Mayhem Festival 2008

Mayhem Festival 2008
North American tour by Mayhem Festival

Promotional poster
Start date July 9, 2008
End date August 19, 2008
Legs 1
No. of shows 30
Mayhem Festival concert chronology

Mayhem Festival 2008 was the first iteration of the annual concert festival created by Kevin Lyman.

Mayhem Festival 2008 tour information

The Mayhem Festival, like most large festivals of a similar caliber, feature bands that recently released or are just about to release a new album. All of the main stage headliners will be promoting their new albums on this tour, as well as some of the second and third stage bands like 36 Crazyfists, Black Tide and Underoath.

The festival also offers some other activities such as playing the newest video games, perusing vendors, attending autograph signing sessions.[1]

Rockstar Energy Drinks will be sampling their products. Additional sponsors include Jägermeister, Hot Topic and (Device Personalization Company). FUSE Television and Revolver Magazine (who will produce the Official Tour Program) have signed on as official Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival media partners. Live Nation is set to promote the festival nationally.[1]

Also joining the tour is the Metal mulisha freestyle motocross team. In the press release regarding the tour, a founding member of the Metal Mulisha and freestyle rider named Brian Deegan was quoted saying "They’ll be mixing the sound of riffing and ripping 250CC motorcycles flying 150 feet in the air against the backdrop of double bass drums and shredding guitars."[2]

Sevendust pulls out of tour

Sevendust originally planned on participating in the festival, but pulled out of the festival according to The band was replaced by Underoath.

Slipknot injuries

During the opening date of the festival on July 9, Sid Wilson the turntablist of Slipknot broke both of his heels when he jumped from an elevated area of the stage and landed incorrectly. Despite the injury, he promised to perform on all dates of the tour even in a wheelchair.[3] With both his legs in casts he returned with the band on the second date of the festival on July 12 in a wheelchair, he has however performed without it (he was seen on August 10 with the chair on stage and included it into the act).[4] Throughout the tour, he has been seen to repeatedly slip out of the wheelchair in order to crawl across the stage and climb upon the set pieces and drum set. His 'Moon Boots' as Corey Taylor calls them, are displayed to the audience at some point during the set.

During the tour Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison also suffered an injury by breaking his ankle. Slipknot finished the tour regardless but were forced to cancel several appearances at European festivals due to the injury.[5]

Mayhem Festival 2008 lineup

Slipknot performing on the opening date in Auburn, Washington

Main stage

Jägermeister Stage

Hot Topic Stage

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue Jägermeister opening band
July 9, 2008 Auburn, Washington United States White River Amphitheatre Drown Mary
July 12, 2008 Mountain View, California Shoreline Amphitheatre Stigmurder
July 13, 2008 San Bernardino, California San Manuel Amphitheater Sixx
July 14, 2008 Wheatland, California Sleep Train Amphitheatre (Show moved from July 11 due to wild fires) Vengince
July 15, 2008 Fresno, California Save Mart Center Six Ounce Gloves
July 16, 2008 Chula Vista, California Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre Mower
July 18, 2008 Phoenix, Arizona Cricket Wireless Pavilion Psychostick
July 19, 2008 Albuquerque, New Mexico Journal Pavilion
July 20, 2008 Greenwood Village, Colorado Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre Switchpin
July 22, 2008 Bonner Springs, Kansas Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone Amphitheater Continent of Ash
July 23, 2008 Maryland Heights, Missouri Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Conquest
July 25, 2008 Dallas, Texas Center
July 26, 2008 Selma, Texas Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Powderburn
July 27, 2008 Houston, Texas Sam Houston Race Park The Destro
July 29, 2008 Tampa, Florida Ford Amphitheatre The Autumn Offering
July 30, 2008 West Palm Beach, Florida Cruzan Amphitheatre
August 1, 2008 Virginia Beach, Virginia Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Epoxy
August 2, 2008 Burgettstown, Pennsylvania Post-Gazette Pavilion Hemlock
August 3, 2008 Scranton, Pennsylvania Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
August 5, 2008 Mansfield, Massachusetts Comcast Center Kingdom of Sorrow
August 6, 2008 Uniondale, New York Nassau Coliseum
August 8, 2008 Toronto, Ontario Canada Downsview Park
August 9, 2008 Clarkston, Michigan United States DTE Energy Music Theatre Ray Street Park
August 10, 2008 Tinley Park, Illinois First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Soil
August 12, 2008 Atlanta Lakewood Amphitheatre Colossick
August 13, 2008 Noblesville, Indiana Verizon Wireless Music Center Dead Broke
August 15, 2008 Camden, New Jersey Susquehanna Bank Center Beyond the Scar
August 16, 2008 Hartford, Connecticut New England Dodge Music Center Unbroken
August 17, 2008 Bristow, Virginia Nissan Pavilion Stuck in Kaos
August 19, 2008 Corfu, New York Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Stemm


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  2. "Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. 2008 Bands Announced Tickets On Sale Now" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-11-07.
  3. "SLIPKNOT's SID WILSON Wheelchair-Bound After Breaking Both Heels; Photos Available". 2008-07-13. Retrieved 2008-07-13.
  4. "Slipknot DJ breaks both heels". Kerrang!. Emap. 2008-07-26. p. 11.
  5. "A Statement from Slipknot" (Press release). Roadrunner Records. 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
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