Mayhem Update – Behemoth Out Due To Illness
Earlier this month Poland’s blackened death metal merchants, Behemoth announced they had to cancel this year’s Mayhem Festival appearance. Thursday, Rockstar Energy announced the addition of Attika 7 to take the band’s place on the Jagermeister stage which will be headlined by Machine Head and also features Job for a Cowboy, Butcher Babies, Battlecross and Huntress.
Attika 7 features former Biohazard mainman and adult film star Evan Seinfeld, and true son of anarchy, Rusty Coones. The band performed on 2012’s Rockstar Energy Uproar Tour. You can check out our interview with Evan and Rusty here. The band’s debut album “Blood of My Enemies” has been an underground sensation in metal circles.
Behemoth offered the following statement regarding their cancellation:
Behemoth have been forced to cancel their upcoming appearance on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival due to their drummer Inferno taking ill and requiring surgery.
The band’s frontman Nergal comments, ‘This must have been the most difficult decision we were forced to make in recent years. Behemoth is known for not canceling any shows or tours. But this is not something we can do when we are missing our driving force, the man behind the drums – Inferno. Unfortunately, he was hospitalized due to appendix surgery and it’s gonna take him a few months to fully recover and get back to shape. We are trying to save selected European Festivals with a fill-in drummer (Krimh ex-Decapitated), but we won’t be risking doing a full-on prestigious tour like the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival without Inferno. Behemoth is a solid unit and any part of this unit missing makes us weaker, and that is not how we want to present our new material to our fans. Please, accept our apologies and be patient, we shall return to Europe (this fall) and US (early 2014) empowered and motivated as never before!'”
The Sumerian Records stage, in its second year, has added Texas stoner rock outfit, Scorpion Child to headline. City in the Sea and as yet to be named bands will also perform.
The Musician’s Institute page remains set with Children of Bodom headlining. The band just released its newest effort, “Halo of Blood” this spring. Also performing will be Motionless in White, Emmure, Born of Osiris, and Thrown Into Exile.
Likewise, no changes have been made to the mainstage which features headliners Rob Zombie and Five Finger Death Punch, along with Mastodon and Amon Amarth.
Tickets are still available for all shows along with special ticket packages.
6/29 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
6/30 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/2 Boise, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
7/3 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheater
7/5 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion
7/6 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre
7/7 Denver, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
7/10 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/12 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
7/13 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
7/14 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake PAC
7/16 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
7/17 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront
7/19 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
7/20 Saratoga Springs, NY SPAC
7/21 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre
7/23 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/24 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
7/26 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
7/27 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/28 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/30 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/31 Tampa, FL Live Nation Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds
8/2 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
8/3 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/4 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion