Fresh off their headlining North American tour in support of their platinum album Indestructible, Grammy-nominated hard-rock band Disturbed will launch the Music As A Weapon IV Tourâ€”a music, tattoo, and lifestyle festivalâ€”presented by Samsung Mobile and powered by Sprint.
Although the Chicago quartet conceived Music As A Weapon in 2001 and have headlined the previous three tours, this is the first time that it has been expanded into a complete lifestyle festival. In addition to presenting the best in rock music, Music As A Weapon IV also features a collection of the greatest tattoo artists from around the country offering their talents to attendees in each city, including the world-famous Oliver Peck (seen on Miami Ink and Bam’s Unholy Union on MTV), Las Vegas’ Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company (founded by freestyle motocross legend Carey Hart). Attendees will also be able to check out an extreme sports complex where freestyle motocross, BMX, and Skate teams will perform, a Technology and Gaming Zone, and a Vendor Village, all for a fan-friendly ticket price.
“We really wanted to make sure fans attending Music As a Weapon this year got the most bang for their buck,” says Disturbed frontman David Draiman, “so we decided to bring in the tattoo artists, the extreme sports complex, the gaming, and the vendor village to go beyond the usual live music experience and give the concerts the feel of a true event. Our feeling in expanding the festival was to give people maximum entertainment value. If they are going to part with their hard-earned money, we need to honor that and give them our all in return.”
Disturbed will be joined on the 38-city, nine-week trek, which kicks off March 20th in Madison, WI, by Killswitch Engage on the main-stage, as well as Lacuna Coil, Chimaira, and other acts to be announced on the second stage.
“Samsung Mobile is excited to share the stage with this incredible lineup of bands and a great festival concept,” says Bill Ogle, Chief Marketing Officer for Samsung Mobile. “Samsung Mobile is dedicated to creating phones that let people be who they want to be. We believe that our sponsorship of Music As A Weapon is an excellent opportunity for us to showcase our Samsung Rantâ„¢ and Samsung HighNoteâ„¢, two phones that you can personalize to work just the way you want.” The Samsung Rantâ„¢ and Samsung Highnoteâ„¢ are both available exclusively from Sprint. Customers can purchase the Rant and Highnote at Sprint retail stores, online at www.sprint.com or by calling 1-800-SPRINT1.
Music As A Weapon is produced by Disturbed and their manager Jeff Battaglia, along with industry veterans John Reese (President of Freeze Artist Management; co-founder and co-producer of Rockstar Taste Of Chaos Tour, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and the Collegiate Get A Life Tour) and Darryl Eaton (CAA booking agent; co-producer of the Vans Warped Tour, Rockstar Taste Of Chaos Tour, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival) and Bill Hardie (Producer and Founder of Hootenanny, Musink and Spare The Air Festivals).
WWW.DiNGLIFE.COM will be launching promotions with the bands and tattoo artists and bringing attendees exclusive opportunities to customize their digital lifestyle and Samsung Mobile Phone. DiNG is the world’s largest artist device customization portal. Over 150 devices and over 200 musical acts, including Disturbed and Killswitch Engage, are available at www.dinglife.com.
The Music As A Weapon IV Festival will begin at 2PM daily in every city. Details about specific venues, confirmed traveling tattoo artists, sponsors and additional musical performers will be released in the coming weeks. Music As A Weapon is now taking submissions from tattoo artists and festival vendors. Go to www.musicasaweapon4.com for more information.
See below for confirmed dates. On-sale dates for Music As A Weapon through Ticketmaster and participating vendors are in parentheses.
20th Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center (Feb 6th @ 3PM)
21st Waterloo, IA McCelroy Arena (Jan 31st @ 10AM)
23rd Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center (Jan 30th @ 10AM)
25th Denver, CO The Fillmore (Jan 31st @ 10AM)
28th Glendale, AZ Jobing.com Arena (Feb 6th @ 3PM)
29th Albuquerque, NM Tingley Auditorium (Feb 6th @ 3PM)
31st Dallas, TX Nokia Theatre (Jan 31st @ 10AM)
1st Wichita, KS Hartman Arena (Jan 31st @ 10AM)
3rd Bossier City, LA Centurytel Center (Feb 28th)
4th Little Rock, AR Riverfest Amphitheatre (Jan 31st)
5th New Orleans, LA Uno Lakefront Arena (Feb 28th)
7th Pensacola, FL Pensacola Civic Center (Jan 31st)
8th Duluth, GA Gwinnett Arena (Feb 21st @ 10AM)
11th Orlando, FL Amway Arena (Jan 31st)
13th Charlotte, NC Bojangles Coliseum (TBD)
14th Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena (Feb 20th @ 3PM)
15th Lowell, MA Tsongas Arena (Feb 13th @ 3PM)
17th State College, PA Bryce Jordan Arena (Jan 30th @ 3PM)
18th Portland, ME Cumberland Cty Civic Center (Jan 30th @ 10AM)
20th Erie, PA Erie Civic Center (Feb 14th @ 10AM)
21st Bridgeport, CT Arena at Harbor Yard (Jan 31st @ 10AM)
22nd East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center (Feb 13th)
24th Fayetteville, NC Crown Coliseum (Jan 31st @ 10AM)
25th Reading, PA Sovereign Center (Jan 31st @ 10AM)
27th Glens Falls, NY Glens Falls Civic Center (Jan 31st @ 10AM)
28th Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Center (March 6th @ 3PM)
30th Battle Creek, MI Kellogg Arena (Feb 27th @ 3PM)
2nd Detroit, MI Cobo Arena (Feb 13th)
3rd Cleveland, OH The Wolstein Center (Feb 27th @ 3PM)
5th Columbus, OH Value City Arena (Mar 6th @ 3PM)
6th Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center (Feb 6th @ 3PM)
8th Minneapolis, MN Target Center (Jan 30th @ 3PM)
9th Des Moines, IA Balloon Classic Field (Feb 21st)
10th Green Bay, WI Resch Center (Jan 31st @ 10AM)
12th Lacrosse, WI Lacrosse Center (Jan 30th @ 3PM)
13th Evansville, IL Roberts Stadium (Jan 31st @ 10AM)
15th Council Bluffs, IA Mid America Center (Feb 21st @ 10AM)
16th Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion (Jan 31st @10AM)