The 2015 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival featuring Slayer King Diamond and many other bands who kicked ass on the Victory Records Side stage, made its stop at San Manuel Amphitheater on June 27, 2015. After all the great bands like White Chapel, Thy art Is Murder and Sister Sin finished their sets, it was time for the Main stage to get rocking.
The main stage opening band was The Devil Wears Prada who only did a 40 minute set followed by Vinny Paul and his band, Hell Yeah who blasted through a set that included “Demons In Dirt” and “Sangre por Sangre”!!!! Next up was the man I had been waiting to see live in concert for the first time ever, King Diamond. King opened his set with “The Candle” and kicked ass on a one hour set that also included “Eye of the witch” and Mercyful Fate classic “Evil.” The King Diamond production was impressive and the stage looked like an evil-type church or castle with Gargoyles and pentagrams. I really hope I get a chance to see King Diamond live again.
Headliners Slayer hit the stage next and thrashed a set that included 2 new songs “Repentless” and “When The Stillness Comes…” both songs are excellent. It was great to see Gary Holt wear his classic black T-shirt with ‘Kill The Kardashians.’ Slayer concluded their 75 minute set with “Reign and Blood” and the Jeff Hannemen Tribute, “Angel of Death.”
On a side note, I just wanted to say it was kind of disappointing to see a venue as empty as it was last night, especially with Slayer ticket prices as low as 15 bucks! To all my Metal Heads, go out and support LIVE music… it’s the only way our bands are going to continue to tour since no one buys music anymore. Please go out and get your tickets today and SUPPORT OUR METAL MUSIC!