proving his worth on the microphone. And a pumped up version of ‘Man in the Box’ got the crowd screaming along on the anthemic choruses.”