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.
A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Wednesday, January 24 at 10:00 a.m. EST and end on Thursday, January 25 at 10 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code "THETOUR" to access tickets before the general public.
General admission tickets will be available for purchase starting Friday, January 26 at 10 a.m. local time.
LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe said: "If you are lucky enough to be invited to play even just once with living legends like SLAYER, it's an incredible honor. SLAYER gave LAMB OF GOD our very first two overseas shows. SLAYER has subsequently taken us on several full-length tours, both at home and abroad. The guys in SLAYER and their crew have also always been very, very cool to our band. It is irrefutable that SLAYER helped create the genre of aggressive metal, and all modern bands of that ilk owe them a huge debt — I know we do. To be asked to be a part of their final tour — well, it just makes you stop and realize just how lucky you are. Hail SLAYER! We'll see you on the road..."
ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello stated: "It's truly an honor to be on SLAYER's final tour. ANTHRAX and SLAYER have toured together for decades, we are family, band and crew, so we want to help give SLAYER the best send-off possible and to have one last blast with our friends. But you know, at the end of the day, SLAYER will never die."
BEHEMOTH's Nergal said: "Well, well, well... the dream comes true AGAIN it seems. BEHEMOTH will be teaming up with mighty SLAYER again for another extensive American run later this year! Nothing short of epic if you ask me! I cannot wait to confront American legions again before we unleash the new record. One of the biggest metal tours this year: TESTAMENT, BEHEMOTH, ANTHRAX, LAMB OF GOD and SLAYER. Can you miss it out? FUCK NO!"
TESTAMENT's Chuck Billy said: "Sharing the stage with SLAYER once again is going to be an honor, and to be a part of the final tour is going to be a special privilege for us. SLAYER has influenced so many aggressive bands in their career. This tour will be an epic time for all who attend. Do yourself a favor and clear your calendars when this show comes to town. This will be your last chance to see a tour like this. Get ready North America for the devastation."
May 10 - Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA (buy tickets)
May 11 - FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA (buy tickets)
May 13 - Papa Murphy's Park at Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA (buy tickets)
May 16 - PNE forum, Vancouver, BC (buy tickets)
May 17 - South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC (buy tickets)
May 19 - Big Four, Calgary, AL (buy tickets)
May 20 - Shaw Centre, Edmonton, AB (buy tickets)
May 22 - Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB (buy tickets)
May 24 - The Armory, Minneapolis, MN (buy tickets)
May 25 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL (buy tickets)
May 27 - Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre @ Freedom Hill, Detroit, MI (buy tickets)
May 29 - Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON (buy tickets)
May 30 - Place Bell, Montreal, PQ (buy tickets)
Jun. 01 - Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT (buy tickets)
Jun. 02 - PNC Banks Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ (buy tickets)
Jun. 04 - Santander Arena, Reading, PA (buy tickets)
Jun. 06 - Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH (buy tickets)
Jun. 07 - Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH (buy tickets)
Jun. 09 - KeyBank Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA (buy tickets)
Jun. 10 - Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA (buy tickets)
Jun. 12 - VUHL Amphitheatre, Virginia Beach, VA (buy tickets)
Jun. 14 - PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC (buy tickets)
Jun. 15 - Orlando Amphitheatre, Orlando, FL (buy tickets)
Jun. 17 - Smart Financial Center, Houston, TX (buy tickets)
Jun. 19 - The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX (buy tickets)
Jun. 20 - Austin 360 Amphitheatre, Austin, TX (buy tickets)
SLAYER, LAMB OF GOD and BEHEMOTH last hit the road in North America together in the summer of 2017.
TESTAMENT and SLAYER previously joined forces for a North American tour in early 2016. Also appearing on the bill were British extreme metal pioneers CARCASS.
SLAYER's latest album, "Repentless", was released in September 2015 via Nuclear Blast. The disc debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 50,000 equivalent album units.
ANTHRAX will release its long-awaited live-in-concert DVD, "Kings Among Scotland", on April 27 via Megaforce. The DVD will be preceded by ANTHRAX's North American co-headline tour with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE — "KillThrax 2018" — set to kick off January 25 in Montreal.
LAMB OF GOD's 2017 tour with SLAYER and BEHEMOTH kicked off on July 12 in Bemidji, Minnesota and concluded on August 20 in Phoenix, Arizona. The group's latest release was an EP called "The Duke", which came out in November 2016 via Epic.