Dates For Metal-And-Hardcore Sounds Of The Underground Tour Announced

Second annual metal festival — featuring As I Lay Dying, In Flames and Trivium — to hit 27 cities.

The second installment of the Sounds of the Underground Tour — which rivaled Ozzfest in its successful first year of existence — is set to launch July 8 in Cleveland and wrap on August 27 in Los Angeles. The organizers behind the traveling metal-and-hardcore circus have enlisted special guests to help bolster the lineup during three of the tour’s 27 stops.

As I Lay Dying top the bill, which also features In Flames, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Gwar, Terror, the Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, the Chariot and Through the Eyes of the Dead (see “As I Lay Dying, In Flames Confirmed For Sounds Of The Underground” ).

The special guests include New England metal stalwarts Killswitch Engage (who’ll perform only at the July 14 show in Mansfield, Massachusetts); Shadows Fall, It Dies Today and Still Remains (who will augment the bills in Mesa, Arizona, on July 26 and San Diego two days later); and hardcore champions Evergreen Terrace will hop on the Sounds express on July 19 and remain on board for the rest of the tour.

This summer’s trek hits the road one week after this year’s Ozzfest kicks off in San Francisco (see “System Of A Down, Disturbed To Headline Ozzfest” ).

The festival organizers are taking a different approach to this year’s festival by having fewer bands on the bill and extending the set times for each group. Last year, most bands got no more than 30 minutes to play.

Presale tickets will be available starting April 11 but will officially go on sale April 15; more information on where concertgoers can score tickets is available at the Sounds of the Underground Web site.

The 2006 Sounds of the Underground tour dates, according to the festival’s publicist:

  • 7/8 – Cleveland, OH @ Plain Dealer Pavilion
  • 7/9 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre parking lot
  • 7/11 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
  • 7/12 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
  • 7/13 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ Mid-Hudson Civic Center
  • 7/14 – Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center parking lot
  • 7/15 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
  • 7/16 – Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
  • 7/17 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
  • 7/19 – Orlando, FL @ Tinker Field
  • 7/21 – Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater
  • 7/22 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheatre
  • 7/23 – Selma, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre parking lot
  • 7/26 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
  • 7/27 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
  • 7/28 – San Diego, CA @ TBA
  • 7/29 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre Parking Lot
  • 7/31 – Denver, CO @ City Lights Pavilion
  • 8/2 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Nightclub
  • 8/3 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Freedom Hill Amphitheater
  • 8/4 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
  • 8/5 – St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
  • 8/6 – Winnipeg, MB @ Convention Centre
  • 8/7 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Center
  • 8/8 – Edmonton, AB @ Northlands Agricom
  • 8/10 – Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum
  • 8/12 – Universal City, CA @ Gibson Universal Amphitheatre