The Carnival Of Madness Tour Announces Inaugural Lineup

(New York, NY) – Kicking off what is sure to become THE annual rock event each summer – Shinedown announced this morning that they will headline the inaugural year of the Carnival Of Madness Tour. Everybody needs a little madness in their life, so this summer the boys in Shinedown will be bringing several of their friends along with them…

Joining them on the road for 27 dates this summer in North America will be a who’s-who of rock bands with Chevelle, Puddle Of Mudd, Sevendust, and 10 Years.

“I am beyond excited for this tour, the production is incredible, the line up is amazing, and the energy of having all five bands on one stage is going to be like nothing else this summer,” exclaimed Shinedown lead singer Brent Smith. “Get ready for the carnival of madness!”

We’re excited to be on the Carnival of Madness tour this Summer promoting what will be our third single from Sci-Fi Crimes,” remarked lead singer Pete Loeffler. “It will be great to get out there and see our fans on this multi-band bill!”

“I’m very proud and excited to announce In De Goot’s involvement in the launch of the annual Carnival of Madness tour,” commented In De Goot owner Bill McGathy. “The lineup of Shinedown, Chevelle, Puddle of Mudd, Sevendust and 10 Years guarantees that this event will be woven from the fabric of rock and radio in America. To quote William Shakespeare (I think he works at Live Nation) ‘Something wicked this way comes.’ ”

The Carnival Of Madness Tour will kick off in Jacksonville, FL on July 16th and conclude in Sacramento, CA on September 1st. Tickets for most cities will go on sale this coming Friday morning April 30th log on to www.carnivalofmadness.com for details. Monster Energy Drink will be the primary sponsor of the tour.

The Jacksonville, Florida-based rock outfit Shinedown have been touring worldwide in support of their career defining album The Sound Of Madness since its release in 2008. The band’s run of hit singles from this album alone has made them one of the most successful rock bands of the decade. Shinedown’s latest album, The Sound Of Madness, was produced by multiple Grammy Award-winner Rob Cavallo (Kid Rock, Green Day, My Chemical Romance). The band’s fifth single from The Sound Of Madness “The Crow & The Butterfly” is at radio now.

Formed in 1995 Chevelle have remained a staple in the rock scene with seven Top 5 Modern Rock hits under their belt, including the #1 songs “Send the Pain Below” and “Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)” as well as fan favorites, “Jars,” “The Red” and “The Clincher”. The band is made up of Pete Loeffler (vocals, guitars), brother Sam Loeffler (drums), and brother-in-law Dean Bernardini (bass). Their latest album Sci-Fi Crimes was co-produced with Brian Virtue (Jane’s Addiction, 30 Seconds to Mars, Deftones) in Nashville, Tennessee.

Puddle of Mudd is singer/guitarist Wes Scantlin, guitarist Paul Phillips, bassist Doug Ardito and drummer Ryan Yerdon. Since their 2001 debut album Come Clean, Puddle of Mudd have sold over seven million albums and boast a steady string of Number One smash hits including “Blurry, “She Hates Me,” “Control,” and “Psycho.” The band has been touring nonstop in support of their current album Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate.

CARNIVAL OF MADNESS 2010 TOUR DATES

July 16- Jacksonville, FL- Jacksonville Arena
July 17- Simpsonville, SC- Heritage Park
July 18- Huntsville, AL- Von Braun Amphitheatre
July 20- Tampa, FL- St. Pete Times Forum
July 21- Estero, FL- Germain Arena
July 23- Knoxville, TN- Civic Coliseum
July 24- Charlotte, NC- Verizon Amphitheatre
July 25- Raleigh, NC- Raleigh Boutique Amphitheatre
July 26- Virginia Beach, VA- Virginia Beach Amphitheatre
July 28- Columbia, MD- Merriweather Pavillion
July 30- Philadelphia, PA- Penn’s Landing
Aug 1- Boston, MA- Comcast Amphitheatre
Aug 4- Uncasville, CT- Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug 5- Holmdel, NJ- PNC Amphitheatre
Aug 6- Canadaguiga, NY- CBMS Performing Arts Center
Aug 7- Detroit, MI- DTE Amphitheatre
Aug 9- Cleveland, OH- Time Warner Amphitheatre
Aug 10- Pikeville, KY- Eastern Kentucky Expo
Aug 11- Chicago, IL- Charter One Pavillion
Aug 18- Lafayette, LA- Cajun Dome
Aug 22- Dallas, TX- Nokia Theater
Aug 24- Casper, WY- Casper Event Center
Aug 25- Billings, MT- Metropark Center

**Four other cities to be announced shortly**