Though I’ve been documenting the news for some time now since it’s all been initially announced, it seems as though the end is drawing ever so closer for fans of the legendary Slayer. Just a short time ago the band revealed what is listed as “The Final Campaign” which will lead them to the end of their storied career and dominance in the Heavy Metal genre. Read on down below.
The Press Release:
On Saturday, November 2, 2019, Slayer – Tom Araya/bass and vocals, Kerry King/guitars, Gary Holt/guitars, and Paul Bostaph/drums – will set off on The Final Campaign, the seventh and final leg of its farewell world tour. This last hurrah will start at the ExploreAsheville Arena in Asheville, NC, and see the band taking its goodbye bow at the Los Angeles Forum on Saturday, November 30. Accompanying Slayer for this last ride are Primus, Ministry and Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals performing a vulgar display of Pantera, who will support on all dates. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 12 at 10AM local; limited VIP packages will be available. Log on to www.slayer.net for all ticketing and package details.
Slayer’s Final World Tour began on May 10, 2018 with the band’s intention to play as many places as possible, to make it easy for the fans to see one last Slayer show and say goodbye. By the time the 18-month trek wraps on November 30, the band will have completed seven tour legs plus a series of one-off major summer festivals, performing more than 140 shows in 30-countries and 40 U.S. states.
Slayer’s Final World Tour has been a wild ride. Three bus drivers, four truck drivers, and a crew of 32 have traveled all over the world to set the stage for this farewell. At most shows, Slayer’s pyro expert set off 160 pounds of propane and 10 liters of 99% isopropyl alcohol, prompting the Phoenix New Times reviewer to comment on the “eyebrow-singeing pyrotechnics that could be felt even 10 rows behind the pit.” In Toronto, one diehard fan was ejected from the concert before Slayer took the stage, so jumped into Lake Ontario (that surrounds the Budweiser Arena) and swam back to the venue. The Tampa Bay Times’ Jay Cridlin wrote, “Beginning with the throttling opener ‘Repentless,’ Slayer tore through their set like a flaming cigarette boat across the river Styx, charring up a vicious circle pit by the stage,” and Detroit’s Gary Graff noted in his Oakland Press review the “10,000 headbangers who skipped the ‘Game of Thrones’ finale to pay homage to the pioneering quartet.” “The sheer physicality of their show was something to behold and was yet another indication that while the band may be calling it a career, they are going out on top playing at their absolute best,” wrote Andy Lindquist for the SF Sonic, and Guy D’Astolfo with the Youngtown Vindicator ended his review with this: “After the final note, Tom Araya stood alone, scanning the crowd…forging a mental imprint of the moment. After a minute or two, he went to the microphone and said, ‘I’m going to miss you guys.’ Then he exited and the lights went up.”
Confirmed dates for the final leg of Slayer’s Final World Tour, The Final Campaign are as follows:
The Tour Dates:
11/2: Explore Asheville Arena, Asheville, NC
11/3: PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
11/5: Salem Civic Center, Salem, VA
11/6: Giant Center, Hershey, PA
11/8: Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA
11/9: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
11/11: KFC Yum Center, Louisville, KY
11/12: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
11/14: TaxSlayer Arena, Moline, IL
11/15: Denny Sanford Center, Sioux Falls, SD
11/17: Fargodome, Fargo, ND
11/18: CHI Health Center, Omaha, NE
11/20: Broadmore Arena, Colorado Springs, CO
11/22: Rimrock Arena, Billings, MT
11/24: Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA
11/26: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
11/27: MGM Arena, Las Vegas, NV
11/30: The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
For nearly four decades, Slayer’s onslaught has proven them to be the supreme thrash-metal band on the planet, the band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to. Their membership in “The Big Four” – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax – the four bands that defined the thrash/metal genre – secures the band’s place in music history.
The five-time nominated, two-time GRAMMY-winners have accumulated an abundance of certified Gold albums along with “Best…” awards from media outlets all over the world, including Kerrang!, SPIN, Metal Hammer, Revolver, 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, rejoined bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King in 2013, and is back behind the kit to the end.
In January 2018, Slayer announced they were calling it a day and would be doing one final world tour to thank its fans for their support over the years. Launched on May 10, 2018, by the time the 18-month tour wraps, Slayer will have said goodbye to fans in 30 countries around the world and in 40 U.S. states.
Slayer: Final World Tour * Photo Credit: David Bonvillain
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Well my friends, all of your Facebook petitions and letters to Santa about the band bypassing New York City and other big market spaces on this tour have finally been answered by the Dark Gods of Metal themselves as the band will play our Metropolis along with a number of other notable spaces before closing up the book on their career with the concert at The Forum in Los Angeles. One can almost count on a home video release being planned for that final show since one exists for Black Sabbath, Motley Crue and most probably KISS when they get around to their own last show. I’m going to try to be there for sure because how can one miss a band like Slayer in an arena like MSG when its the last chance to enjoy them in this space. Most fans will remember that the band used to play at The Theater at MSG which is a smaller event space but this time its the Big Kahuna. I’m sure that it’s going to be tougher than most other shows at this point because everywhere you turn is a another writer, another blogger, another four dozen photographers and another Media outlet vying for the same grand prize. Let’s see what happens shall we? So as I close this one up I ask you to chime in with your thoughts about the matter down in the comments section below. It’s always great to hear from you in these matters. Until next time.