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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Uproar Festival + Valient Thorr + Jagermeister Tour = Rocktober indeed

Whoa, there's a lot of cool concerts coming up here in Southeastern Wisconsin, and I'm gonna try to attend all of them, provided I have the cash for it. 

First up is the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, which rolls into Madison at the Alliant Energy Center this coming Monday, Rocktober 4th.  It features Avenged Sevenfold (with Mike Portnoy!), Stone Sour, Disturbed, and Halestorm as the headliners as well as several openers including Hail the Villain and HellYeah.  This is the last stop on the tour, and I've always heard that the best shows on a tour are the first and the last shows, so I'm expecting a kickass concert.  Tickets look to be about 43 dollars, website is here: 

Best band photo ever.

I suppose if I'm listing these in chronological order, Valient Thorr at the Frequency tomorrow night (Rocktober 1st) should have come first.  Oh well.  These guys put on a kickass live show that has a ton of crowd participation and a ridiculous amount of energy.  Plus, the guys in the band are really cool and sell their own merch after the show.  Valient Thorr plays a unique mix of southern metal and punk rock, and their singer, Thorr Himself, gives some of the best between-song rants you'll ever hear.  The Frequency is by most accounts a small venue, with a max capacity of maybe a couple hundred, so you're probably going to get some Thorr sweat on you if you're in the first 5 rows.  Tickets for this one are 10 bucks in advance and 12 at the door.  Anyone want to go with me?  It's gonna be awesome.   Website:

As if this weren't enough metal for one month, the Jagermeister Tour (excuse the lack of umlauts, German speakers) rolls into the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee on October 16th featuring thrashlords Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax.  It's a Saturday, so you don't have to worry about a weeknight show.  It's the closest we've ever gotten to a Big Four U.S. tour since "Clash of the Titans" in 1991, and Milwaukee is gonna be the closest this tour gets to the Twin Cities, if that's your current port of call.  I've heard really good things about this tour so far, and I'm a big fan of Megadeth and Anthrax.  Megadeth is playing "Rust in Peace" in its entirety, which is going to be incredible.  I find Slayer to be ok, but not very inventive with their music.  Tickets for this one are listed at 48 dollars for general admission/floor through Ticketmaster, which means they'll probably be about 800 dollars after all of their fucking hidden fees.  I'll have to see if my meager salary will allow me to go to this show, because it's going to kick all kinds of ass.  Website is here:

Three great shows, and then Halloween at the end of the month.  Looking like it's gonna be a good next few weeks in America's Dairyland.

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