UPDATE: Slayer Announce Farewell Tour

UPDATE: Slayer have released the dates for their 2018 farewell tour. Shows kick off May 10 in San Diego, CA and wrap up June 20 in Austin, TX. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 26. Check out all the tour dates below.

Slayer shocked the world this morning (Jan. 22) when they revealed plans for what’s to be their final world tour. The band posted a teaser clip online showing press clippings, gig posters, and press photos throughout their career.

So far, official tour dates haven’t been announced, but the band confirmed they’ll tour North American this summer. They’ll be playing with Lamb of God, Anthrax, Testament, and Behemoth.

It’s not a surprise they’re splitting up. In a 2016 interview with Loudwire bassist/ vocalist, Tom Araya said “After 35 years, it’s time to like, collect my pension. I like singing and just spitting that s—t out and convincing everybody that this guy is a f***ing maniac. It’s like acting. You feel the lyrics and you show them with your facial expressions, your body expressions, your intensity — I love that s**t.”

Watch the announcement video below.

Slayer Tour dates:

May 10 – Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA
May 11 – FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA
May 13 – Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
May 16 – PNE forum, Vancouver, BC
May 17 – South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC
May 19 – Big Four, Calgary, AL
May 20 – Shaw Centre, Edmonton, AB
May 22 – Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB
May 24 – The Armory, Minneapolis, MN
May 25 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
May 27 – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre @ Freedom Hill, Detroit, MI
May 29 – Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON
May 30 – Place Bell, Montreal, PQ
Jun. 01 – Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
Jun. 02 – PNC Banks Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
Jun. 04 – Santander Arena, Reading, PA
Jun. 06 – Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
Jun. 07 – Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH
Jun. 09 – KeyBank Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
Jun. 10 – Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
Jun. 12 – VUHL Amphitheatre, Virginia Beach, VA
Jun. 14 – PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
Jun. 15 – Orlando Amphitheatre, Orlando, FL
Jun. 17 – Smart Financial Center, Houston, TX
Jun. 19 – The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX
Jun. 20 – Austin 360 Amphitheatre, Austin, TX

Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, The Crypt 1331, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Reality-Comics. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Marilyn Manson, and Green Day.

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