After its tremendously successful inaugural run, the highly anticipated Carnival of Madness Tour will be returning this summer. This year's installment will feature Theory of a Deadman, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Adelitas Way and Emphatic.

Sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, the Carnival of Madness Tour will tear through North America for 25 plus dates and launch on August 13 in Twin Lakes, WI.

VIP ticket pre-sales for the first 15 shows will be available for those belonging to Theory of a Deadman's Deadfan Club beginning Tuesday, May 31, followed by those signed up for the Carnival of Madness mailing list at, beginning Wednesday, June 1. VIP bundles with exclusive merchandise, content, and an enhanced Carnival experience will be available for purchase through Artist Arena.

The public on-sale for the first round of shows will be Friday, June 3. All of the ticket on-sale info can be found at The "Carnival" ticket price acknowledges the current state of the economy offering an "affordable" ticket that will be in the $25 - $35 range.

Bill McGathy, the owner of the Carnival of Madness brand proclaims, "After the incredible energy generated in the inaugural event last year, the 2011 edition combines a fantastic Rock package with a ticket price that is actually affordable in these economically challenged times".

"Theory of a Deadman is totally stoked to be doing the Carnival of Madness Tour this year," says singer/guitarist Tyler Connolly. "It's great to be joined by Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Adelitas Way and newcomers Emphatic – who all have songs rocking at radio and awesome live shows. It's gonna be a fuckin' great show from beginning to end and definitely something you don't wanna miss! See you there!!!"

Continues Alter Bridge singer/guitarist Myles Kennedy: "Alter Bridge is pleased to be taking part of the Carnival of Madness Tour later this summer with Theory Of A Deadman, Black Stone Cherry, Adelitas Way and Emphatic. It will be great to be back in the U.S. playing on our home turf with these bands. If you dig straight up, no frills Rock...then this tour is for you. Hope to see everyone there!"

One of Vancouver's greatest exports, Theory of a Deadman, is returning to give rock music a much needed reality check with their fourth studio release, 'The Truth Is...' The album is slated for release on July 12 via Roadrunner/604 Records and the first single, 'Lowlife,' is already storming its way up the rock charts. 'The Truth Is...' is the follow up to the band's previous Platinum-selling 'Scars and Souvenirs' album and was produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, 3 Doors Down).

Alter Bridge is currently haunting the Top 20 of the Rock charts with their latest single, 'Ghost of Days Gone By.' In preparation for the Carnival of Madness Tour, the band just wrapped up a successful headline run with Black Stone Cherry and Like a Storm. Alter Bridge has also made successful national TV appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel Live in support of their latest album, 'AB III.'

The Carnival of Madness Tour made its inaugural launch in 2010 with Shinedown, Sevendust, Chevelle, Puddle Of Mudd and 10 Years, which proved to be one of the biggest Rock shows of the summer as a Top 50 tour.

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Saturday, August 13 Twin Lakes, IL Shadow Hill Ranch

Friday, August 19 Council Bluffs, IA Harrah's Casino

Saturday, August 20 Sedalia, MO Missouri State Fairgrounds

Friday, August 26 Louisville, KY KY State Fair/Cardinal Stadium

Saturday, August 27 Waterloo, IA McElroy Auditorium (outdoors)

Sunday, August 28 St. Paul, MN Minnesota State Fair

Thursday, September 1 Allentown, PA The Great Allentown Fair

Saturday, September 3 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino

Wednesday, September 7 Baltimore, MD Pier Six Concert Pavilion

Saturday, September 10 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues

Sunday, September 11 Huntington, WV Harris Riverfront Park

Tuesday, September 13 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Uptown Amp.

Wednesday, September 14 Fayetteville, NC Crown Coliseum

Friday, September 16 Tulsa, OK Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino

Saturday, September 17 Poplar Bluff, MS Black River Coliseum

Note: More dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

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