Slayer – Final World Tour

“5 STARS…an extraordinary farewell gig from the kings of thrash metal – they totally slayed it.  If Slayer do retire, replacing them may prove impossible.” 
— The Times of London 

“If Slayer does retire, there will never be a replacement, and there will never be anyone like them ever again.”

— Phoenix New Times

Photo: Tom Tronckoe

The end is near for mighty trash metal gods Slayer, continuing their Final World Tour with the very last leg kicking off in November and hitting several dates across the U.S. including one last visit to Moline at TaxSlayer Arena on 11/14.

Maintaining the band’s ethos of “play as many places as possible to make it easier for everyone to see the band one last time,” Tom Araya/bass and vocals, Kerry King/guitars, Gary Holt/guitars, and Paul Bostaph/drums will set off on The Final Campaign, the seventh and final leg of its farewell world tour with 19 shows across the U.S. Accompanying Slayer for this last ride are Primus, Ministry and Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals (performing a vulgar display of Pantera) who will support on all dates.

Slayer’s Final World Tour has been a wild ride. Three bus drivers, four truck drivers, and a crew of 32 have traveled all over the world to set the stage for this farewell. At most shows, Slayer’s pyro expert set off 160 pounds of propane and 10 liters of 99% isopropyl alcohol, prompting the Phoenix New Times reviewer to comment on the “eyebrow-singeing pyrotechnics that could be felt even 10 rows behind the pit.” In Toronto, one diehard fan was ejected from the concert before Slayer took the stage, so jumped into Lake Ontario (that surrounds the Budweiser Arena) and swam back to the venue. The Tampa Bay Times’Jay Cridlin wrote, “ Beginning with the throttling opener ‘Repentless,’ Slayer tore through their set like a flaming cigarette boat across the river Styx, charring up a vicious circle pit by the stage,” and Detroit’s Gary Graff noted in his Oakland Press review the “10,000 headbangers who skipped the ‘Game of Thrones’ finale to pay homage to the pioneering quartet.” “The sheer physicality of their show was something to behold and was yet another indi- cation that while the band may be calling it a career, they are going out on top, playing at their absolute best,” wrote Andy Lindquist for the SF Sonic, and Guy D’Astolfo with the Youngtown Vindicator ended his review with this: “After the final note, Tom Araya stood alone, scanning the crowd…forging a mental imprint of the moment. After a minute or two, he went to the microphone and said, ‘I’m going to miss you guys.’  Then he exited and the lights went up.”

To celebrate, the band is also releasing “Slayer: The Repentless Killogy” motion picture and companion LP/CD,The Repentless Killogy, Live At The Forum in Inglewood, CA coming to theaters worldwide for a one-night event on November 6 where it will be screened in over 1500 theaters; tickets can be found at http://www.slayer.film/The narrative short film is paired with Slayer’s entire performance of its August 5, 2017 concert at the Los Angeles Forum and will be available digitally and on Blu-ray, and the soundtrack from that concert will be released as both a two-disc vinyl and two CD packages, starting November 8

NOVEMBER

2   ExploreAshevilleArena, Asheville, NC

3   PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC

  5   Salem Civic Center, Salem, VA

  6   Giant Center, Hershey, PA

8   Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA

  9   Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

 11  KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY

12  Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH

14  TaxSlayer Arena, Moline, IL

15  Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, SD

17  Fargodome, Fargo, ND

18  CHI Health Center, Omaha, NE

20  Broadmore World Arena, Colorado Springs, CO

22  First Interstate Arena at MetraPark Billings, MT

24  Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA

26  Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA

27  Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV

29  The Forum, Los Angeles, CA

30  The Forum, Los Angeles, CA