Slipknot and Slayer to Headline the 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, Dates and More Bands Announced

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, the world’s largest touring heavy music festival, is back for its fifth year. Headlining the main stage will be masked metal miscreants Slipknot, on their first U.S. tour since the passing of bassist Paul Gray, alongside thrash-metal titans Slayer. The fest will announce another major special guest on March 5.

Supporting those bands on the main stage will be a rotation, depending on the date, of the Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying, and Asking Alexandria. The Jägermeister Stage will feature a special headline set by Anthrax along with rotating support from Whitechapel, High on Fire, and a Jägermeister Music opener. The bands may vary depending on the market.

The tour will hit 26 cities beginning June 30, and presale tickets are going on sale on April 6.

Corey Taylor of Slipknot says, “You knew we’d be back. Now, you know we’re coming. This will be a tour people will scarcely want to miss. It will definitely be a show to remember. Can’t wait to see the states again from behind a mask.”

Slipknot’s, Clown says, “Slipknot is headlining this summer’s Mayhem festival, and it’s going to be unlike anything you’ve ever felt, sensed, or seen. You miss this; you miss everything. Everyone seems to think that there’s a chance we’re gonna go away. This is the farthest thing from the truth. Stay sic and don’t ever judge us.”

“Mayhem 2012 might just be the last and greatest metal festival before the world ends!! So wreak havoc and go out in style!!” adds Tom Araya of Slayer. While his bandmate, Kerry King, comments, “We can’t wait to get rolling on Mayhem 2012! Been three years since we played it last, and it’s gonna be brutal!!! You can’t go wrong with Slayer and Slipknot, pure fucking mayhem!!!!”

The tour will also feature the Rockstar Metal Mulisha Jump Team on select dates.

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival is produced by Rockstar Taste of Chaos organizer John Reese, Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman, Live Nation, and Creative Artists Agency.  The team has made the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival a standout on the summer concert circuit by following the proven model of using sponsorship to deliver a lower ticket price and an enhanced concert experience. This year sees them joining forces once again with Rockstar Energy Drink as the title sponsor.

“Metal is alive and well in 2012,” says Reese. “The fifth year of Rockstar Mayhem Festival will have a massive lineup that will set heavy music fans ears blazing!”

“Some years it all comes together, from top to bottom and this year’s Rockstar Mayhem lineup is going to bring it!” adds tour producer Kevin Lyman.


06/30 – San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater
07/01 – San Francisco – Shoreline Amphitheater
07/03 – Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheater
07/04 – Boise, ID – Idaho Center Amphitheater
07/06 – Phoenix, AZ – Ashley Furniture Home Store Pavilion
07/07 – Albuquerque, NM – Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion
07/08 – Denver, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
07/10 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
07/11 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
07/13 – Tampa, FL – 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre
07/14 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
07/15 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
07/18 – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre
07/20 – St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
07/21 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
07/22 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/24 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
07/25 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
07/27 – Philadelphia, PA – Susquehanna Bank Center
07/28 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
07/29 – Washington, DC – Jiffy Lube Live
07/31 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
08/01 – Buffalo, NY – Darien Lake PAC
08/03 – Boston, MA – Comcast Center
08/04 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion


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  • Heather

    come to New Jersey!!!


      Susquehanna Bank Arena is in New Jersey!!!

  • Joey H.

    This tour for popularity not longevity. Anthrax or Slayer could have been headliner..but


    Susquehanna Bank Arena is in New Jersey!!!

  • Mr Philsir

    No Vegas show??!! Horseshit!!!

  • Kano42069

    HOLY SHIT The return of slipknot and FUCKING SLAYYYYYYYEEEERRRRRRRR!!! Detroit Rock City!!! 

  • NHFD

    August 5 Hartford CT..

  • Larrysales

    WOW no NYC date????? WTF

  • Thughes29

    Is there going to be any Canadian dates??

  • Thughes29

    Is there going to be any Canadian dates??

  • Jgmattson

    Sounds like a heavy rocking experience

  • Chris40081


  • Rccash7

    is the festival gonna hit n.c?

  • Mike111111111111111111111111

    WTF to everyone going “No ______ show”.  They aren’t coming to my city either, road trip bitches. 

  • PrincessShelby

    o my gosh yes! there coming back to michigan! cant wait!! 😀

  • deadrisingx1

    So… it’s not coming to Toronto… aw man.

  • Thumpermjs

    You should totally get Mine Enemies Fall from Kalamazoo Michigan on this tour!!! If you could handle the brutality

  • Timothy Roberts

    No Shows in Oregon?! That sucks!!

  • Lirrelimpa

    Coming to Europe…?