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The initial tour dates have been announced for the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival featuring headliner AVENGED SEVENFOLD alongside main-stage artists THREE DAYS GRACESEETHERBULLET FOR MY VALENTINE and ESCAPE THE FATE. The touring music and lifestyle festival also includes Best Buy Music Gear Stage headliners SEVENDUST, as well asBLACK TIDEART OF DYING and THE BLACK CLOUD COLLECTIVE. The Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival launches August 26 in Camden, New Jersey and will criss-cross North America before wrapping October 15 (see below for current tour dates). Additional tour dates will be announced on June 29.

The all-day festival will run from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. in most cities and tickets are affordably priced between $20 and $69.99. Tickets for several of the shows go on sale June 17. Early-bird pre-sale ticket packages will be available. The Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival is produced by John Reese,John Oakes and CAA in conjunction with Live Nation and will entertain fans with a full afternoon and evening of great rock bands. The festival will also include a concourse midway featuring band autograph signings, vendors and other activities.

A portion of the proceeds of each Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festivalticket sold will benefit Child Find of America and the Road 2 Recovery Foundation.

So far the following dates have been announced:

Aug. 26 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center

Aug. 27 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion

Aug. 28 – Boston, MA – Comcast Center

Aug. 31 – Washington, DC – Jiffy Lube Live

Sep. 03 – Tampa, FL – 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre

Sep. 04 – Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum

Sep. 05 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Sep. 10 – Buffalo, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

Sep. 11 – Hartford, CT – Comcast Theatre

Sep. 14 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Sep. 16 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion

Sep. 17 – Indianapolis, IN – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Sep. 21 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center

Sep. 23 – Omaha, NE – WestFair Amphitheater

Sep. 24 – Kansas City, MO – Sandstone Amphitheater

Oct. 09 – San Diego, CA – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre


It’s almost impossible to find a modern-day hard rock/heavy metal band that doesn’t list THIN LIZZY as an influence. So the band couldn’t have picked a better time to launch an arena tour, opening for JUDAS PRIEST on the British heavy metal legends’ farewell “Epitaph” trek. Comprised of a kick-ass line-up featuring Phil Lynott-era LIZZY membersScott Gorham (guitar), Brian Downey (drums) and Darren Wharton(keyboards), as well as GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Richard Fortus, formerTHE ALMIGHTY singer/guitarist Ricky Warwick, and bassist Marco MendozaTHIN LIZZY is aiming to bring the house down each night.

Understandably LIZZY is looking forward to teaming up with metal legendsPRIEST and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY this fall. “One of the big perks of being a member of THIN LIZZY is that sometimes we get to share the stage with other bands that have helped to shape the music we hear today,” explains Warwick. “JUDAS PRIEST helped define a genre and I am really looking forward to seeing them on tour.” THIN LIZZY became one of rock’s top bands during the 1970s, on the strength of the hits “Jailbreak”“The Boys Are Back In Town”“Dancing In The Moonlight” and “Waiting For An Alibi”Lynott‘s poetic-yet-tough lyrics, and the highly influential dual guitar attack of Gorham and whichever second guitarist he was paired up with at the time (Brian Robertson, the late Gary MooreSnowy White, or John Sykes). LIZZY split up in 1983, before Lynott passed away in 1986. However,LIZZY‘s stature has continued to grow over the years, as their songs have been covered by a wide variety of artists, including METALLICA (“Whiskey In The Jar”), SMASHING PUMPKINS (“Dancing In The Moonlight”), BON JOVI (“The Boys Are Back In Town”), SADE (“Still In Love With You”), the FOO FIGHTERS (“Bad Reputation”), and MASTODON (“Emerald”), among other rock bands. Gorham especially is looking forward to LIZZY‘s triumphant return to the States. “We love playing in the USA and it will be great to show the rest of the States what we are made of,” he said. “We are all fired and ready to kick some ass!”

Photo credit: Gene Ambo

Confirmed Thin Lizzy/Judas Priest Tour Dates:

12 October AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX.
14 October Concrete Street Amphitheater, Corpus Christi, TX.
15 October The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX.
16 October Allen Event Center, Dallas, TX.
18 October Ava Amphitheater, Tucson, AZ.
19 October Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA.
21 October AZ State Fair, Phoenix, AZ.
22 October San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernardino, CA.
23 October Hard Rock, Las Vegas, NV.
25 October Gibson Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA.
26 October Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA.
29 October WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA.
30 October Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC.
1 November Shaw Conference Center, Edmonton, AB.
2 November Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB.
4 November Maverik Center, Salt Lake City, UT.
5 November 1STBANK Center, Denver, CO.
9 November Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL
10 November The Family Arena, St. Charles MO
12 November The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, Chicago, IL.
13 November Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI.
18 November Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ.
22 November Air Canada Centre, Toronto ONT

Patrick Prince of Goldmine magazine recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Goldmine: You still won’t play songs like “The Conjuring” (off “Peace Sells”) since you’ve become born again?

Mustaine: Well, it’s not that I wouldn’t play that song. It’s what the subject matter’s about. I’ve been struggling with that. For
example, “Anarchy in the U.K.” (off 1988’s “So Far, So Good…So What!”) is a song I really don’t like playing because it starts off and says “I am an Antichrist.” Well, I’m not an antichrist. Not only am I not it, I don’t want to be it. I won’t even be one of them. And as far as “The Conjuring” … it actually has the components of a hex in it and when I wrote the song it was cool and it was vogue to be into black magic and the dark side and stuff like that — so it was really cool to have lines from a hex in it. But looking back
now — being a dad, being a responsible person, being a musician who has influenced a lot of lives very positively — I look at it and think, “I don’t know if I would play that live.” Same thing with “Bad Omen” (off “Peace Sells…”). “Bad Omen” is about a Satanic orgy and that was based on a book that we were supposed to read when I was in junior high school in the Los Angeles school district. The Orange County school district, if you could believe that.

Goldmine: There was a strong disillusionment over politics and things going on in the world on “Peace Sells…”. Things
haven’t really gotten any better since it was released. Things don’t change sometimes.

Mustaine: They don’t. They didn’t change from when Kennedy was assassinated. I got a video tape sent to me recently of the guy who was driving Kennedy, turning around in the car and shooting him in the head. Have you seen that video? They actually got another angle. You know the famous one shown from the passenger side [the zapruder film]. Well, there was somebody else right next to him. They had another camera. Oh my God, it will make you hate your government. Because I loved him, growing up as a kid. He was the President who was in office when I was born. So you think about how things were when you were a kid and everyone’s pining about how great Kennedy was. So really after he had held office there wasn’t really a lot of hope for the States.

Goldmine: It seems like after that, no one seemed to hold the office of the President in such high regard.

Mustaine: Not anymore. I don’t think so because of the things that have taken place and the mistrust. Plus when you look at “Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?”, what the whole concept behind that whole album is pretty much about — us as a
people and the youth of America as an individual … I don’t want to say “faction” that’s the wrong word, but an entity, on its own. The youth of America being justified, finally, coming of age, and being able to look at things and being able to say ‘You know what? I don’t want this Manchurian Candidate as our President.” Back then, it’s the same thing now. I look at the way Obama has been selling our country off and all the ways things are happening and the way that our economy is plummeting. Why won’t we tap Alaska? And why did we take so long to act on the Gulf? Why did we take so long to act in Libya? Why?! Where’s his birth certificate? You know what, that birth certificate he showed everybody … I remember buying one of those to go buy booze. Hello Obama. C’mon dude, they used to sell those in the back of Creem magazine for $3.

Goldmine: Including liner notes from [Mustaine‘s former METALLICA bandmate] Lars Ulrich on this “Peace Sells…”
[25th-anniversary reissue] set was a nice touch.

Mustaine: Yeah, I know. I was really touched. See, it just goes to show you that the relationship that Lars and I really have had over the years was private, and people really did not know what it was about. They only heard what was said in the press and because of the time delay in the press — you say something in the press and then six months later it pops up again. I can remember on several
occasions … I remember when I was in Arizona and I had just taken my fifth year of sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous — I mean, I am no longer a member of the twelve step fellowship because when I got saved my life changed and I was set free from a lot of that insanity — but at that time I was really doing the deal. I was sponsoring guys and going to meetings, doing service work and all that stuff. And I heard something on the radio and it questioned my sobriety and I was really hurt. You know, that’s the kind of stuff people don’t see. They’re not sitting here next to me when I hear it on the radio. I knew that when the chance, the turn came around, if anybody was ever gonna make fun of James [Hetfield, METALLICA guitarist/vocalist] when he was going through his thing, it would not be me. Because of how that felt. I promised myself that I was going to stop that and I did. The problem is that when you have an aircraft carrier and you try to turn that sucker around, you’re in the wheelhouse, you know that steering wheel’s been cranked all the way to the left or right, you know it. But looking out the window, it takes a loooong time for that sucker to turn around. So a lot of the stuff with Lars and I … we were really close. Whenever he would come to town, we would get together and go and hang out and stuff. I think probably the most popular skirmish was between Lars and I but probably the most painful one was between me and
James. Because I cared so much about him, I missed him so much. So when the time came to bury the hatchet it actually came when Darrell [“Dimebag” Abbott] from PANTERA was assassinated … I had done his memorial episode for MTV, they had had a “Headbangers Ball” for him, and I had said on my web site after I did that: “Look, man. life is too short. I am burying the hatchet. Anybody I owe an amends to, please let me know so I can do it. I’m extending the olive branch.” And that was the beginning. We
got everything sorted out with PANTERA, with METALLICA, with SLAYER and I’m pretty excited about where I’m at with my career. I’ve got the dubious honor of being able to manage a band called BAPTIZED IN BLOOD, my manager and I are managing TESTAMENT … which is awesome, because they’re a great band. We’ve got some other things that we’re doing that is outside of the scope of playing music, so once I hang up my guitar, I’m still gonna be very much involved. And I’m excited about that.

Read the entire interview at Goldmine.

Photo below by Stephanie Cabral

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