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Complete with several U.S. Military vehicles as well as armed and uniformed troops, the Metal Hammer Trespass America Festival was announced yesterday at The Key Club on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood.  The Key Club became a military detention camp, all guests received an ID bracelet and had to pass through a caged security check before entering.

Members from several of the Trespass America support line-up – Kyle “Gumby” Gunther from Battlecross, Emmure’s Frankie Palmeri and Mark Castillo, Matt Heafy from Trivium, and recently rejoined Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach – all handcuffed and hooded – were marched out onto the stage at the press conference with a military escort.  Press conference attendees were then able to view the arrival of headliners Five Finger Death Punch on the club’s in-house movie screen; a military convoy transported 5FDP – also handcuffed and hooded – up the Sunset Strip to The Key Club ‘detention camp.’  Upon arrival, ten U.S Military troops escorted the band through the crowd and onto the stage.  Metal Hammer’s editor, Alexander Milas, announced the tour and the lineup as the prisoners-cum-musicians were cut out of their handcuffs by the soldiers and pulled of their hoods for the reveal.

The 31-date Metal Hammer Trespass America Festival will kick off July 13 in Broomfield, CO and end in Los Angeles on August 28.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 27, 2012.  Log on to for details.  With more to be announced, confirmed dates for the Metal Hammer Trespass America Festival are as follows:



13        Broomfield, CO – 1st Bank Center
15        Billings, MT – MetraPark Arena
16        Bismarck, ND – Bismarck Civic Center
17        Sioux Falls, SD – Sioux Falls Arena
19        Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
21        Fort Wayne, IN – Allen County Expo Center
24        Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Amphitheatre
25        Belton, TX – Bell County Expo Center
27        San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
28        Beaumont, TX – Ford Pavilion
30        Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
31        Evansville, IN – Ford Center


3         Battle Creek, MI – Kellogg Arena
7         Syracuse, NY – SRC Arena and Events Center/Onondaga Community Center
8         Glens Falls, NY – Glens Falls Civic Center
10        Scarborough, ME – Scarborough Downs
14        Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
15        Hartford, CT – Comcast Theatre
17        Worchester, MA – DCU Center
18        Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
19        Philadelphia, PA – Penn’s Landing – Festival Pier
22        Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Civic Coliseum
25        Rio Rancho, NM – Santa Ana Star Center
26        Phoenix, AZ – Comercia Theatre
28        Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium

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