"Headbangers Ball" host Jamey Jasta and his band, Hatebreed, will headline this year's Headbangers Ball Tour, slated to kick off March 25 in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The tour, which is currently set to run through May 5 in San Francisco with additional dates to be added, also features a bunch of Jasta's friends. There's Damageplan — the new band put together by Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul — Drowning Pool and Unearth.
Hatebreed will be supporting their latest record, Rise of Brutality, which came out in October. The band is getting ready to shoot a video for its next single, "Live for This," and has asked longtime fans who own old Hatebreed flyers or photos to e-mail them to the group for inclusion in the video. High-resolution jpegs should be sent to Hatebreedinfo@aol.com.
The Headbangers Ball Tour will mark the first outing for Damageplan, whose punishing debut album, New Found Power, came out February 10. The band's recent collaboration with ex-Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, "Ashes to Ashes," will appear on the soundtrack for "The Punisher," which comes out March 23. The soundtrack will also include "Step Up," the first song released by Drowning Pool since the death of their singer Dave Williams in August 2002 (see "First Song From New Drowning Pool Lineup On 'Punisher' LP"). The band's second full-length album, Desensitized, featuring new singer Jason "Gong" Jones, is scheduled to come out April 20.
Headbangers Ball Tour dates, according to the trek's publicist:
- 3/25 - N. Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
- 3/27 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Millennium Center
- 3/28 - Norfolk, VA @ The Norva Theatre
- 3/31 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
- 4/1 - New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
- 4/2 - Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Arena
- 4/5 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Orbit Room
- 4/7 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
- 4/10 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's Concert Theatre
- 4/17 - Corpus Christi, TX @ The Pavilion
- 4/22 - Atlanta, GA @ Roxy Theatre
- 4/23 - Zephyrhills, FL @ Zephyrhills Festival Park
- 4/25 - Orlando, FL @ Lee Vista Park
- 5/4 - Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
- 5/5 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore