Tour dates for this summer’s match made in Heaven…or Hell…are announced today. MARILYN MANSON and SLAYER‘s 25-city co-headline North American tour will kick off on July 25 in West Palm Beach, FL, pillaging its way cross-country to wrap up in San Antonio, TX on September 1. Confirmed dates are below.
For this two-pronged-threat double bill, SLAYER and MANSON will each play full sets with BLEEDING THROUGH and one other support band, yet to be determined, opening all shows.
MARILYN MANSON just wrapped up work on his upcoming June release to be titled “Eat Me, Drink Me”, which Rolling Stone magazine anticipates as “epic.” Voted “Best Band in the World” by Kerrang! magazine, the army of noise behind MANSON‘s bitterness is at once raw and massive when witnessing him live — “rousing the crowd with focused ardor,” states the New York Times.
Celebrating its 26th year together, the always-uncompromising SLAYER was recently named “Best Live Band” in SPIN‘s 2006 Readers’ Poll, and picked up their first Grammy Award in February for “Best Metal Performance.” Their latest album, “Christ Illusion” — which debuted at #5 on Billboard’s albums chart — takes on the U.S. Government about the War in Iraq, prompting one newspaper to speculate, “If Thomas Jefferson were alive today, he undoubtedly would be listening to SLAYER.”
Confirmed tour dates for the SLAYER/MARILYN MANSON co-headline summer tour are as follows:
Jul. 25 – Sound Advice Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL
Jul. 27 – Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL
Jul. 28 – Hi Fi Buys Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA
Jul. 30 – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
Jul. 31 – Tower City Amphitheatre, Cleveland, OH
Aug. 02 – Tweeter Center, Philadelphia, PA
Aug. 04 – DCU Center, Worcester, MA
Aug. 05 – PNC, Holmdel, NJ
Aug. 07 – Centre de Foire, Quebec, QC CANADA
Aug. 08 – Bell Centre, Montreal, QC CANADA
Aug. 10 – Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON CANADA
Aug. 11 – DTE Music Theatre, Detroit, MI
Aug. 13 – Allstate, Chicago, IL
Aug. 14 – Xcel, Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 16 – TBA
Aug. 18 – Coors Amphitheatre, Denver, CO
Aug. 21 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Sacramento, CA
Aug. 23 – Sleep Train Pavilion, Concord, CA
Aug. 24 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre @ Irvine, Los Angeles, CA
Aug. 25 – San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA
Aug. 27 – Cricket Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 28 – Journal Pavilion, Albuquerque, NM
Aug. 30 – Nokia Theatre, Dallas, TX
Aug. 31 – Reliant Arena
Sep. 01 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, San Antonio, TX
“At my age, I don’t know how many more of these tours I have left in me,” Osbourne tells Guitar World magazine. “This could be the last one.”
Osbourne founded the annual summer metal festival in 1996, and it has since grown to become one of the largest and most popular tours.
Although the singer stated in 2006 that he would no longer make regular appearances at Ozzfest, he announced in February 2007 that he would headline this year’s tour. “I owe my audience something,” he says. “I owe them everything.”
But he admits the pressures of the festival are taking a toll on him. “It’s a hell of a lot of responsibility for me. If I get sick or if my voice gets blown out or whatever the fuck happens, and I can’t make a show, the audience gets pretty fucking mad.”
According to a posting on the AC/DC fan site AC/DC Highway to Hell, it is rumored that AC/DC has completed editing video footage for a brand new double DVD set to be released September, which will contain one Bon Scott DVD and one Brian Johnson DVD of AC/DC live in concert. The band has also supposedly completed a new album which is scheduled for release January 2008, with a world tour to follow.
Back in December 2006, Albert Music boss Fifa Riccobono shot down reports that AC/DC had a new record titled “Strap It On” coming in 2007.
“I ran that past Mal (Young) some time ago and he said it was the first he’d heard of it, so I guess the answer no,” she told Undercover News. “Also, there definitely is no release date scheduled as the album hasn’t been recorded yet.”
AC/DC leaders Malcolm and Angus Young have been writing material for a few years. In early 2005, singer Brian Johnson told Launch there was a lot of stuff to work with. “I think, and I might be speaking out of turn, but I think they’re doing a double, with the amount of songs — I’ve been over a couple of times with the boys and added ideas on 46 tunes we had, and they’ve been working since then!” he said.