Disclaimer: Only the festival organizers and/or bands can officially confirm or deny who is playing. Any information listed here is not official and is nothing more than speculation based off rumors.
- 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Rumors:
3-02-15: Tour producer Kevin Lyman has revealed on his official twitter that details, including the band line up, will be announced 4-13-15 for the 2015 Mayhem Festival:
2-23-15: All That Remains tweeted the following which has led many to speculate that the band may play this years Mayhem Festival:
“Hey guys, by the way, if you don’t catch us on the “Charming America” tour with In Flames and Wovenwar this spring you probably won’t see us here in the US till middle/late summer. Just sayin.”
2-18-15: The Mayhem Fest rumors for the 2015 tour are not forthcoming like they have been in past years. The festival is happening according to producer Kevin Lyman‘s twitter account. There is no set date for details to be revealed due to the line up taking longer to solidify compared to the previous years. We have heard rumors that Guns N’ Roses was asked to headline but declined. We are also hearing that Limp Bizkit was approached to play. Today we will take a look at bands we think are likely candidates to play – let us state these are nothing more than guesses based off rumors & speculation and that not all of these bands will play:
Headliner: It’s probably going to be Linkin Park but if not maybe Godsmack or one one of the co-headliner possibilities mentioned below. Maybe the tour producers will make friends with Sharon and lure Ozzy Osbourne to headline with his solo band? Doubtful but nothing is ever certain.
Co-Headliners: Most people think we will see Marilyn Manson, Godsmack or Slayer in this spot. Tough choice to pick one of those bands but I lean towards Slayer due to the fact its the one band not on the Slipknot tour that can help Mayhem Fest compete with that tour imo. One other band that could be a distinct possibility is Five Finger Death Punch but I would think they will not tour the US again after their Spring tour until they have a new album out. Rumors suggest Limp Bizkit was invited to play although they may accept a spot a bit lower – its hard to tell with the small amount of rumors this year.
Main Stage Opening Bands/Small Stage Headliners: There are several bands that could fit into these spots but here are my top guesses in no specific order:
Faith No More
The smaller stage bands will probably be determined by which ever record labels have stages like Sumerian Records & Victory Records have done in the past:
High On Fire
Thy Art Is Murder
Tear Out The Heart
Most of these bands listed above are free during July when the festival usually tours. Most of the bands have either played before or are heavily requested by fans each year. I expect dates to be revealed by early March month and the line up to be announced by late March or early April but that is just a guess and nothing more. There is not much in the way of rumors and I do not plan on updating this page again until there are solid rumors or an official announcement – which ever comes first.
2-06-15: Victory Records band Tear Out The Heart is rumored to play Mayhem Festival 2015.
The following bands have released conflicting tour dates and will most likely NOT play the festival in 2015:
Children Of Bodom
Looks like several of the rumored European bands will not play this year.
2-03-15: There seem to be more Mayhem Festival 2015 line up rumors circulating on the internet each day. While none of the following rumored bands are official or can even been confirmed as being legitimate or credible I will share for the sake of speculation purposes:
Faith No More
Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals
After a quick review of announced tour dates it appears that the following bands have a empty tour schedule during the usual early July/early August Mayhem Fest tour schedule. Here are is a look at the last scheduled dates of possible headliners.
Linkin Park – 6/26 thru 6/30 they have US festival dates
Slayer – 6/11 thru 6/14 they have US festival dates
Marilyn Manson – 6/19 thru 6/21 the band is overseas
Godsmack – 6/27 the band is overseas.
Korn – The band had overseas dates scheduled for mid July – they will most likely NOT play Mayhem Fest 2015
Deftones – Nothing scheduled past May.
Judas Priest – The band had overseas dates scheduled for late July – they will most likely NOT play Mayhem Fest 2015
Rob Zombie – The band had overseas dates scheduled for late July/early August – they will most likely NOT play Mayhem Fest 2015
Faith No More – 6/21 the band is overseas and has nothing scheduled until HVY MTL on 8/07.
FFDP – 6/27 is the band’s last tour date overseas with nothing scheduled afterwards.
While Linkin Park is still heavily rumored to headline there is a small possibility that the injury to frontman Chester Bennington’s ankle could force the band out of the tour.
It looks like Rob Zombie, Judas Priest & Korn will not play Mayhem Fest in 2015 due to conflicting tour dates. Bands that are still possible candidates to co-headline are:
Five Finger Death Punch
Faith No More
Check back for a more indepth analysis soon.
1-29-15: Now that Slipknot has announced their own ‘Summers Last Stand’ headline tour featuring Lamb Of God, Bullet For My Valentine and Motionless In White, the clears the path for figuring out exactly which bands will play the 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. While we have not heard any official details, we have heard a few rumors. I have also heard rumors that the Slipknot tour could add more bands and I would expect Of Mice And Men to be included.
Another rumored tour set to take place this summer involves Smashing Pumpkins teaming up with Marilyn Manson. While we cannot confirm or deny the legitimacy of this tour rumor, we will assume it is legit. It is possible it could be the headliners for the Rockstar Uproar festival if the rumor is true – but that remains to be seen.
The strongest rumor is that the following bands will be on the Mayhem Festival line up:
Thy Art Is Murder
The big question is what line up can Mayhem Festival come up with to compete with the Slipknot tour. I think if Linkin Park is the headliner that the festival would need to add some heavy bands to compensate and to compete with other tours. One band that I think we could see that is heavy and would give the tour credibility is Slayer. While there are other bands that could draw in the fans like Korn, Godsmack and Marilyn Manson, Slayer would draw in several fans of Slipknot and Lamb Of God, not to mention the old school thrash fans. Another possible co-headliner could be Rob Zombie – he does have a new album and a live album out soon and has played the festival before.
Other bands I could see on the main stage could be Deftones, Anthrax and/or Killswitch Engage. Deftones has yet to play the festival while Anthrax and KsE have both only played one time and those bands would still seem fresh and new to fans who attend.
On the smaller stages it is a toss up as to which bands may play and it seems like virutally every major record label will want at least one of their bands on the tour. With bands like In Flames, Hatebreed, Behemoth and Black Label Society confirmed for European tours during the usual Mayhem Festival tour dates, I expect to see familiar bands as second stage headliners like Children Of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Emmure, Anthrax and maybe even newer acts such as Clutch, Meshuggah or Arch Enemy.
As far the opening bands I believe we could see some bands who have never played before like High On Fire (if you recall they dropped off the tour a few years back before the first date), Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch, After The Burial but truthfully it is just a guessing game at this point.
If last year was any indication with bands like Ill Nino, Mushroomhead and Body Count there could be more veteran acts line up for 2015. I would be surprised to see Otep, Kittie or Fear Factory.
Surprisingly there has not been much in the way of rumors at this time. I am hearing that the dates/cities will be announced in February and I will assume the line up would be announced in late March or early April. With that said, here is my guess at what the line up may look like but be advised this is nothing more than a guess:
Slayer or Rob Zombie or Marilyn Manson or Korn
Small Stage Headliners:
High On Fire
Thy Art Is Murder
Once again the line up above is a just a guess. No official details have been released for the festival yet.
1-23-15: New rumors have suggested Linkin Park could headline in 2015 along with Thy Art Is Murder, Glass Cloud and Periphery as small stage performers.
Other rumors circulating (and more believable imo) suggest that Slipknot and Lamb Of God will be the mainstage headliners in 2015. No word on when an official announcement will take place.
12-26-14: Its getting to be the time of year when rumors begin to surface about which bands will play the 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. A few weeks ago we posted our predictions for Mayhem Festival 2015 Main Stage bands. Today we will take a look at likely candidates to play on the smaller stages, including possible small stage headliners.
First off, since we predicted Slipknot as the frontrunner to headline the main stage, it should be known that last time they played there was only one small stage and not as many bands. So while we have no official information as to which bands will play, we are going to predict just a handful at this time… until the rumors begin to surface.
For the possible small stage headliners I think 2015 may be the year that the festival approaches more bands that have yet to play. I am going to predict that this will be the year that Meshuggah plays. Its just a hunch with nothing to support it. If there happens to be two small stages I would not be surprised to see Anthrax, Killswitch Engage or Atreyu as the other headliner.
Moving on to the other bands that may play on the small stages I think we could see any of the following:
August Burns Red
High On Fire
Kill Devil Hill
Thy Art Is Murder
While that list may have too many bands or not be feasible (lots of Century Media bands on there) it is a good place to start considering that there has not been many rumors floating around yet. Check back for more as I will provide updates once rumors begin to circulate.
12-01-14: Let’s take a look at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Main Stage line up possibilities for 2015.
It seems like most people think Slipknot will headline and I tend to agree unless their Spring tour during The Worlds Loudest Month hits the usual Mayhem Festival cities.
The more interesting question is what bands will play on the main stage before Slipknot (or whoever headlines). Here is a list of potential candidates:
Kill switch Engage
Lamb Of God
I think we will see bands who either have a brand new album coming out during the summer or a band that has not played yet. Rob Zombie and Slayer have both played twice while Judas Priest & Godsmack will both have completed two North American tour runs for their last albums. I really think the main stage will look like this:
Lamb Of God
While I have yet to hear much in the way of rumors this is a feasible line up. I think Deftones fits in nicely in the spot that previously belonged to Asking Alexandria, Bullet For My Valentine and Killswitch Engage.
The co-headliner spot should belong to Lamb Of God. After the ordeal involving vocalist Randy Blythe being imprisoned and their As The Palaces Burn documentary being a success, I think the band will return in a huge way behind the strength of a new album. Always a fan favorite, I think the timing is right for Lamb Of God to achieve the level of success that underground legends Pantera and Slayer achieved at the heights of their popularity.
I have heard a few rumblings that the festival may be interested in booking more progressive metal bands this year. Being one of the most popular progressive metal bands along with sharing the same record label as the predicted festival headliner, I think Dream Theater is a strong contender to open up the main stage in 2015.
In a few weeks I will post any info/rumors I receive and also post my guesses for the small stage headliners and opening bands. Just remember I am making educated guesses based purely from rumors and speculation. Only the festival organizers or bands can release the official information.
10-20-14: Now that fall has arrived I will start taking a few guesses at which bands may play the 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. First off I want to state that I have no insider information and anything posted on this website is purely speculation based off of educated guesses, rumors or bands/management/tour organizers letting out information directly or indirectly.
Each year fans ask for Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Rammstein, System Of A Down and other bands that sell out the same venues that Mayhem Festival plays at a higher ticket cost (i.e., those bands make more money on their own tours). It certainly is not impossible for those bands to play but it also is not very likely that they would play in my opinion.
My prediction for the headliner at this time is obviously Slipknot. They have a new album out that has been heavily hyped in the media. They have also played the festival before. I truly believe if they do not headline it will be because they are doing something else. You can be assured that they have been asked to play.
One band that could play might be Judas Priest. The band has a European tour set thru late June but I think Priest would be an excellent addition to Mayhem Fest. They could headline if Slipknot does not play or would make an awesome co
-headline act with Slipknot, although at this point in their it is unlikely we would see Priest co-headline.
If Priest and Slipknot do not play it might be Tool. It has been a long time since they have put out a new album and playing Mayhem Fest would allow them a chance to engage a younger generation of metal fans with their music.
As for other main stage bands that may play I think this year could be the year we see Lamb Of God return. Whenever the band decides to record a new album it will be massive in my opinion due to their previous success and the fact that it will be the first music they released since the incident with vocalist Randy Blythe being imprisoned for being accused of manslaughter. I think that if Lamb Of God plays that they could be the co-headlining band, playing next to last.
If Lamb Of God does not play it is possible that Godsmack or Megadeth may play. I really think if Lamb Of God does not play that we could see Deftones play in 2015. It would be a new band for the festival.
In 2015 I think we will see more progressive metal. In years past it would be one prog metal band slated to play each year, like Mastodon, Red Fang or High On Fire. I would not be surprised to see Dream Theater or Opeth land the 3rd spot from the top on the main stage. I also would not be surprised to see other prog oriented metal bands like Meshuggah, Periphery or Tesseract added to the 2015 line up.
In Flames played half the tour in 2011 before dropping off. Behemoth and High On Fire where both scheduled to play in the past few years but had to bow out for various reasons. I would not be shocked to see one of those bands return in 2015 and hopefully complete the entire tour.
I will be taking a more in depth look in the coming months. I will list the bands I think are most likely to play below, but be advised this will likely change as rumors circulate and/or information is leaked – take this with a grain of salt as the my final prediction will probably look much different:
Lamb Of God OR Deftones (only one, probably not both)
Dream Theater OR Opeth (only one, probably not both)
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