The Rockstar Mayhemfest this past august in Detroit, at the DTE Music Theatre, could easily go down as one of the best days of my life. If you’ve never been to an outdoor festival, and Mayhem was your first, you would truly be disappointed by anything else that tries to follow in its footsteps. This was the third year for Rockstar to host the Mayhemfest. I was lucky enough to catch the first year back in 2008, so I knew what to expect, and what to do differently this time around. My group and I decided to get there early, to beat the total cluster fuck of cars and people that we unfortunately had the pleasure of being stuck in the first year. This paid off, and we were the first ones in the venue, and with no more than 5 minutes of walking around, we meet Dimebag Darrell’s woman, Rita. She greeted us at her booth with open arms, and even took time to take a picture with us- a great way to start the day.
The bands started playing around 2:30, and didn’t stop till well after 11, and with rockstar’s three stages that were set up, there wasn’t a break in the music the whole day through. If for some reason you started to get bored of watching all the amazing bands that were on this years’ bill, you could always go and do a bit of site seeing… it never ceases to amaze me, the amount of freaks that come out and play, for an event such as this. If that wasn’t enough, you could waste at least half the day browsing the numerous booths set up, which had everything from shirts and undies, to purses, flags, and smoking utensils. Another thing that really blew people away, was the set up that the guys from Metal Mulisha had going. You didn’t know whether to watch one of your favorite bands that were kicking ass on stage, or to watch the dude that was 100 feet up in the air, face down and holding his bike with one hand. This Year, Rockstar changed things up a bit, and added a bit of comic relief in between sets by none other than Jay Oakerson himself. This pleased me to no end, seeing as to how Jay just so happens to be on one of my favorite shows, Z Rock.
With the total madness that was going on throughout the whole day, it isn’t hard to see how Rockstar would decide on Mayhemfest as this festivals name, which was certainly nothing short of being total mayhem! For a metal fan like myself, it’s the equivalent of walking through an amusement park; there is so much to do and see that you don’t know what to try next. With over 9 hours of bands with the likes of Rob Zombie, Lamb of God, and Korn just to name a few, and on top of all the other events, it’s virtually impossible to see everything in one day. Perhaps next year, Rockstar might consider making Mayhem a 2 day event for all us die hard metalheads like myself? Here’s to wishful thinking… I can’t wait to see what next year brings!