Music Times had reported rumors nearly a month ago but Mayhem Fest made its lineup official today, declaring that Slayer and King Diamond would be the major headliners. Other acts performing will include Hellyeah, the Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel and Thy Art Is Murder.
This is going to be Slayer's third time headlining Mayhem Fest during its inception during 2008. It will be King Diamond's first time performing as part of the event, and he made it out to be quite a spectacle based on his statement, which was full of hints, both creepy and ambiguous.
"Slayer and King Diamond on the same stage-it does not get more devilish than this!" he said. "We will be putting on a one-hour set with the full King Diamond stage production. As for a set list, I'm not gonna reveal that here, but it will be built around Dreams of Horror. The Puppet Master will be there with Grandma, and we will even go as far back in time as to 1777 (hint). You're all in for one hell of a show if you come to this Sabbath!"
Uh, right. For now you can check out the dates for Mayhem Fest below and figure out whatever he's talking about when it swings near your hometown.
06/26: San Diego @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
06/27: San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater
06/28: Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
06/30: Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheater
07/01: Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheater
07/03: Phoenix @ Ak-Chin Amphitheater
07/04: Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
07/05: Denver @ Red Rocks
07/07: Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah's Council Bluffs
07/08: Milwaukee @ Eagles Ballroom
07/10: Noblesville, IN @ Kilpsch Amphitheater
07/11: Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Amphitheater
07/12: Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
07/15: Toronto @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
07/17: Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Arts Center
07/18: Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
07/19: Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
07/21: Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
07/22: Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook (Bank of NH Pavilion)
07/24: Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
07/25: Boston @ Xfinity Center
07/26: Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach
07/29: Atlanta @ Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood
07/31: San Antonio @ Whitewater Amphitheater
08/01: Houston @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08/02: Dallas @ Gexa Energy Amphitheater