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Tag Archives: John Reese

Taste Of Chaos, Carnival of Madness tours returning

Posted by on March 14, 2016

With the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival having closed up shot last year, organizers Kevin Lyman and John Reese, along with the energy drink, have turned their focus towards resurrecting another dormant festival. It’s been announced that the Taste of Chaos tour will be back this Summer. After having a one-off festival last October in […]

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R.I.P. Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival (2008-2015)

Posted by on August 3, 2015

What every one has speculated about it, after all the problems and drama surrounding this year’s edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, it’s has been confirmed today by co-founder John Reese via Facebook, calling the end of the yearly Festival for good. The poor ticket sales, unfortunate (but not false) choice of words from […]

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HELLYEAH’s frontman says all bands on Mayhem Festival are “awesome”

Posted by on July 30, 2015

The controversial and chaotic Mayhem festival has been the favorite topic everywhere for a while. To recap everything it has happened really quick: the festival co-founder called the current metal scene “gray, bald, and fat”; Kerry King, guitarist for one of the headliners of the festival called him a “douche” for saying that; King then […]

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Mayhem co-founder John Reese pens open letter about this year’s festival

Posted by on July 29, 2015

With 2015’s Mayhem Festival wrapping up this Sunday, it will bring an end to not just the festival, but the discussion that’s gone on around it. As a refresher, co-founder Kevin Lyman, hastily said a thing or two about the fest and the state of metal that he publicly apologized for. Then Slayer’s Kerry King […]

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The Rockstar Mayhem Festival will be announced next month

Posted by on March 4, 2015

When Slipknot and Lamb of God announced their tour earlier this year, it seemed like a shot across the bow to the Mayhem Festival. While the tour has been happening every year since 2008, generally by now a band or two has let slip that they’d be playing. With LoG and Slipknot (as well as […]

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Headbangers Brawl: Who should play Mayhem Fest this year?

Posted by on January 23, 2015

It’s close to the end of January,which means it’s festival announcement season! The Warped Tour has been gradually announcing bands since December, and a lot of the destination festivals (Coachella, Bonnaroo) have announced their lineups as well. And then there’s the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival and the Maryland Deathfest. Not announced yet, however, is […]

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Photos: Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, 7/5/14, San Bernardino CA

Posted by on July 9, 2014

This past weekend in San Bernardino, CA, the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival kicked off in grand fashion. The festival’s seventh incarnation features headlining sets from Korn and Avenged Sevenfold, and Metal Insider contributor Rachael Mattice was on hand to capture them, along with Wretched, Asking Alexandria, Mushroomhead, and Cannibal Corpse. We’ll be bringing you […]

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Mayhem Fest giving back to military via ‘Metal of Honor’ charity

Posted by on July 8, 2014

When we caught up with John Reese a few weeks ago about the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival a few weeks back, we talked about a lot of things, but one thing we neglected to mention his charity work. Since 2011, Reese has been giving back to the community via Metal of Honor, a charity […]

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Interview: Mayhem co-founder John Reese talks booking, wish list, and if anyone is too extreme to book

Posted by on June 16, 2014

When the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival kicks off on July 5th, it will be entering its seventh year. While Ozzfest has existed in the United States for twice as long (even though it hasn’t taken place here since 2010), Mayhem has grown from an upstart to an established annual event. Co-founded by Warped Tour founder […]

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Otep backs off Mayhem Fest homophobia allegations

Posted by on April 2, 2014

On Monday, Otep frontwoman Otep Shamaya ruffled some feathers after a tweet she posted alleging that one of the reasons she might not be on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest this year was because one of the corporate sponsors was homophobic. In further conversations via Twitter, it was made apparent that it was Rockstar […]

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