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Mudvayne tour plays 'New Game' with ticket program

By Allison Reitz

Heavy metal band Mudvayne is playing a "New Game" when it comes to ticket sales as the rockers take their latest album on the road. The New Game Tour kicks off October 28 at the El Paso County Coliseum in El Paso, TX, and continues through December 20 at the House of Blues in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

Mudvayne is touring in support of "The New Game," due in stores November 18. According to a statement released by the band, fans who preorder any physical version of the release will have the opportunity to purchase concert tickets on a first come, first served basis as part of the band's new "The Album is the Ticket" promotion. Mudvayne partnered with Best Buy and Ticketmaster to create the program.

"Traditionally, over the life cycle of an album, a fan purchases a CD, DVD, tickets to a show and a fan club membership, generally spending over $100 for the experience. For the launch of 'The New Game,' fans can experience all of these elements for well under $40," lead vocalist Chad Gray said in the statement. "We created 'The Album is the Ticket' program to give back to you the fans that have supported us for so many years and make it and easy to get what you want."

Albums purchased through Best Buy will come with a unique access code for TheAlbumIsTheTicket.com, which will allow fans to purchase concert tickets while supplies last, while also receiving a one-year membership to the official Mudvayne fan club.

Drummer Matt McDonough said the goal of the partnership is "to save our fans money and prevent them from getting taken advantage of by scalpers." However, in addition to discouraging some secondary ticket sellers, the program could also help boost album sales.

While the alt-rockers have never had a huge problem with album sales, earning five Gold certifications from RIAA since 2001, Mudvayne's program could encourage more casual listeners to buy the album rather than pirating the tracks from the Internet. Earlier in the year, the Associated Press reported that album sales dropped 9.5 percent in 2007, a fact that some published reports by industry analysts have blamed on increased pirating of digital music.

Metal groups 10 Years and Snot will provide support on the 35-date trek, which also includes a special Halloween performance with Puddle of Mudd at the Freaker's Ball at Nokia Live in Grand Prairie, TX. Other highlights include a November 11 show at the Palladium in Los Angeles, CA, and a December 16 show at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, NY.

Mudvayne itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)

October 28 El Paso, TX El Paso County Coliseum
October 30 Corpus Christi, TX The Pavilion At Concrete
October 31 Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Live
November 1 San Antonio, TX Sunset Station
November 3 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
November 5 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom
November 7 Oklahoma City, OK Bricktown Events Center
November 8 Albuquerque, NM Albuquerque Convention Center
November 9 Tempe, AZ The Marquee Theatre
November 11 Los Angeles, CA The Palladium
November 12 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
November 14 San Francisco, CA Grand Ballroom
November 15 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
November 17 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
November 19 Spokane, WA The Knitting Factory Concert Hall
November 21 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium
November 22 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theatre
November 24 Wichita, KS The Cotillion
November 25 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
November 26 East Peoria, IL East Peoria Event Center
November 28 Des Moines, IA Val Air Ballroom
November 29 Maplewood, MN The Myth
December 1 Milwaukee, WI The Eagles Ballroom
December 2 Chicago, IL The Congress Theater
December 5 Detroit, MI The Fillmore Detroit
December 6 Grand Rapids, MI The Orbit Room
December 8 Cincinnati, OH Bogart's
December 9 Columbus, OH Lifestyles Communities Pavilion
December 11 Baltimore, MD Ram's Head Live
December 12 Philadelphia, PA The Electric Factory
December 13 Worcester, MA The Palladium
December 16 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom
December 17 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
December 19 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
December 20 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues

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