Godsmack to lead Uproar Festival tour

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With a new album on the way, Godsmack will return to the road this summer to headline the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival. The Boston-bred rockers will lead the hard rock festival to New England for stops in Connecticut and New Hampshire.

The Uproar Festival will first stop Connecticut for a performance at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on Wednesday, August 20. Featuring a more limited lineup than its other stops, the arena show will also feature sets from Skillet, Pop Evil, These Raven Skies and Tattered. Tickets for the show will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster for $41.

The following week, the Uproar Festival will stop in New Hampshire for a day at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Wednesday, August 27. The day-long show will feature the full lineup with Seether, Buckcherry, Escape The Fate, Suicide Girls and Redlight King joining the bill. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $29 to $49, are now on sale through the venue’s box office and website.

“Uproar Festival has been a long part of Godsmack’s history,” declared Godsmack frontman Sully Erna in a press release. “We can’t wait to get out with some of our longtime friends and play our new music for our fans.”

Godsmack will be touring in support of their forthcoming album, 1000hp. The band’s sixth studio effort and first since 2010’s The Oracle is scheduled to hit stores on August 5. Co-produced by Erna and Dave Fortman, the band recorded the new material in Boston. The title track and lead single is streaming below.

In a recent interview with The Pulse Of Radio, Erna discussed the band’s new home studio. “We actually built a new Godsmack headquarters up in the Boston area, so we decided to lease this 4,000-square-foot warehouse and we built one side with the loading dock, so it’s just all of our staging, road cases and touring equipment,” he said. “And then on the other side we did this really cool living room, kitchenette, bathroom, control room, live stage room and we went and tracked the whole record up in the Boston area and obviously came out to California to mix it. So, it’s nice now because we’re all under one roof. We have everything there and we don’t really need to go anywhere else now to either rehearse for tours or to record new music.”

As for the sound of the new material, Erna described it as “a little bit more raw, a little bit more open. The writing was a little freer. The production is really kind of raw and in your face, and the songs, man — I’m really, really excited about these songs. And I have to tell you honestly, I wasn’t that excited about writing this record at first.”

Along with the full slate of music, which will run from the afternoon into the night on two stages, the Uproar Festival will host band autograph signings, vendors and other activities.

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