Los Angeles, CA (July 24, 2008) – The Hollywood Reporter said that it “makes heavy metal matter once again” and Billboard called it “one of this summer’s most anticipated hard rock tours.” But the Phoenix New Times said it best when they wrote “metalheads would be hard pressed to find a better festival bill this summer than the Rockstar Energy [Drink] Mayhem tour.”
Led by mega-platinum-metallers SLIPKNOT and DISTURBED, the first-ever ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL launched in Seattle last week to rave reviews from fans and critics alike. The traveling roadshow tore up the west coast with speaker-shredding intensity, offering concertgoers full-throttle performances, festival activities, and an unintentional surprise or two. As reported on MTV News, the festival made headlines after its first show in Washington, when Slipknot’s DJ Sid Wilson leapt from a riser stationed at the back of the stage and landed hard, breaking both his heels. But as the band’s percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan told MTV, nothing will stop Slipknot from making this tour a memorable one. “We’re blowing all the carbon out of the motor and just hitting it,” he said.
Slipknot are giving fans a sneak preview of songs from their highly anticipated new album All Hope Is Gone, including lead single “Psychosocial.” (The video premiered on MTV last Friday and will be in heavy rotation on MTV and MTV2.)
Disturbed’s self-produced album “Indestructible” marks the band’s third consecutive Number One debut on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, making them one of only six other rock bands in history to score three straight Number One debuts with studio albums. “Indestructible” was certified gold with over 500,000 units sold just 5 weeks after its June 3rd release. The band has been wowing festival-goers with new songs from the album, including powerhouse hit lead single “Inside The Fire,” which is a Top 5 all time Active Rock chart topping song with 13 weeks and counting at Number One, and is the band’s sixth Number One single. Disturbed is currently on the August covers of Metal Edge and Revolver magazines, and just graced the covers of the previous issues of Revolver, Guitar World, Drum! and Metal Hammer magazines.
They’re joined on the tour by fellow main stage-rs DRAGONFORCE and MASTODON, as well as a JÄGERMEISTER second stage with MACHINE HEAD, AIRBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, WALLS OF JERICHO and the JÄGERMEISTER Battle of The Bands Winner. There’s also a HOT TOPIC STAGE featuring UNDEROATH, BLACK TIDE, SUICIDE SILENCE, THE RED CHORD and 36 CRAZYFISTS.
“We’re blown away by the fans’ response to the show,” says tour co-founder John Reese. “It has gone above and beyond our expectations for a year one festival. Mayhem has been awesome.”
In addition to catching their favorite bands live, fans can take part in a number of festival activities, including playing the newest video games, perusing vendors, attending autograph signing sessions and a slew of other interactive activities that will add to the festival experience, as well as watch the World’s Greatest Freestyle Motocross team THE METAL MULISHA deliver thrills and chills.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK will be sampling their products and providing great surprises for attendees and will also present the VIP/Contest winner area designated THE ROCKSTAR LOUNGE and the festival area PARTY LIKE A ROCKSTAR TENT where fans can sample ice cold Rockstar and get autographs from their favorite bands.
The tour will hit Live Nation Amphitheaters in 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada before wrapping on August 19. You can get more information at www.Mayhemfest.com or www.livenation.com. Remaining tour dates are as follows:
Date City Venue
7/25 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
7/26 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/27 Houston, TX Sam Houston Race Park
7/29 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
7/30 W. Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheater
8/1 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
8/2 Pittsburgh, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
8/3 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
8/5 Boston, MA Tweeter Center for Performing Arts
8/6 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
8/8 Toronto, ON Downsview Park
8/9 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/10 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/12 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
8/13 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center Indianapolis
8/15 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
8/16 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center
8/17 Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion
8/19 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
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