Slayer Announce Farewell Tour

Andrew Stuart

Behemoth, Anthrax, Testament and Lamb of God will support.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated with tour dates.

 Thrash innovators Slayer have been going strong since 1981, and their shows have always reliably been just about the most fun place to get punched in the head. It’s hard to picture the band hanging it up, especially after they survived the 2013 death of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman. But the band now claims that they’re just about done. In a new video, the band has announced “one, final world tour,” with “final North American dates coming soon.” Here’s the video, which is full of archival images:

Slayer announced that they will be joined on the outing by Anthrax, Testament, Lamb of God and Behemoth on the tour, which kicks off on May 10 in San Diego. A day after announcing the final lap, the group released the official list of dates.


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 will do one last concert tour around the globe to thank their fans for all the support over the years. N. American tickets public on sale Friday, Jan. 26 at 10AM local.  Ltd Slayer onstage + meet & greet + exclusive merch packages at MAY 10 Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA 11 FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA 13 Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA 16 PNE Forum, Vancouver, BC 17 South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC 19 Big Four, Calgary, AB 20 Shaw Centre, Edmonton, AB 22 Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB 24 The Armory, Minneapolis, MN 25 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL 27 Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre @ Freedom Hill, Detroit, MI 29 Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON 30 Place Bell, Montreal, PQ JUNE 1 Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT 2 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ 4 Santander Arena, Reading, PA 6 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH 7 Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH 9 KeyBank Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA 10 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA 12 VUHL Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VA 14 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC 15 Orlando Amphitheater, Orlando, FL 17 Smart Financial Centre, Houston, TX 19 The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX 20 Austin 360 Amphitheater, Austin, TX

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North American Slayer tour dates:

May 10 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center

May 11 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre

May 13 – Sacramento, CA @ Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo

May 16 – Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum

May 17 – Penticton, BC @ South Okanagan Events Centre

May 19 – Calgary, AB @ Big Four

May 20 – Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Centre

May 22 – Winnipeg, MB @ Bell MTS Place

May 24 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory

May 25 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

May 27 – Detroit, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre At Freedom Hill

May 29 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage

May 30 – Montreal, QC @ Place Bell

June 1 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun

June 2 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

June 4 – Reading, PA @ Santander Arena

June 6 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center

June 7 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center

June 9 – Pittsburgh, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion

June 10 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live

June 12 – Virginia Beach, VA @ VUHL Amphitheater

June 14 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion

June 15 – Orlando, FL @ Orlando Amphiteater

June 17 – Houston, TX @ Smart Financial Centre

June 19 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory

June 20 – Austin, TX @ Austin 360 Amphitheater

This article originally appeared on Stereogum.


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