UPDATED- Festival Preview: Monster Mash Music Fest

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(Editor’s Note: On 10/23 the Friday event for Monster Mash featuring Carlos Santana was canceled. More information heređŸ™‚

Prediction: Destination concert festivals will finally be the answer to European Open Air events  American fans have been drooling over ages. With new events cropping up left and right it is going to get tough for discerning fans to know where to spend their money. One new fest that has the star power and the location to draw lots of concertgoers is the Monster Mash Music Fest taking place Halloween weekend in Tempe Beach Park, at Tempe AZ. With a comfy autumn climate and beautiful vistas from the park, this is a spectacular place to see a concert. And what a concert Monster Mash promises to be with the one of a kind return of Tool, as well as other headliners such as Linkin Park, Rob Zombie, Primus, and Deftones.


Halloween Saturday at Monster Mash is stacked as Tool headlines the festival in their return to activity. Much speculation has been focused on the bands’ long delayed fifth album. Still, one can never underestimate what the band will pull out of their magic hat musically or visually in a live setting. It is sure to be a spectacle. Primus is aptly ranked in the direct support slot. Having wrapped up their Primus And The Chocolate Factory tour this fall, their Monster Mash set might be the last chance to see them for a while. Coheed and Cambria precedes them and is on tour supporting their new album The Color Before The Sun (300 Entertainment). Up and coming rockers Aeges and With Arms To The Sun round out the early Saturday lineup.


Rob Zombie, by Emma Parsons Photography

All Saints Day promises to be a devil of a time with a bevy of rock and metal bands led by a 1-2 punch of Linkin Park and Rob Zombie. Both acts put on tremendous visual shows live anhttp://www.monstermashaz.com/#!tickets/cq53d hit laden sets tailor made for festivals. Hot on their heels will be Deftones, who always put on an amazing show. The band transcended their early roots in the Nu Metal 90s to become a ground breaking avant-garde band all over the world. Pulling double duty this weekend will be Maynard James Keenan, performing again on Sunday with his art rock collective Puscifer. Puscifer’s new album Money Shot (Puscifer Music) drops coincidentally in time for the show. Playing in the daylight should be an experience for Ghost and their ritual sacrament of heavy psychedelic rock and evil imagery. Rockers Haletstorm will also be on the bill early this day.

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