Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, the heralded hard rock and metal event of the summer, is swiftly becoming the heavy music fans' summertime rite of passage. Today, the fourth annual summertime juggernaut announces the 2011 lineup with DISTURBED, GODSMACK and MEGADETH, joined by MACHINE HEAD, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM, and many more of today's most electrifying artists. The tour will make a 26-date trek across the country beginning on July 9 at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California.
This summer's mainstage artists, DISTURBED, GODSMACK, and MEGADETH, will be joined by a ferocious mix of the best hard rock and metal artists of today. For the first time in festival history, through their success, IN FLAMES, MACHINE HEAD and TRIVIUM have grown through the ranks to now perform on the main stage in rotating slots throughout the tour.
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival is thrilled to see the return of festival veterans DISTURBED, MACHINE HEAD, TRIVIUM, and SUICIDE SILENCE.
The Jägermeister stage will feature UNEARTH, KINGDOM OF SORROW, RED FANG, and the winners of Jägermeister Battle of the Bands. The Extreme Stage will spotlight SUICIDE SILENCE, ALL SHALL PERISH and STRAIGHT LINE STITCH.
The fourth annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival will also feature Rockstar Metal Mulisha Jump Team, the World's Greatest Freestyle Motocross team.
"Strap yourself in and hold on tight, cuz this ride goes reeeeeal fassst this summer," exclaims GODSMACK vocalist Sully Erna. "GODSMACK/DISTURBED, Mayhem festival!! Can't [email protected]?kin' wait!!!"
Mainstage guitarist Dan Donegan of DISTURBED emotes, "DISTURBED is looking forward to being part of the biggest summer tour in the U.S. this year. It's been years since we shared the stage with GODSMACK and we've been wanting to team up with them and join forces for a longtime. MEGADETH has been a big inspiration to us and we are looking forward to the other bands rounding out what seems to be a solid bill."
Also, mainstage performer MEGADETH's lead guitarist and frontman Dave Mustaine adds, "This is going to be a helluva hot summer, and you can get ready for true Mayhem this year."
"MACHINE HEAD are thrilled to once again be a part of what has become the undisputed king of metal and rock festivals in the U.S., Mayhem," states MACHINE HEAD frontman and guitarist Robb Flynn. "Our run headlining the Jägermeister stage in 2008 was one of the wildest and most inspiring tours we have ever been a part of. We became friends with so many great bands and Mulisha dudes. We all partied, and rode what would become an incredible wave of momentum for MACHINE HEAD. The vibe on the tour was filled with an impressive amount of goodwill due to the attention to detail and hard work of John Reese and Kevin Lyman. MACHINE HEAD will do everything in our power to make this f*ing huge!! Bring on the summer!"
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival attendees can enjoy a plethora of festival activities, including perusing vendors, attending autograph signing sessions and a slew of other interactive activities that enhance the concert experience. It's a 10-hour trip to heavy nirvana.
Complete information on the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival lineup is available at www.rockstarmayhemfest.com. There fans can also check out exclusive video clips of official Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival correspondent, radio personality, author and scene icon, Full Metal Jackie, introducing this year's tour, plus a special appearance by one of this year's mainstage performers!
Be sure to tune in to Sirius XM Liquid Metal on Monday morning at 12 p.m. PST to catch live, exclusive updates and information straight from the source! Famously extreme Sirius XM radio personality Jose Mangin will be sitting down with Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour co-producer John Reese, who will unveil the official 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival lineup. Sirius XM will be the first radio destination that fans can learn about the certified lineup and special insider information from one of the tour's established organizers. Stay tuned to Liquid Metal after the interview for exclusive conversations with some of this year's performers.
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival is produced by Rockstar Taste of Chaos organizer John Reese, Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman and Creative Artists Agency. The trio has made the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival a standout on the summer concert circuit by following the proven model of utilizing sponsorship to deliver a lower ticket price and an enhanced concert experience. This year sees them joining forces once again with Rockstar Energy Drink as the title sponsor.
"Metal is ALIVE and WELL in 2011," states tour producer John Reese. "Each year the tour gets bigger and better and 2011 is no exception. This group of artists this year are going to apply a big, bad, metal shellacking for the fans across the USA and Canada."
"Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2011 is a true mix of molten veterans and smoldering up-and-comers, who are bringing their A games and giving the fans nothing less of an amazing day," adds tour producer Kevin Lyman.
Live Nation is co-producer of the tour and will promote the festival nationally. Perry Lavoisne, SVP North American Touring for Live Nation, states, "The Mayhem team has delivered the best live metal line-up possible for four years in row, while creating a highly visible brand and value for fans of metal and hard rock. We anticipate another stellar run with DISTURBED, GODSMACK, MEGADETH and all the other bands uniting metal fans at every tour stop."
See below for all current tour dates. When viewing, fans should take notice of the lineup changes on the San Bernardino, Mountain View and Montreal dates. On July 9 in San Bernardino, California, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim's metal cartoon phenomenon DETHKLOK will perform in the place of MEGADETH, and colossal Bay Area thrash kings TESTAMENT will perform in the place of IN FLAMES. TESTAMENT will also perform in the place of IN FLAMES on the July 10 Mountain View, California date. MEGADETH will not be appearing on the Montreal, Quebec, Canada Heavy MTL date.
"DETHKLOK has decided to play one show this year," boasts "Metalocalypse" co-creator and DETHKLOK lead musician Brendon Small. "And that show is the Mayhem fest on July 9. There is nothing more brutal than horrible hot putrid disgusting summer why not make it just a little more brutal, right? We are super-honored to be a part of this amazing lineup! I can't wait!"
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2011 bands:
[Rotating Opening Slot On Main Stage:]
KINGDOM OF SORROW
ALL SHALL PERISH
STRAIGHT LINE STITCH
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2011 tour dates:
Jul. 09 - San Manuel Amphitheater - San Bernardino, CA
Jul. 10 - Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA
Jul. 12 - White River Amphitheatre - Auburn, WA
Jul. 13 - Idaho Center Amphitheater - Nampa, ID
Jul. 15 - Desert Sky Pavilion - Phoenix, AZ
Jul. 16 - Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion - Albuquerque, NM
Jul. 17 - Comfort Dental Amphitheater - Englewood, CO
Jul. 19 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Maryland Heights, MO
Jul. 20 - Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, OH
Jul. 22 - Comcast Center - Mansfield, MA
Jul. 23 - Parc Jean-Drapeau - (Heavy MTL) - Montreal, QC
Jul. 24 - Comcast Theater - Hartford, CT
Jul. 27 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
Jul. 29 - First Niagara Pavilion - Burgettstown, PA
Jul. 30 - Jiffy Lube Live - Bristow, VA
Jul. 31 - Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ
Aug. 02 - Virginia Beach Amphitheater - Virginia Beach, VA
Aug. 03 - Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek - Raleigh, NC
Aug. 05 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - Tinley Park, IL
Aug. 06 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Clarkston, MI
Aug. 07 - Verizon Wireless Music Center - Noblesville, IN
Aug. 09 - Zoo Amphitheatre - Oklahoma City, OK
Aug. 10 – Gexa Energy Pavilion - Dallas, TX
Aug. 12 - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood - Atlanta, GA
Aug. 13 - 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre - Tampa, FL
Aug. 14 - Cruzan Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, FL
Last year's installment of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival featured KORN, ROB ZOMBIE, LAMB OF GOD, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, ATREYU, HATEBREED, CHIMAIRA and more.