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MULTIPLATINUM ROCK ACTS SLIPKNOT AND DISTURBED TO TOP THE BILL ON THE FIRST ANNUAL ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL
TOUR TO KICK OFF JULY 9 IN SEATTLE
BURBANK, CA (January 31, 2008) â€“ In whatâ€™s sure to be the hottest concert ticket of the summer, multi-platinum rock acts SLIPKNOT and DISTURBED will lead the first-ever ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL, a riotous road show packed with some of hard musicâ€™s most influential artists and a plethora of the genreâ€™s most exciting young voices. The tour is set to kick off July 9th at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle and will hit 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada between early July and late August (a full itinerary will be announced in the coming weeks).
Joining Slipknot and Disturbed on the main stage will be DRAGONFORCE and MASTODON. In addition, the tour will have two second stages: one sponsored by JÃ„GERMEISTER and featuring SEVENDUST, AIRBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, 36 CRAZY FISTS and the JÃ„GERMEISTER Battle of The Bands Winner. An additional second stage will feature MACHINEHEAD, BLACK TIDE, SUICIDE SILENCE, THE RED CHORD and WALLS OF JERICHO.
â€œThis summer we are truly bringing Mayhem,â€ says Corey Taylor from SLIPKNOT, who will close each show. â€œSLIPKNOT is excited to be a part of it, and to be able to bring the new chapter of our history to the masses. We are already working, building and designing a new show. We cannot wait. We cannot lose. Get ready for Mayhem!â€
â€œWeâ€™re really looking forward to being on the first Mayhem tour,â€ adds DISTURBED vocalist David Draiman. â€œItâ€™s a great lineup, which should set a new standard for rock tours and weâ€™re excited to be a part of it!â€
Adds Clown from SLIPKNOT, â€œThe question is, are you ready for things to be real again?â€
The Rockstar Energy Mayhem festival brings together the creative team that has founded many music tours including the highly successful Vans Warped Tour and the Worldwide Rockstar Taste of Chaos Tour. Kevin Lyman, John Reese and CAAâ€™s Darryl Eaton have partnered again to bring fans the next great music festival juggernaut, which will be MAYHEM! Following the proven model of utilizing sponsorship to deliver a lower ticket price and an enhanced concert experience the tour organizers have joined forces again with ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK as the Title sponsor.
Live Nation is set to promote the festival nationally.
Jason Garner, Live Nationâ€™s CEO of North American Music said, â€œKevin, John and Darryl are the undisputed experts in creating fan friendly touring festivals that break new bands. So itâ€™s very exciting for us to be working closely with them to build a new touring brand that can not only be a great attraction for hard music fans, but also a launching pad for new bands as well.â€
â€œWe wanted to create a traveling hard music festival that puts the fans first,â€ says Lyman. â€œWeâ€™re offering attendees an incredible value, one that features great bands, a plethora of music-related activities and a full day of fun at a very reasonable price of entry.â€
Adds Reese, â€œThe Vans Warped Tour and Rockstar Taste of Chaos tours have proven that fans will come in droves if you give them quality entertainment at a fair price. The bands on this Festival all kick major ass! We want attendees to go home and say, â€˜We canâ€™t wait for next year!â€™"
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.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK will be sampling their products and providing great surprises for attendees. Additional sponsors include JÃ¤germeister, HOT TOPIC and The DiNGSTORE.com (Device Personalization Company).
FUSE Television and Revolver Magazine (who will produce the Official Tour Program) have signed on as official Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival media partners. Additional sponsors will be announced soon.
â€œThis festival will be our marquee music presentation for years to come,â€ says Rockstar Energy Drink Marketing Director Mike Kelso. â€œWe at Rockstar are excited to team up with our partners from Rockstar Taste of Chaos to launch an all-out summer tour that will blow you away!â€
Adds JÃ„GERMEISTER Director of Strategic Marketing Rick Zeiler, â€œJÃ¤germeister has long been looking for a tour like Mayhem. We have this beautiful new million-dollar JÃ¤germeister Mobile Stage and see no better place to roll it out than Mayhem with some of the biggest rock and metal bands in the world. This tour has integrity, value and most importantly...loyalty! Working with Kevin Lyman and John Reese has been great.â€
Specific dates, cities and the tourâ€™s Internet pre-sale will be announced in the coming weeks. Fans can go to http://www.mayhemfest.com
to keep up with details as they are released.
Mainstage: Slipknot, Disturbed, Dragonforce, Mastodon
Jager 2nd Stage: Sevendust, Airbourne, Five Finger Death Punch, 36 Crazyfists, Battle of the Bands Winnar
Other 2nd Stage: Machine Head, Black Tide, Suicide Silence, The Red Chord, Walls of Jericho
pretty damn good tour i'd say. outside of a few bands (walls of jericho, 36 crazyfists, airbourne, who are a cheesy AC/DC rip off band)