The touring Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival will enter its second year led by headliners Slayer, Marilyn Manson and Bullet For My Valentine (BFMV). The 27-show trek launches July 10 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Wheatland, CA, and is scheduled to end August 16 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in San Antonio, TX.

Highlights for the summer-long tour circuit include a July 17 concert at Cricket Wireless Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ, a July 28 event at The Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, ON, an August 7 stop at the Susquehana Bank Center in Camden, JN, and an August 12 show at Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL.

Tickets for the touring festival go on sale to the public on April 24. All venues featured on the tour are managed by Live Nation, so primary ticketing will be handled through the company’s new offshoot Live Nation Ticketing.

In addition to Slayer, Manson and BFMV, the main stage will also feature a special performer to be announced in the coming weeks. The Jagermeister second stage will feature Trivium, All That Remains and God Forbid, while a separate Hot Topic-sponsored second stage will host extreme metal acts Cannibal Corpse, Job for a Cowboy, Behemoth, Black Dahlia Murder, and Whitechapel.

“We thought long and hard about the artists that we wanted to perform this year and the end result is a collection of bands that we feel hard music fans are going to immensely enjoy,” said John Reese and Kevin Lyman in a joint statement. “The festival area is going to be special again in 2009 with the Metal Mulisha and a lot of great surprises. We look forward to a great Mayhemic summer and hope to see you at one of the shows!”

Last summer’s inaugural festival hit 30 cities across North America from July 9 through August 19. Slipknot, Disturbed, Dragonforce and Mastodon headlined the 2008 outing.

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

July 10 Wheatland, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 11 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 12 Devore, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
July 14 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
July 17 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
July 18 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
July 19 Englewood, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
July 21 Bonner Springs, KS Capitol Federal Park At Sandstone
July 22 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amph. St. Louis
July 24 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
July 25 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
July 26 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 28 Toronto, ON The Molson Amphitheatre
July 29 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain
July 31 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
August 1 Burgettstown, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
August 2 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 4 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
August 6 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
August 7 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
August 8 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center
August 9 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion At Stone Ridge
August 11 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
August 12 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
August 14 Dallas, TX Center
August 15 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 16 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheater