Iced Earth will be kicking off  their North American tour starting next week with Volbeat, Hellyeah, and The Sixxis for an extensive 5-week trek.  Jon Schaffer said of the upcoming tour:

“I’m completely stoked, Volbeat is one of my all-time favorite bands, and Michael and the boys are great people. There is a lot of mutual respect and admiration, and I think we are in for a hell of a good time! This will be a package that won’t soon be forgotten, I’m sure of that.”

To commemorate the tour, Iced Earth will be releasing a limited tour edition of Dystopia. Currently available only at the merchandise stands on the tour, the 2 disc Dystopia Tour Edition contains the original full-length album, as well as b-side covers of Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper” and Black Sabbath’s “Mob Rules,” as well as the classic 17-minute Iced Earth track “Dante’s Inferno” re-recorded with vocalist Stu Block. The bonus disc also contains both music videos from Dystopia – the title track and “Anthem” – as well as a ‘Making of Dystopia‘ studio interview with the band, and exclusive cell phone skins and desktop backgrounds.

Iced Earth tour dates featuring Volbeat, Hellyeah, The Sixxis are as follows:

6/18–Kool Haus–Toronto, ON
6/19–The Fillmore–Detroit, MI
6/20–Chameleon Club–Lancaster, PA **headlining off date**
6/21–House Of Blues–Boston, MA
6/22–Paramount Theatre–Huntington, NY
6/23–Northern Lights–Clifton Park, NY
6/25–House Of Blues–Chicago, IL **off date with HELLYEAH**
6/26–MYTH–St. Paul, MN
6/27–Burton Cummings Theatre–Winnipeg, MB
6/29–Crescent Point Place–Weyburn, SA
7/2–Shrine Auditorium–Billings, MT
7/3–Knitting Factory–Spokane, WA
7/5–Knitting Factory–Spokane, WA
7/6–Knitting Factory–Boise, ID
7/7–Knitting Factory–Reno, NV
7/8–Warfield Theatre–San Francisco, CA
7/10–The Grove of Anaheim–Anaheim, CA
7/11–Marquee Theatre–Tempe, AZ
7/12–House Of Blues–Las Vegas, NV
7/13–The Great Salt Air–Magna, UT
7/14–Mesa Theatre & Club–Grand Junction, CO **headlining off date**
7/15–Colorado Springs City Auditorium–Colorado Springs, CO
7/16–Sokol Auditorium–Omaha, NE **off date with VOLBEAT**
7/18–Sherman Theater–Stroudsburg, PA
7/19–Rams Head Live!–Baltimore, MD
7/22–Sherman Theater–Stroudsburg, PA
7/23–Norva Theater–Norfolk, VA
7/24–Rams Head Live!–Baltimore, MD

For more on Iced Earth and to get your tickets, visit the official Iced Earth website here, or via Facebook or MySpace.