The first dates have been announced for the 2005 "Blackest of the Black" tour, which will kick off in San Diego at the end of September and end on the West Coast on Halloween. Joining headliners DANZIG will be the crème de la crème of the hardcore/dark/black metal bands — CHIMAIRA, BEHEMOTH, HIMSA, MORTIIS and THE AGONY SCENE.

DANZIG's performance on all dates of the "Blackest of the Black" tour will feature former MISFITS' guitarist Doyle Von Frankenstein for a special 30-minute set of MISFITS classics. Doyle joined DANZIG on a handful of tour dates last winter (New York, Philadelphia, Boston) for "the closest thing to a MISFITS reunion you're going to see."

"'The Blackest of the Black' tour is for extreme bands that sell out venues across the country, that sell records, but don't get radio play or get on MTV," said Glenn Danzig. "It's anti the corporate crap nu-rap-metal that gets shoved down fans' throats at other concerts." The "Blackest of the Black" festival was organized by Danzig and debuted in the summer of 2003 with DANZIG, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, OPETH, NILE, LACUNA COIL and BEHEMOTH on the bill. "I'd like to see this being an on-going event," Danzig added.

"Blackest of the Black Tour" 2005 dates:

Sep. 30 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
Oct. 01 - Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock/The Joint
Oct. 02 - San Francisco, CA @ Backyard At The Pound
Oct. 04 - Seattle, WA @ Premeir
Oct. 06 - Spokane, WA @ The Big Easy
Oct. 07 - TBA
Oct. 08 - Bozeman, MT @ Valley Ice Garden
Oct. 10 - TBA
Oct. 11 - Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
Oct. 12 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
Oct. 14 - Montreal, QUE @ The Medley
Oct. 15 - TBA
Oct. 17 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
Oct. 18 - Providence, RI @ The Strand At Lupo's
Oct. 19 - Atlantic City, NJ @ House Of Blues
Oct. 21 - Atlanta, GA @ Earthlink Live
Oct. 22 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Oct. 23 - Kissimmee, FL @ Hard Rock
Oct. 25 - New Orleans, LA @ Twi Ropa
Oct. 26 - Dallas, TX @ Nokia Theatre
Oct. 27 - San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Gardens
Oct. 29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Amphitheatre


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