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Disturbed

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 http://www.rockstarmayhemfest.com and http://www.livenation.com for up-to-date ticketing information.

Check out some pics from the 2010 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

2011 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

This week’s announcement regarding the First Annual Avalanche Tour, featuring Stone Sour, Theory of a Deadman, Skillet, Halestorm and Art of Dying made me think. With all of the big, multi-band festivals and tours, like Warped Tour, the Rockstar Mayhem Festival, Bamboozle Roadshow, Ozzfest, and the Carnival of Madness Tour making the rounds, do we really need another festival tour? While these types of shows do offer a lot of bang for your buck, do the shorter sets and shear volume of music make the event less exciting? I mean, sure its great to see lots of bands you like at one time, but is it worth it? Would it be better to see your favorite band pump out a 2 hour set with only one supporting act? Tell what you think.

Be sure to check out our new Image Gallery page. I posted a few pics from last year’s Mayhem Festival and will be adding more stuff as time allows. Let me know what you think.  The link is in the top menu bar.

Ever wonder what backstage passes for your favorite bands look like?

Media / photo pass for the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival stop in Tampa, Florida

Press pass for the Mayhem Festival

Murderdolls

For a band that wasn’t even performing, the Murderdolls generated a lot of buzz during a recent Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival stop in Tampa, Florida. Hundreds of rain-soaked fans waited for nearly an hour to meet Joey Jordison and Wednesday 13, who collectively form the core of horror rock’s latest sensation.

In town to promote the band’s latest release, Women and Children Last, lead vocalist Wednesday 13 took a few minutes to talk with All Access Blog about the CD.

What prompted the reemergence of the Murderdolls after such a long hiatus?
We never said the band was broke up or done with. We just went on an indefinite hiatus in 2003 or 2004 when we did our last shows. It’s been eight years since our last record and for a lot of people it seems like man, it’s been eight years, but we’ve been so fucking busy. We tour ten months out of the year so, for us that time went by real quick.

If I remember correctly, the CD has 18 tracks, including the bonus stuff. Did you and Joey collaborate on these songs or did you each bring stuff to the table?
There were demos that we were passing back and forth since 2003. It wouldn’t be full songs, just like me with a drum machine and playing guitar. I would send him like half of a song and he would hear it and rearrange stuff or add a part to it, so when we got together to record this record, we had like 50 or 60 song ideas. We had to just trim down and trim down until we got into the studio with about 30 songs, but we couldn’t do a 30 song album. We finally got it down to 18, including two that we wrote in the studio together. The other ones we completed from our demos and roughs.

With such a long gap between releases, do you still feel a connection to the band’s debut CD Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls?
To us, this feels like the rebirth of the band and this is our first album. You know, the first one was great for what it was, we still love it and will still play the songs live, but we feel like this is the first real Murderdolls record. It’s all original music where the first album was a combination of my old band and Joey’s old band slammed together, rearranged, changed some lyrics and re-produced, that’s it.

Tell me about Mick Mars involvement in this project.
Yeah, that was awesome man. It was a complete and total accident; we didn’t have it planned at all. We were in the studio for maybe two weeks and we had just finished the song “Blood Stained Valentine”. Joey and I were having dinner and I said that we could use a Mick Mars kind of vibe on this song. Our tour manager overheard me say that and he goes, “He lives down the fucking street, why don’t you call him?” (laughing) I was like, I don’t know him, why don’t you call him. So he goes outside to smoke a cigarette, comes back in and says, “Mick will be here in two days. Send him the tracks.” We sent him the stuff and he worked on them in his studio. Two days later, he came in at 7:00 wearing 4-inch platform boots, top hat, a twenty-something girlfriend carrying his guitar and I was like “Rockstar”. He was such a down to earth, cool guy. It wasn’t about money; he wanted to make sure that he got his stamp on the record. For us, he was one of the reasons we dyed our hair black, I started playing guitar and Motley Crue is still one of my favorite bands. It was really a surreal but cool thing to have that guy be on our record.

So, are you happy with the way Women and Children Last turned out?

The label loves the album, which doesn’t hurt; I mean they really love the record. Then, the reaction from the press has been great. I was expecting everyone to hate it but it’s been great. I’m hoping that this is the one. We put everything we had into it. There was something so special about this record that I felt it about a week into recording it. I remember sitting with Joey and saying, are you feeling what I’m feeling, and he said “We’re sitting on something good here.” We both just had a great feeling about it.

For more about Women and Children Last, check out my CD review on Examiner.com

For lots of pics from the Mayhem Festival, go to Examiner.com.