According to a press release from concert promoter Live Nation, the March 19 "European Carnage" SLAYER / MEGADETH event that was scheduled to take place at Arenan/Fryshuset in Stockholm, Sweden has been canceled "due to other commitments." Both bands promise to be back soon. No further details are currently available.
(Note: There is speculation that SLAYER and MEGADETH will play Sweden later in the year as part of the Swedish edition of the Sonisphere festival, featuring the so-called "Big Four" of 1980s thrash metal — METALLICA, ANTHRAX, SLAYER and MEGADETH. This, however, should be treated as a rumor only at this point.)
The "European Carnage" tour is scheduled to kick off on March 13 in Kiev, Ukraine.
SLAYER made available a previously unreleased track, "Atrocity Vendor", as part of a special limited-edition seven-inch single. Written by Kerry King, the track was recorded during the 2009 "World Painted Blood" sessions, and was released on "Black Friday" (November 26, 2010), exclusively through Metal Club, the North American indie store consortium that works to connect the metal community with their local "brick and mortar" record stores.
"Atrocity Vendor" was paired with the Tom Araya/Jeff Hanneman-penned track "World Painted Blood", and released in a clear sleeve on a red vinyl disc. Go to www.mymetalclub.com to find a metal record shop near you.
MEGADETH is continuing to tour behind its "Rust In Peace Live" CD, which captures the final night of the band's historic month-long "Rust In Peace" 20th anniversary tour. A new studio album is expected before the end of the year via Roadrunner Records.
SLAYER guitarist Kerry King joined MEGADETH on stage on October 21, 2010 at the Gibson Amphitheater to perform MEGADETH's classic "Rattlehead". This marked the first time in 26 years that Kerry played the song with MEGADETH (King took part in MEGADETH's very first shows in February 1984 as the band's second guitarist).