ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2014 EDITORIAL – FEATURING AVENGED SEVENFOLD & KORN TORONTO

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 FEATURING

 AVENGED SEVENFOLD

&

KORN

EDITORIAL REVIEW

TORONTO EDITION

 By: Fridae Mattas

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All Photography By: Fridae Mattas

Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival 2014 finally arrived on a beautiful Friday, not too hot not too cold! Actually, it was a little crisp by the lake at the Molson Canadian Amphitheater for July 25th, I’m just so glad it didn’t rain! The only water flow noted other than a drunk girl lean peeing on the wall by the mainstage…Was when IceT decided to spray his water bottle everywhere. Instantly everyone with a camera in the media-pit covered their gear, myself included. Water dries but it still fucks up your equipment! Lately I have been covering only select events because my FridaeTV time is extremely scarce these days. I’m amazed that this editorial, photos included is being published so soon even with a technical issue. I guess that’s just how amazing my problem solving abilities have become over time. There was a slight delay getting to the venue but I reached just in time for the last Suicide Silence media tune. Was absolutely annoyed I missed “Veil Of Maya“, “Mushroomhead“, “Darkest Hour“, “Miss May IandTexas Hippie Coalition“. Another setback was losing my photographer before the festival even started. She was having technical difficulties with her phone and I couldn’t reach her. So, on my own it was! I had a fantastic time, met some new friends in addition to running into so many of my friends already at the festival. Between sets I had a few beers with as many as I could find. My head did not appreciate the festivities the next day, I had a crazy beerover because the shenanigans continued after the show.  SUICIDE SILENCE - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2014 A few of the bands on the bill I have already seen and covered but hey who could say no to another Avenged Sevenfold or Trivium set? For me this was exciting, I love seeing how bands progress, some do amazingly with refining their talents and some hit roadblocks because not everyone has the same drive. Suicide Silence was rocking a tune “Cease To Exist” off of their new release “You Can’t Stop Me” the first record with new vocalist Hernan “Eddie” Hermida. The band is: Chris Garza – Rhythm Guitar, Mark Heylmun – Lead Guitar, Alex Lopez – Drums and Dan Kenny on the Bass. SUICIDE SILENCE - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2014SUICIDE SILENCE - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2014The fans were loving the energy, perfect amount of guitar and angry growling for surfage…Crowd surfing that is! The security guards probably wanted to shoot themselves in the face (They did, I asked). Being in the front lines constantly pulling flying bodies from the crowd, never looks like a fun job. One of the security guards told me that they don’t look forward to country music shows the most because people get so hammered they start fighting everyone, including their friends. I’ll take his word for it because I wouldn’t know, I have only been to maybe four country shows and they were at smaller venues. Once I was satisfied with my one song shots, I migrated to the bridge between the Sumerian stage where Body Count was setting up and the Coldcock Whiskey stage to observe the performance. The following song in the seven track set was “Fuck Everything” from the 2011 record “Black Crown”, this is the song everyone needs to play when they’re having a bad day. Its always fun to watch the fans fly around and headbang to the bands. As the set was coming to an end, I kept seeing this one little Larry crowd surf over and over. When he popped out of the pit again, I heard him shout to his friend “let’s go again!” but his friend declined so he rewinded and dove right back in the crowd for another glide across the ocean of people. CROWD - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL TORONTO 2014CROWD - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2014Body Count Frontman O.G Ice Mutha Fuckin T was up next and the fans at that stage were getting restless chanting “Body Count! Body Count!”. In case you only thought of IceT as the cop on Law & Order SVU, he’s the grandfather of rap/rock! He started his thrash metal career as frontman and co-founder of Body Count back in 1990, IceT has also dropped solo rap albums like “O.G Original Gangster” and the pre-Body Count days “Rhyme Pays”. The rest of the band is co-founder/Lead Guitar – Ernie C, Ill Will on the skins, Vincent Price  on Bass, Juan Of The Dead – Rhythm Guitar. I’m tripping out right now! I found out IceT has the same birthday I do, he also has the same beauty mark on his face in the exact same spot as mine. Now it makes sense why people were asking me if I was his daughter at the festival, I could very well play his kid! If I didn’t know better, I would absolutely think he was my dad, he’s only a year older than my mom. Maybe that’s why at first Coco was looking at me like I stole her money, I look like his long lost daughter ha ha. But now I completely understand IceT, his whole obsession with rock, he’s probably drawn to the sound of the guitar like I am, his confidence and he likes blondes! I love blondie boys, although I’ve dated brunettes and gingers there’s something about blondes I like more. Wow, he was my Dad in past life for sure, we are different beings.BODY COUNT FT. ICE T - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2014BODY COUNT FT. ICE T - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2014BODY COUNT FT. ICE T - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2014As the band was finishing the gear setup, IceT’s gorgeous wife Coco popped out onto the stage with their two super cute bulldogs. I was more than happy to play with the dogs while fans took photos with Coco after the set. Never in my life did I think I would get the chance to cover or see Body Count live, never mind watching and listening to them cover a Slayer track (Disorder). The set started with old school tune “There Goes The Neighborhood” followed by “Bowels of The Devil” and before ending it off with the most controversial song in history “Cop Killer’, they dropped a newer tune “Talk Shit, Get Shot”. How ironic is it that IceT the man who created the track “Cop Killer” plays a cop on TV! I would love to check them out when they hit Toronto again, fantastic performance by the entire band, they brought it hard! BODY COUNT FT. ICE T - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2014CANNIBAL CORPSE - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2014The next band playing over at the Coldcock stage was Buffalo’s Cannibal Corpse, another veteran band I have never seen but more than glad to be checking out. Instantly I noticed the vocals weren’t very fluid in regards to diction, with Suicide Silence you could fully understand what he was singing but CC frontman George Fisher needs to clean it up a bit. Regardless, the band’s enthusiasm made up for it because they tore up that stage! I took as many shots possible so many photographers were in the pit, plus security and the continual flying bodies. I wasn’t about that life so I migrated to my little spot to watch the rest of their set. The band is: Alex Webster – Bass, Paul Mazurkiewicz – Drums, George  Fisher – Vocals, Patrick O’Brien – Lead Guitar, Rob Barrett – Rhythm Guitar. I would check them out again if they reached Toronto and all metal fans should definitely give these guys a listen. CANNIBAL CORPSE - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2014TRIVIUM - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2014Not only did I miss the six bands I wanted to see, didn’t catch any of the performances at the Victory stage either, had to keep reminding my ocd one person can only do so much. All of the side stages were wrapped by the time the mainstage was ready to be heated up by Trivium, who were breaking the ice. Surprisingly I have seen Trivium before, caught their set at Heavy T.O 2012 which was pretty good, this time around they were even more on point! They all looked like they were having fun, yes, a metal band was having fun! It was the trend of the evening for the mainstage bands, like everyone got laid and was in a fantastic mood. At first it was a little challenging to shoot the whole band because I couldn’t migrate freely, the pit was very crowded, seemed like there were more photographers than last year. Either way I still managed to get good shots, it just became increasingly difficult as the night progressed, by the time Korn hit the stage we could have created a photographer mosh pit. Obviously, some of the photographers were not supposed to be there but who am I to tell them to leave, that’s not my job. TRIVIUM LIVE @ ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL FRIDAY JULY 25THTRIVIUM - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2014The set was very entertaining they even managed to get the crowd to participate, which is at times an extreme challenge with Toronto crowds.  There were some pitch issues but his diction was perfect and at least Vox Matt Heafy wasn’t using a voice box like many others do. Corey Beaulieu rocked his axe all over the stage, utilizing it like every guitarist should. Paolo Gregoletto on Bass had some expression on his face this time, he wasn’t all stone faced. I even caught a smile but that shot was too blurry to use in the gallery. The beat was kept tight and steady by Mat Madiro but it was nothing too fancy. If you like metal music with meaning then you must check out Trivium, they threw down tunes like the opener “Black” the tune “Strife” and ended the set with “In Waves” one of my favorite Trivium tunes. TRIVIUM - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2014TRIVIUM - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2014Next on the bill was Asking Alexandria from England, they’ve been to Toronto before. I don’t remember seeing them but for some reason I have a feeling that I have. We will pretend like I haven’t because my memory does not recollect anything. The only clue is that Warped tour keeps popping into my head, so maybe that’s where I’ve seen them. Asking Alexandria is the brainchild of Lead Guitarist Ben Bruce, he first started the band with different members in Dubai before migrating back to England for a fresh start. The stage set up had these giant brightly lit A’s on each side of Drummer James Cassells, who immediately began smashing those cans once he got behind his kit. Asking Alexandria to me, was the easiest band to shoot that evening. 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ASKING ALEXANDRIA - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2014Frontman and co-founder Danny Worsnop was ready to rock with shades and a wobble. I’m surprised he didn’t fall into the crowd. Either way, vocally and performance wise he killed it! Wandering all over the stage, with his bandmates in tow actively helping him entertain the crowd. The fans were eating out of Worsnop’s hands, he was the only frontman of the night to get right in there at almost crowd level. Look wise, he kind of reminded me of a young Chris Jericho of Fozzy and yes, the wrestler…Interviewed him a few years back (Click to watch). 

Of all the bands I had seen up to this point in the day Worsnop had the best vocals and the band as a whole has impeccable chemistry on stage. So much talent for such a young bunch of Larries. I have seen bands ten years their senior who still haven’t figured out how to put on a show. Rhythm Guitarist Cameron Liddell was very laid back but he still had his skill and swagger, as did Bassist Sam Bettley. I guess there’s a reason these lads have been making waves on the scene, with their catchy melodic metalcore, I can see why. Go see these guys rock any stage it will be worth your time, I look forward to covering them again in the future. 

AAGDASKING ALEXANDRIA - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2014ASKING ALEXANDRIA - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2014 At this festival everyone who had lawn seats got lucky like Daft Punk! They were all upgraded to the 300’s section, which made it a full house and looked pretty cool. Even though nobody was on the lawns there were way more people in attendance than last year for sure! The People who would have been on lawns were drinking away at Beerfest across the bridge at the CNE fairgrounds. I passed by for a minute to visit with friends after the show and was to cover the event the following day. But…Due to solving my technical issues I couldn’t make it, I was mucho sad because I had been looking forward to it all year! And, I wanted to see the Trews! JONATHAN DAVIS - KORN - VOCALS - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVALKORN - BASS - REGINALD ARVIZU LIVE @ MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2014 TORONTOBack to this festival, for the next band I couldn’t have been more excited than I was. On the outside I was the usual totally cool Fridae but inside I was teenying out hardcore! This band I could never see because I was like nine when they first emerged onto the scene. And, do you really thing my Sensei Father let me go to a rock concert? He didn’t even let me sleepover at my friends house next door! I only really got to know their music because my first high school boyfriend was obsessed with them. Randal was one of those “rebellious rich kids” who had a Korn patch and button on his backpack and probably still is a huge fan! Who knows, he may have been at the show. Always has been my ex boyfriends who have introduced me to rock music in my teen years. My Dad was into the old school classics like Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Queen, Genesis, The Police etc. And I love R&B, Soul, Rap. As for Korn, I have not had the opportunity to experience them live and to have the chance to watch and listen to some of my favorite tracks was incredible! Covering the band was the icing on the cake. As elated as I was for their set, one thing I was praying for was that Korn would be good live. So many bands and artists I’ve been a fan of that I have covered were horrendous live. KORN - DRUMS - RAY LUZIER LIVE @ ROCKSTAR MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2014 TORONTOKORN - KEYS - ZAC BAIRD LIVE @ MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2014 TORONTOThe moment of truth was upon us, would they blow my mind or totally blow and turn me off the band completely? The answer is…They were mindblasting! I loved every minute of Korn’s set and they truly showed their veteran skills off! The first to hit the stage was drummer Ray Luzier, he sat down and counted the rest of the band straight into the “Molested” intro, before they rocked the first track of the set “Falling Away From Me”. That tune was followed by “Twist” one of my favorites from the record “Life Is Peachy”. I was trying my best to get the cleanest shots possible in this media pit frenzie. Some faces I recognized others I didn’t and definitely can’t keep up with all of these new media outlets. I don’t pay attention to the competitors but I know most of them have grabbed a few ideas and words from me. Frontman Jonathan Davis is in surprisingly decent shape for a man of his age, and sang well enough to retain me as a fan. There were times in the set I thought his mic stand was going to go flying when he really got into a song but I think it was shellacked on the stage or something because it stayed.  From a critics perspective, a frontman with Davis’s experience should know how to build more of a connection with the audience, engage with the people a little more, they are there to see you, talk to them. At least Davis was visibly enjoying himself, throwing smiles at the fans here and there between songs. I remember seeing another favorite band and the singer was in a corner by himself the whole set, that was a huge disappointment. JONATHAN DAVIS - KORN - VOCALS - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVALKORN - GUITARIST BRIAN WELCH LIVE @ MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2014 TORONTOKORN GUITARIST - JAMES MUNKY SHAFFER LIVE @ MAYHEM TORONTO 2014 Guitars by Brian “Head” Welch and James “Munky” Schaffer were fantastic, dreads were flying everywhere! I love the sound of electric guitars, that is what drew me to rock music. There’s something about the resonance of an electric guitar played by a true Axemaster that my ears can’t get enough of. The more guitars the merrier, as long as they are played well because if there were three of me playing the electric guitar, everyone would cringe and start throwing things at us as they booed. On the other hand, when you have the Axemasters in Korn rocking their tunes in your face, who can complain? I certainly can’t, even as a critic because they brought it! Their dexterity was more than obvious and absolutely amazing to listen to and watch. I wish all of my friends were there because concerts are always way more fun with friends than alone. Bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu was flying around everywhere and then there were these random times where he just stood there taking in the crowd. Don’t know why he hasn’t been in a “Pirates of the Carribbean” film yet, he looks like he would blend right in as the perfect pirate. KORN GUITARIST BRIAN WELCH LIVE @ MAYHEM FESTIVAL TORONTO 2014JONATHAN DAVIS - KORN - VOCALS - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVALHopefully I will one day get to see Korn rock out again, my favorite moment was when they played “Freak On A Leash” just before closing the set with “Blind”. “Freak On A Leash” is one of my all time favorite songs in history. If any of you rock and metal fans get the chance to see Korn live, take it and go, you will be glad you did! Mayhem fest is still on the road, check out the website here for the remaining tour dates. The day kept getting better of course, it was my day, Friday and good things always come to me on Fridays. There was still one band left to rock the stage, one of my favorite bands to date and the headliners of the 2014 Rockstar Energy Mayhem festival…Avenged Sevenfold!AVENGED SEVENFOLD GUITARS - ZACKY VENGENCE & SYNYSTER GATES LIVE @ MAYHEM FEST 2014 TORONTOAVENGED SEVENFOLD - JOHNNY CHRIST - BASS LIVE @ MAYHEM FEST 2014 TORONTONot too many bands out there that I can say I would watch more than once. However, Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Lincoln Park, Finger Eleven, and The Trews, to name a few are the ones I could watch perform over and over without getting bored. Their music and live sets are that good, especially after you see Finger Eleven guitarist Rick Jackett in action you will be spoiled, no other guitarist that I have experienced is at that level of phenomenal. Love seeing bands that I have previously covered develop more into their talents, Avenged Sevenfold is a primo example of hard work paying off. Last time I saw these guys they needed to work on various things. The minute I saw them fire up that stage and hearing Synyster Gates drop that riff I was more than pleased. Guitarists Zacky Vengence and Synyster Gates were comfortable as soon as they hit the stage, past sets they’ve come off as shy and sad. Clearly they were both having a good day because they were smiling all over the place, much different than the somber mope. The skill level in their Axe play has improved tremendously as has their audience interaction, although they still need some work in that area. Keep up the good work guys! Backup vocals were excellent, definitely enjoyed hearing and watching them play, especially with all of those guitar solo’s! Music to my ears couldn’t be a truer saying. AVENGED SEVENFOLD - M. SHADOWS - VOX LIVE @ MAYHEM FEST 2014 TORONTOAVENGED SEVENFOLD DRUMS  LIVE @ ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVALAVENGED SEVENFOLD -ZACKY VENGENCE - GUITAR - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYEvery time I cover A7X I look forward to seeing the stage set up andAVENGED SEVENFOLD - M. SHADOWS - VOX - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FE how they’re going to use spectacular pyro! You can always count on A7X to deliver some awesome fire, they had random blasts from behind the drum kit lighting up across the stage. It was too cool, I love shooting bands with wicked fire! A pyro I am, my favorite film for the longest time as a kid was “Firestarter” starring Drew Barrymore. Bassist Johnny Christ was doing his thing, compared to his bandmates, I noticed he connected more with the audience. They all did exceptionally well putting on a show for the fans. Newbie drummer Arin Ilejay was stick handling like his life depended on it, if he was to save the world by drumming, I believe he could save us! M.Shadows on vox was not so great vocally the last time I saw them, this time was a completely different story! As soon as Sanders started in with the first tune “Shepherd of Fire” from the 2013 release “Hail To The King” he came in strong and kept that power for majority of the set. I even noticed some improvements with his range, especially on the softer tunes. As he gets more comfortable singing without growling, his range will continue to expand. Sing some R&B tunes when rehearsing by mimicking the vocals, it will give your vocal range a boost the more you practice. It doesn’t matter what genre you sing, having more of a vocal range enhances your ability. A few producers I’ve met with assumed because I have such a large vocal range my sound was going to be Mariahesq, filled with vocal gymnastics…I am not Christina Aguilera, I don’t need to show off my range. I sound like me and don’t over use runs, my flexible range helps me sing intricate songs and keeps my vocals in shape. AVENGED SEVENFOLD - SYNYSTER GATES - GUITAR - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAAVENGED SEVENFOLD - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2014The second tune of the set was another enjoyable sonata to my ears “Nightmare”, I love the riffs so haunting, it reminds me of “Nightmare on Elm Street” for some reason and not because the track is called “Nightmare”! The films could have used this song, it would have been perfect but these guys were in diapers when the original films were made. Right out of the gate it was an awesome performance, the crowd sang along to every song, definitely a good night for everyone. The last tune I was in the pit for was one of my favorites, it was the first Avenged Sevenfold tune I had ever heard; “Bat Country”. The newest single “This Means War” was the last before the encores “A Little Piece Of Heaven” and “Unholy Confessions” which closed the set with more pyro and a few explosions. If you have not seen or heard these guys yet, you should do yourself a huge favour and check them out as soon as possible. Absolutely would love to cover Avenged Sevenfold again and maybe do an interview. Funniest thing I heard all night was when a female fan kept yelling  “Put your dick in my mouth! I want to put your dick in my mouth!” when M. Shadows was on one of the risers to my left. I was dying and couldn’t hold a steady shot until I got the laughs out of my system. Major shout out to all the behind the scenes people who made this festival run on schedule, without their experience and precision many things could have gone wrong.  AVENGED SEVENFOLD  LIVE @ ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL FRIDAYAVENGED SEVENFOLD - M. SHADOWS - VOX - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FEAVENGED SEVENFOLD -  CROWD - ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL 201The crowd was a little sad that the show was over but some didn’t even make it through to the end…They were either dragged out by security or passed out in their seat. So funny were the people that wandered this years Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, there were a few Larries asking the popo’s to take pictures with them like they were being cuffed, it was so amusing to watch. The festival is still on tour, all of the bands are worth your time so go see them!! Check the photos below, I had the best time! Thank you to everyone who made this possible, I was fully entertained! See you next year! www.RockstarMayhemFest.com

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AVENGED SEVENFOLD TO RESURRECT WAKING THE FALLEN AUGUST 26TH!

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Photo By: Fridae Mattas

AVENGED SEVENFOLD

TO RESURRECT

WAKING THE FALLEN!

You heard right! Avenged Sevenfold’s Waking The Fallen: Resurrected will hit the shelves on August 26th – exactly eleven years after the original release of Waking The Fallen! Check out the awesome album trailer at: www.hopelessrecords.com/resurrected

unnamedThe new release includes 11 never before heard songs, 23 total tracks, new artwork, the original first cut of the music video for “Unholy Confessions” and a 30 minute film featuring never before seen archived footage up to the present day band, directed/edited by Rafa Alcantara.

 

 

You can pre-order Resurrected NOW at: www.hopelessrecords.com/resurrected

The special packages and items found here are available only through this pre-order, including the exclusive deluxe version of the CD with two bonus tracks, limited edition 4-disc vinyl LP box set with exclusive 7-inch, Deathbat t-shirt and more. Avenged Sevenfold headline Mayhem Festival tour this summer – trek over to their website for tickets and to see when they’ll be near you!

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Photography By: Fridae Mattas

ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2014 OFFICIAL LINE-UP ANNOUNCED!

AVENGED SEVENFOLD - ROCKSTAR UPROAR FEST TORONTO 2011 - Photo By: Fridae MattasTHE ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL

Announces Official 2014 Artist Line-Up

 

MAYHEM14The world’s biggest heavy music touring festival, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL in its seventh annual sojourn, is pleased to announce the official 2014 artist line-up with the boldest, largest, loudest and most diverse lineup to date! Not only will this year’s festival include the massive ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE and COLDCOCK AMERICAN HERBAL FLAVORED WHISKEY STAGE, but will also present two additional stages— the SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY STAGE, and the VICTORY RECORDS STAGE.

The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE will boast a collection of some of the biggest bands in heavy music—including multi-platinum headliners Avenged Sevenfold, as well as Korn, Asking Alexandria and Trivium. The COLDCOCK AMERICAN HERBAL FLAVORED WHISKEY STAGE will feature headliner Cannibal Corpse as well as Suicide Silence (featuring new singer Eddie Hermida), Miss May I, Mushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coalition and King 810. THE SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY STAGE will feature headliner Body Count featuring Ice-T as well as Upon A Burning Body, Veil of Maya, Darkest Hour and the local Headbang For The Highway winner. The VICTORY RECORDS STAGE will feature headliner and Revolver Magazine cover band Emmure as well as Ill Nino, Wretched, Islander, and Erimha.

“We are very excited that in the seventh year of the festival we can bring our biggest lineup ever to heavy music fans across North America.  With such a diverse lineup of great bands and festival attractions, 2014 will give fans an awesome day of Metal and Mayhem.” – John Reese and Kevin Lyman, Festival Producers

Tickets on Sale Friday April 4, 2014 at 10:00AM

www.rockstarmayhemfest.com

www.ticketmaster.com or www.ticketmaster.ca

The Festival Features the Most National Bands Ever Presented with Four Full Stages and 20 Bands

 

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE:

Avenged Sevenfold

Korn

Asking Alexandria

Trivium

 

COLDCOCK AMERICAN HERBAL FLAVORED WHISKEY STAGE:

Cannibal Corpse

Suicide Silence

Miss May I

Mushroomhead

Texas Hippie Coalition

King 810

 

THE SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY STAGE:

Body Count featuring Ice-T

Upon A Burning Body*

Veil of Maya*

Darkest Hour*

Headbang Local Winner

 

THE VICTORY RECORDS STAGE:

Emmure

Ill Nino

Wretched

Islander

Erimha

 

This year’s odyssey will include four stages of heavy music and 20 bands. Also, look for Freestyle Motocross legend Jimmy Fitzpatrick and his FITZ ARMY of riders and a Motorsports exhibition area featuring Unknown Industries Harley Davidson Freestyle Riders, as well as many other surprises and attractions throughout the festival midway.

The festival will kick off on July 5th at San Manuel Amphitheatre in San Bernardino, CA and will hit a total of 26 cities, ending at The Woodlands, TX (Houston) at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on August 10th.

DATES – 2014 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL:

7/5 – CA – San Bernardino – San Manuel Amphitheatre

7/6 – CA – Mountain View (San Francisco) – Shoreline Amphitheatre

7/8 – WA – Auburn (Seattle) – White River Amphitheatre

7/9 – ID – Boise – Idaho Center Amphitheatre

7/11 – AZ – Phoenix – Ak-Chin Pavilion

7/12 – NM – Albuquerque – Isleta Amphitheatre

7/14 – CO – Denver – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Main Stage Only + Body Count feat. Ice-T)

7/16 – MO – St. Louis – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

7/17 – MI – Detroit – DTE Energy Music Theater

7/18 – WI – Milwaukee – Eagles Ballroom (Rockstar Energy Drink TASTE OF MAYHEM)

7/19 – IN – Indianapolis – Kilpsch Music Center

7/20 – IL – Chicago – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

7/22 – MA – Mansfield (Boston) – Xfinity Center

7/23 – NY – Saratoga – Saratoga Performing Arts Center

7/25 – ON – Toronto (Canada) – Molson Amphitheatre

7/26 – PA – Burgettstown (Pittsburgh) – First Niagra Pavilion

7/27 – CT – Hartford – Xfinity Theatre

7/29 – NY – Darien Center – Darien Lake

7/30 – NY – Wantagh – Nikon Theatre At Jones Beach (Main Stage Only)

8/1 – NJ – Camden (Philadelphia, PA) – Susquehanna Bank Center

8/2 – PA – Scranton -The Pavilion At Montage Mountain

8/3 – VA – Bristow (Washington, DC) – Jiffy Lube Live

8/5 – GA – Atlanta – Lakewood Amphitheatre

8/7 – OK – Oklahoma City – OKC Air Park

8/9 – TX – Dallas – Gexa Energy Pavilion

8/10 – TX – The Woodlands (Houston) – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (Main Stage and Second Stage Only + Body Count feat. Ice-T and Emmure, no King 810)

 * Lineups in each city may vary.  Go to http://www.rockstarmayhemfest.com for full lineup details.

 

About Avenged Sevenfold:

Avenged Sevenfold achieved worldwide success with a string of best-selling albums — including two consecutive No 1’s on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, Nightmare (2010) and their latest Hail To The King (2013) — achieving Diamond, Platinum and Gold awards for album sales in nearly a dozen countries. The band, which hails from Huntington Beach, CA, have become known for their spectacular live shows, routinely selling out arenas worldwide and headlining some of the biggest and most prestigious music festivals. This summer they are scheduled to perform five shows at the Soundwave Festival in Australia, as well as Rock Im Park and Rock Am Ring in Germany, the PinkPop Festival in Holland, Donington Park in the U.K., and two nights at Summersonic in Japan, along with several others. In November 2012, they made an unprecedented appearance as characters in Call of Duty Black Ops 2 — the biggest-selling video game of all time, which featured the band’s performance of “Carry On,” written specifically for the game.

 

About Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival:

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival is the World’s Premier Heavy Music Touring Festival.  The Festival is entering its seventh year in 2014 and has performed more than 160 Shows throughout North America to over 1.7 Million fans.  The festival was founded by John Reese and Kevin Lyman and is booked by Darryl Eaton at Creative Artists Agency.  Rockstar Energy Drink is the title sponsor and has maintained that role since the festival’s inception.

 

About Rockstar Energy Drink:

Rockstar Energy Drink is designed for those who lead active lifestyles – from Athletes to Rockstars. Available in over 20 flavors at convenience and grocery outlets in over 30 countries, Rockstar supports the Rockstar lifestyle across the globe through Action Sports, Motor Sports, and Live Music.

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Fridae’s Choice TOP 10 LIVE 2011

All Photography By: Fridae Mattas

Happy New Year! It’s 2012 and I was going to publish this last year but I had to think about it a little more and finally I compiled a list of the top fifteen. I still needed some time to let it swirl, absorbing into my mind and reflect once again on the insanity of 2011. It was an incredible year for coverage many firsts, the two book signings which were chaotic , I am still undecided on if I or any of the team will be covering any in store signings again, only due to safety concerns, all were very confusing and clustered but nothing compared to the album signing…That was beyond insanity, it amazed me that the artist still had such an impact on his fans and how many females still cried.

After much consideration among the incredibly talented candidates the conclusion is…My most favorite live performance was Boyz II Men at the KoolHaus. I grew up listening and singing to these R&B legends but that is  not why I chose them. Their set was a pure raw performance without auto-tune, stage theatrics or drama, it was just the backing tracks and their voices but it was not perfect there were some issues but there never is the perfect show, shit happens things go wrong all the time and people do make mistakes! Never the less Boyz II Men brought it back to how it used to be in music, when the real talent prevailed and the over glorified tacky redundancy was shunned. Regardless of the time period Boyz II Men were still able to draw and captivate a crowd without the need for explosives or a five minute prerecorded badly acted introduction skit. In this case less is always more and as a singer I have to give it up to them for being able to still throw it down showing everyone how it’s done. Below is my top 10 live of 2011 list and the top 5 honorable mentions. Each artist, group or band are at the top of the game when it comes to making those records come to life on the stage, electrifying audiences globally.

Thank you to everyone I have worked with over the few years, lets hope we have some amazing times again this  year! And a humongous THANK YOU goes out to YOU! The FridaeTV audience worldwide, it’s all because of you I am fortunate enough to interview, photograph, film and review some of the most talented in this small yet so vast entertainment world. Thank you to everyone for actually caring about this budding little publication and I appreciate all of your continued support! Wishing you all a miraculous 2012! Much Love xxoooo ~ Fridae

FRIDAE’S CHOICE TOP 10 LIVE 2011

#1.

BOYZ II MEN

Read the Editorial Review Here!

#2LINKIN PARK

Read the Editorial Review Here!

#3. DEBORAH COX

Read the Pride Toronto 2011 Review Here!

#4. COLLIE BUDDZ

Read the Editorial Review Here!

#5. COHEED AND CAMBRIA

Read the Editorial Review Here!

#6. YELAWOLF

Read Editorial Review of Vans Warped Tour 2011 Here!

#7. ROB ZOMBIE

Read the Heavy T.O. Festival 2011 Editorial Review Here!

#8. AVENGED SEVENFOLD

Read The RockStar Uproar Festival Editorial Review Here!

#9. THREE DAYS GRACE

Read The RockStar Uproar Festival Editorial Review Here!

#10. HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD

Read The Editorial Review Here!

HONORABLE MENTIONS

1. FINGER ELEVEN

2. A PERFECT CIRCLE

3. ART OF DYING

4. RISE AGAINST

5. NKOTBSB

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2011 ROCKSTAR UPROAR TORONTO – EDITORIAL REVIEW

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

TORONTO 2011

By: Fridae Mattas

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

This year Avenged Sevenfold were headlining the Rockstar Uproar festival which hit up thirteen cities prior to Toronto, last date being Montreal the night before. I heard there was major rain in Montreal and I hoped Toronto would hold out. So far the weather was incredible, the sun was shining it was a little frigid in the shade and when the sun went down but other than that it was warm among the body heat of all the people. Unfortunately it started raining during Seether so everyone sitting in the lawns and 400 level ran for cover. I guess the sky didn’t like the band so it began to cry for a few minutes until Three Days Grace’s set. Lucky for me I missed majority of the rain, too busy running up, down and around the Amphitheater before and after my media tracks to meet friends and watch the sets.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

This year the second stage was much closer to the main stage and none of the set times overlapped. The Jagermeister stage performances were much earlier and they ended just before the main stage bands started. It was very well thought out but the area they set up the stage in was kind of awkward, if they put the mobile stage the same place they did last year’s stage and use this years time schedule, it would have worked out much better with less congestion. Other than the overcrowding the lone problem was venue security, they were a little slow letting us into the media pit to shoot the bands; we do need a few minutes to check our angles and settings. With Avenged Sevenfold I already knew the rules, they put up a curtain to set up and when the show starts, they drop it to reveal the stage. It takes about ten people to carry that massive curtain back and forth; the media had to wait until they brought it back out. That’s fine with me, they need to do whatever to make it an unforgettable experience for their fans and if that means we have to wait and miss a few seconds, so be it.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas

First band on the Jager Stage we caught was Art Of Dying, as we climbed through the crowd to find the media pit entrance we thought we would miss our three but made it to the stage just in time. Pay attention if you haven’t already heard of Art Of Dying, they are a band you really need to check out if you like real rock and roll. At this time AOD consists of five; Jonny Hetherington – Vocals, Greg Bradley – Guitar, Jeff Brown – Drums, Cale Gontier – Bass and Tavis Stanley – Guitar.  The music is melodic alternative post-grunge rock. They released their major label debut record ‘Vices and Virtues’ on Intoxication/Reprise/Warner in March 2011 quickly climbing to number one on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Many of the tracks on both records are the same just redone and in my opinion, I liked the sound of their first self titled LP ‘Art Of Dying’ better. Although the new LP has a fantastic duet to one of my favorite songs, the record is a little over produced.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

This band has come a long way since I first saw them, they aren’t even the same band but as this unit, they have unquestionable chemistry. Art Of dying is today what the band was meant to be, they all have perceptible stage presence and talent! They clearly enjoy the music they are playing; you can see how much heart is put into the performance, when you hear how incredible the music is played live.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

Drums are always solid because Jeff Brown is a sick drummer, he knows his stuff! People don’t give drummers enough respect; they have the most equipment to set up and take down and are the beat keepers, a very important piece of the puzzle! Greg and Tavis on guitars shred those strings to the fullest; they switched it up making the most of the medium sized stage keeping the crowd entertained. Of course Tavis was topless and he matched in nakedness with his wicked cool silent skeleton guitar, probably the coolest looking acoustic axe ever. Harmonies sounded flawless, this band is proof that when you take constructive criticism and apply it, magic happens! The live sets keep getting better every time and this was the first time I’ve seen them on a larger stage where they made themselves right at home. The performance would have been even better if they played the main stage where they had even more room to roam.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas

Bassist Cale Gontier tore it up; there are many Bassist’s who just stare out into the audience with a blank or redundant look on their face standing there going through the motions or trying to remember notes. Not Cale, he flew around with his Bass, loving every minute of being on that Jagermeister stage absorbing the energy of the hometown crowd, it looked like he could’ve played the tunes in his sleep. Hetherington’s Vocals were almost perfect; tone is much steadier and solid, blending in unison with his bandmate’s as they harmonized. On the down side there were moments of strain and some pitch issues but nothing untrained ears can hear. When Hetherington sang he had a little more confidence than in the past, flying about as he sang showing great control of his vocals.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

Hetherington’s pipes were almost at par with Cale’s Cousin’s vocals when he joined Art Of Dying on stage for the tune “Raining” which features the Three Days Grace front man. It’s definitely an amazing track on a fantastic record and Gontier sang it well with Hetherington. It was good to see the cousins rocking out together and two of Canada’s best male singers sharing the same stage singing one of my favorite songs, epic! The five song set gave Jager stage headliners Protest The Hero a run for their money! Actually, Art Of Dying will give any band a run for their money because they are continually improving their live sets and creating catchy rock tracks people love. Judging by the last tune in their set when the whole crowd sang along to “Die Trying”, Art Of Dying is a force to be reckoned with! Great, now I’ve definitely inflated their egos (Laughs).

Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Phtography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas

Closing things off on the Jager stage it was Protest The Hero’s turn to rock out, how does any band follow a guest appearance by Adam Gontier, really? A few people wandered off but there were more than enough people filling in the empty spots like a revolving door, some would leave, others would enter. I haven’t seen Protest The Hero live since that crazy Hideout show where it was body overflow. Protest The Hero are five larries from Whitby, Ontario, they formed in 1999 and have had the same band line up which I find is extremely rare for rock bands, they usually change members like they do girlfriends and band names. Moe Carlson – Drums, Rody Walker –Vocals, Tim Millar – Guitar, Arif Mirabdolbaghi – Bass and Luke Hoskin – Lead Guitar. They kicked off their six tune set with ‘C’est La Vie’ and just brought the Protest the Hero flavor of progressive melodic metal to the Jagermeister stage. Like Art Of Dying they were extremely personable with the people, loving the fact they were playing in Toronto because they are from here (Well, close to Toronto for most of them). 

Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas

Protest The Hero front man Rody Walker was very vocal about current Toronto mayor, Rob Ford by making comments like “I hate Rob Ford!” Don’t worry Rody, most of us totally agree with that one. I guess his belly lint eating during ‘Bone Marrow’ gave him a burst of jibbers, but it’s true, who actually voted for Rob Ford? PTH put on a decent set, not the best I have seen them but it was close, vocally it was a little pitchy and diction needs work but I do admire Walker’s range and stage performance he did what a lead vocalist should, entertain the crowd. I wish Guitarist Tim Millar would put more effort into playing, it didn’t look like he was too excited to be on stage, he just stood there most of the time strumming the chords on his end of the stage (stage left, audience right). If you don’t like it, don’t do it, there are many guitarists out there who would trade spots. Thankfully his fellow band mates and lead guitarist Luke Hoskin brought some life into the performance, still have not seen any guitarist perform like Finger Eleven’s Rick Jackett does, he is phenomenal. If you haven’t seen either Art Of Dying or Protest The Hero live or have listened to their music, you certainly need to.

Photography By: Melaine Schade For FridaeTV
Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas

I wish there were more festivals like this when I was a teenager (Wow I feel old when I say that although I’m still in my twenties). Most of the bands in the lineup were signing autographs at different times throughout the day and wrapped up just prior to the main stage performances. They even had eye candy for the fellas with a Miss Uproar contest where a few females would compete to be named Miss Uproar for the City they were in. Art Of Dying’s Tavis and Jonny did the honors introducing the contestants and announcing the winner for Toronto (Sarah), a task I’m sure they did not complain at all about. I did not catch Escape The Fate I honestly do not remember where I was at that point, probably wandering or talking to people but that was for the best because I was not feeling their music from what I could hear as they started on the main stage. Bullet For My Valentine were up after they announced Miss Uproar Toronto, I was excited because I heard good things about them and their music wasn’t so bad either but could they pull it off live? Bullet For My Valentine are from Bridgend, Wales they began their Journey in 1998 before releasing their major label UK debut ‘The Poison’ in 2005 and on February 14th 2006 they released the LP in the United States.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas

Since dropping their first record in 2005 they have released two more albums most recently ‘Fever’ which was released in 2010. This band was new to my eyes and ears so I was expecting Matthew Tuck – Vocals, Michael Paget – Guitar, Michael Thomas – Drums and Jason Jamesfor on Bass to blow my mind. The crowd was anxious when the intro started in, once the British flag backdrop came down with a fist bursting through it holding the band’s name, the fans exploded. Almost everyone on the floor was singing along to all of their songs from the opening track “Your Betrayal” to the last tune of the set ‘Alone’. They didn’t blow my mind but they didn’t waste my time either, the set was promising and I did love the guitar solo near the end of the set. The whole band participated in entertaining the crowd, vox even migrated around the stage to different risers and Bassist Jason Jamesfor has great tone when he screams it sounded amazing! I kept asking everyone if Vox and Lead Guitar were brothers because they look alike and both played those sexy flying V’s similar with ease. I need to see them live again; they were definitely repeat performance worthy. If you get the chance, do it! The Rockstar Uproar Festival is still touring check the website for dates.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas
A little sad that Sevendust wasn’t performing in Toronto, I really wanted to see them live but I guess I’ll catch them next time they hit TDot. Seether was on stage next, I was never really a fan, some of their music is tolerable but honestly the only song I actually do like is ‘Broken’. The duet front man Shaun Morgan did with Amy Lee of Evanescence which surprisingly was played during our three media tracks, it sounded good enough but was missing the flavor of Amy’s fabulous vocals.
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Something about this band was not floating my boat, as I listened and watched them on the stage I was getting sleepy because they were indeed boring me. The only thing that amused me were the decorations on Morgan’s mic stand which looked like these giant flesh and metal testicles hanging as he sang. Bassist, Dale Stewart was the main source of entertainment for the crowd because front man Morgan just stood behind his guitar most of the time occasionally moving but not too far, I don’t think he wandered over to the other side of the stage at all. We all know drummers aren’t mobile and John Humphrey couldn’t do anything more, he did what he needed to do and that was keep smash those cans. Shaun’s vocals were solid it just wasn’t a unique sound, he bounces between emulating Cobain to mimicking Pearl Jam vox Eddie Vedder, he even wore flannel. I didn’t hear any Shaun Morgan, if they can write better songs, Morgan finds his voice and loosens up a little, it might work. I guess the reason why I never liked this bands music is because they are unoriginal,  perfect example is the last song in the set ‘Remedy’ which had different lyrics to Nirvana’s ‘Come as You Are’ music and melody. That’s not cool ever; I hate it when bands and artists recycle songs especially when they make their own version and it doesn’t even come close to the original. It was funny to me because I was like wait, are they covering Nirvana? That would have been cool if they did a Nirvana cover but as they played it, clearly it wasn’t a Nirvana tune, Cobain wasn’t the singer and I didn’t know any of the words. I just sang the Nirvana lyrics to myself because that melody and those chords in that order are originally Nirvana not Seether. This band will not be selling out stadiums anytime soon; the songs are not strong enough to carry them to that level. Bullet for My Valentine’s performance was much more entertaining, they should have switched set times.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas

Just before Seether’s set ended it started to rain which kind of sucked but for me it was fine, at least there was no mud at the Molson Canadian Amphitheater! I wish I had my photographer Melanie Schade for the last two bands because it was insane in the media pit. One of the assbob photographers told me not stretch out my hand a lift my camera in the air during Avenged Sevenfold. I was gonna deck the bastard because he was much taller than I, about six feet tall (I’m only 5’8) and he even stood on his briefcase to take shots blocking most of my and everyone else’s Three Days Grace pictures but we didn’t say anything. There were risers on top of an already high stage, I have to lift my camera to get the drummers half the time, unlike them; I shoot the whole band and not just the vocalist. When I’m shooting a band and there is space to move around, I shoot as many angles as I can, trying to get individual shots of every member in the band and group shots which are harder to obtain on the bigger stages. Most other photographers and media outlets just care about the front person, why? I don’t know but I have respect for everyone on the stage.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas

Three Days Grace began their set with ‘The Good Life’ and as always Gontier didn’t even need to sing, the crowd filled in for him which must be an incredible feeling. This time even Bassist Brad Walst was coming out of his shell, as was Barry Stock who was rocking a dual neck guitar for a few of the tracks like ‘Pain’. Drummer Neil Sanderson not only rocked those cans giving his all he always sings backup to help round out the sound.

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The performance was a pleasant visible progression from last year’s show down the road at The Direct Energy Centre. Vocals were still a little pitchy but they are strengthening, Gontier also plays the guitar for some of the tracks and flies around to entertain the people. They didn’t have any pyro for this set which was okay because from what I saw the crowd was impressed by the constant high energy vibe. After playing one of my favorite tracks ‘I Hate Everything About You’ they played ‘Home’, another track I like but they made the tune even better by throwing in Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’. The whole amphitheater went wild, the guys in the VIP box just a few feet in front of me were hugging it out and chest bumping each other as we all attempted to rap along with Adam.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I do think they should have been allowed to play a few more tunes than Seether considering last year when Disturbed was headlining, Avenged Sevenfold had a ten track set with pyro and everything. Regardless of the short set it was an incredible performance with a lot more audience interaction making it a little more intimate and special for them. One thing that stood out because it was very peculiar was when Adam had a little schizo monologue moment arguing with his skeleton hand mic stand before getting into the next track. That was the weirdest thing I’ve seen all day but I guess maybehewas talking to himself in a way. Go watch Three Days Grace when you get the chance, you will not be disappointed.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography BY: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas

Last year this band blew me away and they weren’t even headlining, this year their stage show was just as exceptional only difference was the vibe and vocals. This time Matthew Sanders (M. Shadows) vocals just didn’t sound right, most of the performance he sounded flat and congested, too nasally for my ears especially during the ballad dedicated to his lost friend and bandmate “Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan”. It was a great effort on Shadows part and the tune is a good song just not greatly sung yet. Sanders vocals still need work to pull off a proper melodic power rock ballad but it is surprising he even attempts them. That is an admirable quality in a person, showing persistence to keep growing and evolving. Go on with your bad self and continue learning and expanding your talents, don’t stop those vocal lessons; you need help to release your inner gospel singer (Laughs).

Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas

The fans loved it, regardless of what I have to say because they were making some serious noise! Last year Avenged Sevenfold had the hanging man with the cool nightmare house and fabulous pyrotechnics, this year there was a huge bat skull as the backdrop, it shot fire balls and  the skull’s eyes lit up at times. With their exquisite lighting the stage looked unbelievable. They came in with a bang, fire streams exploded as the intro played followed by opening track ‘Nightmare’. Bassist Johnny Christ was the most genuine out of the guitars, Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates were a little boring as lead and Rhythm, they eventually started getting into it but come on guys give the people what they came to see, don’t leave all the work to Shadows. As the headliners, you have to school all of the other bands because more is expected of you. I loved that they played ‘Bat Country’ because last year they did not and Shadows like the entertainer he is, pointed that out.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas

For the finale during “Unholy Confessions” the wings of the skull bat were set a blaze as was the top of the skull. It’s always amazing when there are flames flying everywhere, absolutely fantastic to watch. I am kind of a pyro, I love playing with fire. This year Mike Portnoy was not the drummer because he was just temporarily filling in for Avenged Sevenfold’s lost brother “Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan’. They did however find a newbie, Richard Arin Ilejay as the beat master for this tour.  His future with the band is still undecided but for now the kid does some pretty good work handling those sticks. Avenged Sevenfold put on a show not many will be able to top but Three Days Grace took it home vocally, they had home-base advantage.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas

This year The Rockstar Uproar festival had a better lineup and was much more organized minus the confusion at the beginning. There were some families and a few females but most of the people who were at the show were males, it was not sold out but I would say there were over 10,000 people rocking out to the tunes! If the Rockstar Uproar festival comes to your city with these bands and you like alternative to heavier rock, go see it! Actually, run like the wind because this show is totally worth your money and more. I am looking forward to next year, curious to see who will rock our faces off in 2012. Major thank you goes out to my awesome Jager stage photographer Melanie Schade and the amazing people at AM-Media for all your help. You can find more of the Rockstar Uproar festival photos on the slide show below or on FridaeTV facebook, both sets are mostly different.

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2MORO TORONTO 2011 ROCKSTAR UPROAR FESTIVAL AT MOLSON CANADIAN AMP

TORONTO IS READY FOR ANOTHER ROCKSTAR UPROAR FESTIVAL!!

On Wednesday September 14th the whose who of new school rock and roll will be hitting the stage at Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheater. This is a rock music festival not to be missed, last years Rockstar Uproar Festival was OFF the HOOK and the 2011 line up is looking even better!

Avenged Sevenfold returns but this time they are headlining the festival and hitting the stage just before is Canada’s very own Three Days Grace who is one of the bands  signing autographs.  Also rocking the mainstage is  Bullet For My Valentine, Seether and Escape The Fate and believe it or not that’s not all the music or fun stuff.

The JÄGERMEISTER STAGE  is unleashing the day of music with Art Of Dying, Protest The Hero, Hell or High Water, Black Tide and the Battle of the Bands winner but don’t worry larries there is some eye candy for you with the Sullen Art Collective Miss Uproar Model search contest. To buy tickets click here and if you want to read about last years festival click here, see you there!!

Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

909 Lakeshore Blvd. W. Ontario Place , Toronto, ON M6K 3L3
Venue Website  •  Driving Directions
Buy Tickets

AUTOGRAPH SESSION TIMES

Bullet For My Valentine : 3:00pm – 3:30pm
Seether : 3:40pm – 4:20pm
Three Days Grace : 4:45pm – 5:30pm
Sevendust : 5:40pm – 6:25pm
Escape The Fate : 3:15pm – 3:45pm
Black Tide : 4:40pm – 5:10pm
Art of Dying : 4:00pm – 4:30pm

SET TIMES

JÄGERMEISTER STAGE

Battle Winner – 2:15 PM
Jager Band TBD – 2:45 PM
Hell or High Water – 3:20 PM
Art of Dying – 4:00 PM
Black Tide – 4:45 PM

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE
Escape the Fate – 5:20 PM
Miss Uproar Contest – 6:00 PM
Bullet For My Valentine – 6:20 PM
Seether – 7:20 PM
Three Days Grace – 8:20 PM

Avenged Sevenfold – 9:40

FRIDAE TV’S CHOICE TOP 10 OF 2010!

PHOTOGRAPHY BY: FRIDAE MATTAS FOR FRIDAE TV

Here we go!!! 2011 is fast approaching and I just wanted to take a minute and just appreciate all of you who support me, Thank you to all the fans, those I have worked with and my amazing family and friends. I wish everyone an incredible and safe holiday season and a phenomenal 2011!!

I have compiled three lists and a bonus ‘HOTSHOTS’ to watch, it was to only be the Top 10 Live but it has expanded adding Top 10 Albums of 2010 and the Top 5 Toronto Drag Queens!! Enjoy my choices of the best music covered live by Fridae TV and my personal likes in regards to albums this year.  2011 will be an explosive I can feel it! On January 2nd I will post the end of the year stats from FridaeTV Youtube! Who will be #1 as chosen by you, the viewers? Remember to keep watching your favorite artist to make them #1!

FRIDAE’S CHOICE TOP 10 ‘ALBUMS’ OF 2010

#1)  SADE – SOLDIER OF LOVE

2) HAIL THE VILLAIN – POPULATION DECLINING

3) THREE DAYS GRACE – LIFE STARTS NOW

4) USHER – RAYMOND VS. RAYMOND

5) EMINEM – RECOVERY

6) BRUNO MARS – DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS

7)  ADAM LAMBERT – FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT

8) SLASH – SLASH

9) DISTURBED – ‘ASYLUM’ and AVENGED SEVENFOLD – ‘NIGHTMARE’ (Tied, I couldn’t decide)

10)  BONE THUGS N’ HARMONY – UNI5: THE WORLD’S ENEMY


FRIDAE’S CHOICE TOP 10 OF 2010 ‘BEST LIVE’

PHOTO BY: MELANIE SCHADE FOR FRIDAE TV

#1) THREE DAYS GRACE

2)    AVENGED SEVENFOLD

3)    HAIL THE VILLAIN

4)    JAMIE CULLUM

5)    DRAGONETTE

6)    BILLY TALENT

7)    SLASH

8)    NEVERENDING WHITE LIGHTS

9)    HELL YEAH

10)  BACKSTREET BOYS


TOP 5 ‘HOTSHOTS’ TO WATCH

PHOTOGRAPHY BY: TRAVIS SHINN

#1)     ART OF DYING

2)    MY DARKEST DAYS AND REBEL EMERGENCY

3)    FRANKIE WHYTE AND THE DEAD IDOLS

4)    MARY ROSE OBSESSION

5)    AETHERBORN


TOP 5 ‘TORONTO DRAG QUEENS’ 2010

PHOTO BY: MIKEY SIN

#1)  LOLA PLANTAIN

2)  SOFANDA COX

3)  DAYTONA BITCH

4)   ZELDA ANGELFIRE

5)   CASSANDRA MOORE

 

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