Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson to Headline KUPD's Desert Uprising

See also: We Chat with John Holmberg About "Mom Farts" See also: A Closer Look at KUPD's MILF Contest Phoenix heavy music fans, prepare to bust out the heavy metal sex playlist and celebrate: KUPD has announced Desert Uprising, a huge, two-day metal festival headed to Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion on September 28 and 29. Day one will feature Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Stone Sour, Buckcherry, and All That Remains, and on day two the stage will be stormed by Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, Adelitas Way, P.O.D., Fozzy, Duece, Redlight King, Mindset Evolution, Candlelight Red, In This Moment, and Thousand Foot Krutch (utilizing the fact that most of these bands will be touring as part of the Uproar package).

Uprising promises to be huge, stepping up the game for KUPD Festivals, which have featured Deftones, Suicidal Tendencies, Five Finger Death Punch, and more of metal's biggest in the past.

Arizona is a metal state. There's the thorn-and-scorpion terrain, fans decked in black and heat-retaining chains (no matter how hot the sun blazes), and an assortment of skinheads, American Indians, and the occasional J.T. Ready-wannabe (sigh) gather in celebration of heavy rock, and take to the pit to work out any differences.

Take the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival last Friday. Anthrax rocked a tight, personal set with some of the most raucous fans around. Slipknot, known for its "hell yeah" production, performed in the U.S. for the first time since bassist Paul Gray died, and Motorhead brought some of that lovely U.K.-style old-school metal style to the stage. Slayer's advanced musical prowess was undeniable, with guitar solos shredding through generations of metal fans like Marilyn Manson's teeth on a hooker's cocaine-dusted underwear.

And all the while, the sun seared the crowds that attempted, unsuccessfully, to find solace from $10 barely chilled beers, with the only relief being from the occasional fire hose blast (and "Raining Blood," of course).

I've got a newsflash for you, Walter Cronkite: There's no other place in this country where music fans know what "it's hot outside" means when it comes to an outdoor music festival. But Uprising promises cooler temps, a true blessing from the heavy metal gods. I'm stoked. After seeing Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson at Rock on the Range in Ohio in May, I have been wondering when they were going to make an Arizona appearance It's has been years since either has toured through here.

Plus, both of these metal gods have so much going on in 2012 that it's the perfect time to see them. Marilyn Manson just released his new album in May, Born Villain, which connects back to the rocker's roots and was written, according to Manson, only after he had disconnected himself from everything around him. If you haven't heard it, buy it. If you have heard it but haven't had sex to it, stop reading immediately and go take care of that right now. Talk your girl or guy into being on top during "Slo-Mo-Tion" or "Pistol Whipped" and they'll love you forever. Or maybe that's just my own mindless self-indulgence.

Rob Zombie is in the process of shooting/directing/pretty much doing everything for a new film about the Salem witch trials, Lords of Salem. The movie's under tight wraps, but what we know so far is that it isn't like his other films, such as The Devil's Rejects or House of 1,000 Corpses, coursing with blood, underlying pop cultural references, and slaying accented by psycho giggles from his hot-ass wife, Sherri Moon Zombie. I'm not sure if I'm excited or disappointed, but I guess only the movie will clear it up.

Zombie is also releasing a remix album in August, and is supposedly working on even more new music next year, which is also supposed to be when his movie comes out.

Both of theses dudes are going to be on their A game, and so are Phoenix fans since it's rare to have such a righteous heavy metal production at such an opportune time. Tickets go on sale via Ticketmaster on Friday, July 13. I'll be seeing you in the fucking pit.

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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