Insane Clown Posse, Kool Keith Plan Rap-Metal Tour

Coal Chamber also invited to tour of 3,000- to 5,000-seat venues.

Rap acts Insane Clown Posse and Kool Keith

are planning to team with hard-hitting rockers Coal Chamber for a

30-date tour beginning July 2, according to tour organizers.

"This is going to be the most devastating tour of the summer," Michael

Wood, the tour's booking agent, said Tuesday (March 23).

Joined by Twiztid, an Insane Clown Posse spinoff, the tour will play

venues with capacities ranging from 3,000 to 5,000 in major markets

throughout North America. It will kick off July 2 in Detroit, hometown

of the Insane Clown Posse, the clown-faced rap duo whose next album,

The Amazing Jeckyl Brothers, is due May 25.

Venues are still being determined and will likely be announced in May,

Wood said.

Wood said that the tour will be called simply the "Insane Clown Posse,

Coal Chamber, Kool Keith and Twiztid" tour.

"We're tired of all these stupid names. We're just putting the bands up

and that's it," Wood said. "All of these [acts] have mad fans who are

just gonna be there freakin' it; that's all we need to know."

Kool Keith will release his next album, Black Elvis/Lost in Space,

on Columbia Records on June 1. The rapper's manager, Jeremy Larner, said

that Keith's new image as the "Black Elvis" will resonate with fans

during the tour. "Black Elvis wigs" will be available for sale at

concerts, he added.

"Kool Keith is looking forward to performing in front of [fans] in

clown makeup -- but not only will they be wearing clown makeup, they

will be sporting the Kool Keith Black Elvis wig," Larner said. "It's the

new fashion for the new millennium."

A Coal Chamber spokesperson said Wednesday

(March 24) the band has not committed to the tour, but hopes to

participate if scheduling permits. Coal Chamber, who broke out of the

Los Angeles modern-metal scene in 1997, are expected to release their

second album, Chamber Music, in June or July.