D’Addario is proud to sponsor numerous artists on the Mayhem tour this year. The fourth annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival kicked off July 9th with a variety of electrifying heavy metal artists headlining the music event.Bands scheduled to perform on the mainstage include the iconic Megadeth, Disturbed, Godsmack and Dethklok. The Jagermeister stage is featuring Red Fang, Hatebreed and the Jagermeister Battle of the Bands winner, while the Extreme Stage spotlights Suicide Silence, Testament and Straight Line Stitch.
Megadeth’s lead guitarist and frontman Dave Mustaine says, “This is going to be a helluva hot summer, and you can get ready for true Mayhem this year.” Drummer and proud Pro-Mark user John Sherman of Red Fang exclaims, “We are super excited. We have never done anything like THIS. It’s on such a big scale.” The tour is making a 26-date trek across that began July 9th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California.
The following performers will be rocking with D’Addario, Planet Waves Evans and/or Pro-Mark gear during the tour:
Festival veterans and Megadeth bandmates Chris Broderick and Dave Ellefson proudly use Planet Waves Cables, while drummer Shawn Drover proudly uses Evans drumheads and Pro-Mark drumsticks. For more information on Megadeth, please visit megadeth.com
Drummer Mike Wengren of Disturbed uses the Evans Hybrid Snare Drum Batter to make his trademark polyrhythms and tribal drumming style. For more information on Disturbed, please visit disturbed1.com.
Bass Player Robbie Merrill of Godsmack, also a festival verteran, uses D’Addario XL strings tuned DADG or CGCG to craft his unique sound that’s as soulful as it is cutting. For more information on Godsmack, please visit godsmack.com.
Straight Line Stitch bassist Jason White and guitarists Pat Pattison and Seth Thacker are proud endorsers of D’Addario strings and Planet Waves cables, while drummer Kanky Lora touts Evans’ drumheads as the “best on the planet.” For more information on Straight Line Stitch, please visit straightlinestitch.com.
Dethklok, from the popular Adult Swim animated program, Metalocalypse uses D’Addario strings, Planet Waves cables, Pro-Mark drumsticks and Evans drumheads to perform the band’s melodic death metal music. For more information on Dethklok, please visit dethklok.org.
Hatebreed drummer Matt Byrne uses a variety of Evans products to create the band’s hardcore punk sound including EQ2 Clear Batter bass heads, EQ3 Black Resonant bass heads, Power Center Reverse Dot Snare heads, and G2 Clear Tom Heads. For more information on Hatebreed, please visit hatebreed.com.
Suicide Silence performs an extreme metal musical style known as Deathcore, a fusion between death metal and metalcore. The band, composed of rhythm guitarist Chris Garza, lead guitarist Mark Heylmun and bassist Daniel Kenny all tout D’Addario as “having the best products out there!” For more information on Suicide Silence, please visit suicidesilence.net.
D’Addario & Company, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets complete lines of strings for fretted and bowed musical instruments, drumheads, drumsticks, drum practice pads, and guitar and woodwind accessories under the proprietary brand names D’Addario, Planet Waves, Rico, Evans Drumheads, Pro-Mark Drumsticks, and PureSound Percussion. The company also runs theLessonroom.com and Guitar.com. D’Addario products are marketed in approximately 120 countries.