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In This Moment features Randy Weitzel (from left) Chris Howorth MariBrink Travis JohnsTom Hane.  |  Robert John Kley

In This Moment features Randy Weitzel (from left), Chris Howorth, Maria Brink, Travis Johnson and Tom Hane. | Robert John Kley photo

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IN THIS MOMENT

At Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival

◆ 1 p.m. (doors) Aug. 22

◆ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre,
19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park

◆ Tickets, $9.50 for general-admission lawn, $9.50-$53 for second-pavilion seating, $9.50-$78.25 for first-pavilion seating

◆ (800) 745-3000; livenation.com;
rockstaruproar.com

◆ Other bands at the festival include Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach and Adelitas Way on the main stage. The Ernie Ball stage includes P.O.D., Fozzy and Mindset Evolution, and the Jagermeister stage includes Deuce, Redlight King, Candlelight Red and Thousand Foot Krutch. Greek Fire also is slated to perform at the concert.

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Updated: September 18, 2012 6:08AM



When you talk to a dedicated musical performer, you can just tell it’s in his or her blood.

That’s the case with In This Moment vocalist and co-founder Maria Brink, who’s touring in support of the band’s fourth album, which is appropriately titled “Blood.”

“It’s always just been so much a part of my life,” she said of music. “I think it’s the way I can be expressive and it’s everything that I love.

“Aside from me going out performing and just listening to music, music has been such a massive part of my life.

“You get inspired. You need to get excited about something. Being able to express my emotions through my music, it’s such a gift and such a blessing.”

In This Moment, which has been featured on massive packages including Ozzfest and Vans Warped Tour, is a part of Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival.

The collection of hard rock and heavy metal bands will perform Aug. 22 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park.

“I think people just want to forget the world and just have fun all day and watch a bunch of bands,” Brink said of why people should head to Uproar.

“I think it’s a great place for people to release and scream their heads off and have a good time

“We put on a really good performance, and all of the others bands (do too). People just need to go out and have a good time and support music and treat themselves to rock ’n’ roll.”

When it comes to the bands she’s sharing the bill with on Uproar, Brink said, “I’m excited for all of them.

“Definitely Shinedown because we just got done touring with them. They’re such an amazing band. I’m excited to watch them every day.

“I’m excited to see Staind and Godsmack. I’m excited to see all of them and to get a feel for what all these bands are doing.”

Although In This Moment was shaken by longtime members Jeff Fabb (drums) and Blake Bunzel (rhythm guitar) leaving in 2011 to work with “American Idol” finalist James Durbin, Brink didn’t sound bitter when discussing the changes in her band.

“I think it’s the best thing that could have happened to us,” Brink said of replacing Fabb and Bunzel with drummer Tom Hane and rhythm guitarist Randy Weitzel.

“Change is definitely scary sometimes. I was scared at first and sad because, of course, I love them and we had good experiences together. I wish them luck and success.”

In This Moment, which has been climbing up the charts with the single “Blood,” is poised to continue drawing news fans to the fold.

“This is our best album. This is our most powerful album,” Brink said of the “Blood” CD, which was released on Aug. 14 on In This Moment’s longtime label Century Media Records.

“It’s a really special album. I think it’s really unique. It’s really dark. It’s really dirty. You love it and you want more.

“I think people have to listen to the album to understand. I think people are going to be really surprised.”

“Having it the same way as it was before wouldn’t have happened,” Brink added.

“Sometimes change is a blessing, and we love the new guys. They’re grateful and excited. This is their dream coming true.

“Everything feels fresh and really exciting.”

The group, which Brink co-founded with lead guitarist Chris Howorth in 2005, is rounded out by bassist Travis Johnson.

She said she’s grateful to all the fans who support In This Moment, which has rocked smaller venues such as the now-defunct Pearl Room in Mokena and recently performed at Mojoes in Joliet.

“(Kids) have all kinds of things they can do with their life and to spend their money on. They’re taking time out of their lives to support us and buy a T-shirt and spend money on a ticket,” Brink said.

“I want to give them the best performance so they can leave exhilarated and remember our band and want to see us again.”

At first glance, the uninformed may just see the pretty face. After all, Brink was named the Hottest Chick in Metal by Revolver magazine.

But she noted that looks only go so far.

“Does appearance have something to do with it? There’s a lot of people that have strong images and it can definitely help you be more memorable or stand out more,” Brink said.

“Obviously everything comes down to the music in the end. What somebody looks like isn’t what’s going to be what touches their soul.”

Brink, who not only sings but co-writes the songs for In This Moment, said aspiring performers should trust themselves when trying to make it in the music business.

“People just need to really, first of all, believe in themselves. They can create it and manifest it. That’s a really important thing,” she said.

“People will be telling you statistically you’re not going to make it. Find things that move your soul, something that makes you feel passionate.

“If it moves them that much, other people will feel that.”

Once In This Moment (facebook.com/officialinthismoment) wraps its dates on Uproar, the band’s members will get a month off before hitting the road again.

“I want to be headlining arenas. I want to be headlining festivals. I want to work hard. This is what I love. This is what I’m so passionate about. It just makes me feel alive,” Brink said.

“You don’t want to work and strive to not be headlining arenas. That’s our goal where we want to get to. We just have to keep working hard and enjoying what we do until we get there.

Jessi Virtusio blogs about what you need to know about First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park on FYI on FMBA, blogs.southtownstar.com/fmba.



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