I got to attend this years Rock Star Energy Drink Uproar Festival featuring Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind etc etc. It also included P.O.D. who really blew my mind. I’ve never seen P.O.D., I’ve always been a casual fan, but those guys ripped shit apart on that stage. By the time I took my seats at the main stage I was so exhausted mainly because of the energy P.O.D. exerted out of me. Earlier that day I got a chance to chat with Sonny from P.O.D. You can listen to the entire interview along with my interviews with Fozzy, Adelitas Way, Three Years Hollow and Mindset Evolution right here:
Zoiks!: How’s the tour going so far?
Sonny Sandoval: So far so good man. This is only the fourth day of the Uproar. Yesterday in Grand Rapids was kind of like a radio show so we ended up taking Papa Roach’s spot because they dropped off.
Z!: I was going to ask you about that, so are you playing the main stage then?
SS: No, they’re just going to squeeze the bands together. This is the funner stage dude, those stages, everybody is so stuffing. Yesterday I was getting pissed because I didn’t know what kind of rock station it was. There were a lot of older people with the VIP. I was like, what are these the $2,000 seats where nobody wants to move? It was a weird show because we’re a lot heavier than most of the main stage bands, at least performance wise.
Z!: What do you prefer the festival or the head lining shows?
SS: I like these big crowds, you know what I mean, but I also like the small intimate bounce off the wall type vibe. When the kids come out to have fun then the energy is there man and it goes back both ways. A lot of these other bands they have a lot of those ballads and are a lot more mellow, so a lot of people just want to sit back and drink beer and watch. It’s cool; it’s just not my gig.
Z!: You’ve got a lot of momentum going with the new album “Murdered Love.” You worked with Howard Benson again, was the magic still there?
SS: Yeah man, we’ve come up together. We are his first gold and platinum record and after that he took on the world and made millions of other records. I think with us taking a little hiatus and now coming back I was keeping in touch with him and he was like when do you want to do it again because I want to make a real rock record, I’m tired of the cookie cutter process. He let’s us be us, that’s the cool thing. When we say something he fights for it. We also listen to his opinion because we trust it and he’s just easy to work with.
Z!: There’s are several collaborations on the album. I’m a big Jamey Jasta fan, how did he get involved?
SS: He’s just an old friend you know, mutual respect. To do collaborations is always just fun for us. We wanted a heavy vocal, we thought of him, more street, then we thought maybe more grimy like Dave Mustaine. By Twitter Jamey and I happened to be going back and forth and I was like, ‘hey dude, I gotta song if you’re interested.’ He was like, ‘dude send it over.’ That’s one of the benefits of technology. I think within a couple of days we had it done. He was a complete professional, didn’t want nothing, it was just for the love of music and he killed it.
Z!: We’re headquartered out of the western side of Illinois and there is this festival there called the Cornerstone Festival. You’ve played it several times, it ended this year what was your thoughts on the festival and are you sad to see it go?
SS: Yeah I’m sad to see it go. Cornerstone was one of those things where even for me coming from California. We never claimed to be a Christian band; we just were out spoken about our faith. It’s not like we knew there was a scene. We weren’t playing churches, but all of the sudden we started getting asked to play certain places. The first time we played Cornerstone was 1994 was like, ‘yo, this is cool.’ I wasn’t raised in the Church. I wasn’t raised a Christian. To me Christianity was so conservative and stuffy but for me it was just a relationship with God. The Church relationship was just so stuffy. Then I went to Cornerstone and there were like dudes with Mohawks, pink hair, tattoos and I was like, ‘I can get down with this.’ I got love for Cornerstone man.
Bob Zerull is the Managing Editor of Zoiks! Online. He writes pop culture commentary, does interviews with bands, and reviews music and stand-up concerts. He also administers Zoiks! Online's Facebook page. Follow Bob on twitter at bzerull. Email Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org.