Desert Uprising – Arizona Metal Fest Rises To The Top
By MrAnathema

     Every summer, temperatures in the Arizona desert rise to well over 110 degrees. Despite the sweltering heat and unforgiving sun, Arizona residents come out of their air-conditioned homes and hovels to some together and do one thing: rock the hell out. This year’s Desert Uprising hard rock concert festival (the Arizona stop of the Rockstar Uproar fest), hosted by rock radio 98 KUPD, is proving itself to be the must attend, end-of-summer, ear blistering party. With headliners Jane’s Addiction, Alice in Chains, Avenged Sevenfold, and Coheed and Cambria, this two-day festival promises to pack Phoenix’s Ak-Chin Pavilion to the gills with metal heads old and young alike on Friday, Sept. 13th and Saturday, September 14th.

     Friday’s show starts at 2:00 in the afternoon, with Mindset Evolution opening up the festivities on the Coldcock Herbal Whiskey Stage. “Smaller” bands on the Desert Uprising/Rockstar Uproar bill (Mindset Evolution, Hell or Highwater, Attika 7, and Airbourne) will play the Coldcock stage until the sun starts to go down, prepping people for the main stage, and providing day drinkers and rockers with a riff-heavy, headbang-inducing soundtrack. After getting their neck muscles loosened up from rocking at the the Coldcock stage, festival goers will head to the Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage, which will be kicked of by All That Remains at 5:05pm. They will share the stage with HIM, Halestorm, and valley favorites Volbeat. Friday headliner Avenged Sevenfold, riding high off their recently released album Hail to the King, is set to take the stage at 9:25.

     Saturday’s show looks to put Friday’s to shame, adding a THIRD stage to the mix. Doors are set to open at 2, with the first band, Charming Liars, taking the stage on the Coldcock stage at 2:50pm. Also appearing on the Coldcock stage on Day 2 are the Chuck Shaffer Picture Show, Beware of Darkness, with The Dead Daisies closing that stage at 5:10pm. In between each of those bands’ sets, the Zippo Encore Stage (powered by Ernie Ball), will be featuring sets by Danko Jones, New Politics, Middle Class Rut, and Walking Papers closing that stage down at 5:40.

     Kicking off Saturday evening’s festivities at Desert Uprising/Rockstar Uproar will be Circa Survive on The Rockstar Energy Main Stage at 6:20and as if that wasn’t good enough to get people moshing, Coheed and Cambria follow them up at 7:15. Known for their major concept albums, Coheed are amongst the most seasoned of rock bands, touring for over 15 years, with over 10 albums put out since they formed in 1995. The night is far from over after Coheed exits the stage, and for many people, hasn’t even started yet. The two biggest draws in rock and roll are set to come next. Jane’s Addiction takes the stage at 8:20, and is set to play for an hour. Forming in 1985 around Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro, Jane’s Addiction took multiple hiatus’, but have returned strong, most recently releasing  a new single Another Soulmate on August 8th of this year. Closing out the night will be headliners Alice in Chains, who take the stage at 9:45. Despite the deaths of two founding members (Layne Staley and Mike Starr) and the subsequent hiatus, Alice in Chains has continued on and is still much loved by fans, releasing an album as recently as May 2013, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (which debuted on the Billboard Charts at #2).

     Desert Uprising has one of the strongest and deepest lineups that has come through the Phoenix Valley in years, with the expertise of rock veterans and legends Alice in Chains and Jane’s Addiction to the upstart, heavy hitting rockers Volbeat and Avenged Sevenfold. There is at least one band here for every fan of rock and roll, regardless of genre, and plenty of new talent to discover.

     For information on Desert Uprising/Rockstar Uproar tickets sales (including VIP with access to the Valley of Sin Backstage Bordello, which at the very least sounds to be worth the extra $$), full lineup and times, and all other information needed, head to

I’ll see YOU in the pits!

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Joe Abbruscato/MrAnathema is a freelance photographer specializing in concerts, live events, and alternative modeling. He is based out of Tempe, Arizona.