Kings of Leon Confirm Three USA Tour Dates Leading Up To Coachella

Kings of Leon Confirm Three USA Tour Dates Leading Up To Coachella

Monday, January 31st – Kings of Leon announced today that they’ll be adding three dates in America leading into their headline slot of this year’s Coachella Festival.

4/8 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
4/9 Memphis, TN FED Ex Forum
4/12 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center

All dates will go on-sale Saturday, February 12th at 10am, local time.

The news comes off the announcement that the band’s tour in Australia and South Africa, which was postponed due to surgery on drummer Nathan Followill’s torn right labrum and bicep, has been officially moved to October/November 2011.

All other Kings of Leon dates, including a headline slot at the 2011 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 15, and European dates this upcoming May, June and July will not be affected.

Architecture in Helsinki to Release Moment Bends May 3rd on Cooperative Music USA/Downtown Records US Tour Kicks Off in June

Architecture in Helsinki to Release Moment Bends May 3rd on Cooperative Music USA/Downtown Records US Tour Kicks Off in June

You may not have expected it, but the first great modernist pop album of 2011 is here… Four years on from their last album, Architecture In Helsinki return with the hook-laden, magnetic and lush Moment Bends (out May 3rd on Cooperative Music USA/Downtown Records). It sounds like the record they’ve waited their whole lives to make, retaining the fizzing immediacy of its three predecessors and re-molding with a more sophisticated touch.

In large parts, Moment Bends is in dialogue with the dance floor, without being a slave to any particular rhythm. So, imagine a sound equal parts Italia ‘82, California ‘79, and Melbourne 2011, glued together with a dynamic bounce and a compelling romanticism.

Recorded over a 2 year period in the band’s studio space, Buckingham Palace, Songwriter Cameron Bird says: “Moment Bends was all about being at one with our ideas, obsessed with popular music and falling in love with our hometown. We wanted to build a record to get lost in. A record that always feels exactly what you are feeling”.

The band enlisted long-time friend and collaborator Francois Tetaz to guide them through the record making process, in a “Spiritual healing / co-production / mixing role”. The result speaks for itself. With it’s effortless mix of the ambiguous and the familiar, not to mention it’s 11 killer songs, Moment Bends might just be your new favorite record. Architecture In Helsinki will be touring Europe, Australia, and North America – with US dates scheduled for June.

Architecture in Helsinki Tour Dates:

02/19: Wiseman’s Ferry, NSW, AU @ Playground Weekender
02/26: Launceston, TAS, AU @ MS Festival
03/13: Meredith, VIC, AU @ VIC- Great Plains Festival
04/06: Hamburg, DE @ Knust
04/07: Luxembourg, LX @ Rotondes
04/08: Paris, FR @ Gaité Lyrique, Super Mon Amour! Festival
04/09: Rotterdam, NL @ Motel Mozaique Festival
04/10: Strasbourg, BE @ Laiterie, Super Mon Amour! Festival
04/12: Manchester, UK @ Academy3
04/13: London, UK @ XOYO
04/14: Glasgow, UK @ Oran Mor
04/15: Dublin, UK @ The Button Factory
04/16: Brighton, UK @ Concorde2
04/18: Cologne, DE @ Genaude 9
04/19: Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
04/20: Berlin, DE @ Maria
04/21: Vienna, AT @ Wuk
04/22: Prague, CZ @ Sperm Festival
04/24: Zurich, CH @ Kaseme
04/25: Turin. IT @ Spazio 211
04/26: Milan, IT @ Magnolia
06/01: Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda
06/02: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
06/03: San Francisco, CA @ Slims
06/05: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
06/06: Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
06/10: Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity
06/11: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
06/14: Boston, MA @ Paradise
06/16: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
06/17: Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
06/18: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
06/19: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall

ADELITAS WAY TO RELEASE EAGERLY AWAITED SECOND ALBUM — HOME SCHOOL VALEDICTORIAN — ON MAY 17TH ON VIRGIN RECORDS

ADELITAS WAY TO RELEASE EAGERLY AWAITED SECOND ALBUM — HOME SCHOOL VALEDICTORIAN — ON MAY 17TH ON VIRGIN RECORDS

LAS VEGAS ROCKERS WILL HIT THE ROAD WITH SICK PUPPIES IN MARCH

New York, NY — Las Vegas-based rock band Adelitas Way will release their second album, entitled Home School Valedictorian, on May 17th on Virgin Records. The band, which is vocalist Rick DeJesus, guitarist Keith Wallen, bassist Derek Johnston, and drummer Trevor Stafford, have been in the studio in Los Angeles with producer Dave Bassett (Shinedown) recording since September of last year.

Home School Valedictorian is the follow-up to Adelitas Way’s self-titled debut album, which AllMusic said “sizzles with rage, sex, and regret … the band kicks up enough noise to satisfy even the most dogmatic hard rock junkie.” Released by Virgin Records in July 2009, the album spawned the hit single “Invincible,” which climbed to No. 6 on the Active Rock chart. “Invincible” was also heard in promos for CSI Miami, included on the soundtrack to WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010, and was the official theme song of WWE Superstars.

Adelitas Way will hit the road for a spring tour with Sick Puppies in March. Please see below for all confirmed tour dates. The band has previously toured with Halestorm, Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Shinedown, 10 Years, Breaking Benjamin, Chris Cornell, Hinder, Theory of A Deadman, and Tantric, honing their reputation as a powerful live act. They also performed at Rock on the Range in both 2009 and 2010.

Recently, Adelitas Way performed at Patriot Place before the Jets vs. Patriots game on January 16th. Watch a clip of the band touring the stadium here:

Catch Adelitas Way on the road with Sick Puppies!

March 15 The Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY
March 16 Northern Lights Clifton Park, NY
March 17 The Chance Poughkeepsie, NY
March 18 Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville, CT
March 20 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
March 23 Rams Head Live! Baltimore, MD
March 24 Grammercy Theater New York, NY
March 25 Chameleon Club Lancaster, PA
March 26 Crocodile Rock Allentown, PA
March 27 Water Street Music Hall Rochester, NY
April 14 Diesel Pittsburgh, PA
April 15 The NorVa Norfolk, VA

the church Prepare for “Future Past Perfect” Tour Kickoff, Perform Three Classic Albums in Their Entirety Every Night

the church Prepare for “Future Past Perfect” Tour Kickoff, Perform Three Classic Albums in Their Entirety Every Night

Release Free mp3 Downloads From Untitled #23, Priest=Aura and Starfish, Reissue Back Catalog of Albums on Second Motion Records

“[the church] scrambles the real and the surreal with ease, rattling its stately guitarchitecture with howling north-wind echo and the troubled undertow of Kilbey’s enigmatic lyrics.” -David Fricke, Rolling Stone

“Among the longest-lived, prolific bands of the last three decades” – Pitchfork

“the church still serve up shows with fervor… [and] have the loose-limbed ferocity that has propelled them since their debut.” – Village Voice

From Untitled #23, “Deadman’s Hand” mp3
From Priest=Aura, “Mistress” mp3
From Starfish,”North, South, East, West” mp3
(Available For Posting)

In celebration of the church’s return to the US for their “Future Past Perfect” electric tour this week, kicking off this Wednesday, February 2nd in LA at the El Rey Theatre, the band has released a song from each of the three albums they will be performing in their entirety, each and every night: Untitled #23, Priest=Aura, and Starfish. Following their successful “An Intimate Space” acoustic tour this past spring, the “Future Past Perfect” tour continues the band’s 30th Anniversary celebrations with three decades of the church in selected cities across the US.

Recently inducted into the Australian Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, the band will begin the night in the present, covering the last decade with the critically acclaimed Untitled #23. Proceeding backwards into the ’90s, they will then perform perennial fan favorite, Priest=Aura (an album not supported by a tour when originally released in the USA). And then, what better way to conclude the evening than with a performance of the all-time classic album, Starfish. These three great albums will be played in succession, live and electric, by one of the most inventive rock bands of our time.

the church “Future Past Perfect” US Tour Dates

Feb 2 – Los Angeles, CA. – El Rey Theatre
Feb 4 – San Francisco, CA. – Great American Music Hall
Feb 7 – Seattle, WA. – Triple Door
Feb 8 – Seattle, WA. – Triple Door
Feb 11 – Chicago, IL. – Park West
Feb 13 – Alexandria, VA. – The Birchmere
Feb 15 – Philadelphia, PA. – The Trocadero
Feb 16 – New York, NY. – Highline Ballroom
Feb 17 – New York, NY. – B.B. King’s
Feb 18 – Foxboro, MA. – Showcase Live
Feb 21 – Greenville, SC. – Handlebar (acoustic)
Feb 22 – Atlanta, GA. – Variety Playhouse

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Reissues of the band’s early albums will finally be available in the USA alongside contemporary releases, all on Second Motion Records. Fully remastered with bonus tracks, the reissues will come in luxurious digi-packs with rare photos and exhaustive sleeve notes written by Marty Willson-Piper. Of Skins and Heart,The Blurred Crusade, Seance, and Heyday are available now. Also available is the comprehensive double CD compilation Deep In the Shallows, featuring liner notes from David Fricke of Rolling Stone. Watch out for more reissues including Starfish, Priest=Aura, Gold Afternoon Fix and Sometime Anywhere in 2011.

Edwyn Collins Announces New York & SXSW Tour Dates Losing Sleep Available in the US March 8th on Heavenly Recordings/Cooperative Music USA/Downtown Records

Edwyn Collins Announces New York & SXSW Tour Dates Losing Sleep Available in the US March 8th on Heavenly Recordings/Cooperative Music USA/Downtown Records

Click HERE to Watch Video for “Do It Again” (Feat. Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy)

“sheer brilliance. #4 best album of 2010”
-MOJO

“A triumph. 4 stars”
-Q

On the heels of announcing the US release date of his new album, Losing Sleep, indie music icon Edwyn Collins has revealed his long-awaited return to Stateside shores for some live dates. Shortly after the album hits stores (March 8th; Heavenly Recordings/Cooperative Music USA/Downtown Records), he’ll be stopping by New York and SXSW. Edwyn’s last American shows were acoustic shows in 2003, and he hasn’t performed any with a full live band since 1997.

2010 was a phenomenal year for Edwyn. The former frontman of Scottish post-punkers Orange Juice released his seventh solo album in the UK to massive acclaim, and it ended up being one of the year’s best reviewed albums by the British press. The record features tracks co-written with Johnny Marr, Roddy Frame, Alex Kapranos & Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand, Romeo Stodart of The Magic Numbers, Ryan Jarman of The Cribs, and The Drums – and is the first album Edwyn’s written and recorded since his serious illness in 2005.

Edwyn Collins US Tour Dates:

03/13: Brooklyn, NY @ The Rock Shop
03/14: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
03/16: Austin, TX @ SXSW (details TBD)
03/17: Austin, TX @ SXSW (details TBD)
03/18: Austin, TX @ SXSW (details TBD)
03/19: Austin, TX @ SXSW (details TBD)

Now, Now – new tour dates and “Giants” mp3 news

NOW, NOW ANNOUNCE EXTENDED MARCH TOUR DATES IN SUPPORT OF NEIGHBORS EP OUT NOW ON NO SLEEP RECORDS

EAGERLY ANTICIPATING SXSW 2011

Minneapolis, MN trio Now, Now have been thoroughly enjoying their early 2011 tour dates as they make their way from the west coast through the south. Their current run of dates, which now extends through the end of March, are in support of their recently released EP Neighbors. Extended tour dates below.

The follow up to their critically acclaimed full-length debut Cars, Neighbors has been met with a warm response for what Filter described as “guitar-laced, and anthematic tunes that seem to blast out your speakers.” Already fans, Spin took kindly to the progress made within the bands songwriting, nothing that “the bands new tunes sound more refined, simpler, and more confident.” That seems to be common refrain as Pop Wreckoning also notes that “if anything they’ve grown stronger with their new EP Neighbors.”

Tour Dates Below:

* w/ Hellogoodbye, Gold Motel, You Me And Everyone We know
# w/ Hellogoodbye, Gold Motel, Jukebox The Ghost
+ w/ Santah, Jookabox

FEBRUARY
01 – Orlando, FL – The Social*
02 – Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds*
04 – Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern*
05 – Greensboro, NC – Greene Street*
07 – Vienna, VA – Jammin Java*
08 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church*
09 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom*
10 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall*
11 – S. Hackensack, NJ – School of Rock*
12 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s*
13 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club*
15 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop #
16 – Pontiac, MI – Eagle Theatre #
17 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge #
18 – Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose #
19 – Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck #
20 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre #
22 – Salt Lake City, UT – Complex #
23 – Boise, ID – The Venue #
25 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon #
26 – Portland, OR – Hawhtorne Theatre #
27 – Sacramento, CA – Luigi’s (Headline)
28 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s #

MARCH
01 – Upland, CA – The Wire (Headline)
02 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reacion # (Sold Out)
08 – Dekalb, IL – The House Café +
09 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s +
10 – Champaign, IL – Mike ‘n Molly’s +
11 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broaday +
12 – Tulsa, OK – Soundpony +
13 – Denton, TX -Nx35 Conferette Festival
14 – Houston, TX – The Mink +

SXSW

21 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room w/ Santah
22 – Omaha, NE – The Slowdown w/ Santah
23 – Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose w/ Santah
25 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry w/ Santah

The Belle Brigade Announce Spring Tour Dates Supporting Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and G. Love

The Belle Brigade Announce Spring Tour Dates Supporting Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and G. Love and Special Sauce Los Angeles-Based Sibling Duo Are Touring in Support of Their Upcoming Self-Titled Debut Album, Due April 19th on Reprise Records

“Losers” Will Be Available From All Digital Retailers Beginning February 1st

Fresh off their well-attended month-long residency at Club Spaceland in Silverlake, Los Angeles band The Belle Brigade, fronted by siblings Barbara and Ethan Gruska, will hit the road for a series of spring U.S. tour dates in support of their upcoming self-titled debut album, which will be released by Reprise Records on April 19th, 2011. The band’s single “Losers” will be available from all digital retailers beginning February 1st.

The duo, backed by their talented band (bassist Keith Karmen, keyboardist Aaron Arntz, electric guitarist Harlan Silverman, and drummer Mike Green), will open four shows for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals in February and March, followed by a series of dates opening for G. Love and Special Sauce in April. Please see below for all confirmed dates. The band will also perform at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin, TX, March 16th through the 19th.

Inspired by Barbara and Ethan’s love for Fleetwood Mac, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, and Stevie Wonder, The Belle Brigade’s debut album is chock-full of artfully arranged, freewheeling songs brimming with breezy, California melodies and bracing pop harmonies, fueled by the driving rhythms Barbara plays on drums. A longtime fixture on the Los Angeles music scene, Barbara is a sought-after live drummer who toured with Inara George and Jenny Lewis, among others, before she picked up a guitar and formed the band with her singer-songwriter younger brother Ethan two years ago. Raised in a musical family (their father is songwriter/composer Jay Gruska and their maternal grandfather is renowned film composer John Williams), Barbara and Ethan have a strong familial chemistry, which, along with their obvious songwriting gifts, has resulted in one of the most thrilling debut albums of the year.

The Belle Brigade have recently attracted notable critical praise for their live shows, as well as the first two songs released off the album, “Sweet Louise,” (available here: http://sweetlouise.thebellebrigade.com/), which was a Top Tune on KCRW’s website on January 24th, and “Losers,” which is available as a 7″ vinyl single here: http://www.becausesoundmatters.com/product/losers-7-vinyl. They were also featured as one of the Los Angeles Times’ “Faces to Watch” picks for 2011. Times critic Ann Powers raved: “The Belle Brigade, Barbara Gruska’s band with kid brother Ethan, shows off her big memorable voice and considerable charisma within songs that gleam with hooks and pour over with earnest emotion. … Its misfits anthem ‘Losers’ could be a Top 10 hit.”

The Belle Brigade’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:

02/04
Los Angeles, CA
El Rey Theatre*
03/09
New York, NY
Irving Plaza*
03/10
New York, NY
Irving Plaza*
03/11
Philadelphia, PA
Theatre of the Living Arts*
04/07
Phoenix, AZ
Marquee Theater**
04/08
San Diego, CA
House of Blues**
04/09
Los Angeles, CA
House of Blues**
04/10
San Francisco, CA
The Fillmore**
04/14
Sacramento, CA
Harlow’s**
04/15
Santa Cruz, CA
The Catalyst**
04/21
Bend, OR
Domino Room**
04/22
Spokane, WA
Knitting Factory**
04/23
Boise, ID
Knitting Factory**
04/26
Fargo, ND
The Venue**
04/27
Duluth, MN
Clyde Iron Works**
04/28
Madison, WI
The Majestic**
04/29
St. Louis, MO
The Pageant**
04/30
Minneapolis, MN
First Avenue**
*denotes show with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
**denotes show with G. Love and Special Sauce

Sidi Touré’s Sahel Folk Out Now On Thrill Jockey; Watch Videos of Sidi & Friends

SIDI TOURÉ’S SAHEL FOLK OUT NOW ON THRILL JOCKEY RECORDS

Malian singer & guitarist, Sidi Touré, is receiving rave reviews for his debut Thrill Jockey release, Sahel Folk, including being prominently featured in this past Sunday’s New York Times article on independent record labels’ embracing and exploring African sounds. Released last week, Sahel Folk features duets between Sidi and one friend chronicled in a live “field-recording” style at Sidi’s sister’s house. Each recording was done through a very specific two-day process — on the first day, the friends would meet, play, and choose a song over a glass of tea. On the second day, they would record the song, allowing themselves just two takes to retain the spontaneity of the recording and reunion. The simplicity of each recording highlights the beauty of the songs and the skill of the players. Take, for instance, the below videos. The first shows Sidi with Jiba Touré performing album track, “Adema,” where Jiba teaches Sidi how to play the song before they play. (Jiba passed away after they recorded the album, and the record is dedicated to him.) The second video, which was premiered on SPIN.com last week, shows Sidi and Douma Maiga, a virtuoso of the three-stringed guitar known as the kurbu, playing a traditional song part of Songhai folklore.

Sidi Touré and Jiba Touré perform “Adema”

Sidi Touré and Douma Maiga

“Sidi Touré’s second album is an intimate gem of bone-dry acoustic Afro-minimalism” – Richard Gehr, SPIN
*****
“After a few listens of [Sidi Touré’s] Sahel Folk my affection for Mali grew even more. . . Performing a very loose, refined style called songhaï blues, the repetitious nature of his guitar quickly leaves one entranced. . . With a surge of African artists making their presence known in modern America, expect Sidi to soon catapult into that list.” – Derek Beres, Huffington Post
*****
“. . . brims with hushed, thoughtful vocals and, of course, that shimmering waterfall of Malian guitar. In short, it’s absolutely gorgeous stuff.” – Rachel Devitt, Rhapsody’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2011: World/Latin
*****
“Mali seems to have room for another star Touré.” – Davis Inman, AmericanSongwriter.com
*****
“Sidi Touré was never supposed to make music. His family, Malian nobility, disapproved of his singing as a child, and his brother often broke the guitars he made from found materials. He persisted, though, developing a repertoire and approach on his instrument that stretch the folk music of his homeland into something new.” — Joe Tangari, Downbeat
*****
“it captures not only a wide variety of textures, moods and voices, but also the musicians’ comfortable — and nonetheless passionate — virtuosity and elegance of expression.” – Kevin Macneil Brown, Dusted
*****
“The music is full of taut contradictions, disciplined rhythms and wild flights of fancy, deep serenity and palpable longing, the heat of rapid picking alongside unhurried, contemplative cool. . . One of the real conundrums of this disc is how anything that sounds this warm and casual and relaxed could also be so exacting.” – Jennifer Kelly, Blurt
*****
“Anyone who appreciates the soft, intricate lull of a well-played guitar should invest in Sidi Touré’s oeuvre, including his latest, Sahel Folk. . . . the cross-cultural evocative power of Touré’s music is clear from note one. The musical motifs he generates with his often-double-tracked guitar are solid and bold, as if carved from strong wood, and offer a stirring take on song dynamics.” — Loren Poin, FILTER

Sharks To Release Debut Record April 5th; Confirm Spring and Summer Tours

SHARKS TO RELEASE DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ON APRIL 5th

TOUR DATES WITH SOCIAL DISTORTION AND
CHUCK RAGAN CONFIRMED

BAND WILL BE PLAYING ENTIRE VANS WARPED TOUR

Velvet Scene and Rise Records are thrilled to announce the April 5th release of the debut full-length record by UK band Sharks entitled, The Joys of Living 2008-2010. The compilation album will include music from their first two EPs, and will also feature a few new tracks, giving fans and new listeners alike a perfect taste of the young band’s musical dynamic.

Sharks are also very excited to be heading out with Social Distortion and Chuck Ragan this spring in support of their new release. The tour will kick off at the Sunshine Theatre in Albuquerque, NM, on April 26th and culminate in Nashville, TN, at the Ryman Auditorium on May 20th. They will be following up these dates with a spot on the entire Vans Warped Tour this summer.

Sharks recently toured the UK with The Gaslight Anthem and Chuck Ragan. Check out this new video of Chuck Ragan singing the lyrics of the Hot Water Music classic “Rooftops” over the top of the second verse of the Sharks song “Glove In Hand.” This footage is a result of various nights of the two collaborating to make the two songs work together- something fans can probably look forward to with these upcoming dates.

Track listing for The Joys of Living 2008-2010:

01. Sweet Harness
02. The Joys of Living
03. Trains
04. It All Relates
05. Three Houses
06. More Blue
07. Glove In Hand
08. Capital Youth
09. Common Grounds
10. Yours To Fear
11. Fallen On Deaf Ears
12. It Threatens
13. Bury Your Youth
14. The Light at the End of the Tunnel is Hell

SHARKS Tour Dates w/ Social Distortion and Chuck Ragan:

4.26.2011 – Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
4.27.2011 – Club 101 – El Paso, TX
4.29.2011 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
5.03.2011 – Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO
5.04.2011 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
5.06.2011 – Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN
5.07.2011 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
5.08.2011 – Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
5.10.2011 – LC Pavilion – Columbus, OH
5.11.2011 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
5.13.2011 – Rams Head Live! – Baltimore, MD
5.14.2011 – The Stone Pony Summer Stage – Asbury Park, NJ
5.15.2011 – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel – Providence, RI
5.17.2011 – The NorVa – Norfolk, VA
5.18.2011 – The National – Richmond, VA
5.20.2011 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Announces 2011 Line-up

THE 4TH ANNUAL ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2011 TOUR LINE-UP FEATURING DISTURBED, GODSMACK, MEGADETH, MACHINE HEAD, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM and MANY MORE

The Hard Rock & Metal Tour Event of the Summer Kicks Off on July 9th with Pre-Sale Tickets Slotted for Friday April 8th

Tour Co-Producer John Reese to Appear on Sirius XM Liquid Metal with Host Jose Mangin, Today at 12pm PST

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 4th annual summertime juggernaut announces the 2011 line-up 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 9th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. Tune in to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com and www.livenation.com for up-to-date ticketing information.

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 mainstage 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 JAGERMEISTER stage will feature UNEARTH, KINGDOM OF SORROW, RED FANG, and the winners of JAGERMEISTER Battle of the Bands. The Extreme Stage will spotlight SUICIDE SILENCE, ALL SHALL PERISH and STRAIGHT LINE STITCH.

The 4th 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 Fu@?kin’ wait!!!”

Mainstage guitarist Dan Donnegan 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 JAGERMEISTER 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 line-up 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 12pm 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 line-up. Sirius XM will be the first radio destination that fans can learn about the certified line-up and special insider information from one of the tour’s established organizers. Stay tuned into 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.”

In 2008, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL bulldozed onto the scene and quickly made itself known as the preeminent summer destination for the hard rock and metal community. ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL boasts the most powerful artist line-ups in heavy music. Artists who have performed in ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL’s past include hard music legends SLAYER, SLIPKNOT, MARILYN MANSON, KORN, ROB ZOMBIE, LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED, CANNIBAL CORPSE, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, MASTODON, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and many more. All have pummeled the stage, while delivering the intensity and heaviness that fans have grown to expect year after year.

See below for all current tour dates. When viewing, fans should take notice of the line-up changes on the San Bernardino, Mountain View and Montreal dates. On July 9th in San Bernardino, CA, 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 10th Mountain View, CA date. MEGADETH will not be appearing on the Montreal, QC Heavy MTL date. Other bands will be announced for Heavy MTL soon. Go to www.heavymtl.com for further information.

“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 9th. 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 TOUR DATES:

7/9 – San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, CA (Los Angeles, CA)
7/10 – Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA (San Francisco, CA)
7/12 – White River Amphitheatre – Auburn, WA (Seattle, WA)
7/13 – Idaho Center Amphitheater – Nampa, ID (Boise, ID)
7/15 – Desert Sky Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
7/16 – Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion – Albuquerque, NM
7/17 – Comfort Dental Amphitheater – Englewood, CO (Denver, CO)
7/19 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Maryland Heights, MO (St. Louis, MO)
7/20 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
7/22 – Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA (Boston, MA)
7/23 – Parc Jean-Drapeau – (Heavy MTL) – Montreal, QC /www.heavymtl.com
7/24 – Comcast Theater – Hartford, CT
7/27 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
7/29 – First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA (Pittsburgh, PA)
7/30 – Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA (Washington DC)
7/31 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
8/2 – Virginia Beach Amphitheater – Virginia Beach, VA
8/3 – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek – Raleigh, NC
8/5 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL (Chicago IL)
8/6 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI (Detroit, MI)
8/7 – Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis, IN)
8/9 – Zoo Amphitheatre – Oklahoma City, OK
8/10 – Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX
8/12 – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
8/13 – 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
8/14 – Cruzan Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL

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