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Mayhem Festival

The Mayhem Festival is a new touring metal and rock festival to take place during July and August. The festival is expected to be a yearly event. The Rockstar Mayhem tour will be sponsored by the Rockstar energy drink. It is being assembled by Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman, and by John Reese (who is Lyman's partner on the Taste of Chaos tour).

Jägermeister Director of Strategic Marketing Rick Zeiler, “Jägermeister has long been looking for a tour like Mayhem. We have this beautiful new million-dollar Jägermeister 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.”

Fans were allowed to vote for the setlists for the bands at

Festival participants

Main Stage

Jägermeister Stage

Hot Topic Stage

Jägermeister opening bands by location

Additional tour information

The Mayhem Festival, like most large festivals of a similar caliber, feature bands that recently released or are just about to release a new album. All of the main stage headliners will be promoting their new albums on this tour, as well as some of the second and third stage bands like 36 Crazyfists, Black Tide and Underoath.

The festival also offers some other activities such as playing the newest video games, perusing vendors, attending autograph signing sessions.

Rockstar Energy Drinks will be sampling their products. Additional sponsors include Jägermeister, Hot Topic and (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. Live Nation is set to promote the festival nationally.

Also joining the tour is the Metal Mulisha freestyle motocross team. In the press release regarding the tour, a founding member of the Metal Mulisha and freestyle rider named Brian Deegan was quoted saying "They’ll be mixing the sound of riffing and ripping 250CC motorcycles flying 150 feet in the air against the backdrop of double bass drums and shredding guitars.

Sevendust pulls out of tour

Sevendust has pulled out of its participation in this summer's inaugural Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, according to A statement released by the band indicated that it canceled its involvement in the tour "If they had given us more money, we would've been able to do it" Sevendust has recently announced that they will be headlining a tour this summer with Saliva.

It is now official that Sevendust has joined on the competing Ozzfest. Also on the bill is Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Serj Tankian, etc. Sevendust has been replaced on Mayhem Festival by Underoath.

Slipknot injuries

During the opening date of the festival on July 9, Sid Wilson the turntablist of Slipknot broke both of his heels when he jumped from an elevated area of the stage and landed incorrectly. Despite the injury, he promised to perform on all dates of the tour even in a wheelchair. With both his legs in casts he returned with the band on the second date of the festival on July 12 in a wheelchair, he has however performed without it (he was seen on August 10th with the chair on stage and included it into the act). Throughout the tour, he has been seen to repeatedly slip out of the wheelchair in order to crawl across the stage and climb upon the set pieces and drum set. His 'Moon Boots' as Corey Taylor calls them, are displayed to the audience at some point during the set.

During the tour Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison also suffered an injury by breaking his ankle. Slipknot finished the tour regardless but were forced to cancel several appearances at European festivals due to the injury.

Rockstar Energy Mayhem festival dates and locations




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