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Five Finger Death Punch and Rob Zombie kicked off their co-headlining run on the 2013 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival on Saturday night (June 29th) in San Bernardino, California. Although Five Finger's new album, The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, Volume 1, arrives later this month, the band did not introduce any new material into its set.
Guitarist Zoltan Bathory told Rolling Stone that the group would start playing new songs later in the tour. The Wrong Side Of Heaven . . . is the first half of a two-record set and is due out July 30th. The second part will arrive sometime this fall.
Singer Ivan Moody told us before the tour started that Five Finger Death Punch was going all out with its stage show on this trek: "Come on, we're onstage with Zombie. Like, it's got to come out powerful and I want people to walk away and go, 'Did that just happen?' I mean, we're going beyond the bounds on this, man, and I'm talking pyro, concussion bombs -- I mean, it's just gonna be stupid."
Meanwhile, Rob Zombie dealt with sound issues during his set, with the entire audio system cutting out at one point. He said later, "It was a little crazy. The first night is always me doing a mental checklist of everything . . . Then you lock into a groove and it really becomes a well-oiled machine."
Zombie is touring for the first time since the April release of his fifth solo album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. The first single is "Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown."
The Mayhem Festival next stops in Nampa, Idaho on Tuesday night (July 2nd).