American Carnage Tour

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American Carnage Tour
Tour by Slayer, Megadeth, Testament, Anthrax
Associated album World Painted Blood
The Formation of Damnation
Start dateJuly 23, 2010
End dateOctober 21, 2010
No. of shows45

The American Carnage Tour was a North American concert tour headlined by American thrash metal bands Slayer and Megadeth. [1] [2] The first leg of the tour took place from July 23 to September 4, 2010, and was supported by Testament. [3] The second leg of the tour ran from September 24 to October 21, 2010, and was supported by Anthrax. [4]

Thrash metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its overall aggression and often fast tempo. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead work. The lyrics often deal with social issues and criticism of The Establishment, using direct and denunciatory language, an approach borrowed from hardcore punk.

Slayer American thrash metal band

Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California. The band was formed in 1981 by vocalist and bassist Tom Araya and guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman. Slayer's fast and aggressive musical style made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax. Slayer's current lineup comprises King, Araya, drummer Paul Bostaph and guitarist Gary Holt. Hanneman and drummers Dave Lombardo and Jon Dette are former members of the band.

Megadeth American heavy metal band

Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson formed the band in 1983 shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica. Along with Metallica, Anthrax, and Slayer, Megadeth is one of the "Big Four" of American thrash metal, responsible for its development and popularization. Their music features complex arrangements and fast rhythm sections, and lyrical themes of death, war, politics, and religion.


The American Carnage tour marked the first time since the Clash of the Titans tour in 1990–1991 that Slayer, Megadeth, Testament and Anthrax toured together; unlike Clash of the Titans, however, this tour did not feature Suicidal Tendencies or Alice in Chains. Megadeth, Slayer and Testament were still touring in support of their respective albums World Painted Blood , Endgame and The Formation of Damnation , while Anthrax (who had just reunited with Joey Belladonna as their singer) were working on their tenth studio album Worship Music , which was released in the following year.

Clash of the Titans (tour)

Clash of the Titans was a concert tour co-headlined by American thrash metal bands Megadeth and Slayer, which took place in September and October 1990 and again from May to July 1991. Launched in support of their respective albums Rust in Peace and Seasons in the Abyss, the tour had two legs, first in Europe and second in the United States. Clash of the Titans is considered one of the most successful tours in heavy metal history, and bridged the gap between the popularity of thrash metal and rise of the alternative rock and grunge scene.

Suicidal Tendencies American crossover thrash band

Suicidal Tendencies is an American crossover thrash band formed in 1980 in Venice, California by vocalist Mike Muir, who is the only remaining original member of the band. Along with D.R.I., Corrosion of Conformity, and Stormtroopers of Death, they are often credited as one of "the fathers of crossover thrash". Their current lineup includes Muir, guitarist Dean Pleasants, bassist Ra Díaz and drummer Dave Lombardo. Notable musicians who have contributed to the band's studio or live activities include guitarists Rocky George, Mike Clark and Ben Weinman, bassists Louiche Mayorga, Robert Trujillo, Josh Paul and Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner, and drummers Amery Smith, Jimmy DeGrasso, Brooks Wackerman, David Hidalgo Jr., Thomas Pridgen and session musician Josh Freese.

Alice in Chains American rock band from Seattle

Alice in Chains is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 1987 by guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney, who later recruited bassist Mike Starr and lead vocalist Layne Staley. Starr was replaced by Mike Inez in 1993. William DuVall joined the band in 2006 as co-lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, replacing Staley, who died in 2002. The band took its name from Staley's previous group, the glam metal band Alice N' Chains.

Tour dates

North America
July 23, 2010 Quebec City Canada Pavillon de la Jeunesse
July 24, 2010 Montreal Heavy MTL
July 26, 2010 Halifax Halifax Metro Centre
July 27, 2010 Moncton Moncton Coliseum
July 29, 2010 Toronto Molson Amphitheatre
July 30, 2010 London John Labatt Centre
August 11, 2010 Glens Falls United States Glens Falls Civic Center
August 12, 2010 East Rutherford Izod Center
August 14, 2010 Lowell Tsongas Arena
August 15, 2010 Camden Susquehanna Bank Center
August 16, 2010 Wallingford Oakdale Theatre
August 18, 2010 Cleveland Time Warner Cable Amphitheater
August 19, 2010 Detroit Cobo Arena
August 20, 2010 Chicago UIC Pavilion
August 21, 2010 Saint Paul Roy Wilkins Auditorium
August 23, 2010 Bonner Springs Sandstone Amphitheater
August 25, 2010 Denver Magness Arena
August 26, 2010 Albuquerque Tingley Coliseum
August 27, 2010 Phoenix Dodge Theater
August 28, 2010 Chula Vista Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
August 30, 2010 Long Beach Long Beach Arena
August 31, 2010 Daly City Cow Palace
September 1, 2010 Sacramento ARCO Arena
September 3, 2010 Seattle WaMu Theater
September 4, 2010 Portland Wash County Fairgrounds
North America Leg #2 (Jägermeister Music Tour)
September 24, 2010 Dallas United States Gexa Energy Pavilion
September 25, 2010 San Antonio AT&T Center
September 26, 2010 Houston Verizon Wireless Theater
September 28, 2010 New Orleans Lakefront Arena
September 30, 2010 Knoxville James White Civic Coliseum
October 1, 2010 Duluth Arena at Gwinnett Center
October 2, 2010 Orlando Hard Rock Cafe
October 3, 2010 Miami Bayfront Park Amphitheatre
October 5, 2010 Hampton Hampton Coliseum
October 6, 2010 Baltimore 1st Mariner Arena
October 8, 2010 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
October 9, 2010 Scranton Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
October 10, 2010 Columbus Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
October 12, 2010 Louisville Freedom Hall
October 14, 2010 Fort Wayne War Memorial Coliseum
October 15, 2010 Walker DeltaPlex Arena
October 16, 2010 Milwaukee Eagles Ballroom
October 19, 2010 West Valley City Maverik Center
October 20, 2010 Paradise Pearl Concert Theatre
October 21, 2010 Universal City Gibson Amphitheatre

Opening acts

Testament (band) American metal band

Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1983 under the name Legacy, the band's current lineup comprises guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, lead vocalist Chuck Billy, drummer Gene Hoglan, and bassist Steve Di Giorgio. Since its inception, Testament has had numerous lineup changes, leaving Peterson as the only constant member. Billy replaced original singer Steve "Zetro" Souza in 1986, prior to the recording of their first studio album, The Legacy, and has been a member of the band since. Peterson and Billy are the only members to appear on all of Testament's studio albums.

Anthrax (American band) American heavy metal band

Anthrax is an American heavy metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by rhythm guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker. The group is considered one of the leaders of the thrash metal scene from the 1980s and is one of the "Big Four" thrash metal bands with Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer; Anthrax is the only one of the four from the East Coast, and often credited as one of the early thrash metal bands to emerge from there, along with Overkill and Nuclear Assault. As of April 2017, the band has released 11 studio albums, several other albums, and 26 singles, including collaborating on a single with American hip hop group Public Enemy. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Anthrax sold 2.5 million records in the United States from 1991 to 2004, with worldwide sales of 10 million.


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