Winds of PlagueSouthern California's Winds of Plague will spend their summer vacation melting the minds of metalheads as they play the side stage of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2010, introducing attendees to 'The Great Stone War.' Vocalist Johnny Plague also submitted to Noisecreep's probing questions about this must-see summer tour, how they plan to stand out and how whiffle ball and a giant Slip 'n Slide would be the best post-show, backstage entertainment!

What bands are you looking forward to seeing at Mayhem? Anyone that's caught your ear lately? Anyone you've heard making waves in recent months?

There are so many amazing bands on this year's lineup, bands that got me into heavy metal and that I grew up on. I'm really looking forward to touring again with Hatebreed and Chimaira. We had the privilege to tour with both these bands last year, and it was the most fun tour I have ever been a part of, not to mention I am a huge fan of both bands. I feel that Lamb of God have paved the way for heavy, aggressive music and it means a lot to me to have the opportunity to be along side of them.

What are you planning for your own set? Any interesting covers? Playing some old classics? Crowd favorites?

This is the biggest tour we have ever been asked to be a part of. We will have the chance to win over thousands of people to the Plague Army, and you better believe we have a few tricks up our sleeves. The first thing we thought of when we were invited to Mayhem was, 'How are we going to stand out from the rest of the bands?' The answer: high-energy, epic stage show accompanied with a set list of our best songs.

What's the best backstage/after show activity on the tour? Ozzfest always had their famous BBQs. How are you planning on spending your downtime this summer at Mayhem?

We're not the biggest drinkers, so we tend to lean towards more alternative activities. I would like to see a good parking lot waffle ball or football game, giant Slip 'n Slide or a poker tournament. The sky is the limit.

Winds of Plague's 'The Great Stone War' is in stores now.