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IT’S BASICALLY DECEMBER, MIGHT AS WELL START TALKING ABOUT ROCKSTAR MAYHEM FEST

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I’m not surprised that the people who put together the annual Rockstar Mayhem Festival have already started planning said festival, as I’m sure that quite a bit of work goes into putting the entire operation together.

I am, however, quite surprised that the fest has already announced tour dates and started selling tickets — despite the fact that not a single band has been announced yet.

I guess that has to do with branding — the organizers must assume, and probably rightfully so, that their tour is looked forward to by untold scores of metal fans every year, and that at least some of those fans will attend no matter what.

But I still don’t quite understand the logic… why oh why would you ever purchase a ticket to a show when you don’t know who’s playing, unless, say, all the proceeds are going to charity and you want to support a cause? What if you buy a ticket and you end up hating 95% of the announced bands?

If that’s a risk you’re willing to take and/or you’re some kid’s mom and you know he likes metal but you don’t know what to get him for the holidays, you can buy tickets here. Metal Injection did the research I’m too lazy to do and tells me there’s two types of ticket packages available:

$45.00 Holiday Package: Includes LAWN ticket and fees, a Mayhem collectible holiday ornament (Allowing early festival entrance) and a limited edition stocking stuffer – a Mayhem beanie. Note: the actual show ticket will be sent to the same shipping address two weeks before the show date.

$85.00 Holiday Package: Includes PIT ticket and fees, a Mayhem collectible holiday ornament (Allowing early festival entrance) and a limited edition stocking stuffer – a Mayhem beanie. Note: the actual show ticket will be sent to the same shipping address two weeks before the show date.

The “Mayhem collectible holiday ornament” that allows early festival entrance is the part of this I find most intriguing. Will you have to bring said ornament to the show in order to gain early entrance? Am I gonna see a bunch of kids in the pit with round plexiglass balls that say “Rockstar Mayhem Festival” on ’em?

While you contemplate that, here are dates, via SMN:

July 9 – San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheatre
July 10 – San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 12 – Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheater
July 13 – Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheatre
July 15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
July 16 – Albuquerque, NM @ Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion
July 17 – Denver, CO @ Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
July 19 – St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 20 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
July 22 – Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
July 23 – Montreal, QUE @ Parc Jean Drapeau
July 24 – Hartford, CT @ The Comcast Theatre
July 27 – Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
July 29 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
July 30 – Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live
July 31 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
August 2 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless V. Beach Amphitheater
August 3 – Raleigh, NC @ Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
August 5 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
August 6 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 7 – Indianapolis, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
August 9 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheatre
August 10 – Dallas, TX @ Superpages.com Center
August 12 – Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
August 13 – Tampa, FL @ 1-800-Ask-Gary-Amphitheatre
August 14 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheater

Bands are expected to be announced in January, at which point the rest of us can make an educated decision as to whether or not we’d like to attend.

-AR

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