May 11, 2009

Hard rock mavens STAIND, SHINEDOWN, CHEVELLE and HALESTORM will be teaming up this summer for the "Stimulate This!" tour, a four-band bill designed to offer fans maximum value at a minimal price.

Making its way across the U.S. beginning July 1 and extending through early September, the "Stimulate This!" tour will hit more than 40 U.S. markets, including some of the hardest hit by the recession. In a show of solidarity for their fans, the four bands have worked closely with the concert promoters to create a package of exceptional value for ticket buyers. Through their collective efforts, they've been able to maintain modest base ticket prices that remain mostly under $40 each — half the cost of comparable multi-band summer tour packages — with some venues offering lawn seats for less than $10. Additionally, each tour stop will include special promotions for ticket holders that will vary from market to market, but could include discounts on concessions at the venue during the show, store discounts at local retailers, and online rebates for band merchandise to name a few.

Inspired by the bands' efforts to craft a cost-efficient tour for their fans during these hard times, Atlantic Records will give away a pair of tickets to five fans in every market who pose the best reason as to why they need a free night of rock. Fans can send their stories and enter the contest through Atlantic Records' web site, More details will be available soon on the web site.

"Wall Street got its bailout; now it's time for rock fans to get theirs," said STAIND frontman Aaron Lewis. "This summer, we want to give our fans one night where they can forget about everything else and experience a great rock show."

"We've always said that we, as a band, only answer to one boss... and that's everyone in the audience," offers SHINEDOWN's Brent Smith. "It's our job... our privilege to offer our fans an escape. Teaming up with these other great bands, we're doing what we can to help lift everyone's spirits in these tough times... the power of music can do that."

"Stimulate This!" tour — all dates with STAIND, SHINEDOWN, CHEVELLE and HALESTORM except * (see below):

Jul. 01 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center
Jul. 02 - St. Paul, MN - Harriet Island*
Jul. 04 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Jul. 07 - Roanoke, VA - Roanoke Convention Center
Jul. 09 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Jul. 10 - Gilford, NH - Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion
Jul. 12 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center*
Jul. 14 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
Jul. 16 - Wallingford, CT - Chevrolet Theatre
Jul. 17 - Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Park Convention Hall
Jul. 21 - Pikeville, KY - Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
Jul. 22 - Corbin, KY - Southeastern KY Agricultural & Expo
Jul. 24 - Evansville, IN - Roberts Stadium
Jul. 25 - Dubuque, IA - Dubuque County Fair*
Jul. 26 - Brookings, SD - Swiftel Center
Jul. 28 - Rapid City, SD - Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Arena
Jul. 29 - Billings, MT - MetraPark Arena
Jul. 31 - Rochester, MN - Mayo Civic Center*
Aug. 10 - Ridgefield, WA - The Amphitheatre at Clark County
Aug. 13 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore Auditorium
Aug. 14 - Rio Rancho, NM - Santa Ana Star Center
Aug. 15 - Lubbock, TX - Lonestar Amphitheater
Aug. 18 - Laredo, TX - Laredo Entertainment Center
Aug. 28 - Toledo, OH - Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre
Aug. 30 - Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier at Penn's Landing

* July 2 and July 31 with STAIND, CHEVELLE and HALESTORM only
July 12 all four bands part of WHRL Big Day Out festival
July 25 with STAIND and SHINEDOWN only

More shows will be announced soon.

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