Heavy metal band Mudvayne is playing a “New Game” when it comes to ticket sales as the rockers take their latest album on the...

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 28El Paso, TXEl Paso County Coliseum
October 30Corpus Christi, TXThe Pavilion At Concrete
October 31Grand Prairie, TXNokia Live
November 1San Antonio, TXSunset Station
November 3Houston, TXWarehouse Live
November 5Tulsa, OKCain’s Ballroom
November 7Oklahoma City, OKBricktown Events Center
November 8Albuquerque, NMAlbuquerque Convention Center
November 9Tempe, AZThe Marquee Theatre
November 11Los Angeles, CAThe Palladium
November 12Las Vegas, NVThe Joint
November 14San Francisco, CAGrand Ballroom
November 15Portland, ORRoseland Theatre
November 17Seattle, WAShowbox SoDo
November 19Spokane, WAThe Knitting Factory Concert Hall
November 21Denver, COThe Fillmore Auditorium
November 22Kansas City, MOUptown Theatre
November 24Wichita, KSThe Cotillion
November 25St. Louis, MOThe Pageant
November 26East Peoria, ILEast Peoria Event Center
November 28Des Moines, IAVal Air Ballroom
November 29Maplewood, MNThe Myth
December 1Milwaukee, WIThe Eagles Ballroom
December 2Chicago, ILThe Congress Theater
December 5Detroit, MIThe Fillmore Detroit
December 6Grand Rapids, MIThe Orbit Room
December 8Cincinnati, OHBogart’s
December 9Columbus, OHLifestyles Communities Pavilion
December 11Baltimore, MDRam’s Head Live
December 12Philadelphia, PAThe Electric Factory
December 13Worcester, MAThe Palladium
December 16New York, NYRoseland Ballroom
December 17Norfolk, VAThe NorVa
December 19Atlanta, GATabernacle
December 20Lake Buena Vista, FLHouse of Blues

Last Updated on September 17, 2008 by By Allison Reitz