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.