John Reese Says He Doesn’t Think Uproar Festival Is Happening This Year/Reveals That He Tried To Reunite Pantera For Mayhem Festival

In a new interview with Examiner, Uproar Fest founder/Mayhem Fest co-founder, John Reese was questioned about both festivals. During the interview, Reese revealed that there will probably be no Uproar this year. Here’s what he had to say about that:

“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.”

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Reese also also talked about his dream bands for Mayhem:

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

He went on to say that he actually did try to get Pantera on 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 thinks Zakk Wylde would fill in for Dimebag (R.I.P) if Pantera was to reunite:

“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.”

Uproar 2014 Lineup Officially Announced

This year’s Uproar Festival lineup has officially been announced. This year the festival will feature Godsmack, Seether, Skillet, Buckcherry, Pop Evil, Escape The Fate, Redlight King, Three Years Hollow (from August 15th-26th), Within Reason (from August 27th-September 09th), New Medicine (from September 11th-21st), Sons of Revelry, These Raven Skies, Tattered and a Burlesque show by the Suicide Girls.

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Tour Dates:

08/15 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre (no Buckcherry)
08/16 Peru, IL – Illinois Valley Regional Airport (no Skillet/Pop Evil)
08/17 Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend (no Seether)
08/19 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
08/20 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
08/22 Syracuse, NY – NY State Fair (no Seether/Buckcherry)
08/23 Mt. Pocono, PA – Mt. Airy Casino Resort
08/24 Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
08/26 Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
08/27 Gilford, NH – Meadowbrook Pavilion
08/29 Simpsonville, SC – Charter Amphitheater
08/30 Tampa, FL – Midflorida Credit Amphitheatre (no Skillet)
08/31 Gulfport, MS – CPR Fest
09/02 Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre
09/03 Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheater
09/05 Bonner Springs, KS – Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
09/06 Sioux City, IA – Tyson Event Center
09/07 Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre
09/09 Denver, CO – First Bank Center (no Escape The Fate/These Raven Skies/Redlight King/Sons Of Revelry/Tattered)
09/11 Post Falls, ID – Greyhound Park (no Seether)
09/12 Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheatre (‘Pain In The Grass‘) (no Seether/Skillet/SuicideGirls/These Raven Skies/Tattered)
09/16 Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
09/20 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater