There has been much controversy surrounding this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Festival co-founder Kevin Lynman said a few disparaging things about running the tour, citing that metal is no longer about danger and has instead gotten “gray, bald, and fat.” Slayer guitarist Kerry King was of the same mind, stating that even he would not pay money to attend this year’s Mayhem Festival.
Jungle Rot frontman Dave Matrise was understandably upset by King’s remarks, basically saying that the tour wouldn’t have happened without support from Jungle Rot or other bands on Victory Records.
And it seems that the festival that pushed even the mighty Ozzfest out of business is ready to do the same, as the other co-founder of Mayhem Festival, John Reese, has confirmed that 2015’s tour will be the last Mayhem Festival ever.
That said, please enjoy photographs from the Tinley Park, IL stop of the tour, featuring Whitechapel, The Devil Wears Prada, Kissing Candice, HELLYEAH, King Diamond, and Slayer. They’ll be the last Mayhem Festival photos we post on Heavy Blog.
The Devil Wears Prada
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