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Anthrax, who will be performing at this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival were presented with the option to play either the main stage or the festival’s Jagermeister Stage. The band decided that headlining a special set on the Jagermeister Stage would be the way to go. Charlie Benante said of the upcoming shows:

“We decided to pattern the Mayhem set on the kind of shows The Ramones used to do:  a high-energy, non-stop barrage of hit, hit, hit, hit, hit.  No lulls, no filler, totally in your face.  We’re going to be playing a supersonic-paced set loaded with the best of our best.”

Scott Ian also elaborated on the Mayhem shows by saying:

“We really like the idea of not ‘playing to seats, and we want our crowd to have the freedom to move around, to go crazy with us.  Plus, we’ve been on the road together now for about two years, so we’re tighter as a band than we’ve ever been.  Our Mayhem set will be a fun, fast and furious 45-minutes, so they’d better have the EMTs on hand.”

Dates for this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival are below. Main Stage artists include Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead, and a rotation of The Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying and Asking Alexandra.


6/30   San Manuel Amphitheatre, San Bernardino, CA

7/ 1   Shoreline Amphitheater, San Francisco, CA
7/3   White River Amphitheater, Seattle, WA
7/4   Idaho Center Amphitheater, Boise, ID
7/6   Ashley Furniture Home Store Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ
7/7   Hard Rock Casino Amphitheater, Albuquerque, NM
7/8   Comfort Dental Amphitheater, Denver, CO
7/10 Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TX
7/11  Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX
7/13  1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheater, Tampa, FL
7/14  Aaron’s Amphitheater @ Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
7/15  Klipsch Music Center, Indianapolis, IN
7/18  Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK
7/20 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, St. Louis, MO
7/21  Firs Midwest Bank Amphitheater, Chicago, IL
7/22  DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, MI
7/24  Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
7/25  Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH
7/27  Susquehanna Bank Center, Philadelphia, PA
7/28  First Niagra Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
7/29  Jiffy Lube Live, Washington, DC
7/31  Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

8/1   Darien Lake PAC, Buffalo, NY
8/3   Comcast Center, Boston, MA
8/4   Toyota Pavilion, Scranton, PA
8/5   Comcast Theatre, Hartford, CT

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