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February 16. 2013 8:13PM


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It was another day-long dose of heavy music on Tuesday as the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival screamed into Scranton.


Alternative-metal bands Shinedown, Godsmack and Staind, along with hard rockers Adelitas Way, played extra-long sets on the main stage at the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain because of the withdrawal of a fifth band, Papa Roach, due to its lead singer's illness.


Adelitas Way, featuring Pennsylvania native Rick DeJesus on lead vocals, took to the boards first for a seven-song, 35-minute set. Three singles from the band's latest album "Home School Valedictorian" were the highlights as "Alive," "Criticize" and "Sick" fired up the crowd.


The quintet ended strongly with "Invincible," the song that originally put the Las Vegas-based band on the map in 2009.


Staind was next up and came out firing on all cylinders with "Eyes Wide Open" followed quickly by "Right Here."


The quartet fronted by Aaron Lewis did its share of rocking, but scored the biggest with its ballads including "It's Been Awhile" and "Outside."


For its final number, another ballad called "This Is It," just singer Lewis and guitarist Mike Mushok remained on stage, with Lewis showing off some powerful vocals on the heartfelt number.


To build anticipation for the next act, the lights dimmed as the full-length recording of AC/DC's "For Those About To Rock We Salute You" played on the loudspeakers. With a final scream of "Fire!" from the recording, the white curtain at the front of the stage fell and Godsmack crashed its way into its opening number "The Enemy."


For the next hour, the quartet of Sully Erna (lead vocals, guitar), Robbie Merrill (bass guitar), Tony Rombola (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Shannon Larkin (drums and percussion) did not let up, whipping the crowd into a frenzy with an almost nonstop barrage of music.


Early highlights included "Straight Out Of Line," "Speak" and "Re-Align." After playing probably its best-known song, "Voodoo," Erna climbed onto a second set of drums as he and Larkin put on a veritable percussion clinic for the fans in Scranton.


The group, still featuring two drummers, played the opening riffs to a few classic-rock staples such as AC/DC's "Back in Black" and Aerosmith's "Walk This Way," before bursting in with a super-charged "Keep Away."


Shinedown, an alternative-metal and hard rock band best known for the song "Second Chance" and a few others used by WWE professional wrestling, was set to cap the festivities with a performance beginning around 10 p.m.


The music on Tuesday began more than four hours before the headliners took the main stage as a multitude of bands performed on the secondary stages, including: Jager Band, Cruz, Candlelight Red, In This Moment, Fozzy, Mindset Evolution, Redlight King, Deuce and P.O.D.


 


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