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Tool Tour Update and Tickets

August 19, 2006

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More shows continue to surface for Tool’s upcoming North American run behind its long-awaited fourth album, “10,000 Days,” the itinerary for which now spills into October.

The group has penciled in a second night in Los Angeles, as well as new September shows in Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC, and has nailed down a handful of early October dates that are scattered throughout the Northeast.

Earlier this month, Tool wrapped up a run on the European summer-festival circuit. After its US arena outing, the group will head back to Europe for a winter headlining tour. Details about the band’s Euro tour plans are posted at the group’s website.

Released in May, “10,000 Days” is Tool’s fourth studio album and its first since 2001’s “Lateralus.” The disc moved about 550,000 copies during its first week in stores, which earned it a No. 1 debut on The Billboard 200 chart.

As previously reported, Tool has recruited rock quintet Isis to open the upcoming shows. The group recently finished mixing its first new studio collection since 2004’s “Panopticon,” and plans to release the set on Halloween, according to the band’s website.

Tool Concert Dates

Tool Tickets 8/22 – Vancouver British Columbia – General Motors Place
Tool Tickets 8/24 – Calgary Alberta – Pengrowth Saddledome
Tool Tickets 8/25 – Edmonton Alberta – Rexall Place
Tool Tickets 8/27 – George WA – The Gorge
Tool Tickets 8/29 – West Valley City UT – E Center
Tool Tickets 8/30 – Englewood CO – Coors Amphitheatre
Tool Tickets 9/1 – Las Vegas NV – Theatre Under The Stars
Tool Tickets 9/2 – Marysville CA – Sleep Train Amphitheater
Tool Tickets 9/3 – Oakland CA – Oakland Arena
Tool Tickets 9/5 – Bakersfield CA – Rabobank Arena
Tool Tickets 9/7 – Los Angeles CA – Staples Center
Tool Tickets 9/11 – The Woodlands TX – C.W. Mitchell Pavilion
Tool Tickets 9/12 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Tool Tickets 9/14 – Dallas TX – American Airlines Center
Tool Tickets 9/15 – Kansas City MO – Kemper Arena
Tool Tickets 9/16 – Minneapolis MN – Target Center
Tool Tickets 9/18 – Rosemont IL – Allstate Arena
Tool Tickets 9/21 – Columbus OH – Nationwide Arena
Tool Tickets 9/22 – Auburn Hills MI – Palace of Auburn Hills
Tool Tickets 9/23 – Toronto Ontario – Molson Amphitheatre
Tool Tickets 9/25 – Cleveland OH – Wolstein Center
Tool Tickets 9/28 – Camden NJ – Tweeter Center
Tool Tickets 9/29 – Mansfield MA – Tweeter Center

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Inland Invasion Concert News and Tickets

August 17, 2006

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Los Angeles radio station KROQ has recruited some of rock’s heaviest hitters to anchor its sixth annual Inland Invasion festival.

On Monday evening, the station revealed that Avenged Sevenfold — fresh from their mainstage stint on this summer’s Ozzfest (which wrapped Sunday in West Palm Beach, Florida) — and Alice in Chains were among the artists opening for Guns N’ Roses at the end-of-summer event.

The Inland Invasion is set to take over Devore, California’s Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen on September 23.

Invasion organizers have mined rockers Papa Roach, Muse, 30 Seconds to Mars, Rise Against, Atreyu and Buckcherry to round out the bill.

Axl Rose’s Guns recently wrapped a run of European festival shows, following a string of sold-out gigs at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom in May — the band’s first American gigs in more than three years, after their 2002 comeback tour sputtered to a halt.

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will play host to Guns N’ Roses for two shows at the Joint, scheduled for September 16 and September 17. Tickets for those dates will go on sale August 19. Earlier this month, via a press release, Rose said that he plans to return to the road this fall for another round of U.S. touring.

Alice in Chains, who’ve been touring with Comes With the Fall singer William DuVall filling in for late frontman Layne Staley, hit the road back in May for a successful run of five club dates. The band unveiled plans last week for a total of 40 gigs this fall throughout the U.S., with one date in Canada. That trek gets underway September 22 in Las Vegas and runs through November 26 in San Francisco, with additional dates expected to be added over the next few weeks.

In addition to the Inland Invasion, Avenged Sevenfold have booked nine North American dates for September, with three gigs in the U.S. — September 7 in Anchorage, Alaska; September 13 in Fargo, North Dakota; and September 15 in Des Moines, Iowa — and the remainder scheduled for Canada.

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Arch Enemy Ready for Gigantour

August 16, 2006

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An official update from Arch Enemy reads as follows:

“Yes, the DVD is out all over the world now and the reviews are glowing and more importantly, the positive feedback from the fans is HUGE!

On another note, we played our last summer festival show this year in Gothenburg on Tuesday, really cool show with a great Swedish Metal crowd and tons of family and friends backstage – a great way to end this summer!

We played a completely different kind of show in London, UK on Thursday, it was the Kerrang! Day Of Rock and it was basically an in-store type deal in the basement of the Virgin Megastore on Oxford Street. We played a brief 30 minute set and thanks to the fans that came down and supported us it was actually fun!

We’ve had a blast this summer playing the European festivals, the shows have been so cool and in some cases even AMAZING (Hello Wacken!). It’s been a real treat to meet all the Arch Enemy fans at the signing sessions of these festivals too – we love it!

So now we have a little time off from the road before we head back to the U.S. for the Gigantour – we are all really looking forward to that tour…”

As previously reported, Arch Enemy’s new double disc DVD set, Live Apocalypse, is now available just in time for the group’s return to North America on Gigantour this September. A new E-card is now available that features two videos taken from the DVD for the tracks ‘Ravenous’ and ‘My Apocalypse’, along with a new photo gallery. You can view the E-Card by clicking here.

Arch Enemy Gigantour 2006 Schedule

September

Gigantour Tickets September 6 Boise ID Idaho Center
Gigantour Tickets September 8 Oakland Coliseum Oakland CA
Gigantour Tickets September 9 Cox Arena San Diego CA
Gigantour Tickets September 10 Hyundai Pavilion Devore CA
Gigantour Tickets September 12 House of Blues Las Vegas NV
Gigantour Tickets September 13 Dodge Theatre Phoenix AZ
Gigantour Tickets September 15 USANA Salt Lake City UT
Gigantour Tickets September 16 Coors Amphitheatre Denver CO
Gigantour Tickets September 17 Journal Pavilion Albuquerque NM
Gigantour Tickets September 19 Zoo Theater Oklahoma City OK
Gigantour Tickets September 21 Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee WI
Gigantour Tickets September 22 Congress Theatre Chicago IL
Gigantour Tickets September 23 Nationwide Arena Columbus OH
Gigantour Tickets September 24 Energy Amphitheatre Detroit MI
Gigantour Tickets September 25 Molson Amphitheatre Toronto ONT
Gigantour Tickets September 27 Bell Centre Montreal QC
Gigantour Tickets September 28 Nassau coliseum Uniondale NY
Gigantour Tickets September 29 – TBD
Gigantour Tickets September 30 PNC Bank Center Holmdel NJ

October

Gigantour Tickets October 1 House of Blues Atlantic City NJ
Gigantour Tickets October 6 – St. Pete Times Forum Tampa FL
Gigantour Tickets October 7 – Hard Rock Live Orlando FL
Gigantour Tickets October 8 – Bank Atlantic Center Sunrise FL
Gigantour Tickets October 21 The Riverstage Brisbane Australia
Gigantour Tickets October 22 Hordern Pavilion Sydney Australia
Gigantour Tickets October 24 Festival Hall Melbourne Australia

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Avenged Sevenfold Concert News and Tickets

August 3, 2006

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Currently on the road as part of Ozzfest’s mainstage roster, rockers Avenged Sevenfold plan to go it alone during a September run through Canada and the Northern Plains region.

Following the Aug. 9 Ozzfest finale, and a subsequent run through Japan and Australia, Avenged Sevenfold will return to the states for a Sept. 7 concert in Alaska. A half-dozen Canadian and three US shows follow before the end of that month.

Avenged Sevenfold continues to back its major-label debut, last year’s “City Of Evil.” The disc has spawned the hit single “Bat Country,” as well as follow-up cut “Seize the Day.” The music video for the latter track, which debuted last month, was directed by Wayne Isham, whose resume includes videos for Metallica, Bon Jovi, Britney Spears, Dave Matthews Band, Faith Hill and more.

“It was a f—ing amazing experience working with Wayne Isham who made sure every frame of this video was perfect,” the band wrote in a blog entry posted at its MySpace website, which features a streaming version of the clip.

Avenged Sevenfold Tour Dates

Avenged Sevenfold Tickets 9/7 – Anchorage AK – Egan Civic & Convention Center
Avenged Sevenfold Tickets 9/9 – Calgary Alberta – Stampede Corral
Avenged Sevenfold Tickets 9/10 – Edmonton Alberta – Shaw Conference Centre
Avenged Sevenfold Tickets 9/12 – Winnipeg Manitoba – Winnipeg Convention Center
Avenged Sevenfold Tickets 9/13 – Fargo ND – Playmaker’s
Avenged Sevenfold Tickets 9/15 – West Des Moines IA – Val Air Ballroom
Avenged Sevenfold Tickets 9/19 – Ottawa Ontario – Civic Centre Theatre
Avenged Sevenfold Tickets 9/20 – London Ontario – John Labatt Centre
Avenged Sevenfold Tickets 9/21 – Quebec City Quebec – Centre de Fiore

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Warped Tour News and Tickets

July 30, 2006

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Kevin Lyman is spinning plates.

Among the immediate issues the Vans Warped tour founder and producer juggled at a recent underperforming date in Nashville were a crew member’s minor medical emergency, an upcoming European on-sale for his Taste of Chaos tour, tracking album sales for his two labels and the magical appearance of a key piece of sound equipment that had been chasing the tour across several cities.

Lyman’s production office at Starwood Amphitheatre was packed with tour personnel, transportation coordinators, press, artists and a wealth of other, mostly heavily tattooed, individuals who all seem to function at a high level of organized chaos.

A partnership among Vans, Lyman’s 4fini Productions and Creative Artists Agency’s (CAA) Darryl Eaton, Warped has become one of the most consistent touring properties ever. While it may appear to the casual observer a dysfunctional punk family, the tour, now in its 12th year, works for reasons that transcend the bottom line.

“If this was purely driven by economics, there would be a lot of Warpeds,” Lyman says. “But if I laid it all out for you economically, no one could figure out how it works. It doesn’t make sense, because it’s not really always based on finances.”

What Warped is about is the care, feeding and shepherding of 800-plus people, including more than 100 bands, on 187 vehicles from town to town, and then setting up and putting on a show for thousands of punk kids. Virtually every detail of Warped eventually ends up in Lyman’s lap, particularly if there’s a problem, and he delegates with aplomb.

“I think he probably learns from his mistakes,” observes veteran road warrior Joan Jett, a headliner on this year’s tour. “I heard early on the food sucked, and now the food is excellent. I’m sure there are a million little details you have to get together if you’re going to make this type of thing work.”

It works. Last year, Warped enjoyed its best outing ever, with attendance of 700,000 and a gross exceeding $16 million from a ticket that is generally priced for less than $30.

For a dozen years, Lyman and Warped have continuously pumped new blood — fans and bands — into the punk-rock scene, contributing significantly to the genre’s vitality.

The sense of community appeals to groups as does the potential new audience.

“Warped gives us a chance to play for people who may not necessarily get a chance to see us otherwise,” says Andrew Everding, keyboardist for post-hardcore band Thursday, which played its first Warped in 2002. “The kids that are showing up now that are 16 were 12 back then, and for the younger kids the only concert they might go to is the Warped tour.”

Others credit Warped with an even bigger role in their development. “I think the reason we have a career is because of the Warped tour,” saxophonist J.R. of Less Than Jake says. “We’ve been doing this so long, we ended up building our fan base on tour, on this tour.”

A shared sense of punk purpose surely greases the wheels, but it takes more than good intentions to keep turnstiles spinning, particularly with a tour that practically turns over its audience every three to four years. Warped works — with the venues, promoters, bands, sponsors, crew and, most importantly, the fans.

“We aim to deliver a great experience for the fan coming to the show, the artists that come out on the road with us, our sponsors, crew,” CAA’s Eaton says. “It is truly a unique community that transcends the ‘business’ of the tour.”

The Brands
Asked to profile the “Warped kid,” Lyman responds, “Thirteen to 19 years old, active, very open-minded to the music and the scene, very musically knowledgeable. We’ve gotten to the point where we’re about 50/50 male/female, but I also have noticed this year that we’re getting some of the older fans back with bands like Helmet and Joan Jett.”

As far as an economic profile, “They come with some money, they buy T-shirts and records, and music is cheap out there. They’re ready to take music home with them.”

Ten stages notwithstanding, Warped has the look and feel of a punk-rock county fair with row after row of booth space. Sixty-seven sponsors and vendors are onboard for this year’s 50-date outing.

Exhibitors have turned into Warped’s second-highest revenue stream, up 20% this year. “Now we have to turn a lot of people down, just like bands,” says Lyman, who adds that 60%-80% of the “seven-figure” sponsorship value is pumped back into the tour. “It underwrites moving this thing down the road.”

Warped sponsors and vendors are not exactly mainstream, outside of entities like Cingular Wireless and Major League Baseball. Instead, most are small indie labels (including Lyman’s own SideOneDummy Records and Warcon Records), alternative fashions and other left-of-center concerns.

While southern California fashion brands like Hurley and PacSun have raised awareness through their association with Warped, none has been boosted like the title sponsor. Footwear company Vans has presented 11 of the 12 Warped tours in the most long-lived tour sponsorship in the business.

“We were an $80-million to $100-million-a-year company back in 1996 when we got involved with Kevin,” says Steve Van Doren, Vans VP of promotion and events, whose father Paul (now retired) started the company 40 years ago.

Van Doren says the Warped association has been a highly effective marketing tool, allowing Vans to become known outside of southern California. “Our customers are 12- to 18-year-old boys and girls. We’ve always been into skateboarding and snowboarding, and music has been a great tie-in.”

This year, Vans is projecting revenue of $500 million, and Van Doren attributes much of the growth to the Warped association.

The Bands
With more than 1,000 submissions to participate this year, bands obviously love being on the tour, and many are veterans.

Bands break on Warped. “The tour has consistently been the launch pad for the next round of new superstar bands,” Eaton says. “Just last year’s tour alone saw bands like My Chemical Romance, Avenged Sevenfold and Fall Out Boy, to name a few, rise to the top. I think the tour really provides a platform for fans to go out and discover their new favorite artists.”

Less Than Jake has done at least eight Warped tours. “There’s nothing like this tour,” J.R. says. “It’s truly like summer camp. You get up, you go stand in line for breakfast, you stand in line for lunch, you go play a show, run around. The camp counselor is Kevin Lyman.”

Warped is not the best payday in the world. According to Lyman, “There are bands out here making 50 bucks (a night) to no bucks, to bands that are making $10,000-$12,000.”

The majority of the bands have album releases scheduled somewhere around the tour. Veterans know a Warped slot is a huge opportunity for career development.

“You have to utilize the time you’re out here,” J.R. says. “There’s a lot of bands that don’t. They just jerk around, go watch other bands. You’re out here all summer, you’ll have a chance to watch bands. But make friends, network, meet people, because the band that’s playing on the SmartPunk stage could be selling 2 million records next year.”

Lyman sees too many bands playing rock star too early in their careers. Most Warped bands should be in, well, a van.

“I’ve got bands in two buses that are playing on my small stages. I tell them, ‘You’re going to be changing my oil at Jiffy Lube before long. You’re going to be broke.”‘

Unlike other multi-act tours, Warped lacks a tangible amount of drama. For a veteran artist like Joan Jett, that’s a relief. “There’s been a lot of camaraderie among the bands, which is pretty unique from what I can gather,” she says. “Some other people have made comments that the atmosphere is so much better than on something like the Ozzfest, where there seems to be many more head trips. I haven’t experienced that. I’m experiencing this, where everything is really low-key and down to earth.”

Warped Tour Dates

07/25 – St. Louis, MO UMB Bank Pavilion
07/26 – Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
07/27 – Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
07/28 – Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
07/29 – Detroit, MI Comerica Park and Street
07/30 – Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
08/01 – Buffalo, NY Darien Lakes Fields
08/02 – Fitchburg, MA Fitchburg Airport
08/03 – Camden, NJ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
08/04 – Scranton, PA Montage Mountain
08/05 – New York, NY Nassau Coliseum
08/06 – Old Bridge, NJ Englishtown Raceway
08/08 – Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
08/09 – Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
08/10 – Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion Lot
08/11 – Cleveland, OH Tower City
08/12 – Toronto, ONT Park Place
08/13 – Montreal, QUE Park Jean Drapeau

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Korn Family Values Concert News and Tickets

July 29, 2006

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It’s still over three months until Election Day, but the Family Values crowd is on the move. Korn resurrects the tour of that name Saturday, July 29 in Antioch, Tennessee, with a line-up featuring Deftones, 10 Years, Stone Sour, Flyleaf and others. This will be Korn singer Jonathan Davis’ first live excursion since a blood infection felled him in Europe last month, and he told Launch he’s chomping at the bit. “We’re just gonna go out there and rock the house,” he said. “I think I’m gonna be extra hungry ’cause it was taken away from me from Europe, so it’s gonna be good. Production-wise, I mean, it’s gonna be different, it’ll be cool. I mean, we’ve got stripper poles, wading pools, paintball gun fields, all kinds of crazy, weird s*** that we’re gonna be doing in each town, so it should be good.”

Davis spent much of the last month recovering from the rare, potentially fatal disorder that forced Korn to cancel most of its European tour in June.

The first Family Values package debuted in 1998 and featured Rammstein, Limp Bizkit, Ice Cube and Orgy in addition to Korn. Two later editions, in 1999 and 2001, included acts like Staind, Stone Temple Pilots, Linkin Park, Filter and Method Man.

Family Values Tour Dates

August

Korn Tickets August 20 – Marysville CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Korn Tickets August 24 – Bonner Springs KS – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Korn Tickets August 25 – Maryland Heights MO – UMB Bank Pavilion
Korn Tickets August 26 – East Troy WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre

September

Korn Tickets September 1 – Holmdel NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Korn Tickets September 2 – Wantagh NY – Jones Beach Theater
Korn Tickets September 3 – Hartford CT – New England Dodge Music Center
Korn Tickets September 6 – Cleveland OH – Tower City Amphitheater
Korn Tickets September 8 – Burgettstown PA – Post Gazette Pavilion
Korn Tickets September 9 – Clarkston MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Korn Tickets September 12 – Cincinnati OH – Riverbend Music Center
Korn Tickets September 13 – Columbus OH – Germain Amphitheater
Korn Tickets September 15 – Camden NJ – Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
Korn Tickets September 17 – Bristow VA – Nissan Pavilion
Korn Tickets September 20 – West Palm Beach FL – Sound Advice Amphitheatre

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Staind and Seether Concert News and Tickets

July 29, 2006

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Staind has announced the first dates of its upcoming tour with Seether and Three Days Grace. After a short trip to Australia and New Zealand, Staind will play a July 23 radio festival in Wisconsin before getting the trek underway on August 5. Staind has been on the road for nearly a year in support of its latest album, “Chapter V”, and guitarist Mike Mushok told Launch the band is perfectly happy to keep working. “You take it when you can get it, you know, and the thing is, the record’s doing pretty good, and we’re able to stay out, so we’re gonna,” he explained. “That’s really kind of how we’re approaching it, you know. Things are going well, and we’re real thankful for that, and we’re going to a lot of places and a lot of towns that we’ve never been to, so that’s a good thing also.”

Most of the shows will also feature Soil, with some other acts in the mix as well. More dates will be announced soon.

Staind and Three Days Grace recently toured together on the latest edition of the Jagermeister Music Tour.

Confirmed Staind Tour Dates (with Seether and Three Days Grace):

Staind Tickets Aug. 22 – Pikeville KY – Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
Staind Tickets Aug. 23 – Johnson City TN – Freedom Hall
Staind Tickets Aug. 25 – Memphis TN – Mud Island Amphitheatre
Staind Tickets Aug. 29 – Monroe LA – Civic Center
Staind Tickets Aug. 30 – Birmingham AL – Boutwell Auditorium
Staind Tickets Sep. 03 – Hampton Beach NH – Hampton Beach Casino
Staind Tickets Sep. 11 – York PA – York College
Staind Tickets Sep. 16 – Huntington WV – Harris Riverfront Park

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Megadeth and Lamb Of God Gigantour Tour News and Tickets

July 25, 2006

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The Gigantour is back for more.

A second helping of Dave Mustaine-endorsed metal is ready to hit the road as the Megadeth frontman’s answer to Ozzfest returns on September 7, seeking to replicate the success of last year’s inaugural run. Gigantour is scheduled to shred across 25 cities, launching in San Diego and wrapping up October 8 in Sunrise, Florida.

As with last year’s festival, 2006’s Gigantour will be anchored by headliners Megadeth, who have an LP titled United Abominations in the bag and due this fall.

The festival’s bill — handpicked by Mustaine — is rounded out by Virginia post-thrash five-piece Lamb of God, Swedish death metal act Opeth and their aggressive countrymen Arch Enemy, New York thrash quartet Overkill, Canadian death metallers Into Eternity, North Carolina thrashers Sanctity and New York post-hardcore outfit the Smashup. Additional second-stage artists will be announced in the coming weeks. The first Gigantour featured Dream Theater, Fear Factory, Anthrax, Nevermore, Life of Agony, Dillinger Escape Plan, Symphony X, Dry Kill Logic and Bobaflex.

“This is the concert that I, as a heavy metal music fan, would want to see,” Mustaine said in a press release. “It is going to be something to look forward to each year, to see what kind of tremendous talent we can assemble for Gigantour festivals in the years to come.”

Gigantour will be rolling through several major U.S. and Canadian cities, including Las Vegas, Denver, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, and Orlando. Details on at least five of the stops at have yet to be revealed.

Lamb of God — who are out on the road through July 26 with Slayer’s Unholy Alliance tour, featuring Mastodon, Children of Bodom and Thine Eyes Bleed — will be using the Gigantour to promote their forthcoming album, Sacrament, due August 22.

Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton said he’s looking forward to sharing the stage with Megadeth.

“Megadeth is one of the main reasons I started playing metal guitar in the first place,” Morton said in a statement. “To finally tour with them is really exciting and it’s a great way to start off our world tour supporting Sacrament. We’ve been dying to get the new material up and running on the live stage. We’ve worked so hard on the new record — it’s really a great sense of accomplishment to see the new tunes come to life in a live setting. We’re really looking forward to this one.”

September

Gigantour Tickets September 6 Boise ID Idaho Center
Gigantour Tickets September 8 Oakland Coliseum Oakland CA
Gigantour Tickets September 9 Cox Arena San Diego CA
Gigantour Tickets September 10 Hyundai Pavilion Devore CA
Gigantour Tickets September 12 House of Blues Las Vegas NV
Gigantour Tickets September 13 Dodge Theatre Phoenix AZ
Gigantour Tickets September 15 USANA Salt Lake City UT
Gigantour Tickets September 16 Coors Amphitheatre Denver CO
Gigantour Tickets September 17 Journal Pavilion Albuquerque NM
Gigantour Tickets September 19 Zoo Theater Oklahoma City OK
Gigantour Tickets September 21 Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee WI
Gigantour Tickets September 22 Congress Theatre Chicago IL
Gigantour Tickets September 23 Nationwide Arena Columbus OH
Gigantour Tickets September 24 Energy Amphitheatre Detroit MI
Gigantour Tickets September 25 Molson Amphitheatre Toronto ONT
Gigantour Tickets September 27 Bell Centre Montreal QC
Gigantour Tickets September 28 Nassau coliseum Uniondale NY
Gigantour Tickets September 29 – TBD
Gigantour Tickets September 30 PNC Bank Center Holmdel NJ

October

Gigantour Tickets October 1 House of Blues Atlantic City NJ
Gigantour Tickets October 6 – St. Pete Times Forum Tampa FL
Gigantour Tickets October 7 – Hard Rock Live Orlando FL
Gigantour Tickets October 8 – Bank Atlantic Center Sunrise FL
Gigantour Tickets October 21 The Riverstage Brisbane Australia
Gigantour Tickets October 22 Hordern Pavilion Sydney Australia
Gigantour Tickets October 24 Festival Hall Melbourne Australia


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Korn’s Jonathan Davis Hospitalized with Blood Ailment; Tour Canceled

June 17, 2006

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Korn frontman Jonathan Davis was admitted to a London hospital over the weekend for treatment of a blood disorder called immune thrombocytopenic purpura, forcing the band to pull out of at least one European festival gig and deliver an abbreviated set with guest singers at Saturday’s U.K. Download Festival. According to a band spokesperson, Davis may be sidelined for the next three weeks, as he continues to recover.

Korn, who did not perform at Ireland’s Download Festival on Sunday, are also expected to cancel a performance at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam on Tuesday; the remainder of the band’s European tour has been canceled.

A post from Davis on Korn’s official Web site confirmed the illness — a disorder in which a low blood-platelet count prohibits the blood from clotting as it should.

“I started getting these weird bruises all over my body about two weeks ago,” Davis wrote. “I was getting very weak after the shows so I saw a doctor in London Friday. He took some blood tests and when the results came in, they rushed me to the hospital. It turned out that I have ITP … a blood infection where, because of an allergic reaction I had to some medication, my blood platelets were really low. If I continued to headbang onstage, I could have had a brain hemorrhage and dropped dead on the spot.”

According to Davis, while most people have between 140 and 400 platelets in their blood cells, “I had five — no joke.” He has been ordered by his doctors to remain under the hospital’s supervision until “they [can] get my blood in some kind of healthy shape. The doctors are telling me that each day I’ve been here in the hospital, my platelet count has been going up and I should be healthy to play in a few weeks. The doctors have cleared me to walk around a bit but I am unable to perform a show or travel right now. We will do our very best to come back soon to play any dates we are unable to play on this tour.”

During the U.K.’s Download Festival, which took place at Donington Park, Korn delivered an abbreviated 30-minute set with guest singers filling in for Davis.

When guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer, bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu and drummer David Silveria took the stage, a bandmember told the crowd, “We’ve had some issues” but would “play on with some friends of ours,” the Download Festival site reports.

Korn recruited a number of artists to stand in for Davis. Jesse Hasek of 10 Years grabbed the microphone for “It’s On!” while Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows belted out “Falling Away From Me.” Former Coal Chamber and current DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara handled vocals for “Somebody, Someone” and “Coming Undone,” and Skindred’s Benji Webbe tackled “A.D.I.D.A.S.” Slipknot/ Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor performed “Clown” and “Freak on a Leash,” and Trivium’s Matt Heafy joined the band for “Blind.”

According to a press release issued Monday (June 12), Korn are still expected to headline this year’s 30-city Family Values Tour, which kicks off July 27 in Virginia Beach, Virginia (see “Korn Resurrect Family Values Tour With Deftones, Stone Sour”). The Deftones, Stone Sour, Flyleaf and Dir En Grey are also on the mainstage bill, with the second-stage bill to be announced in the coming weeks.

“We were truly looking forward to playing the rest of the overseas dates,” the members of Korn said in a joint statement. “So we have tremendous regrets about not being able to connect with our fans, whom we know are the best in the world. We want to thank them for their understanding and loyal support — and, at the same time, let them know that we will see them when we return to Europe.”

Family Values Tour Dates

August

Korn Tickets August 20 – Marysville CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Korn Tickets August 24 – Bonner Springs KS – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Korn Tickets August 25 – Maryland Heights MO – UMB Bank Pavilion
Korn Tickets August 26 – East Troy WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre

September

Korn Tickets September 1 – Holmdel NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Korn Tickets September 2 – Wantagh NY – Jones Beach Theater
Korn Tickets September 3 – Hartford CT – New England Dodge Music Center
Korn Tickets September 6 – Cleveland OH – Tower City Amphitheater
Korn Tickets September 8 – Burgettstown PA – Post Gazette Pavilion
Korn Tickets September 9 – Clarkston MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Korn Tickets September 12 – Cincinnati OH – Riverbend Music Center
Korn Tickets September 13 – Columbus OH – Germain Amphitheater
Korn Tickets September 15 – Camden NJ – Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
Korn Tickets September 17 – Bristow VA – Nissan Pavilion
Korn Tickets September 20 – West Palm Beach FL – Sound Advice Amphitheatre

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Korn Resurrect Family Values Tour With Deftones, Stone Sour

April 21, 2006

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Eight years after creating and headlining the inaugural Family Values Tour, Korn are relaunching the traveling festival this summer with co-headliners the Deftones.

“The first [Family Values] with us on it was the best, and we just decided, let’s do this again,” Korn singer Jonathan Davis said of 1998’s outing with Limp Bizkit, Ice Cube, Rammstein and Orgy.

“We’re gonna break out the old Family Values stuff we got in storage and really put on a cool show.”

Rounding out the mainstage lineup will be Stone Sour, Flyleaf and Dir En Grey, who Davis described as “this crazy Japanese band that are just out of their minds.”

For the first time, the trek will also feature a second stage, with acts to be announced soon. “We’re gonna have some hip-hop acts and some other variety stuff gong on,” Davis said during a recent studio session with Dem Franchize Boyz (see “Are Korn Coming Undone? Rockers Turn To Crunk, Acoustic Songs”). “I think it’s gonna be a really cool summer show.”

Korn are putting the value in Family Values, offering $9.99 lawn tickets at each stop on the tour, which kicks off July 27 in Virginia Beach.

“No band can go down to $9.99 and do the production and that kind of stuff that we’re doing, but the deal we did [becoming equal partners with EMI and promoters Live Nation] allows us to be able to do that, which is really cool,” Davis said. “I don’t want to slap bands for making their ticket prices so high, ’cause I understand production and that stuff costs a lot. … But Madonna’s are like 300 bucks a ticket. I can’t even believe that. Ten bucks for a show is ridiculous, and I think kids that aren’t Korn fans will wanna go just to check out other bands or just go to have a good time.”

Having a good time will also be a priority for Korn, who will balance their intense sets with a lot of backstage hanging out.

“We haven’t toured with [the Deftones] since ’97 or ’96, and we’re really excited,” Davis said. “We love those guys. We started out together. Literally it was us and them, and back in the day we used to drive to Sacramento [California] and play at their home clubs. And they would drive to Huntington Beach and play the clubs we’d play, so we’ve been friends for a long, long time, and it’s cool to be back together again and sharing the same stage.”

And the feelings are mutual, according to Deftones singer Chino Moreno.

“We’ve had a crazy relationship because we’ve always distanced ourselves from Korn so we could be our own band,” Moreno said. “Their first record came out before ours, so it was always like we were following in their footsteps. And I think we had to do that, and now it’s time to just have fun. We don’t care so much about that stuff anymore. We just want to play with friends.”

Moreno also confirmed Davis’ promise that their bands will be performing their collaboration “Wicked” onstage together. “There’s a bunch of cool stuff I want to do,” Moreno said.

Korn just finished a headlining arena trek heavy on album tracks (see “Korn Rock Hometown, Have Street Named After Them On ‘Official Korn Day'”) but are planning a much different show for the summer.

“We’re gonna bring in different songs and play for two hours,” Davis said. “That’s our new thing. We never played for two hours in our whole career. We thought we would die, but now when I get onstage, I want to do more. So it might be more, you never know.”

Deftones will be using the tour to debut new material from their fifth studio album, due in September (see “Why Is The New Deftones Album Taking So Long?”). The bandmembers just came off the Taste of Chaos Tour with Thrice and Atreyu but are looking forward to another festival (see “Taste Of Chaos ’06 Tour Dates Revealed”).

“That was weird because we were the oldest band there. You see a lot of the younger bands, and it’s just a reminder of how things are now,” Moreno said. “It was a good time, but we felt like grandparents out there sometimes.”

After 1998’s run, Family Values returned a year later with Limp Bizkit, Filter, the Crystal Method, Primus, Staind, Mobb Deep, Ja Rule, and Method Man and Redman. In 2001, Stone Temple Pilots, Linkin Park, Staind, Static-X and Deadsy revived the name.

Family Values Tour Dates

August

Korn Tickets August 20 – Marysville CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Korn Tickets August 24 – Bonner Springs KS – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Korn Tickets August 25 – Maryland Heights MO – UMB Bank Pavilion
Korn Tickets August 26 – East Troy WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre

September

Korn Tickets September 1 – Holmdel NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Korn Tickets September 2 – Wantagh NY – Jones Beach Theater
Korn Tickets September 3 – Hartford CT – New England Dodge Music Center
Korn Tickets September 6 – Cleveland OH – Tower City Amphitheater
Korn Tickets September 8 – Burgettstown PA – Post Gazette Pavilion
Korn Tickets September 9 – Clarkston MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Korn Tickets September 12 – Cincinnati OH – Riverbend Music Center
Korn Tickets September 13 – Columbus OH – Germain Amphitheater
Korn Tickets September 15 – Camden NJ – Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
Korn Tickets September 17 – Bristow VA – Nissan Pavilion
Korn Tickets September 20 – West Palm Beach FL – Sound Advice Amphitheatre

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