After its wildly successful inaugural run, the highly anticipated Carnival Of Madness tour returns this summer! Joining the Carnival will be 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 set to launch August 13 in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.

VIP ticket pre-sales for the first 15 events 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!!!”

Adds 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!”

The dates are as follows:

Aug. 13 – Twin Lakes, IL – Shadow Hill Ranch
Aug. 19 – Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s Casino
Aug. 20 – Sedalia, MO – Missouri State Fairgrounds
Aug. 26 – Louisville, KY – Kentucky State Fair/Cardinal Stadium
Aug. 27 – Waterloo, IA – McElroy Auditorium (outdoors)
Aug. 28 – St. Paul, MN – Minnesota State Fair
Sep. 1 – Allentown, PA – The Great Allentown Fair
Sep. 3 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino
Sep. 7 – Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Concert Pavilion
Sep. 10 – Atlantic City, NJ – House of Blues
Sep. 11 – Huntington, WV – Harris Riverfront Park
Sep. 13 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater
Sep. 14 – Fayetteville, NC – Crown Coliseum
Sep. 16 – Tulsa, OK – Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino
Sep. 17 – Poplar Bluff, MS – Black River Coliseum

More dates will be announced in the coming weeks.