The summer will be losing one of its staple hard rock tours.
The Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival will sit on the bench this year, according to producer John Reese, after an attempt to reunite Pantera fell through.
Reese tells the Examiner 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."
As for Pantera, Reese acknowledges that the prospect of a reunion is complicated after the 2004 murder of Dimebag Darrell Abbott: "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 (something) I would support it wholeheartedly and I would do whatever I could to be involved. But it's up to them."
Previous Uproar Festivals have featured Godsmack, Alice In Chains, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Halestorm, Three Days Grace and more. Reese also produces the annual Mayhem Festival, which will be headlined by Slayer this year and kicks off June 26 in Chula Visa, Calif.
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Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.