‘Trespass America’ Festival: Photos, Video Footage Of Hollywood Press Conference

Photos of yesterday’s press conference at the Key Club in West Hollywood, California to announce Trespass America, the new summer festival tour the band is launching this year, can be found at this location (all photos by Stephanie Cabral). A short video clip from the question-and-answer session is available below.

Headlined by FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, Trespass America kicks off on July 13 in Broomfield, Colorado, hitting 31 cities before winding down on August 28 in Los Angeles. Ticket sales will begin on Friday (April 27) with more information available at the festival web site. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, POP EVIL, TRIVIUM, GOD FORBID, EMMURE and BATTLECROSS will round out the lineup of the metal-centric package.

Guitarist Zoltan Bathory said in a statement, “All these bands enable us to make a statement, a really loud one. Heavy music wants its place back in the limelight, so get ready, because we are coming, and we are coming in numbers.”

The trek is a joint venture with Europe’s Metal Hammer magazine, which is sponsoring a U.S. tour for the first time.

Bathory added that his band wants Trespass America to be a “traveling circus that has all the attraction and excitement that creates an experience …we want to make Trespass America a theme-park-thrill-ride for metalheads.”

The guitarist told The Pulse Of Radio that it’s important to make audiences feel like they’re part of the show. “You know, the people in the audience watch a show, right?” he said. “It’s almost there is no difference than they would watch a TV, because they’re watching one static little box, which is the stage, and that’s what they’re looking at. And I think you have to do better than that — to make the audience become a part of the show and have an experience.”

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is touring behind its third album, “American Capitalist”, which came out last fall and looks likely to be the Las Vegas-based act’s third consecutive gold album.