After the success of the original, The Carnival of Madness tour returns this year for it's second outing with 25 tour stops across North America. Among the bands involved this time are Theory of a Deadman, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, and more. 

With last year's bill that included Shinedown headlining alongside Chevelle, Puddle of Mudd, Sevendust, and 10 Years; this year's Carnival looks a little less impressive. The bands Adelitas Way and Emphatic round out the rest of the lineup for the touring festival's second annual outing. Though 15 of the dates were announced yesterday, there are none on the books for Michigan just yet but with ten dates left there is a good chance we will get one. Theory frontman Tyler Connely said of the tour:

 "Theory of a Deadman is totally stoked to be doing the Carnival of Madness Tour this year! It’s great to be joined by Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Adelitas Way and newcomers Emphatic – who all have songs rocking at radio and awesome live shows.  It's gonna be a fuckin' great show from beginning to end and definitely something you don’t wanna miss!  See you there!!!" 

 Theory isn't the only one glad to be along for the ride, Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy added: 

 “Alter Bridge is pleased to be taking part of the Carnival of Madness Tour later this summer with Theory Of A Deadman, Black Stone Cherry, Adelitas Way and Emphatic.  It will be great to be back in the U.S. playing on our home turf with these bands.  If you dig straight up, no frills Rock…then this tour is for you.  Hope to see everyone there!" 

The tickets will be in the $25-$30 range with extras such as V.I.P. bundles available for purchase as well. Pre-sales for TOAD fan club members started yesterday and today for those who join the mailing list, which you can do right here.  

CARNIVAL OF MADNESS 2011 TOUR DATES                                                                                     

DATE                                          CITY                                  VENUE 

Saturday, August 13               Twin Lakes, IL                Shadow Hill Ranch
Friday, August 19                    Council Bluffs, IA            Harrah’s Casino
Saturday, August 20               Sedalia, MO                     Missouri State Fairgrounds
Friday, August 26                    Louisville, KY                  KY State Fair/Cardinal Stadium
Saturday, August 27               Waterloo, IA                     McElroy Auditorium (outdoors)
Sunday, August 28                  St. Paul, MN                    Minnesota State Fair
Thursday, September 1          Allentown, PA                 The Great Allentown Fair
Saturday, September 3           Hampton Beach, NH    Hampton Beach Casino
Wednesday, September 7      Baltimore, MD                Pier Six Concert Pavilion
Saturday, September 10         Atlantic City, NJ               House of Blues
Sunday, September 11            Huntington, WV              Harris Riverfront Park
Tuesday, September 13          Charlotte, NC                  Time Warner Cable Uptown Amp.
Wednesday, September 14    Fayetteville, NC              Crown Coliseum
Friday, September 16              Tulsa, OK                         Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino
Saturday, September 17         Poplar Bluff, MO              Black River Coliseum