The Mayhem Festival is putting their foot down in the dirt and holding place as the metal festival to attend this year. Announced today Mayhem will feature Korn, Rob Zombie, Lamb of God and Five Finger Death Punch on the main stage to kick off their third year on the road. Other bands will include heavy weights Hatebreed, Chimaira, Shadows Fall, and Winds of Plague on the Jagermeister Stage and Ateryu, Norma Jean, In This Moment, and 3 Inches of Blood on the Mayhem Fest Stage.
Mayhem has enjoyed the summer to itself the last two years as Ozzfest has been on hiatus, but the Prince of Darkness plans to return to the fold this year. The question to ask is who Ozzy will find to accompany him on the road if all of these bands will tour on Mayhem, almost all who have been featured prominently on an Ozzfest lineup. Bands such as Slayer, Metallica, Anthrax, and Megadeth will spend their summer overseas leaving slim pickings for the Ozzman to find. Judas Priest and King Diamond seem like a likely possibility, but it will be hard to compete with such and powerful line-up on Mayhem.
Mayhem started back in 2008 and featured Slipknot, Disturbed, and Mastodon and quickly became loved by the headbanging community. They cemented themselves as a tour to compete with last year when they put Slayer and Marilyn Manson together to headline, as well as putting underground favorites Cannibal Corpse on the second stage. So no matter who Ozzy pulls out of his dark sleeves for Ozzfest their will only be one sure fire winner this summer, the metal fans who will happily wake-up at the crack of dawn and get drunk by noon to throw their devil horns in the air and salute the Gods of Metal.
Mayhem Festival 2010 Tour Dates:
07/10 – San Bernardino, CA @ Glen Helen Pavilion
07/11 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/13 – Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
07/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
07/17 – Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
07/18 – Englewood, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
07/20 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
07/21 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
07/23 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
07/24 – Hartford, CT @ New England Dodge Music Center
07/25 – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean Dreapeau
07/27 – Mansfield, MA @ Comcast Center
07/28 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
07/30 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/31 – Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
08/01 – Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
08/04 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
08/06 – Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
08/07 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Post Gazette Pavilion At Star Lake
08/08 – Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge
08/10 – Tampa, FL @ Ford Amphitheatre
08/11 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheater
08/13 – Dallas, TX @ Superpages.com Center
08/14 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheatre
For more info check out these other articles on the subject:
Will Ozzfest ever truely return?
Mayhem 2009 Review
Interview with Mark Hunter of Chimaira (he mentions he would like to do Mayhem)