There has been an unprecedented amount of back and forth over this year’s Mayhem Festival. It began when co-founder Kevin Lyman made comments that he later apologized for. Then the headliner Slayer had guitarist Kerry King digging into the festival hard. This has received waves of backlash as well. All of this has undoubtedly hurt the festival. Though there were definitely many positive points as well.

But, all of that being said, it really comes as no surprise that Mayhem Festival has come to an end forever. It’s most turbulent year has come to an end with last night’s show in Dallas, Texas. Here’s the official statement from festival co-founder John Reese:

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2015 comes to an end. After spending 8 calendar years of passion and one full year of my life on the road with the festival, tonight is a very emotional night. All I know is we have all tried our damned hardest to make Mayhem a home for artists, a platform for bands to increase their fan base and a place where people feel welcomed.

There are so many people to thank but most of all I want to thank my family who complete me and I owe everything to. I love you with every fiber of my being Elenie Hovartos Reese Kelsey Reese Kylie Reese and Nicolette Reese.

A very very special thank you goes to Jason May Nick Allen Chelsea Coffey and Mike Kelso without you it never would of happened.

The Mayhem lifers Ray Picard Keri Lee Joey Perez Andy Lee Benjamin Layden Mike Terrazas Strati Hovartos and Perry Johnson.

Thank you to every single band who have performed and the amazing mayhem crew people who have ever been out with us thank you thank you thank you.

To Perry LaVoisne You are my brother and I cherish our friendship and the fact that we have fought together so many fucking times.

KL and DE ….blood sweat and tears.


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