Driven by their latest studio album, the massively praised “Repentless,” thrash metal icons Slayer are as active as ever, and will be delivering their dose of sheer musical power across North America.
The band will be hitting the road in February and March, and spend most of the time in the US.
The first show will take place on February 19, live at the legendary Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL, while the trek’s final stop has been booked for March 26, live at The Joint in Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Between these two dates, Kerry King, Tom Araya, Paul Bostaph, and Gary Holt will pay a visit to Boston, Philadelphia, Calgary, Nashville, San Francisco, and more cities.
Several summer festival gigs have already been booked, specifically the early June performance at the Rock in Vienna 2016 fest in Vienna, Austria, as well as the gig at the legendary Hellfest 2016 festival in Val De Moine, Clisson, France, one of the biggest metal festivals in the world at the moment.
Feel the raw power, go see Slayer live!
Slayer Cheap/Discounted Tickets 2016
Slayer Tour Schedule 2016
|Feb 19||7:30PM||Chicago, IL||Riviera Theatre|
|Feb 22||7:30PM||Nashville, TN||Nashville War Memorial|
|Feb 24||7:30PM||Richmond, VA||The National|
|Feb 26||7:00PM||North Myrtle Beach, SC||House Of Blues|
|Feb 27||8:00PM||Raleigh, NC||The Ritz|
|Feb 29||7:30PM||Charlotte, NC||The Fillmore|
|Mar 02||8:00PM||Port Chester, NY||Capitol Theatre|
|Mar 03||7:30PM||Philadelphia, PA||The Fillmore|
|Mar 05||7:30PM||Silver Spring, MD||The Fillmore Silver Spring|
|Mar 06||6:00PM||Boston, MA||House Of Blues|
|Mar 08||6:00PM||Columbus, OH||Lifestyles Communities Pavilion|
|Mar 09||7:00PM||Madison, WI||Orpheum Theatre|
|Mar 11||8:00PM||Saint Paul, MN||Myth|
|Mar 12||7:00PM||Fargo, ND||Fargo Civic Memorial Auditorium|
|Mar 14||6:30PM||Calgary, Canada||MacEwan Hall|
|Mar 15||6:30PM||Edmonton, Canada||Shaw Conference Centre|
|Mar 17||7:00PM||Garden City, ID||Revolution Concert House and Event Center|
|Mar 19||7:30PM||Seattle, WA||Paramount Theatre|
|Mar 20||7:30PM||Portland, OR||Roseland Theater|
|Mar 22||7:30PM||San Francisco, CA||Warfield|
|Mar 26||8:00PM||Las Vegas, NV||The Joint|
During the course of past three decades, US thrash metal titans Slayer rose to prominence as one of the key figures of the global heavy metal scene. And it all began in 1981 in California as a group of raging young metalheads figured it’s high time they got some jamming under way.
The lads went by the names of Kerry King (guitar), Jeff Hanneman (guitar), Tom Araya (bass, vocals), and Dave Lombardo (drums).
Led by the fast and furious underground punk scene, heavy metal classics like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, the band took metal to a new level in terms of power, speed, gloominess and horror.
The band’s first album, 1983’s “Show No Mercy,” established Slayer as an underground tour de force, thanks to shrieking guitars, roaring vocals and unstoppable machine-gun drums.
To leave the underground and enter the major metal league, the band had to work and tour relentlessly for the next three years. Then in October 1986, “Reign in Blood” was released, placing the group on US and UK charts for the very first time and unveiling such all-time metal classics as “Angel of Death” and “Raining Blood.”
This is also where Slayer entered their classic phase. Along with 1988’s “South of Heaven” and 1990’s “Seasons in the Abyss,” the band kept growing their fanbase, selling very decent figures for an uncompromising metal band, and ultimately marked the very peak of metal prior to grunge revolution.
Throughout the decades, live concerts are what made Slayer stand out in every aspect. We’re talking about a band that never compromised, rarely got played on radio, scored what can be described only as mild or decent chart success, yet always sold loads of tickets and had a fanbase most bands can only dream of.
In 1992, Lombardo left the band. Commonly hailed as the technically most gifted member of Slayer, he was replaced by Paul Bostaph. The band still had some strong tunes in their pocket, and in 1994, “Divine Intervention” was released and gave the group their highest-charting album to date with No. 8 spot on the US Billboard 200 chart.
However, the album, along with everything released until the end of the ’90s, is considered to be subpar to the classic era. But in 2001, Slayer was ready to strike back. Just before replacing Bostaph with Lombardo, the group presented “God Hates Us All,” a strong effort that regained the attention of metal community and brought Slayer back into the limelight of the metal realm.
Two more albums followed, “Christ Illusion” in 2006 and “World Painted Blood” in 2009, and now Slayer album No. 11 will be released in September 2015 under the title of “Repentless.”
A major tragedy struck in May 2013, as Jeff Hanneman passed away due to liver failure, leaving the metal world in a state of shock.
If you want to get acquainted with the force of Slayer, get one of their albums. IF you want to really meet the force of Slayer, go see them live. If these guys are in your region, and you’re hungry for metal, we say buy the tickets ASAP, you’re in for the metal event of your life.
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