Monday, July 12, 2010

Clash of the Titans Redux!

July 7, 1991.

That's the day the Clash of the Titans tour steamrolled through Bristol, CT, turning the Lake Compounce amusement park into a carnival of sights, sounds, and metal smells that only long hair and black leather in mid-summer heat and humidity could inspire. I loved every minute of it - Megadeth supporting their epic Rust in Peace, Anthrax tearing through Persistence of Time, and Slayer celebrating the haunting Seasons in the Abyss. (And, yes, there was even this up-and-coming band named Alice in Chains - they got booed.)

It was a defining moment in my metal years, and also the show where I bought one of my favorite pieces of band merch ever - Anthrax 'P.O.T.' shorts that I long ago threw away when the elastic fell apart and the waist expanded wide enough to host a circle pit.

That was then, this is now, and the past and present will collide this fall, when the second leg of the American Carnage Tour finds fellow Titans Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax sharing stages once again (Anthrax isn't on the tour's first leg, in August). In keeping with the spirit of the original tour, Megadeth will be performing Rust in Peace in its entirety, Slayer will pummel crowds with Seasons in the Abyss from start to finish, and Anthrax will be loading their set with classic material featuring recently returned frontman Joey Belladonna.

Twenty years later, can the remake top the original? If they sell Anthrax shorts at the merch stand, you can count on it...

Presale tickets go onsale Wednesday, July 14, and a discount code can be obtained by visiting,, or Public on sales begin July 23, and a limited number of $10 tickets will be available in many cities - complete details are available on the band websites, and at

Confirmed dates for the second leg of American Carnage:

24 Verizon Wireless Theatre, Dallas, TX*
25 AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX*
26 Verizon Wireless Theatre, Houston, TX*
28 Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, LA*
30 Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, TN

1 The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Atlanta, GA*
2 Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
3 Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, Miami, FL*
5 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
6 Eagles Auditorium, Baltimore, MD*
8 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, Long Island, NY*
9 Toyota Pavilion @ Montage Mtn, Scranton, PA*
10 LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH**
12 Freedom Hall, Louisville, KY
14 War Memorial Coliseum, Ft. Wayne, IN*
15 DeltaPlex, Grand Rapids, MI*
16 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI**
19 E Center, Salt Lake City, UT
20 The Pearl, Las Vegas, NV
21 Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal City, CA*

* $10 discount for tickets purchased during pre-sale
** $5 discount for tickets purchased during pre-sale

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