Machine Head, Trivium (who we told you back in October were likely candidates for the bill), and In Flames will be the rotating openers for the festival’s main stage. The tour will hit 26 cities across the country beginning on July 9 at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California.
Meanwhile, the Jägermeister stage will feature Unearth, Kingdom of Sorrow, and Red Fang, while the Extreme Stage will spotlight Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish and Straight Line Stitch. I’m sorry, but that’s an OK lineup. Not nearly as underground as I had grown accustomed to, but OK. I guess you gotta sell tickets, and Disturbed and Godsmack — sadly — put asses in seats.
“Strap yourself in and hold on tight, cuz this ride goes reeeeeal fassst this summer,” exclaims Godsmack vocalist Sully Erna. “Godsmack/Disturbed, Mayhem festival!! Can’t fu@?kin’ wait!!!” What a fucking wanker! Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine adds, “This is going to be a helluva hot summer, and you can get ready for true Mayhem this year.”
There is not a single band on this bill that I feel I need to see. At least not again. I feel like this should’ve been the Ozzfest bill from, like, five years ago. I’m sorry, but I’m disappointed. So far, this summer’s not looking good for summer festivals.