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Slayer formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. Their 1986 release of "Reign in Blood" was considered "the heaviest album of all time" by Kerrang! Magazine, ranked sixth greatest metal band of all time by MTV, as well as voted for "Best Guitarist/Guitar Team" in Revolver's reader poll. They have released nine studio albums, four which have received gold certification in the USA.
Slayer received three Grammy nominations, winning two; one in 2007 for the song "Eyes of the Insane" and in 2008 for the song "Final Six". Slayer is going on tour this fall with Megadeth to relaunch their Canadian Carnage Tour from November 8 through November 13.
Those holding out hope for a "Big 4" tour of North America will have to keep waiting. Thrash metal titans Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax announced today, January 25, that they will share a stage in the United States for the first time ever — but only for a single day.
The so-called Big 4 Festival goes down April 23 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA. Public ticket sales for the event begin January 28 at 10 a.m. (PST). Regular ticket prices are set at $99, but VIP passes will also be available for $199, according to Ticketmaster.com.
After completing two rounds of touring together this summer, Slayer and Megadeth have announced plans for a second leg of the American Carnage Tour. The fall tour will receive an extra shot of adrenaline with the addition of Anthrax to the lineup.
The trio of bands, who first toured together for 1991's Clash of the Titans Tour, will launch the latest round of the U.S. outing on September 24 at Superpages.com Center in Dallas, TX. The tour is scheduled to run through October 21 at Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, CA.
While a back injury prevented Slayer and Megadeth from completing their early 2010, the metal titans have rallied together to reschedule the trek for later this year. The crews' recently postponed American Carnage Tour dates are now set for summer 2010.
Six Canadian performances, originally booked for November 2009, will now run July 23 at Pavillon de la Jeunesse in Quebec City, QC, through July 30 at the John Labatt Centre in London, ON. After a brief break, the tour will sweep down into the states for nearly 20 more gigs from August 11 at the Civic Center in Glens Falls, NY, through September 4 at the Washington County Fair Complex in Hillsboro, OR.
Over the past few months, Megadeth has had two co-headlining ventures cancelled due to health issues within the ranks of tour partner Slayer. But the heavy metal crew will stay on track with a new spring tour, celebrating the 20th anniversary of its seminal 1990 album "Rust in Peace."
Joined by supporting acts Testament and Exodus, the veteran rock act will perform in 21 cities across the United States and Canada this March. The Rust in Peace 20th Anniversary Tour begins March 1 at the Knitting Factory in Spokane, WA, and ends March 31 at the Palladium in Hollywood, CA.
Slayer has postponed all dates of its early 2010 touring season, which was supposed to launch this week in North America before continuing on to the UK and Europe in early spring.
The national dates were part of Slayer's co-headlining American Carnage Tour with Megadeth. Dates had been booked from January 18 at the WaMu Theater in Seattle, WA, through February 23 at Metro Centre in Halifax, NS.
A back injury forced Slayer to postpone its fall tour with Megadeth, but both heavy metal troupes will regroup in 2010 for a new co-headlining venture. The American Carnage Tour will launch on January 18 at the WaMu Theater in Seattle, WA, and continues through a February 23 show at the Metro Centre in Halifax, NS.
The bands will visit a total of 26 cities on their upcoming itinerary, though only 25 dates have been announced so far. The trek includes engagements on January 23 at Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, AZ; February 2 at Broadbent Arena in Nashville, TN; and February 14 at Tsognas Arena in Lowell, MA.
Veteran rocker Tom Araya, bassist and vocalist for Slayer, is being treated for a performance-related back injury. According to a statement on the band's official Web site, Araya's treatment includes "an immediate surgical procedure" to take place in Texas on the morning of November 3.
Hard rock will rule the roads in the coming months as Slayer, Megadeth and Hatebreed all unveil North American concert itineraries for late 2009. Those plans and more are part of the daily tour recap for September 15, as compiled by TicketNews.
Slayer is heading back out on the road with Megadeth this fall as the metal bands relaunch their Canadian Carnage Tour in the eastern provinces. Fives shows have been booked from November 8 at Moncton Coliseum in Moncton, NB, through November 13 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON. Machine Head and Suicide Silence open on all dates. An equally brief Canadian Carnage Tour leg hit the western provinces in late June for just a handful of dates.
Thrash metal veterans Megadeth and Slayer will launch a brief musical massacre north of the boarder this summer. The co-headline Canadian Carnage rampage will make four stops in three provinces, beginning with a June 24 concert at General Motors Place in Vancouver, BC.
After launching, the tour will stop for a June 26 show at Rexall Place in Edmonton, AB, and a June 27 gig at Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, AB, before reaching its final destination for a June 29 closer at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, MB. The full itinerary for the four-date run is listed below, and tickets are already on sale to the public.
The touring Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival will enter its second year led by headliners Slayer, Marilyn Manson and Bullet For My Valentine (BFMV). The 27-show trek launches July 10 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Wheatland, CA, and is scheduled to end August 16 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in San Antonio, TX.
Highlights for the summer-long tour circuit include a July 17 concert at Cricket Wireless Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ, a July 28 event at The Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, ON, an August 7 stop at the Susquehana Bank Center in Camden, JN, and an August 12 show at Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL.