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Anthrax & More Confirmed For 2022 ‘Tattoo The Earth’ Festival

This year’s event will take place at The Palladium Outdoors in Worcester, Massachusetts on Saturday, August 27.

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MassConcerts founder Scott Alderman has announced the triumphant return of ‘Tattoo The Earth’.

Featuring Anthrax, Black Label Society, Hatebreed, At The Gates, Municipal Waste, Enforced and many more to be announced, ‘Tattoo The Earth’ will take place at The Palladium Outdoors in Worcester, Massachusetts on Saturday, August 27.

‘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, contests, and more. Food trucks and a Bacon & Bourbon tent will also be on site.

The original ‘Tattoo The Earth’ tour — featuring Slayer, Slipknot, Mudvayne, Coal Chamber, Sevendust, Hatebreed And Sepultura, among others — had quite the history. It ran through the summer of 2000 and was somewhere between a kick-in-the-balls to the establishment — both society and the music agency business — and a trainwreck.

It stayed on course and played 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 was ironically 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” go on sale on Wednesday, April 27 at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 29 at 10 a.m. ET.

“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,” says Tattoo The Earth founder Scott Alderman. “Doing the show with the original promoter, MassConcerts, 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 adds: “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 e-mail promoting Scott’s new book ‘Caravan of Pain: The True Story Of The Tattoo The Earth Tour’, led to us re-connecting and deciding to present a one-off festival in Worcester.”

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