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‘Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival’ Not Happening This Year, ‘Mayhem Fest’ Tried To Book Pantera


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It doesn’t look like there will be a ‘Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival‘ this year according to founder John Reese. Speaking with Examiner.com, Reese said of the festival’s fate this year:

“It doesn’t look like it’s going to happen this year. We just couldn’t get the right acts together. Rock music is tough right now. There’s not a ton of headliners. It takes a lot of money to break rock bands, and with the record labels being where they are, it’s getting tougher and tougher on the rock and metal side to come up with new headliners that make us feel great. That’s the toughest part of the job, finding talent that wants to do it and that makes sense to play on it and draw people in.”

Reese is also a co-founder of the ‘Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival‘ and was asked who his dream bands to play the fest were who have yet to play:

“Oh man. Pantera, Iron Maiden, System Of A Down, and Rammstein. Those four.”

When asked if Pantera would be with Zakk Wylde on guitar, Reese replied:

“Well with somebody on guitar. I think that hopefully it happens. I think the fans deserve it and who knows what the three remaining guys have to say, but I think it would be badass to see Pantera out there.”

He later revealed he actually approached Pantera about reuniting for the festival:

“I’ve even approached them about doing it. Do I think it’s going to happen? I have no idea. I know that a heavy, heavy tragedy happened and there are some hard feelings, but it’s up to those three dudes to decide if they ever want to do something or not. If they would decide to do I would support it wholeheartedly and I would do whatever I could to be involved. But it’s up to them.”

He was also asked if he thought Ozzy Osbourne would ever play the ‘Mayhem Festival‘, having previously been the figurehead of rival metal festival, ‘Ozzfest‘:

“I don’t think that will happen. Who knows, but I don’t think that will happen.”

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