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A Perfect Circle, Avenged Sevenfold headlining festival

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The promoters of “Rock on the Range,” announced that A Perfect Circle and Avenged Sevenfold will be the headliners of this year’s festival, which is in its fifth year.

The two-day festival is planned for May 21 and 22.


A Perfect Circle is a rock “supergroup” that includes Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan and former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha. Keenan and guitarist Billy Howerdel founded the group in 1999, ultimately launching three albums, including “Thirteenth Step,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in 2003. The band also includes drummer Josh Freese and bass guitarist Matt McJunkins.


The group has only announced two dates for 2011, “Rock on The Range” and Toronto’s “Edgefest” in July.


The festival holds special significance to fellow headliner Avenged Sevenfold. The band played at the 2009 festival, opening on the main stage for Mötley Crüe. It would be the last American show the group would play with drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, who died of an overdose in December of that year.


The band, now touring with drummer Arin Ilejay, has increased its sales for each of its last four albums. The 2010 album “Nightmare” debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart, a first for the band.


“Not only is it an amazing show to be a part of, but it holds a deep spot in our hearts,” vocalist Matthew “M. Shadows” Sanders said in a press release, referencing Sullivan. “We look forward to continuing his legacy of rock ‘n’ roll insanity that night.”


Other notable bands playing that weekend include Disturbed, Korn, Stone Sour and Staind. The show will be the first for Staind in more than two years. The band’s vocalist, Aaron Lewis, has recently gained traction in the country music genre, with his solo single “Country Boy” peaking at No. 28 on the mainstream charts.


Joe Litvag, co-executive producer of the event from AEG Live, said in a press release that he was thrilled the festival is still going strong.


“It seems like only yesterday that we created this vision for an active rock festival in the heartland,” he said. “If it weren’t for the loyal fan base of active rock fans, ‘Rock on the Range’ would still be an idea on the back of a napkin.”


Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, Feb. 12.

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