In addition to Slipknot and Disturbed, the inaugural Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival will feature Dragonforce and Mastodon on the main stage.

In addition to Slipknot and Disturbed, the inaugural Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival will feature Dragonforce and Mastodon on the main stage. The trek, which begins July 9 at Seattle's White River Amphitheatre, will hit 30 Live Nation venues through late August, with an itinerary to be announced.

Jagermeister is sponsoring one of two second stages, on which Sevendust, Airbourne, Five Finger Death Punch, 36 Crazyfists and the liquor company's "battle of the bands" winner will perform.

On the other side stage, Machine Head, Black Tide, Suicide Silence, the Red Chord and Wall Of Jericho will round out the bill.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







The Roots, Dinosaur Jr., Pepper, Rock Kills Kid, DJ Logic and the Crystal Method are some of the acts descending on Squaw Valley, Calif., from Feb. 8-11 for 48STRAIGHT, a ski- and snowboard-themed festival.

By day, more than 140 renowned athletes will appear in competitions. At night, artists will perform at a variety of Squaw Valley venues, including a specially built heated tent dubbed BaseCamp Music Experience.

After Squaw Valley, 48STRAIGHT will head to Sun Valley for more events on March 14-16.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Spain is the European leader in illegal music downloads, a new report claims. Spanish computer users illegally downloaded more than 1.2 billion tracks in 2007, according to authors' and publishers' society SGAE.

The figures, published yesterday (Jan. 30), show that not only is illegal music downloading rampant in Spain, but that the illicit activity is increasing swiftly. The number of tracks downloaded free has grown steady from "only" 180 million in 2003 to 1.2 billion last year, for an overall growth rate of 566%.

The European Interactive Advertising Association (EIAA) says that 58% of all Spanish Internet users illegally downloaded music in 2006 against a European average of 37%. In 2003, the Spanish average was just 48.5%.

In the report, compiled by Spain's Culture and Entertainment Market Research Center (Cimec), and unveiled at the Midem trade fair, the EIAA says illegal music downloading is the fourth main Spanish Internet activity after using e-mail, entering Web sites, and using Messenger.


-- Howell Llewellyn, Madrid