Thursday to Headline 2009 Taste of Chaos Tour, at Revolution Mar. 17

thursday.jpgThis past spring's Taste of Chaos tour arrived in South Florida smack in the middle of Winter Music Conference, on a weekday, and at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater in downtown Miami, no less -- awkward timing and location all around. (Not that the WMC/Taste of Chaos tours overlap, haha, just that it made getting to/from/around the venue a surreal hassle!)

Next year's edition takes place a little earlier in March, and is scaled down in size, and further north, at Revolution, in Ft. Lauderdale. I think these are good moves, all around, because it precludes the need for a cheesy big-name headliner. This year, I would hazard to say, the offerings are even a little more friendly to those of us over the age of 18 -- no 30 Seconds to Mars (2007), no Bullet For My Valentine (2008).

Instead, the headliners are Thursday, the awesome, awesome forerunners of the early 2000s post-hardcore scene -- right before all that stuff became really about ridiculous hair and ridiculous band names. Their appearance on the tour will come right after the release of the band's much-anticipated fifth studio release, Common Existence, due out in February.

Rounding out the bill are the currently uber-popular Bring Me the Horizon, from Sheffield, England; Four Year Strong, from Worcester, Massachusetts; Pierce the Veil, from San Diego; and Cancer Bats, from Ontario. Also,

one Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands winner gets to perform at each stop

of the tour -- as we get more information about that, we'll post it


Tickets will remain at a relatively low price for a big-ticket,

multi-band show like this, around $20 to $25, and presale begins

Friday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m., at

-- Arielle Castillo

(Thursday photo by David Schrott, via Victory Records.)