SLAYER have confirmed that they have cancelled four dates on their U.S. Jägermeister Music Tour under doctor's recommendation (as first reported here on Oct. 23). The cancelled dates are the tour's kick-off, Friday, October 29 in Springfield, MO, Saturday, October 30 in Des Moines, IA, Tuesday, November 9 in Belle Vernon (Pittsburgh), PA, and Friday, November 26 in Tampa, FL.
Having just completed co-headlining the 20-date, sold-out "Unholy Alliance" European tour with SLIPKNOT, SLAYER's vocalist/bassist Tom Araya was taken to the hospital last Wednesday (Oct. 20) in Holland immediately following the band's performance. The doctors there diagnosed Araya with vocal fatigue, and directed that he completely rest his voice — no singing, no talking — for at least a week. In addition, the doctors cautioned Araya to not sing more than four consecutive nights, or he could risk doing irreparable damage to his vocal cords. Hence, the cancellation of the Belle Vernon and Tampa dates.
Araya and his SLAYER bandmates — Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman/guitars and drummer Dave Lombardo — are confident that staying true to the schedule of no more than four consecutive shows will eliminate the possibility of any other dates being cancelled on the Jägermeister tour.
The SLAYER-headlined Jägermeister Music Tour will now kick off on Halloween, Sunday, October 31 in St. Louis at The Pageant (MASTODON and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE support).