It looks like the Music As A Weapon tour is taking the place of the cancelled touring version of the Musink Tattoo & Music Festival.

For the first time, Music As A Weapon tour, created by the Grammy-nominated hard-rock band Disturbed in 2001, is being expanded into a traveling lifestyle festival that in addition to hard rocking music will now include tattoo artists, extreme sports, a tech and gaming zone, and vendor village.

Kicking of March 20 in Madison, WI, and finishing up May 16 in Chicago, IL, Disturbed will be joined on the 38-city, nine-week trek, by Killswitch Engage on the main-stage, as well as Lacuna Coil, Chimaira, and other acts to be announced on the second stage.

Tattoo artists include the world-famous Oliver Peck (seen on Miami Ink and Bam’s Unholy Union on MTV) and Las Vegas’ Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company (founded by freestyle motocross legend Carey Hart). The extreme sports complex will feature freestyle motocross, BMX, and skate teams performances.

“We really wanted to make sure fans attending Music As a Weapon this year got the most bang for their buck,” said Disturbed frontman David Draiman, in a statement, “so we decided to bring in the tattoo artists, the extreme sports complex, the gaming, and the vendor village to go beyond the usual live music experience and give the concerts the feel of a true event. Our feeling in expanding the festival was to give people maximum entertainment value. If they are going to part with their hard-earned money, we need to honor that and give them our all in return.”

In addition to being produced by Disturbed and their manager Jeff Battaglia, co-producers include the same industry veterans behind the nixed Musink Tatoo & Music Festival: John Reese (president of Freeze Artist Management and co-founder and co-producer of Rockstar Taste Of Chaos Tour, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and the Collegiate Get A Life Tour), CAA booking agent Darryl Eaton (co-producer of the Vans Warped Tour, Rockstar Taste Of Chaos Tour, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival) and Bill Hardie (producer and founder of Hootenanny, Musink and Spare The Air Festivals).

Music As A Weapon IV Tour is being presented by Samsung Mobile and powered by Sprint.

Music As A Weapon IV itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

March 20 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center Memorial Coliseum
March 21 Waterloo, IA McElroy Auditorium
March 23 Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center
March 25 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
March 28 Glendale, AZ Arena
March 29 Albuquerque, NM Tingley Col. @ New Mexico St. Fair
March 31 Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie
April 1 Wichita, KS Hartman Arena
April 3 Bossier City, LA CenturyTel Center
April 4 Little Rock, AR Riverfest Amphitheatre
April 5 New Orleans, LA Lakefront Arena
April 7 Pensacola, FL Pensacola Civic Center
April 8 Duluth, GA The Arena At Gwinnett Center
April 11 Orlando, FL Amway Arena
April 13 Charlotte, NC Bojangles’ Coliseum
April 14 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
April 15 Lowell, MA Paul E. Tsongas Arena
April 17 University Park, PA Bryce Jordan Center
April 18 Portland, ME Cumberland Co. Civic Center
April 20 Erie, PA Erie Civic Center Complex
April 21 Bridgeport, CT Arena At Harbor Yard
April 22 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
April 24 Fayetteville, NC Crown Coliseum
April 25 Reading, PA Sovereign Center
April 27 Glens Falls, NY Glens Falls Civic Ctr.
April 28 Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Events Center
April 30 Battle Creek, MI Kellogg Arena
May 2 Detroit, MI Cobo Arena
May 3 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Ctr. / Cleveland St. Univ.
May 5 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
May 6 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center Arena
May 8 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
May 9 Indianola, IA Balloon Classic Launch Field
May 10 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
May 12 La Crosse, WI La Crosse Center Arena
May 13 Evansville, IN Roberts Stadium
May 15 Council Bluffs, IA Mid-America Center
May 16 Chicago, IL Charter One Pav. @ Northerly Isl.