Artist: Slayer Venue: Santander Arena (Reading, PA) Opener: Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Behemoth, Testament Date: 6/4/2018 Label: Nuclear Blast Records
As you’re probably fully already aware, the legendary Thrash Metal band Slayer is putting their career to bed and is going out in style with a “Final Tour” that finds the bands Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament coming along for the run. If you’ve somehow missed any of our “Upcoming Tours” notices about their last go-round please click HERE to know the full scoop so we can continue along together with as much of the same information as possible. The tour seemed to be skipping the NYC region entirely and instead would set down at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ but with a my scheduling being locked in with the annual Book Expo and The Book Con along with the Five Points Festival, I had to pass on these shows and instead brave a new adventure by heading to Reading, PA for the show that was taking place at the Santander Arena. It would be my very first time heading to this arena and it was something like 125 miles away from my home base. The advance weather report was bleak, but the day turned out nice for a lengthy drive and with good company and a couple of stops for eats along the way my media companion and I arrived at the arena shortly before the doors had opened. With the show starting early there were scores of fans lined up waiting to get inside. This is always a sight that I like to see when I go to multiple band bills like this one. Testament would be starting off this leg of the tour and they are always a solid experience. Let’s review.
Testament: I always love a Testament show because they are just one of the tightest Metal bands on the planet today. For the final Slayer run they would be continuing their “Brotherhood Of The Snake” tour but the early start time meant a very abbreviated set list from the Thrashers. The band hit the ground running with their first number and guitarist Skolnick was shredding like a madman while singer Billy screamed and rallied the fans that were already inside the arena. Sadly it wasn’t packed just yet, but it was a weekday, and this was a super early set time which I can appreciate being a difficult thing to be on point for. The set was a strong one and featured some of the bands classic tunes which I still consider favorites. Hopefully Testament will be doing some co-headlining runs in the months post this touring cycle because I’d love to be able to enjoy a longer set from them. Behemoth was up next.
A few days ago I mentioned how a lot of tours were being announced and that means not only the first go rounds but also the second leg returns of some bands. Since there are too many to avoid sharing with you readers here I am going to keep my intro words brief but still close out the releases as I deem fit. This news was pretty cool as both Anthrax and Killswitch Engage are heading out on a co-headlining run that they are calling “KILLTHRAX” – I love that branding, as it sounds like a Kaiju. Here we go.
ANTHRAX, L-R: Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Joey Belladonna, Jon Donais
Photo Credit: Ignacio Galvez
LOS ANGELES, CA (Wednesday, December 14, 2016) — Thrash legends Anthrax and Metalcore forefathers Killswitch Engage announce today that they will hit the road this Spring to co-headline a 27-date North American tour, presented by SiriusXM. The bands’ itinerary will also include an April 15 appearance at the Texas Independence Festival in Austin as well as each band headlining two solo shows separate from the double bill. With KSE and Anthrax rotating the closing slot over the course of the dates, the tour will hit the ground on March 29 in Montclair, NJ and then criss-cross the continent, wrapping up in Boston on May 7. The intense and dynamic The Devil Wears Prada will provide direct support on all dates. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, 12/16 at 10AM local time. Log on to www.anthrax.com – http://www.killswitchengage.com or www.tdwpband.com for all details regarding ticket purchasing and pre-sales.
Just a short while ago the news started circulating about Anthrax doing a special one-night only appearance at the now famous Saint Vitus Bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Since such an appearance will likely sell out seconds after going onsale I wanted to zap out the news about it as fast as possible and highlight the reason that this is even happening for you with the poster, press release and some light additional thoughts. Check it out.
The Press Release:
With October designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, New York born-and-bred thrash/metal icons Anthrax announce a very special concert to be held at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar on Friday, September 16 with special guests ‘Kyng’
“This has to be the most intimate show we’ve played since the early 80s which makes it so special,” said vocalist Joey Belladonna about the Saint Vitus Bar, known for putting on massive underplays in their small Brooklyn bar.
All proceeds will go to benefit Gilda’s Club NYC, The mighty Kyng are playing in support. Everyone who purchases a show ticket will get a special, limited-edition t-shirt created just for cancer awareness. A limited number of Anthrax’s new album, For All Kings (Megaforce) will be pressed onto pink vinyl and released on September 27. Identified by a special sticker, the album will be available at all retail stores where vinyl is sold, through Amazon.com and all F.Y.E. stores. Fans will be able to get their hands on a copy of Anthrax’s For All Kings pink vinyl before release date as a small quantity – all signed by the band – will be on sale at the Saint Vitus show. Continue reading Anthrax Announces One-Night Only Special Appearance at St. Vitus Bar→
It’s raining and gloomy here in NYC today and that is making me spend far too much time surfing around the web and “ugh” on Facebook but fortunately my email has been hefty with awesome news to share with the readership to get me away from the drivel over there. With that being said, once such note announced an early 2016 tour with a headlining Lamb Of God who will be bringing along Anthrax as direct support and both Deafheaven and Kylesa as the lead off bands. I’ve embedded the tour poster and the official press copy for your indulgence and then I’ll return with my two cents.
The Press Release: “World-renowned American heavy rock band LAMB OF GOD are pleased to announce their upcoming January/February 2016 U.S. headline tour featuring direct support from very special guests and thrash metal legends Anthrax, with additional support from two more bands to be announced soon. The tour will begin on Friday, January 15th in Pittsburgh, PA and visit several major U.S. markets before coming to a close in Los Angeles, CA on February 12th. Please see below for all confirmed tour dates. General on-sale for tickets begins this Friday, November 13th at 10:00am local time. American Express Card Members can also purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, November 10th at 2:00 P.M. local time through Thursday, November 12th at 10:00 P.M. local time, in select markets. LAMB OF GOD is touring in support of their new studio album VII: Sturm Und Drang, which launched via Epic Records and debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 charts this past summer. VII: Sturm Und Drang is available for purchase now at physical retailers everywhere, or digitally via Lamb-of-God.com, iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play” (I’ve embedded a code to Amazon.com below this narrative for your ease of use). End of Transmission. Continue reading Lamb Of God & Anthrax Shall Deliver Us To Metal In Early 2016→