Someone posted earlier (in the Metalheads Unite thread) that they're going to Soundwave. I'll be picking up tickets for myself and my daughter in about 10 minutes, and am looking forward to it immensely. $160 seems high, but Maiden are headlining, and last time we saw Maiden we paid $150 for them alone. And there's lots of other cool stuff on the bill. More detail here at the festival web page: http://www.soundwavefestival.com/lineup But highlights for me include Primus, Slash, Rob Zombie, Dimmu Borgir, the Melvins, Ill Nino, Saxon(!!), All That Remains, Rise to Remain and Nonpoint. Will be interested to see the Zach de la Rocha-fronted 'One Day As a Lion', and there are a bunch of other bands that might be more Alex's thing but I'll enjoy like Avenged Sevenfold, Sevendust, Bullet for My Valentine and Sum 41. Oh yeah, Slayer are playing too. Not a huge fan, but it will complete my Big Four collection.