John Reese Discusses Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival's 5-Year Anniversary
"I have a long term relationship with Slipknot. I loved Paul so much. I love all the guys in that band. And to have them on the fifth year of Mayhem, our fifth anniversary, and to have had them launch it five years ago...
I couldn't think of anybody I'd rather be around or have support an important festival. They're my boys." ~~ John Reese (on Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2012 headliners, Slipknot)
As Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2012 prepares to roll across country on their five year anniversary tour I had a chance to talk with one of heavy music's toughest and most enduring warriors, Mayhem co-creator, John Reese.
John Reese, along with long-time business partner and friend Kevin Lyman (Van's Warped Tour, Coachella), founded Mayhem Festival as well as Taste of Chaos, but he has been flexing his musical muscles for a very long time and he brings to bear a wealth of experience that few can claim: he partnered with producer Ross Robinson and signed Slipknot and The Cure, as well as many other notable artists, on his Roadrunner Records imprint label. He managed Danzig and was part of the Guns N' Roses management team during the worst of their feuding, rioting years.
And now, years after his graduation from the school of hard knocks, John Reese has focused his fierce attitude and razor-sharp brilliance on bringing to American stages the sort of brutal, energetic and insanely fun music events that I'd only ever experienced during my five years living in Germany.
You can feel John Reese's might on the stages of Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, Avalanche Tour, 48 Hours Festival, ID Festival and the Jagermeister Music Tours, but Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival easily ranks as the most important event for fans of both hard rock and metal, regardless of sub-genre: nu-metal, deathcore, progressive metal... you'll find them all well-represented on the three stages of Mayhem Festival.
"Post-hardcore, hard rock... heavy music man, heavy music. Mayhem is a heavy music tour. And if you're into heavy music, then this is the tour for you." — John Reese
John Reese promised he had some surprises up his sleeve for Mayhem's fifth year - This is one of them. If the boat's a'rockin Don't come a'knockinContinued on the next page