Rockstar Mayhem Festival, the 26-city heavy-metal bash coming to the Idaho Center Amphitheater on July 4, is an annual destination for headbangers.
Organizers expect 8,000 to 9,000 fans to show up next week in Nampa. Yet heading into the event's fifth year, it's becoming trickier to book the festival's two headliners. That's clear from this year's bill, which is topped by Slipknot and Slayer. Both are major acts with diehard fan bases. But both have played previous MayhemFests.
"The very, very top of the bill are the two hardest slots to pick," event producer John Reese told me Monday. "Because to draw 10,000 to 30,000 people, there has to be some commercial crossover aspect of it."
There are 20 to 25 bands on the planet that have the drawing power to headline MayhemFest, Reese said, so you have to expect repeat acts. That said, he's already working on the 2013 bill for MayhemFest and seeking fresh blood.
Reese mentioned one potential future act that fired me up: Rammstein.
"I'm gonna try like hell," Reese said. "I tried to get them last year."
That would be, in a word, awesome. Rammstein doesn't tour the States all that often. It would be an opportunity for massive North American festival exposure. And to mix things up at MayhemFest. And to make local fire departments panic.
Frankly, hosting MayhemFest on the Fourth of July should be making the Nampa Fire Department squirm. I can't wait to see bottle rockets screaming at the stage during Slipknot's set next week.
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Watch Rammstein below.