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Tattoo the Earth to return as festival featuring Anthrax, Black Label Society, Hatebreed, more

MassConcerts and tour founder Scott Alderman have announced the return of Tattoo the Earth as a one-day festival. Featuring Anthrax, Black Label Society, Hatebreed, At the Gates, Municipal Waste, Enforced and more to be announced, the event will take place Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, at The Palladium Outdoors. VIP packages will be available here.

Tattoo the Earth will feature two stages of live music, a tattoo village hosted by Zaza Ink—one of the leading tattoo shops in Massachusetts—and a festival village, which will include piercing, body painting, art events and contests and more. Food trucks and a Bacon & Bourbon tent also will be on site.

The original Tattoo the Earth tour (featuring Slayer, Slipknot, Mudvayne, Coal Chamber, Sevendust, Hatebreed and Sepultura, among others) ran in summer 2000, playing fairgrounds, racetracks and even Giants Stadium in New Jersey, joining forces with a Metallica gig. The Massachusetts play at Suffolks Downs racetrack in Boston was one of the highlights, both musically and attendance-wise, with over 12,000 tickets sold. Even though tattooing ironically was illegal in Massachusetts, the show happened but was subsequently “banned from Boston for life,” due to neighborhood complaints of foul language.

Over 20 years later, tattooing has long since been legalized in the state, and both that and metal are firmly embedded in popular culture.

Pre-sale tickets with code “TTE2022” will go on sale here at 10 a.m. ET Wednesday, April 27.

Tickets will go on sale here at 10 a.m. Friday, April 29.

“When I wrote ‘Caravan of Pain: The True Story of the Tattoo the Earth Tour,’ I never imagined it would bring the show back to life,” Tattoo the Earth founder Scott Alderman said. “Doing the show with the original promoter, Mass Concerts, and having Hatebreed on the bill, who were one of the 2000 tour breakout bands, is going to make for an amazing event.”

John Peters of MassConcerts said: “In 2001, I met Scott Alderman through my production manager and this led to us promoting the Massachusetts date on the tour.  A chance find in my spam folder two months ago, of an email promoting Scott’s new book ‘Caravan of Pain: The True Story of the Tattoo the Earth Tour,’ led to us reconnecting and deciding to present a one-off festival in Worcester.”

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