The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival wrapped its third year September 30, boasting nearly 300,000 in total attendance for the 30-city U.S. trek.

With a lineup that featured multiplatinum rock bands Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, and P.O.D., along with Adelitas Way, Deuce, Fozzy, Redlight King, Mindset Evolution, In This Moment, Thousand Foot Krutch, Candlelight Red and a local Battle Of The Bands winner in each city, the 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival was "one of the best values for rock fans, offering up what feels like a year's worth of live music in one short day" according to

While the tour may be over, the 2012 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands powered by Imagen Records continues as the 28 local market finalists are in the running for the Grand Prize package which includes a coveted spot on the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival, the opportunity to record an EP with legendary producer Jay Baumgardner at NRG Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA, $10,000 worth of music gear and other prizes. For full details, visit

Local market Battle Of The Bands winners--who each had the opportunity to perform on the Ernie Ball Stage at the 2012 UPROAR show in their area--are being evaluated through October 30 by a panel of music industry professionals and artists including: Jose Mangin from Sirius XM, Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Zacky Vengeance, legendary producer/mixer Jay Baumgardner, and music industry veteran Bill McGathy.

The grand prize package for the 2012 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands powered by Imagen Records includes:

  • A coveted spot to play live on the entire 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival
  • Record an EP with legendary producer/mixer Jay Baumgardner at world famous NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood, CA
  • $10,000 worth of music gear
  • Professional photo shoot with rock photographer Lisa Johnson


  • Exclusive editorial feature in Revolver Magazine
  • Music video by video director Strati Hovartos (
  • Featured content on
  • One year supply of Ernie Ball strings
  • One year supply of Rockstar Energy Drink

Ernie Ball Stage headliner Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D. shares, "We tried to check out the Battle Of The Bands winners whenever we could. There's a lot of great talent out there and it's great that Ernie Ball, UPROAR and Imagen are supporting these bands. They're young and hungry and exciting to watch."

UPROAR co-producer John Oakes comments: "It's been amazing to watch 2011 Battle Of The Bands winner Mindset Evolution grow and expand their fan base over the past year. UPROAR is proud to be a part of their success and looks forward to helping develop many more up-and-coming rock bands over the years. I'm excited to find out who our 2012 winner will be!"

Brian Ball of Ernie Ball says, "Thousands of bands entered the Ernie Ball UPROAR Battle Of The Bands competition and we couldn't have been more impressed with the level of talent. Live music is the lifeblood of our industry, and the UPROAR Battle of the Bands is living proof that Rock and Roll is alive and kicking!"

Check out exclusive interviews and performance clips of the 2012 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands powered by Imagen Records finalists here:

Tour Market Local Market Winner Link

Kansas City, MO The Wreckage

St. Louis, MO Killer Me Killer You

Chicago, IL 3 Years Hollow

Holmdel, NJ Scarlet Carson

Syracuse, NY Face The King

Mansfield, MA Gone For Days

Scranton, PA True Becoming

Buffalo, NY Early Rise

Pittsburgh, PA The Riot

Saratoga Springs, NY Mirk

Bristow, VA Chuck Shaffer Picture Show

Simpsonville, SC Kelen Heller

Detroit, MI Suburban Syndicate

Indianapolis, IN 7 Days Away

Cleveland, OH Impending Lies

Raleigh, NC 21st Century Goliath

Atlanta, GA Poynte

Tampa, FL Soul Switch

Houston, TX Love Story's End

Dallas, TX Bow Prometheus

Denver, CO Lost Autumn

Salt Lake City, UT American Hitmen

Spokane, WA The Nixon Rodeo

Auburn, WA Window Pane

Portland, OR In Her Memory

Boise, ID The Fallen Idols

Phoenix, AZ A Story Beneath

Albuquerque, NM Skulldron!/rockstaruproar

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