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Ozzfest — the king of festivals — triumphantly returns this summer to celebrate its hard-earned 10th anniversary with the staggering line-up of BLACK SABBATH, IRON MAIDEN, ROB ZOMBIE, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SHADOWS FALL and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. The summer's premier concert festival — which has propelled many of today’s rock bands to superstardom while paying close attention to its discerning fans — will roll out July 15 in Boston and visit 26 cities by the time it reaches West Palm Beach on September 4. The Hot Topic Second Stage will be headlined by ZOMBIE and feature a preview of rock's rising stars, including AS I LAY DYING, MASTODON, THE HAUNTED, IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BURY YOUR DEAD, SOILWORK, TRIVIUM, IT DIES TODAY, A DOZEN FURIES and more.
"I'm most proud of the success of Ozzfest," says founder Sharon Osbourne. "Everyone said it would never happen and 10 years later we are still in business." In fact, 125 bands, 238 shows and over 4 million fans later, the all-day extravaganza of music and deranged merriment is roaring louder than ever. History in the making, 2005 marks the first time metal legends BLACK SABBATH and IRON MAIDEN have toured together and also represents IRON MAIDEN's first Ozzfest appearance.
IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson said, "This summer's MAIDEN touring is based on the recent 'Early Days' DVD and all the songs we do at Ozzfest will be from our first four albums — 'Iron Maiden', 'Killers', 'Number of the Beast' and 'Piece of Mind'. We will be bringing over our full European show, naturally including as special guest Eddie in various appropriate guises!! The stage sets, production and backdrops will recreate aspects of the shows on the tours around those albums — only bigger… much bigger!!! We don’t know if anyone has done anything like this before but we think it’s something the fans will really appreciate both in the choice of songs and in the production values."
Here are the Ozzfest tour dates: More...
Ticketmaster Ireland have confirmed a second SLAYER date at the Ambassador Theatre in Dublin. Slayer will now play the venue on June 13th and 14th.
Upcoming Slayer dates include: More...
Some Ozzfest 2005 dates have been confirmed while others are still rumoured.
The confirmed dates so far:
July. 31 - Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Music Center
Aug. 2 - Columbus, OH @ Germain Ampitheater
Aug. 18 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion
Subject to change:
Aug. 4 - Tinley Park, IL @ Tweeter Center
Aug. 6 - East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Confirmed bands for Ozzfest 2005: More...
More acts have been confirmed for Download Festival takes place from 10th, 11th & 12th June, at Donington Park, Leicestershire.
All of these new bands are to play the Snickers Stage, with In Flames and Lamb of God playing on the Saturday, and with Motorhead, Mastodon, Chimaira, and Bullet For My Valentine all playing on the Sunday.
They join the bands previously confirmed: Feeder, Garbage, Dinosaur Jr, Megadeth, Biffy Clyro, JJ72, Billy Idol, The Used, My Chemical Romance (all Friday), Black Sabbath, Velvet Revolver, HIM (all Saturday - an Ozzfest day), and System of a Down, Slipknot, and Slayer.
Three-day tickets are on sale now, priced at £105, with camping costing an extra £22.50 (and with parking thrown in). Those not camping will (if required) need to buy an extra ticket to park their car, costing £5 if bought at the same time as festival tickets, or costing £10 on the day.
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MASTODON are on the verge of securing the support slot on IRON MAIDEN's summer tour in Europe, according to Blabbermouth.net. MASTODON also in talks to play the Roskilde festival, set to take place June 30-July 3 in Roskilde, Denmark. Also scheduled to perform at the festival are BLACK SABBATH, AUDIOSLAVE and GREEN DAY, among others.
MASTODON recently completed work on the second music video from their award-winning album, "Leviathan".
The video, for the song "Blood and Thunder", was shot on location at the Star Bar in the band's hometown of Atlanta, GA. Produced and directed by Jonathan Rej (MAN OR ASTROMAN, FURTHER SEEMS FOREVER, STRETCH ARMSTRONG) for Authority Films, the new MASTODON video is expected to be conceptual in nature, with a "top-secret" treatment and storyline that, "is far-and-away different than most any modern day music video". MASTODON's "Blood and Thunder" is expected to make its world network premiere(s) imminently.
Currently in the midst of a headlining tour of Europe, MASTODON will launch their first U.S. headlining tour of 2005 on March 23 at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA.
A more complete schedule has surfaced for Mastodon`s upcoming North American run alongside Cult Of Luna and Death By Stereo.
Here is how the trek is shaping up thus far: More...
Mastodon have completed work on the second music video from their award-winning album, Leviathan.
The video, for the song "Blood and Thunder," was shot on location at the Star Bar in the band`s hometown of Atlanta, GA. Produced and directed by Jonathan Rej (Man or Astroman, Further Seems Forever, Stretch Armstrong) for Authority Films, the new Mastodon video is expected to be conceptual in nature, with a "top-secret" treatment and storyline that, "is far-and-away different than most any modern day music video". Mastodons "Blood and Thunder" is expected to make its world network premiere(s) imminently.
Currently in the midst of a headlining tour of Europe, Mastodon will launch their first U.S. headlining tour of 2005 on March 23 at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA.
This year’s edition of Finland’s Sauna Open Air festival is scheduled to take place from June 9th - 11th in Tampere, Finland (main outdoor concerts in Ratina Stadion Park, indoor concerts in clubs).
Acts scheduled to perform currently include:
Thursday, June 9th - SLAYER, MASTODON, MOKOMA
Friday, June 10th - DIO, TERASBETONI
Other confirmed acts (placement on bill to be confirmed) include: SONATA ARCTICA, SENTENCED and DREAMTALE.
The stoner rock / doom metal outfit THE HIDDEN HAND will be hitting the road on the upcoming MASTODON/ BURNING BRIDES tour. The band will be supporting their current release, "Mother, Teacher, Destroyer", which was released in late November ‘04 by Southern Lord. It features the first studio performance by Scott “Wino” Weinrich (St. Vitus, The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan) coming off his successful collaboration with Dave Grohl and the Probot project.
Confirmed dates include: More...
Right after wrapping up their support slot for Mastodon and Dozer Norway’s Extol will support the mighty God Forbid in UK on their forthcoming headlining tour:
Mar. 19 (UK) London Underworld
Mar. 20 (Wales) Cardiff Barfly
Mar. 21 (UK) Oxford Zodiac
Mar. 22 (Scotl.) Glasgow King Tuts
Mar. 23 (UK) Northumbria Uni
Mar. 24 (UK) Manchester Academy 3
Mar. 25 (UK) Liverpool Uni
Mar. 26 (UK) Sheffield Corperation
Support will be UK’s Ted Maul.
Don’t miss them on European mainland with Mastodon and Dozer:
Feb. 19 (D) Hamburg Knust
Feb. 20 (D) Cologne Underground
Feb. 21 (D) Berlin Kato
Feb. 22 (D) Munich Backstage
Feb. 23 (CH) Vevey Rocking Chair
Feb. 25 (I) Milan C-Side
Feb. 27 (E) Madrid Arena
Feb. 28 (E) Barcelona Mephisto
Mar. 02 (B) Brussels Abbox
Mar. 03 (F) Paris Boule Noir
Mar. 04 (NL) Amsterdam Melkweg
Mar. 05 (NL Nijmegen Doornroosje
Mar. 06 (DK) Copenhagen Lille Vega
Mar. 07 (S) Malmo Kulturbolaget
Mar. 08 (S) Stockholm Klubben
Mar. 09 (N) Oslo John Dee
Or on one of their other shows:
Feb. 17 (N) Oslo Sub Scene (Release Party)
Mar. 11-13 (S) Linköping Bobfest
Apr. 07 (N) Bergen Hulen
Mastodon and Burning Brides will be touring the US together in late-March and early-April. This comes after Mastodon's European headline tour with Dozer and Extol. The following dates have been confirmed:
3/23 New Orleans LA @ House of Blues
3/25 Austin, TX @ Emo's
3/28 Albuquerque NM @ Launch Pad
3/29 Phoenix AZ @ Mason Jar
3/31 San Diego CA @ Soma Side Stage
4/1 Pomona CA @ The Glass House
4/2 Los Angeles CA @ Troubadour
4/5 San Francisco CA @ Slim's
4/6 Orangevale CA @ The Boardwalk
4/8 Portland OR @ Dante's
4/9 Seattle WA @ El Corazon
4/11 Salt Lake City UT @ Lo-Fi Cafe
Right in time for the European release of their new album "Blueprint" on February 21st, 2005, Extol will go on road with Mastodon and Dozer. A good chance to see the new guitarists Tor Glidje and Ole Halvard Sveen - and also a good chance to hear some of the new songs of this gifted Norwegian band, that will definitely blow your mind.
Tour dates: More...
DOZER have been selected to open up for MASTODON on the bands upcoming UK tour. Dates for the trek are below:
February 9 - Glasgow, Scotland @ Cathouse
February 10 - Newcastle, England @ Northumbria University
February 11 - Birmingham, England @ Academy
February 12 - Manchester, England @ Academy III
February 14 - Sheffield, England @ Corporation
February 15 - Oxford, England @ Zodiac
February 16 - London, England @ Mean Fiddler
February 17 - Exeter, England @ Lemon Grove More...
MASTODON have lined up the following European dates during February/March:
Feb. 09 - Glasgow, SCO - Cathouse/The Garage
Feb. 10 - Northumbria, UK @ Northumbria University
Feb. 11 - Birmingham, UK @ Acadamy 2
Feb. 12 - Manchester, UK @ Acadamy 3
Feb. 14 - Sheffield, UK @ Corporation
Feb. 15 - Oxford, UK @ Zodiac
Feb. 16 - London, UK @ Mean Fiddler
Feb. 17 - Exeter, UK @ Lemon Grove
Feb. 19 - Hamburg, GER @ Knust
Feb. 20 - Cologne, GER @ Underground
Feb. 21 - Berlin, GER @ Kato
Feb. 22 - Munich, GER @ Backstage
Feb. 23 - Vevay, SWI @ Rocking Chair
Feb. 25 - Milan, ITA @ Rainbow
Feb. 27 - Madrid, SPA @ Arena
Feb. 28 - Barcelona, SPA @ Mephisto
Mar. 02 - Brussels, BEL @ Abbox
Mar. 03 - Paris, FRA @ Boule Noir
Mar. 04 - Amsterdam, NETH @ Melkweg
Mar. 06 - Copenhagen, DEN @ Lille Vega
Mar. 07 - Malmo, SWE @ Kulturbolaget
Mar. 08 - Stockholm, SWE @ Klubben
Mar. 09 - Oslo, NOR @ John Dee
Mar. 11 - Helsinki, FIN @ Tavastia
MASTODON are continuing to tour in support of their latest release, "Leviathan", which was released in August via Relapse Records. The follow up to 2002's "Remission", "Leviathan" entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at No. 139.
This year, Metalunderground.com is figuratively handing out an award of its own for "Best Metal Album of The Year." Everyone else hands out "best of year" awards or lists, so why shouldn't we? Afterall, the staff here at metalunderground.com has very diverse tastes, and we know our metal. So this year I asked each of our writers to pick their top 5 albums of 2004 and rank them form 1 to 5. What I saw was a lot of different opinions, but among the differences, two albums rose to the top.
Without further ado...[drum roll, please]...the winner of Metalunderground.com's "Best Metal Album of The Year" honor for 2004 is: More...
MASTODON's latest release, 'Leviathan' has been named Revolver Magazine's 2004 "Album of the Year." The year-end Revolver list was determined via a poll of the magazine's editors and contributing writers. 'Leviathan' was released on August 31st, 2004 to exceptional fan and critical acclaim. The follow up to the band's heralded 'Remission' album, 'Leviathan' entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #139 and continues to see strong sales. The band is currently on the road alongside SLAYER and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE as part of the 2004 Jagermeister Music Tour. The full list of Revolver's 2004 "Albums of the Year" can be found in the magazine's February, 2005 issue - on stands December 7th.
I had the chance to attend the Jagermeister Music Tour when it made a stop in Philadelphia, Pa on November 18th at the Electric Factory. I’ve been to the 4 seperate Jagermeister Tours so I knew what to expect going in, an amazing metal show. More...
Converge, Isis, and Mastodon have announced touring plans over in Japan that will kick off in February of 2005. Dates will be announced soon. Meanwhile Isis has released a live track here from an upcoming Live 12" release.
NationalNoise magazine is asking you who your favorite artist of 2004 is. The list of artists you can vote for include Avenged Sevenfold, Atreyu, Mastodon, Lamb of God, Shadows Fall and Killswitch Engage. Go here and cast your vote.
Your heartache is over as Killswitch Engage is headed out on the road again for the Jagermeister Tour with Slayer and Mastodon, and Roadrunner Records and Rolling Stone are presenting a kick-ass contest we are calling "Killswitch Engagement"
One grand prize winner will get:
- Roundtrip air transportation for 2 to Los Angeles
- All access passes to the 12/17 Killswitch Engage Jagermeister LA Show (which also happens to include Mastadon and the almighty Slayer)
- 2 nights hotel accommodations
- $500 shopping spree at Hot Topic
- Killswitch Engage CDs and Merchandise
To enter the contest, click here.