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Mudvayne are reuniting to play US festival shows

Mudvayne
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Mudvayne are reforming to play festival dates in the US in the autumn.

It has been confirmed that the Illinois group, who went on hiatus in 2010, will reform for appearances at four Danny Wimmer Presents festivals: Inkcarceration, Louder Than Life, Aftershock and Welcome To Rockville.

Danny Wimmer says: "In our fan surveys, Mudvayne has consistently been one of the most requested bands — even though they weren't an active band! We've been working for years to make this happen, so when I got the call that they'd finally take a meeting, [DWP Executive VP & Talent Buyer] Gary Spivack and I jumped at the chance to fly to Vegas. We sat down for dinner with Mudvayne, their lawyer Eric German, manager Diony Sepulveda and agent Ryan Harlacher — the band hadn't even been in the same room together for 10 years — and pleaded our case for why the time was right for this to happen. We were hoping to announce this in 2020, we're fortunate enough to be able to do it in 2021, and DWP is super pumped to have Mudvayne exclusively at all four of our festivals this year."

Mudvayne went on hiatus following the release of their self-titled fifth studio album, to allow vocalist Chad Gray and and guitarist Greg Tribbett to focus on their side band Hell Yeah. When Gray sacked Tribbett from that band in 2014, the notion of a Mudvayne reunion seem highly unlikely, although the singer refused to declare the band dead, saying, “We all still talk and I’m not ready to put a headstone on anything yet.

Last summer, bassist Ryan Martinie offered a ray of hope for a reunion when he told Metal Sucks, "There's always talk [about us coming back]. Which is a good thing. I'm fortunate enough that the thing that we made together still garners some kind of interest from our fans and for those people who may have wanted to see us and never got to. There's still kind of the, 'Man, are they gonna do it?'

"I don't have any answers for you on that front. Only that it's fun when Mudvayne still is something that people enjoy… But as far as it being a future item… I don't know. Only time can tell."

Time has now told, and the quartet will appear at Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival (September 10-12 in Mansfield, Ohio), Louder Than Life (September 23-26 in Louisville, Kentucky), Aftershock (October 7-10 in Sacramento, California) and Welcome To Rockville (November 11-14 in Daytona Beach, Florida).