After decade-spanning career, Diamanté Anthony Blackmon, otherwise known as Carnage, has announced his retirement from music and touring. He will embark on a 5 show grand finale tour known as “Carnage & Rare Presents: Thank You.” These shows will be the last time fans can experience a CARNAGE performance.
To bring the evolution of Carnage around in full circle, he is heading back to the venues and cities that catapulted his career over a decade ago. Tickets go on sale this Monday, details can be found on ThankYouCarnage.com
Taking over Avalon (LA) for the last time on May 26th, Carnage will pay homage to the west coast club that gave him his first headline booking. On May 28th, Carnage will return to Webster Hall (NY), the venue that hosted his first sold-out show in New York, with celebrity guest appearances from acts like Tiësto dating back as far as 2013. On May 30th, Carnage wraps up his North American existence at Stereo Live Houston for his true final performance. A very special market and venue for Carnage and Diamanté personally. Before hanging up the jersey forever, Carnage will head to Australia for his two final festival performances on June 4th (Sydney) and 11th (Gold Coast) at Lunar Electric Festival.
‘Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life.
After 14 years, CARNAGE has been put to rest and is officially dead.
As many of you know, I grew up in Guatemala and came to the U.S. as a child who did not speak any English. The descendant of illegal immigrants, my family came to America to pave the way for a better life for me.
It’s honestly hard to describe the ups and downs in my life as Carnage over the past 14 years. Today you see all the success and the flash, but what you didn’t see was my struggle. Years of grinding trying to turn my dreams into reality, countless nights in the studio, sleeping on friends couches, scraping money together to get by. I was just a kid with a dream and looking back I really do pinch myself.
I started my journey as CARNAGE in 2008 and together, with the help of my loyal fans, have been able to achieve some of my wildest dreams. From working with music icons like Avicii, Drake, Swedish House Mafia, MIGØS, Tïesto, Young Thug, The Martinez Brothers, and Kanye West to selling out clubs, theaters, arenas, stadiums, and festivals around the world, all I can say is – THANK YOU – it truly means the world.
ASOC Family, you mean everything to me. I would be nothing without my fans, I cant describe how many of you have touched my soul and changed my life, you are what kept me going these past 14 years. ASOC Family will live on forever.
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, but that doesn’t mean we can’t go out in style. If CARNAGE is going to die there must be – A Grand Finale.
While this appears to be the end of Carnage, it is likely not the end of Diamanté Anthony Blackmon. The question is whether he will continue beyond these shows to perform as GORDO, and his social media is pointing to yes. Either way, you can catch the final Carnage shows in the US later this month.
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— GORDO (@djcarnage) May 5, 2022