Marilyn Manson And Slayer Headline Mayhem Festival

Die Hard 2, Aliens, Road Warrior, and The Two Towers notwithstanding, we all know that sequels pretty much always suck. Hard. Which is why everyone who got their asses rocked at last summer’s Revolver-sponsored Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour (and that is everyone) could hardly be blamed for feeling a little skeptical about what this year’s edition might hold in store. After all, how the Hell do you top a bill that included Slipknot, Disturbed, Mastodon, Machine Head, Suicide Silence, and dudes flying through the air on dirt bikes?

Mayhem co-founder Kevin Lyman, the man also behind the Vans Warped Tour and its wintry counterpart Taste of Chaos, is well aware that he set the bar very high for himself. “I think people thought we would have a hard time coming up with a lineup that matched up with 2008,” he says. “Well, I think we did.”

And we have to agree. Mayhem Part Deux boasts a Hot Topic Stage manned by Whitechapel, Black Dahlia Murder, Job for a Cowboy, Behemoth, and Cannibal Corpse, and a Jägermeister Stage with God Forbid, All That Remains, and Trivium. Add a Main Stage featuring Bullet for My Valentine, Slayer, and Marilyn Manson, and this looks to be a sequel of Godfather II proportions. In fact, you could say that Lyman has made us a fest that we can’t refuse.

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Check out the dates as follows*:

07/10 – Sacramento, CA
07/11 – San Francisco, CA
07/12 – San Bernardino, CA
07/14 – Seattle, WA
07/17 – Phoenix, AZ
07/18 – Albuquerque, NM
07/19 – Denver, CO
07/21 – Kansas City
07/22 – St. Louis, MO
07/24 – Atlanta, GA
07/25 – Indianapolis, IN
07/26 – Chicago, IL
07/28 – Toronto, ON
07/29 – Scranton, PA
07/31 – Cleveland, OH
08/01 – Pittsburgh, PA
08/02 – Detroit, MI
08/04 – Boston, MA
08/06 – Virginia Beach, VA
08/07 – Camden, NJ
08/08 – Hartford, CT
08/09 – Washington, DC
08/11 – Tampa, FL
08/12 – West Palm Beach, FL
08/14 – Dallas, TX
08/15 – Houston, TX
08/16 – San Antonio, TX

*All dates are subject to change