The fans were asked which battle-of-the-bands contender they want to play the all-day show headlined by Godsmack this Saturday at Peru’s airport. And the winner is: Aterra Tale.
The Princeton rock band, fresh off the release of its second album, was selected to perform at the Rockstar UPROAR Festival in Peru, which will be headlined by Godsmack.
Aterra Tale drummer Jason Mancini said they were notified last Thursday by tour sponsor Ernie Ball Guitar Strings (And Other Products) that they’ve been granted a 20-minute set at the Saturday show. Aterra Tale is currently scheduled to take the stage at 2:45 p.m.
“It’s one of those things that hasn’t set in yet,” said Eric Kalina, bass player and backup vocalist. “We’re definitely super excited by the opportunity and we’re looking forward to it.
“If it wasn’t for the fans of the band, we wouldn’t have a chance. We’re forever in their debt.”
Mancini said they encouraged fans to vote them in both for the Peru gig and for the national finals, for which Aterra Tale now qualifies.
“We did it guys! Words cannot describe how grateful we are,” the band posted on its Facebook page. “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for this opportunity. This is all because of you. But let’s not quit just yet. We still have a chance to win the national round and take home the grand prize. So keep them votes coming, comment, share like crazy and let’s bring home the big one!”
In a Monday telephone interview, Mancini said the band would rehearse in earnest and produce a set list some time this week.
Aterra Tale was actually one of four bands selected for the tour. The Oath Lies Here will play the Friday show in Detroit, Mich.; and after Aterra Tale graces the Peru stage, Beside These Walls plays Aug. 17 in Cincinnati, Ohio and Recollections takes the stage Aug. 19 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
“The fans have been huge behind this in helping us do this,” Mancini said gratefully. “We hoped with enough support and the right promotion we’d be able to take this, and we did.
“Nothing’s guaranteed. We didn’t know we were going to win, but we wanted to do everything we could and leave nothing behind.”
To help Aterra Tale advance in the national competition, visit their Facebook page or www.battleofthebands.com and follow links to the Uproar Tour. Their catalog is available through digital retailers including iTunes.
Saturday’s festival will feature an afternoon and night of performances on two stages from Godsmack, Seether, Pop Evil, These Raven Skies, Buckcherry, Escape the Fate, Suicide Girls, Redlight King, 3 Years Hollow, Tattered and Sons of Revelry, said Merry Noonan, co-owner of Lou’s LaGrotto restaurant in Peru and local Concert for a Cause promoter.
Tickets are $48 and are on sale at louslagrotto.com or at Lou’s LaGrotto, (815) 223-3083. Tickets also can be purchased at Wyanet Carpet.
Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @NT_Court.