The rumors are true: this fall, ALICE IN CHAINS will be joined by special guests DEFTONES and MASTODON on BlackDiamondSkye, a monolithic triple bill that is guaranteed to be the hottest ticket of the fall touring season. The rollicking roadshow, produced by Live Nation, launches September 16 at the Charter One Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. Tickets go on sale in select markets beginning May 15 at Blackdiamondskye.com and LiveNation.com. Fan club pre-sale begins May 10 for select dates. Check Blackdiamondskye.com for more info.
Over the course of the past week, message boards across the Internet have been buzzing about the tour following a series of mysterious videos seen below.
"Rather than launch with a traditional tour announcement, we wanted to engage the fans first," says David "Beno" Benveniste, founder of Velvet Hammer Music and Management Group, who rep ALICE IN CHAINS and DEFTONES. "We gave them a cryptic clip featuring video snippets of each band and they lit up the Internet. Now there's an entire online community talking about the tour and speculating about the bands involved. It's thrilling to see them communicate and respond so positively to this exciting tour."
"We're really looking forward to touring with our friends, DEFTONES and MASTODON," says ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell. "Each band has its own unique flavor and the combination of all three will make for a great show and a good time on the road."
"BlackDiamondSkye spotlights three distinctly different and influential artists and fuses their individual fanbases into a single entity," says Benveniste. "This is the poster kids will want to have on their walls, and ten years from now people will look back at this as a timeless and important tour."
BlackDiamondSkye dates are as follows (additional dates to be announced soon):
Sep. 16 - Chicago, IL - Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
Sep. 17 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sep. 18 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Sep. 20 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
Sep. 22 - Boston, MA - Agannis Arena
Sep. 24 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
Sep. 28 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Oct. 01 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
Oct. 04 - Denver, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Oct. 07 - Vancouver, BC - General Motors Place
Oct. 08 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena
Oct. 09 - Portland, OR - Rose Quarter - Memorial Coliseum
Oct. 16 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint