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Slayer Announces Dates For Final North American Tour

Slayer Announces Dates For Final North American Tour

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After making some of the most brutal, breathtakingly aggressive, all-hell’s-a-breaking-loose music ever created, being one of the four bands that defined an entire musical genre and being the band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to…after nearly 37 years, releasing 12 studio albums, multiple live recordings, compilations, live video and two box sets, playing nearly 3000 concerts in all corners of the world, receiving countless awards including five Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards, Gold records and other accolades…having its own exhibit in the Smithsonian Institute, gracing hundreds of magazine covers, experiencing the devastating loss of a founding brother, and even appearing on “The Tonight Show,” the age of Slayer, one of the greatest thrash/metal/punk bands of this or any age, is coming to an end.

Slayer announces that it will do one last concert tour around the globe to thank their fans for all of their support over the years, for making the last three-and-a-half decades so packed with good times and unforgettable experiences, and will then move on.

Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament will support Slayer on the first leg, North America, of its final world tour.  Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, January 26 at 10AM local time. Very limited Slayer onstage + meet & greet+ exclusive merchandise packages will be available.  Log on to www.slayer.net for this and all ticket purchasing info.

MAY
10 – Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA
11 – FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA
13 – Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
16 – PNE forum, Vancouver, BC
17 – South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC
19 – Big Four, Calgary, AL
20 – Shaw Centre, Edmonton, AB
22 – Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB
24 – The Armory, Minneapolis, MN
25 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
27 – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre @ Freedom Hill, Detroit, MI
29 – Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON
30 – Place Bell, Montreal, PQ

JUNE
1 – Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
2 – PNC Banks Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
4 – Santander Arena, Reading, PA
6 – Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
7 – Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH
9 – KeyBank Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
10 – Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
12 – VUHL Amphitheatre, Virginia Beach, VA
14 – PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
15 – Orlando Amphitheatre, Orlando, FL
17 – Smart Financial Center, Houston, TX
19 – The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX

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END OF DAYS: Slayer Announces Final World Tour

END OF DAYS: Slayer Announces Final World Tour

Shocking news from the metal world today as Slayer, the world’s undisputed thrash metal Gods, announced their final world tour. In a career-spanning video teaser, the band has revealed the End of Days are upon us and they will be headed out for a final run.

Update: The lineup will feature Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament. 

Check out the video below and be sure to crank up some of the band’s epic tunes today!

“The End is Near… Slayer to tour the world one more time…”

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Metal Legends Slayer Announce First Leg of 2016 North American Tour

Metal Legends Slayer Announce First Leg of 2016 North American Tour

In support of Repentless, the band’s 12th studio album and its career-highest chart debut, Slayer will launch 2016 by pillaging and marauding its way across North America, headlining some two-dozen dates over a five-week period.  With Special Guests Testament and Carcass on all dates, the tour starts on February 19 in Chicago and wraps up in Las Vegas on March 26.   Confirmed dates are below.  Slayer’s Fan Club pre-sale begins today at 12NOON local time, details are at http://slatanicwehrmacht.com/ Ticket presales begin tomorrow, Friday, December 4 at 10AM local time, and the public onsale commences Saturday, December 5 at 10AM local time.
For this tour, Slayer is offering several different limited-availability VIP packages that will include premiums such as watching Slayer’s entrance and first three songs from right onstage, access to the band’s normally off-limits soundcheck, autographed collectibles, and a variety of custom VIP swag. Log onto Slayer’s Facebook for all VIP packages and ticketing details.

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Twenty-fifteen has proven to be a pretty darned good year for Slayer.  Ignoring the odds and naysayers, the band – Kerry King/guitars, Tom Araya/bass, vocals, Paul Bostaph/drums, and touring guitarist Gary Holt – wrote, recorded and released its first album since the death of founding member, guitarist Jeff Hanneman, and first with producer Terry Date.  Slayer proved the doubters wrong with an album that SPIN called “as unrelenting as all of their previous,” Rolling Stone described as “…lean, quick, precise and brutal…” Loudwire deemed “…a potent release that is undeniably Slayer…” and Guitar World simply declared “The Metal Album of the Year.”  Repentless sounds like a Slayer album…a sonic assault of brutal, ominous, lightening-fast and heavy-as-hell music, with lyrics that unmask what Slayer knows best – the terror, the corruption and the societal turmoil that dominates our world.  As a member of The Big Four, Slayer didn’t just help define the thrash-metal genre, Slayer defines an attitude.

For this upcoming tour, fans can expect to hear many of their favorite Slayer songs selected from the band’s 30-plus year discography, as well as a few of the brand new ones.  As the Austin Chronicle put it about one of Slayer’s recent shows, “[It was] one hundred minutes of just plain pummel…the group delivered fast, hard, no-frills bludgeon.”

With more dates to be announced, the first leg of Slayer’s 2016 North American tour is as follows:

FEBRUARY
19 – Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL
22 – War Memorial, Nashville, TN
24 – The National, Richmond, VA
26 – House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, SC
27 – The Ritz, Raleigh, NC
29 – The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC

MARCH
2 – Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
3 – The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA
5 – The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
6 – The House of Blues, Boston, MA
8 – LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH
9 – The Orpheum, Madison, WI
11 – Myth, St. Paul, MN
12 – Civic Auditorium, Fargo, ND
14 – MacEwan Hall, Calgary, AB
15 – Shaw Centre, Edmonton, AB
17 – Revolution Event Center, Boise, ID
19 – The Paramount, Seattle, WA
20 – Roseland Ballroom, Portland, OR
22 – Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
26 – The Joint, Las Vegas, NV

ABOUT SLAYER:
For more than three decades, Slayer’s onslaught has proven the band to be the supreme thrash-metal band on the planet, the band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to. The two-time Grammy-winners have also accumulated an abundance of certified Gold Albums along with “Best…” awards from media outlets all over the world, including Kerrang!SPINMetal HammerRevolver, and Esquire.  Throughout Slayer’s history, the band has never faltered in unleashing its extreme and focused sonic assault, and, unlike many of its contemporaries who “commercialized” their sound, Slayer has remained crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the mainstream.  Slayer’s founding member, guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed in 2013, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in for him since.  Paul Bostaph, who was Slayer’s drummer from ’94 – ’01, has rejoined bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King, and is back behind the kit.

On 9-11-15, Slayer released Repentless, its first studio album without Hanneman.  For the album’s first music video, the title track, Slayer worked with cameraman/director BJ McDonnell (“Jack Reacher,” “Tomorrowland,” “The Interview”).  McDonnell, who directed the video, and producer Felissa Rose texted some of their friends who just happened to be some of most recognizable horror actors working today, including Tyler Mane, Danny Trejo and Derek Mears.  All big Slayer fans, all showed up to play cameo rolls in the brutal prison-set clip.  The video has received more than seven-million views on Slayer’s social sites.

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SLAYER: Legendary Rockers Unleash “Implode” Track, Form Own Label Imprint

SLAYER: Legendary Rockers Unleash “Implode” Track, Form Own Label Imprint

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Last night at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Slayer surprised the capacity crowd with an unannounced performance, kicking off the show with a three-song set that included the global premiere of “Implode,” the band’s first new studio recording in five years.

Recorded earlier this month at Henson Studios in Los Angeles and produced by Terry Date and co-produced by Greg Fidelman, “Implode” is now available as a free download as a “thank you” to the band’s fans for their continued support.  Or, as Kerry King put it, “you have been waiting for us, now we are delivering for you.” Registered members of Slayer’s fan club were sent an email right around midnight giving them the link to the song and a chance to hear it before it was made public. “Implode” can now be downloaded at www.slayer.net.

Later this year, the two-time Grammy-winning Slayer will begin recording a new album, tentatively set for an early 2015 release date.  The album will make Slayer history as it will be released on Nuclear Blast Records through the band’s own label imprint, closing out a 28-year relationship with Rick Rubin and American Recordings.  No name for the imprint has been decided on yet.

“Rick has played a huge role in our career, we’ve made some great albums with him,” said Slayer’s Tom Araya.  “But today is a new day, record companies don’t play the kind of role they once did, and we really like the idea of going out on our own, connecting directly with our fans, and Nuclear Blast is fired up about taking on that challenge with us.”

All future recordings on the band’s label imprint will be released worldwide exclusively through Nuclear Blast.

“I was a teenage rebel when ‘Show No Mercy’ came out,” said Markus Staiger, owner of Nuclear Blast, “and I identified with that record.  It was the most extreme, aggressive thing at the time. They were then and still are the most brutal metal band on the planet!  I really cannot express how proud I am that we are able to work with Slayer to join the Nuclear Blast family. We are ready for that next record and, I’m sure it will go into metal history!”

Added Nuclear Blast label manager Gerardo Martinez, “The prospect of helping Slayer take a leading role in the creative process surrounding their releases, projects and other cross-promotional opportunities is the ultimate honor for me, a metalhead who grew up in Los Angeles listening to Slayer.  Nowhere in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that Nuclear Blast would be making history alongside one of the best bands in metal.”

Slayer – Tom Araya/vocals, bass, Kerry King/guitar, drummer Paul Bostaph, and Gary Holt who continues to stand in for the band’s founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman – will spend the next few months on the road touring major North American and European festivals as well as headlining dates, sharing the stages with Metallica, Iron Maiden and more (see below), but is expected to be back in the studio in the fall to record the rest of the new album.

Stay connected to www.slayer.net for all the updates.

MAY
 9     The Great Salt Air, Salt Lake City, UT
10     Fillmore, Denver, CO
11     Shrine, Billings, MT
13     Uptown Theatre, Kansas City, MO
15     The Pageant, St Louis, MO
16     Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
17     Rock on the Range, Columbus, OH
EUROPEAN TOUR
MAY
28     Sonisphere Festival @ Hietaniemi Beach, Helsinki, Finland
30     STHLM Fields @ Gardet Royal Park, Stockholm, Sweden
31     FortaRock Festival Goffertpark, Nijmegen, Netherlands
JUNE
 1      Sonisphere Festival @ Valle Hoven, Oslo, Norway
 3      Horsens Gaol, Horsens, Denmark
 4      Sonisphere Festival @ Imtech Arena, Hamburg, Germany
 5      Den Atelier, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
 7      Rock AM Ring, Nurburgring, Germany
 8      Rock Im Ring, Nurnberg, Germany
 9      Z7 Konzertfabrik, Prattein, Switzerland
13     Nova Rock @Pannonia Fields, Nicklesdorf, Austria
15     Live Club, Milan, Italy
16     Estragon, Bologna, Italy
18     Paloma, Niems, France
20     Hellfest @Rue de Champ Louet, Clisson, France
21     Tons of Rock Restival, Halden, Norway
24     Stadion Miejeski, Poznan, Poland
26     La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
27     Graspop, Dessel, Belgium
30     Limelight, Belfast, Ireland
JULY
 1      Academy, Dublin, Ireland
 4      Paris Le Zenith, Paris, France
 5      Sonisphere Festival @ Knebworth, Knebworth Park, England
AUGUST
 3      Milo Club, Nizny Novgorad, Russia
 4      Arena Moscow Club, Moscow, Russia
 5      A2 Club, St. Petersburg, Russia
 8      Brutal Assault Festival, Old Army Fortress Josefov, Jaromer, Czech Republic
10     Heavy Montreal Festival @ Parc Jean Drapeau, Montreal, Quebec

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Slayer To Unleash Reissues of Seminal Vinyl Albums

Slayer To Unleash Reissues of Seminal Vinyl Albums

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On December 10, 2013 (Nov. 11 in the UK), American Recordings will reissue ten of Slayer’s seminal albums on vinyl.  All ten albums will be available individually and were re-mastered from the original analog flat master tapes and pressed on the highest quality, 180-gram audiophile vinyl.  Albums include all nine of Slayer’s studio recordings, Reign In Blood (1986), South of Heaven (1988), Seasons In The Abyss (1990), Divine Intervention (1994), Undisputed Attitude (1996), Diabolus In Musica (1998), God Hates Us All (2001), Christ Illusion (2006), and World Painted Blood (2009), plus their live double-record Decade of Aggression: Live(1991).

Each title will feature the original album artwork including reproductions of the original 12X12 inner sleeves. For the first U.S. run, 500 unmarked copies will be pressed on 180-gram, blood red, colored vinyl and randomly inserted and sold in stores as part of a “lucky dip.”

There will also be a very limited quantity of rare test pressings for each title that will be given away. Fans are encouraged to check Slayer’s official website and social media outlets for further announcements and details.

As American Recordings’ owner and long-time Slayer producer Rick Rubin put it, “Slayer defines speed metal and these albums define Slayer.   Listen at your own risk.”

Slayer’s Fall 2013 North American tour is as follows:

NOVEMBER

5 – Praireland Park Center, Saskatoon, SK

7 – MTS Center, Winnipeg, MB

8 – Myth, Minneapolis, MN

10 – FunFunFun Fest, Austin, TX

12 – Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX

13 – South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX

15 – Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL

16 – The Fillmore, Detroit, MI

17 – LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH

19 – The Fillmore, Washington, D.C.

20 – Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA

21 – Kool Haus, Toronto, ON

23 – CEPSUM/University of Montreal, Montreal, QC

24 – Pavilion de la Jeunesse, Quebec, QC

26 – Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT

27 – Theatre @ MSG, New York, NY

29 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ

30 – Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA

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Metal Legends Slayer Add More Dates to Fall 2013 North American Tour

Metal Legends Slayer Add More Dates to Fall 2013 North American Tour

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A week after announcing seventeen U.S. dates for the fall, Slayer comes back today announcing the addition of seven Canadian concerts as well as a date in Seattle. These added shows are in red below, and are part of Slayer’s first North American tour in two years.

Slayer – Tom Araya/bass vocals, guitarist Kerry King, drummer Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Gary Holt, who continues to fill in for the late founding member Jeff Hanneman – will have Gojira and 4ARM support on all dates.

Tickets for these newly-added dates go on sale beginning this Friday, September 13. Log onto www.slayer.net for complete on-sale dates and ticketing information.

Slayer’s Fall 2013 North American tour is as follows:

OCTOBER
22 – Sullivan Sports Arena, Anchorage, AK
25 – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
28 – Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA
30 – Events Center @ San Jose State, San Jose, CA

NOVEMBER
1 – WAMU Center, Seattle, WA
3 – Stampede Corrall, Calgary, AB
4 – Shaw Center, Edmonton, AB
5 – Praireland Park Center, Saskatoon, SK
7 – MTS Center, Winnipeg, MB
8 – Myth, Minneapolis, MN
10 – FunFunFun Fest, Austin, TX
12 – Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX
13 – South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX
15 – Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
16 – The Fillmore, Detroit, MI
17 – LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH
19 – The Fillmore, Washington, D.C.
20 – Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
21 – Ricoh Colibsum, Toronto, ON
23 – CEPSUM/University of Montreal, Montreal, QC
24 – Pavilion de la Jeunesse, Quebec, QC
26 – Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT
27 – Theatre @ MSG, New York, NY
29 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
30 – Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA

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Slayer Announces Date For 2013 Fall North American Tour

Slayer Announces Date For 2013 Fall North American Tour

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Following a summer of storming through Europe, South America and Mexico while topping the bills at solo shows and major festivals, Slayer will headline its first North American tour in two years.  The five-week-plus trek will kick off on October 22 in Anchorage, Alaska, oddly enough marking the first time the band has played there since October 23, 1996.  The tour will include the band’s previously announced return to New York’s Theatre at Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Palladium, venues the band hasn’t performed at in 25 years.

Slayer – Tom Araya/bass vocals, guitarist Kerry King, drummer Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Gary Holt, who continues to fill in for the late founding member Jeff Hanneman – will have Gojira and 4ARM support on all dates.

Tickets for all dates on Slayer’s U.S. tour, go on sale beginning this Friday, September 6.  Log onto www.slayer.net for complete on-sale dates and ticketing information.

While still recovering from the devastating loss of Hanneman, Araya and King have begun to work on new material and hope to spend some time in the studio prior to this tour.

With more dates to be announced, confirmed dates for Slayer’s 2013 Fall North American tour are as follows:

OCTOBER
22   Sullivan Sports Arena, Anchorage, AK
25   The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
28   Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA
30   Events Center @ San Jose State, San Jose, CA

NOVEMBER
 8   Myth, Minneapolis, MN
10   FunFunFun Fest, Austin, TX
12   Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX
13   South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX
15   Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
16   The Fillmore, Detroit, MI
17   LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH
19   The Fillmore, Washington, D.C.
20   Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
26   Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT
27   Theatre @ MSG, New York, NY
29   Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
30   Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA

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The Jeff Hanneman Memorial Celebration To Be Held On May 23rd At The Hollywood Palladium

The Jeff Hanneman Memorial Celebration To Be Held On May 23rd At The Hollywood Palladium

jeff-hanneman-slayer-2013The Jeff Hanneman Memorial Celebration will take place on Thursday, May 23 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles from 3:30 – 7:30PM. Hanneman passed away on May 2 at the age of 49.

The Memorial Celebration will be free and open to the public on a first-come, first-in basis (subject to venue capacity). All ages are welcome, and paid parking will be available around the venue.

Jeff Hanneman helped shape Slayer’s uncompromising thrash-metal sound as well as an entire genre of music. His riffs of fury and punk-rock attitude were heard in the songs he wrote, including Slayer classics “Angel of Death,” “Raining Blood,” “South of Heaven” and “War Ensemble.” Hanneman co-founded Slayer with fellow-guitarist Kerry King, bassist Tom Araya and drummer Dave Lombardo in Huntington Park, CA in 1981. For more than 30 years, Hanneman was the band member who stayed out of the spotlight, rarely did interviews, amassed an impressive collection of World War II memorabilia, was with his wife Kathy for nearly three decades, shut off his phone and went incommunicado when he was home from tour, did not want to be on the road too late into any December as Christmas was his favorite holiday, and, from the time he was about 12 years old, woke up every, single day with one thing on his mind: playing the guitar.

It was once suggested to Slayer that if they would write “just one mainstream song that could get on the radio,” they would likely sell millions of records and change the commercial course of their career, similar to what had happened to Metallica with 1993’s “Enter Sandman.” Jeff was the first to draw a line of integrity in the sand, replying, “We’re going to make a Slayer record. If you can get it on the radio, fine, if not, then fuck it.”

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Slayer Offer Fans Update On The Passing of Jeff Hanneman

Slayer Offer Fans Update On The Passing of Jeff Hanneman

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Metal Gods Slayer have just issued an update on their fallen bandmate Jeff Hanneman. Check out what the band had to say about their brother below:

“While the details are being worked out now, Slayer wants its fans to know that there will be a celebration of Jeff Hanneman’s life sometime later this month, along with Jeff’s family and friends, the public will be invited to attend. More information will be posted here soon.

Kerry King and Tom Araya are trying to deal with the loss of their brother by remembering some the good times they shared.

KERRY: “I had so many great times with Jeff…in the early days when we were out on the road, he and I were the night owls, we would stay up all night on the bus, just hanging out, talking, watching movies…World War II movies, horror movies, we watched “Full Metal Jacket” so many times, we could practically recite all of the dialogue.”

TOM: “When we first formed Slayer, we used to rehearse all the time, religiously, 24/7. Jeff and I spent a lot of time hanging out together, he lived in my father’s garage which was also our rehearsal space. When he got his own apartment, he had an 8-track and I would go there to record songs I’d written, not Slayer songs, other stuff I’d written. At a certain point, you still have the band but you start your own lives outside of the band, so that 24/7 falls to the side, you don’t spend as much time together as you once did. I miss those early days.”

KERRY: “He was a gigantic World War II buff, his father served in that war, so when Slayer played Russia for the first time – I think it was 1998 – Jeff and I went to one of Moscow’s military museums. I’ll never forget him walking around that place, looking at all of the tanks, weapons and other exhibits. He was like a kid on Christmas morning. But that was Jeff’s thing, he knew so much about WW II history, he could have taught it in school.”

TOM: “We were in New York recording South of Heaven. Jeff and I were at the hotel and we had to get to the studio – I think it was called Chung King, a real rundown place. So we left the hotel and decided to walk, but then it started raining. We walked maybe five blocks, and it was raining so hard, we were totally soaked, so we decided to get a cab. Here we are, two dudes with long hair and leather jackets, absolutely soaked, thumbing to the studio. No one would stop. We had to walk the entire way.”

TOM: “Jeff was a lifeline of Slayer, he wrote so many of the songs that the band will always be known for. He had a good heart, he was a good guy.”

*****

We’ve just learned that the official cause of Jeff’s death was alcohol related cirrhosis. While he had his health struggles over the years, including the recent Necrotizing fasciitis infection that devastated his well-being, Jeff and those close to him were not aware of the true extent of his liver condition until the last days of his life. Contrary to some reports, Jeff was not on a transplant list at the time of his passing, or at any time prior to that. In fact, by all accounts, it appeared that he had been improving – he was excited and looking forward to working on a new record.”

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Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer Rock The Midwest On The 2010 Jagermeister Tour

Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer Rock The Midwest On The 2010 Jagermeister Tour

Jagermeister Tour featuring Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer
War Memorial Coliseum – Fort Wayne, Indiana October 20th, 2010

It’s summer of 1990, a glorious time for metal heads in America.  Heavy metal has reached the height of popularity.  It seems not a week goes by without some metal band performing in or around your town, no matter how rural your particular town is.  MTV has a new show devoted to metal called Headbangers Ball, metal magazines adorn every news stand, and the grunge movement (heralded by Nirvana’s album Nevermind) is two years away from knocking heavy metal off of its pedestal.  Yes….it’s a great time to be a metal head.

Spearheading the concert tour season of 1990 is a metal extravaganza called ‘Clash of the Titans’ featuring three of the most popular thrash metal bands of the day:  Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer (with a then-little-known band called Alice In Chains as the opener).  The Clash of the Titans show, mainly held in outdoor arenas, was barely-controlled mayhem.  Spontaneous mosh pits were commonplace, bonfires were started, grass and sod flew through the air.  It was the best of the best in metal land….and the audiences flocked to witness.

Flash forward twenty years.  Metal isn’t quite the be-all, end-all it once was, but the three bands that headlined the original Clash of the Titans are still touring and releasing albums, although with a loss of an original band member here and there.  Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer each still have their die-hard fans from the old days, and perhaps it was these people they hoped to cater to when the bands toured together once again on the ‘Jagermeister Tour’ of 2010.  Alcoholic beverage advertising overkill aside, the Jagermeister Tour was a chance for the diehard fans to once again see three of the most popular thrash bands of all time on the same stage…but with a twist.  This time, two of the bands would be playing an entire album from their catalog: Megadeth playing ‘Rust In Peace’ in its entirety and Slayer playing ‘Seasons in the Abyss’ from start to finish.  Would these guys still have what it takes?  Can they still command crowds like they did in their heyday?  Will they be taken seriously or seen as a ‘nostalgia act’?  Read on, O metal minions….

The Jagermeister Tour at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana started out as being…well….pretty underwhelming.  I and my fellow metal heads arrived 20 minutes early to avoid the crowds, but the question we had upon arriving was, “Where the hell IS everybody?”  It was literally the easiest time I’ve ever had getting into a concert hall ever.  But…brushing the apparent lack of public interest in the show aside, I took my place on the floor and waited for the opening act Anthrax to take the stage.  As a warm-up act, Jim Florentine (who is touring as the official MC apparently) of That Metal Show took the stage.  Now, I’m a big admirer of That Metal Show, but Florentine’s act didn’t impress me at all.  I wasn’t sure if he was honing his comedy act to fit what he perceived as “Fort Wayne-ian” humor or what, but the crux of his act was saying “Obama hates white people”, leading a chant of “F**k Obama”, and then going on to tell a few ‘fat jokes’.  If I wanted to hear laugh-a-minute comedy, I’d tune in to the local talk radio channel.

Scott Ian

Despite the lame comedy, Florentine did get the crowd riled up for when Anthrax finally hit the stage.  This tour is special for Anthrax in that it sees the return of original vocalist Joey Belladonna.  He may not be the most aggressive singer in metal….but the man can still SING!  He was also very adept at working the crowd and getting them into the show.  Belladonna was singing his heart out like it was 1990, and at the same time moshing around the stage for ‘Caught in a Mosh’, doing a war dance (complete with Indian headdress) during the Anthrax classic, ‘Indians’, and even belting out a tune from their first album called ‘Metal Thrashing Mad’.  Guitarists Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano were in fine form as were Frank Bello on bass and Charlie Benante on drums.  Except for Rob Caggiano, who replaced Dan Spitz back in 2001, this was the Anthrax I grew up on.  This was the classic Anthrax.  And after ending their 45 minute set with ‘I Am the Law’, I looked around and…you know what?  There were a lot more people there than I thought.  The place was still 1/3 empty, but the people there were enjoying every minute.  It still wasn’t as intense an experience as back in 1990, but the show was just warming up.

After another unfunny interlude with Jim Florentine, it was time for Megadeth to come on.  Dave Mustaine and co. really know how to make an entrance, let me tell you.  The fog machines were set to ‘high’, the guitar riff from the classic Sabbath song, ‘Black Sabbath’ was put on repeat, and an intense Jello Biafra rant about martial law screamed through the speakers.  You’d have to see it, but it was a great way to build an intro!  Then the guys took the stage starting out with ‘Holy Wars…the Punishment Due’, and working their way through the entire Rust In Peace album (their best, in this reviewer’s opinion).  Mustaine’s voice seemed a tad weak that night, but you don’t listen to Megadeth for the beautiful vocals….it’s the guitars, man!  The twin guitar attack of Mustaine and newcomer Chris Broderick didn’t fail to impress.  They absolutely ripped.  One of the highlights for me was the appearance of ol’ Vic Rattlehead on stage during the Dave Ellefson showcase, ‘Dawn Patrol’.  Kinda cheesy…but I couldn’t help but smile and pump my fist in the air anyway.

As soon as the last note of the last song on ‘Rust In Peace’ was played, Mustaine announced, “…and that was ‘Rust In Peace’!”…then proceeded to play some of their more recent and radio-friendly tunes like ‘Trust’ and ‘Headcrusher’.  Maybe a little bit of an anti-climax, but when they closed their set with “Peace Sells…but Who’s Buying?”….the heads were banging again.  It was the perfect song to close out the set.   Mustaine and the guys seemed genuinely thankful for the good crowd reaction, thanking the crowd several times with huge smiles on their faces.  Good show!

Tom Araya

Now, if there was ever a band with a rabid fan base, it would be Slayer.  They’re unrelentingly heavy and brutal…and their fans love them for it.  By the time Slayer was onstage, people were packed on the floor and attentively standing in the seats.  This was Slayer…time to freaking pay attention!  The band was obscured at first by a curtain at the front of the stage with lighting effects depicting pentagrams while the first slow notes of ‘World Painted Blood’ permeated the air.  Then…BOOM!  The curtain falls and Slayer started thrashing.  The lineup was the original and classic Slayer lineup, Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman on guitar, Dave Lombardo on drums (one of the best drummers in the business if you ask me!), and Tom Araya on bass and vocal duties.  Araya has had recent back surgery due to his years of intense head banging, so he wasn’t very active, but he’s still got enough presence and vocal stamina to carry the show through.  Despite this minor little difference, the band still thrashed as hard as they ever did, tearing through the entire ‘Season in the Abyss’ album…then playing a few of their classic fan faves like ‘South of Heaven’, Guitar Hero track ‘Raining Blood’, ‘Aggressive Perfector’ (off of their debut album!), and closing their set with their signature tune, ‘Angel of Death’.  Mosh pits, crowd surfing, head banging….it was ALL going on when Slayer hit the stage!  I’ve seen Slayer in concert quite a few times, and I’m happy to say that it was in no way a ‘nostalgia act’.  They’re a little older, they’ve had their ups and downs…their surgeries.  Yet that night at the Coliseum in Fort Wayne may as well have been 1990.  If I have one little bitch, it’s something the bands had no control over at all.  There were actually signs posted in the venue saying, “No Moshing”…and people were being forcibly evicted for doing it.  I understand safety rules, liability, yadda yadda.  But c’mon.  This is Anthrax, Megadeth, and freaking SLAYER we’re talking about.  If you’re going to be hardass about some metal heads trying to have a good time, then maybe the Coliseum isn’t the place for these bands, as much as it pains me to say it.  Nobody ever got evicted from a venue for moshing back when I was of “moshing age” and it’s ridiculous to do it now.  Other than that little gripe……it was 1990 all over again.  Metal still rules!

Anthrax set list:

Caught In a Mosh

Madhouse

Antisocial

Indians

A.I.R.

Metal Thrashing Mad

I Am the Law

Megadeth set list:

Holy Wars…the Punishment Due

Hangar 18

Take No Prisoners

Five magicks

Poison Was the Cure

Lucretia

Tornado of Souls

Dawn Patrol

Rust In Peace…Polaris

Headcrusher

How the Story Ends

Trust

Symphony of Destruction

Peace Sells

Slayer set list:

World Painted Blood

Hate Worldwide

War Ensemble

Blood Red

Spirit In Black

Expendable Youth

Dead Skin Mask

Hallowed Point

Skeletons of Society

Temptation

Born of Fire

Seasons In the Abyss

South of Heaven

Raining Blood

Aggressive Perfector

Angel of Death

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