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Monday, June 18, 2012
Iced Earth: to kick off North American tour with VOLBEAT, HELLYEAH, THE SIXXIS; Limited pressing of Dystopia Tour Edition to be available only at merch stands
Iced Earth:   to kick off North American tour with VOLBEAT, HELLYEAH, THE SIXXIS; Limited pressing of Dystopia Tour Edition to be available only at merch stands
ICED EARTH to kick off North American tour with VOLBEAT, HELLYEAH, THE SIXXIS; Limited pressing of Dystopia Tour Edition to be available only at merch stands

Heavy metal legends ICED EARTH will be touring North America starting next week, hitting the road with VOLBEAT, HELLYEAH, and THE SIXXIS for an extensive 5-week trek. In regards to this upcoming tour, Jon Schaffer (rhythm, lead and acoustic guitars/backing vocals) comments: "I'm completely stoked, VOLBEAT is one of my all-time favorite bands, and Michael and the boys are great people. There is a lot of mutual respect and admiration, and I think we are in for a hell of a good time! This will be a package that won't soon be forgotten, I'm sure of that."

ICED EARTH will be touring in support of their critically acclaimed 10th studio album, Dystopia. Released last year via Century Media Records, Dystopia debuted at #67 on the Billboard chart and has since received rave reviews from fans and critics alike, with Revolver Magazine naming it one of the 20 Best Albums of 2011 and declaring, "Twenty years after releasing their self-titled debut, this Florida fivesome has never sounded better."

To commemorate the tour, ICED EARTH are releasing a limited tour edition of Dystopia. Currently available only at the merchandise stands on the tour, the 2-disc Dystopia Tour Edition contains the original full-length album, as well as b-side covers of IRON MAIDEN "The Trooper" and BLACK SABBATH "Mob Rules," as well as the classic 17-minute ICED EARTH track "Dante's Inferno" re-recorded with vocalist Stu Block. The bonus disc also contains both music videos from Dystopia - the title track and "Anthem" - as well as a 'Making of Dystopia' studio interview with the band, and exclusive cell phone skins and desktop backgrounds.

All upcoming ICED EARTH tour dates are below, so check to see when they'll be coming to a city near you!

ICED EARTH tour dates feat. VOLBEAT, HELLYEAH, THE SIXXIS
6/18--Kool Haus--Toronto, ON
6/19--The Fillmore--Detroit, MI
6/20--Chameleon Club--Lancaster, PA **headlining off date**
6/21--House Of Blues--Boston, MA
6/22--Paramount Theatre--Huntington, NY
6/23--Northern Lights--Clifton Park, NY
6/25--House Of Blues--Chicago, IL **off date with HELLYEAH**
6/26--MYTH--St. Paul, MN
6/27--Burton Cummings Theatre--Winnipeg, MB
6/29--Crescent Point Place--Weyburn, SA
7/2--Shrine Auditorium--Billings, MT
7/3--Knitting Factory--Spokane, WA
7/5--Knitting Factory--Spokane, WA
7/6--Knitting Factory--Boise, ID
7/7--Knitting Factory--Reno, NV
7/8--Warfield Theatre--San Francisco, CA
7/10--The Grove of Anaheim--Anaheim, CA
7/11--Marquee Theatre--Tempe, AZ
7/12--House Of Blues--Las Vegas, NV
7/13--The Great Salt Air--Magna, UT
7/14--Mesa Theatre & Club--Grand Junction, CO **headlining off date**
7/15--Colorado Springs City Auditorium--Colorado Springs, CO
7/16--Sokol Auditorium--Omaha, NE **off date with VOLBEAT**
7/18--Sherman Theater--Stroudsburg, PA
7/19--Rams Head Live!--Baltimore, MD
7/22--Sherman Theater--Stroudsburg, PA
7/23--Norva Theater--Norfolk, VA
7/24--Rams Head Live!--Baltimore, MD