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Carnival of Madness: National tour hits Germain Arena today

July 21, 2010
By MELISSA SCHNEIDER, mschneider@breezenewspapers.com

If you haven't received your tickets yet, you better hurry, because supplies are dwindling Celebrating seven years of non-stop antics, shenanigans and wild what-nots, local 99X (99.3FM) DJs Zito and Garrett are hosting a Carnival of Madness concert Wednesday, July 21, featuring some of the hottest rock groups on tour right now, including Shinedown, Puddle of Mudd, Chevelle, Sevendust and 10 Years.

"We're very exited to be a part of the Carnival of Madness tour, as each year on our anniversary, we've had a different event that's gotten bigger and bigger," said Bob Garrett, part of the Zito and Garrett morning duo. "The first anniversary celebration was in the morning. It was an acoustic session with Nonpoint, in an Irish pub in Bonita Springs. After that, we've done different events with different bands. These five bands that are currently touring together are great. We were able to say, 'Swing by.' We want to do something big for our anniversary. When it comes down to it, it's about the bands, about the music."

Bob gives us a little introduction of each of the performing bands that evening:

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New Rock 99X (99.3FM) DJs Jeff Zito and Bob Garrett are celebrating seven years of on-air antics with a Carnival of Madness concert Wednesday, July 21, featuring Shinedown, Puddle of Mudd, Chevelle, Sevendust and 10 Years at Germain Arena. Get your tickets while they’re still available.

Of 10 Years: "10 Years is a great artistic and eclectic band that continues to tour and make its way through, and they've got a hit song with us as well (Beautiful, 2008).

Of Sevendust: "Sevendust loves Fort Myers as much as Fort Myers loves them. When they go on tour, they say, 'It's time to get on the trolley,' as a reference back to the Fort Myers Beach trolley. That's become part of their band history. Wherever they are, that's what they say."

Of Puddle of Mudd: "Puddle of Mudd is a band we've had as headliners before. They have a slough of hits from lead singer Wes Scantlin, which is just good, fun party music."

Of Chevelle: "Chevelle is one of the most underrated bands around, because they're low profile and just straight play good rock music. Lyrically, they're dark, with their own sound, a great band."

Of the headliners, Shinedown: "Shinedown is carrying on a Southern Rock tradition in a very modern way, with an incredibly passionate singer/songwriter who takes his career very seriously. The music is definitely relatable, and the band really connects with the audience. The first time they played here was long time ago, when they were called on 24-hour short notice. They drove all the way down from northern Florida and filled in for us. They've always had a place in our hearts."

A 99X shout-out to

Fort Myers Beach peeps

Bob Garrett is sure to give a major shout-out to all the Beach locals out there.

"Some of our core listenership is on Fort Myers Beach," he said. "Just the idea of people coming off the Beach to Germain Arena for our show is just great. I've lived the beach life. It's great to car pool, having a great time with a designated driver and much cheaper parking. We look forward to seeing you!"

Getting into the show

The show starts at 5 p.m. at Germain Arena, with tickets currently on sale and available for $29.50, $34.50 and $39.50.

Although the ticket giveaways are dwindling, tune into 99.3FM 99X for your chance to win tickets, being given out to callers up until the day of the show. Ticket winners are also invited to feast on a pre-BBQ Carnivore of Madness backstage party, with hot food and cool peeps, including the very rockers rocking the stage later that night.

"The Carnivore of Madness BBQ before the show (brought to us by Monster Energy Drink and Backwoods Bar and Grill providing the food for us) is very exclusive, and only open to on-air ticket winners, band members and their staff, and 99X crew," Bob said. "So listen in for your chance to win."

Coolers are not permitted. Germain Arena usually charges a $10 parking fee per vehicle during concerts and special events. For more info, visit 99XWJBX.com.

 
 

 

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