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Top Summer Metal Tours of 2011

Top Summer Metal Tours of 2011

Even with the absence of Ozzfest and an official Crue Fest tour this summer, there still will be plenty of opportunities for headbangers to get their fill.

Here are four kickass 2011 summer tours:

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Featuring Megadeth, Disturbed, Godsmack, Machine Head, In Flames, Trivium, Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish, Straight Line Stitch, Unearth, Kingdom of Sorrow and Red Fang. Starts July 9 at San Manuel Amphitheatre in San Bernadino, California. Ends Aug. 14 at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida. The complete schedule for this tour -- and the other three tours -- is below.

Metal Blade Records Summer Slaughter. Featuring Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Darkest Hour, Six Feet Under, Dying Fetus, As Blood Runs Black, Oceano and Flesh God Apocalypse. Starts July 22 at the Los Angeles Strip House of Blues. Ends Aug. 21 at the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas.

All Stars Tour. Featuring For Today, In This Moment, Born of Osiris, the Ghost Inside, After the Burial, Attila, For All Those Sleeping, Chelsea Grin, Emmure, Alesana, iwrestledabearonce and blessthefall. Starts July 21 in Houston, Texas. Ends Aug. 23 in San Francisco.

Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Featuring Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet for My Valentine, Escape the Fate, Sevendust, Black Tide, Art of Dying and Orange Blossom Special. Starts Aug. 26 in Camden, New Jersey. Ends Oct. 14 (location TBA).

Gabriel Garcia, Black Tide's founder, guitarist and vocalist, is ready for Black Tide's outing on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival.

“We were just confirmed for it a couple of weeks ago,” Garcia said during an interview from his home in Miami, Florida. “We're looking forward to hanging out with Avenged Sevenfold, Escape the Fate and Bullet for My Valentine. We know those guys, and they're awesome people. It's going to be like a summer camp.”

As an added bonus, Black Tide will release Post Mortem, the follow-up to 2008's Light from Above, on Aug. 23.

“I was 13 when we recorded Light from Above, so I really hadn't lived or experienced life,” said Garcia, who got his first guitar from a flea market when he was 8. “When we were writing songs for Post Mortem, we put everything we experienced in those four years of touring in the lyrics, so the CD is very real for us.”

Chris Howorth, guitarist/co-founder of In This Moment, one of the All Star Tour headliners, is expecting an interesting summer.

“We did the Vans Warped Tour in 2009, and it was a different experience for us,” Howorth said. “Our fan base is more of the Korn, Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch types, but when we were on Warped, we were playing for young punk-rock kids.

“All Star Tour is similar to Warped,” he said. “There will be a lot of younger kids and break-down bands. So it will be interesting for In This Moment to play.”

2011 SUMMER TOUR DATES:

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival
Jul 09 San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernardino, CA
Jul 10 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
Jul 12 White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, WA
Jul 13 Idaho Center Amphitheatre, Nampa, ID
Jul 15 Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ
Jul 16 Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion, Albuquerque, NM
Jul 17 Fiddler's Green Ampitheatre, Englewood, CO
Jul 19 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Maryland Heights, MO
Jul 20 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
Jul 22 Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA
Jul 23 Parc Jean-Drapeau (Heavy MTL), Montreal, QC
Jul 24 Comcast Theatre, Hartford, CT
Jul 26 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY
Jul 27 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
Jul 29 First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
Jul 30 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
Jul 31 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
Aug 02 Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, VA
Aug 03 Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC
Aug 05 First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre, Tinley Park, IL
Aug 06 DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
Aug 07 Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN
Aug 09 Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK
Aug 10 Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TX
Aug 12 Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
Aug 13 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL
Aug 14 Cruzan Ampitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL

See the dates for the other three tours on the next page!

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