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Show Preview/Interview with Bill Kelliher of Mastodon coming Sunday @ the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

Nothing is more Pure Michigan than a series of summer time concerts and festivals at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI. This coming Sunday July 28th marks the return of the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, featuring a slew of heavy hitting metal acts with Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon and Amon Amarth headlining the main stage this time around. Also making the tour this year is our very own Pure Michigan Metal band Battlecross, who were just recently handpicked by Metallica to play the Orion Festival earlier this summer on Belle Isle.

Mastodon have never really done anything the “conventional” way. The Atlanta-based band formulated their own brand of highly-skilled hard rock over a decade ago when others were rehashing 80s metal, and went on to mastermind a string of complex concept albums while much of the music world was centered on making digestible singles. The fact that Mastodon has received an outpouring of critical kudos along with public praise from respected icons from Metallica to The Melvins, The Flaming Lips and CeeLo Green and back, they’ve been humbled by the magnitude of appreciation. But rather than taking time to revel, they prefer to focus their attention on pushing musical boundaries even deeper by exploring their own creative process to the fullest.

Guitarist Bill Kelliher of Mastodon checked in from Barstow, VA yesterday to talk about this years festival, their upcoming album and Detroit in general.

Click the image below to purchase tickets for the festival this Sunday.