European Carnage Tour

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European Carnage Tour
Tour by Slayer, Megadeth
Start dateMarch 13, 2011
End dateApril 14, 2011
No. of shows23

European Carnage Tour was a European tour headlined by American thrash metal bands Slayer and Megadeth. This tour marked the first time that both bands had toured Europe together since the Clash of the Titans Tour in 1990 when support was provided by Testament and Suicidal Tendencies. Slayer and Megadeth had previously toured together in North America on American Carnage Tour in 2010, with Testament and Anthrax as the supporting acts. [1] [2]

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 heavy 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.


A tour poster from the band's March 30 date confirmed that there would be a special guest band opening on the tour. [3] However, the tour did not have an opening act.

Gary Holt of Exodus was announced as Jeff's temporary replacement, in Slayer, [4] on March 13, to April 4, 2011.

Gary Holt (musician) American guitarist

Gary Wayne Holt is an American guitarist from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a guitarist, the bandleader, and the main songwriter for the American thrash metal band Exodus and is also a guitarist for the American thrash metal band Slayer, in which he took over duties for original guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who died in 2013.

Exodus (American band) American thrash metal band

Exodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1979 in Richmond, California. They have gone through numerous lineup changes, two extended hiatuses, and the deaths of two former band members. Their current lineup consists of guitarists Gary Holt and Lee Altus, bassist Jack Gibson, drummer Tom Hunting, and lead vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza. Hunting is one of the original members, and departed from Exodus twice, in 1989 and 2004, but rejoined in 2007. Holt joined the band about two years after its formation, and is the only member of Exodus to appear on all their releases.

Jeff Hanneman American guitarist

Jeffrey John Hanneman was an American musician, best known as a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer. Hanneman contributed both lyrical and musical material to every Slayer album up until his death in 2013 and wrote the songs "Raining Blood", "War Ensemble," "South of Heaven," "Seasons in the Abyss," and "Angel of Death," all of which have been played at almost every live Slayer performance after their respective compositions. He had his own signature guitar, the ESP Jeff Hanneman Signature model.

There would have been a Swedish concert originally in Stockholm, Arenan, but the concert was cancelled, [5] and a newer Norwegian show was announced instead, in Oslo, Sentrum Scene, on March 20, 2011. [6]
The Switzerland show previously scheduled at St. Jakobshalle in Basel, on April 13, 2011 got been moved to the Volkshaus in Zurich. [7]

Sweden constitutional monarchy in Northern Europe

Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian Nordic country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and north and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund, a strait at the Swedish-Danish border. At 450,295 square kilometres (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the largest country in Northern Europe, the third-largest country in the European Union and the fifth largest country in Europe by area. Sweden has a total population of 10.2 million of which 2.4 million has a foreign background. It has a low population density of 22 inhabitants per square kilometre (57/sq mi). The highest concentration is in the southern half of the country.

Stockholm Capital city in Södermanland and Uppland, Sweden

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the most populous urban area in the Nordic countries; 962,154 people live in the municipality, approximately 1.5 million in the urban area, and 2.3 million in the metropolitan area. The city stretches across fourteen islands where Lake Mälaren flows into the Baltic Sea. Just outside the city and along the coast is the island chain of the Stockholm archipelago. The area has been settled since the Stone Age, in the 6th millennium BC, and was founded as a city in 1252 by Swedish statesman Birger Jarl. It is also the capital of Stockholm County.

Norway constitutional monarchy in Northern Europe

Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country in Northwestern Europe whose territory comprises the western and northernmost portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula; the remote island of Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard are also part of the Kingdom of Norway. The Antarctic Peter I Island and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island are dependent territories and thus not considered part of the kingdom. Norway also lays claim to a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land.

In Saint Petersburg on March 16, 2011, Megadeth performance was cut short due to Dave Mustaine's illness. [8] [9]

Saint Petersburg Federal city in Northwestern, Russia

Saint Petersburg is Russia's second-largest city after Moscow, with 5 million inhabitants in 2012, part of the Saint Petersburg agglomeration with a population of 6.2 million (2015). An important Russian port on the Baltic Sea, it has a status of a federal subject.

Dave Mustaine American musician

David Scott Mustaine is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, actor and author. He is best known as the co-founder, lead vocalist, guitarist and primary songwriter of the American heavy metal band Megadeth, as well as the original lead guitarist of the American band Metallica.

Cannibal Corpse guitarist Pat O'Brien filled in for Exodus' Gary Holt when Holt left the Slayer European tour to play with his own band Exodus at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile on April 10, 2011. Holt's last show with Slayer was on April 4, 2011 in Padova, Italy, O'Brien joined the band for the April 6, 2011 show in Croatia, and finished the European dates on April 14, 2011 in the Netherlands. [10]

Cannibal Corpse American death metal band

Cannibal Corpse is a death metal band from Buffalo, New York, now based in Tampa, Florida. Formed on October 20th 1987, the band has released fourteen studio albums, two box sets, four video albums, and two live albums. The band has had little radio or television exposure throughout its career, although a cult following began to build after the release of the 1991 album Butchered at Birth and 1992 album Tomb of the Mutilated. As of 2015, they achieved worldwide sales of two million units for combined sales of all their albums, making them the top-selling death metal band of all time.

Pat OBrien (guitarist) American musician

Pat O'Brien is the lead guitarist for the death metal band Cannibal Corpse, as well as a former member for the heavy metal band Nevermore, and a former touring musician with the thrash metal band Slayer.

Santiago Place in Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile

Santiago, is the capital and largest city of Chile as well as one of the largest cities in the Americas. It is the center of Chile's largest and most densely populated conurbation, the Santiago Metropolitan Region, whose total population is 7 million. The city is entirely located in the country's central valley. Most of the city lies between 500 m (1,640 ft) and 650 m (2,133 ft) above mean sea level.

Tour Dates

March 13, 2011 Kiev Ukraine Expo
March 15, 2011 Moscow Russia Olympic Stadium
March 16, 2011 Saint Petersburg Jubileeny
March 17, 2011 Helsinki Finland Helsinki Ice Hall
March 19, 2011 Oslo Norway Sentrum Scene
March 20, 2011
March 21, 2011 Aarhus Denmark Scandinavian Center
March 23, 2011 Brussels Belgium Forest National
March 24, 2011 Bamberg Germany Stechert Arena
March 26, 2011 Paris France Le Zénith
March 28, 2011 Madrid Spain La Riviera
March 29, 2011 A Coruña Coliseum
March 30, 2011 Lisbon Portugal Pavilhão Atlântico
April 1, 2011 Barcelona SpainSt. Jordi Club
April 3, 2011 Rome Italy Atlantico
April 4, 2011 Padua Gran Teatro
April 6, 2011 Zagreb Croatia Arena Zagreb
April 7, 2011 Vienna Austria Gasometer
April 8, 2011 Budapest Hungary Budapest Sports Arena
April 10, 2011 Prague Czech Republic O2 Arena
April 11, 2011 Łódź Poland Atlas Arena
April 13, 2011 Zurich Switzerland Volkshaus
April 14, 2011 Eindhoven Netherlands Klokgebouw


Slayer Set#1 [11]
  1. "World Painted Blood"
  2. "Hate Worldwide"
  3. "War Ensemble"
  4. "Postmortem"
  5. "Hallowed Point"
  6. "Dead Skin Mask"
  7. "Silent Scream"
  8. "The Antichrist"
  9. "Americon"
  10. "Payback"
  11. "Mandatory Suicide"
  12. "Temptation"
  13. "South of Heaven"
  14. "Raining Blood"
  15. "Black Magic"
  16. "Angel of Death"
Slayer Set#2 [12]
  1. "World Painted Blood"
  2. "Hate Worldwide"
  3. "War Ensemble"
  4. "Postmortem"
  5. "Hallowed Point"
  6. "Dead Skin Mask"
  7. "Silent Scream"
  8. "The Antichrist"
  9. "Americon"
  10. "Payback"
  11. "Seasons In The Abyss"
  12. "Snuff"
  13. "South of Heaven"
  14. "Raining Blood"
  15. "Black Magic"
  16. "Angel of Death"
Slayer Set#3 [13]
  1. "World Painted Blood"
  2. "Hate Worldwide"
  3. "War Ensemble"
  4. "Postmortem"
  5. "Temptation"
  6. "Dead Skin Mask"
  7. "Silent Scream"
  8. "The Antichrist"
  9. "Americon"
  10. "Payback"
  11. "Seasons In The Abyss"
  12. "Snuff"
  13. "South Of Heaven"
  14. "Raining Blood"
  15. "Black Magic"
  16. "Angel Of Death"
Megadeth Set#1 [14]
  1. "Wake Up Dead"
  2. "In My Darkest Hour"
  3. "She-Wolf"
  4. "Skin o' My Teeth"
  5. "Hangar 18"
  6. "Hook In Mouth"
  7. "How The Story Ends"
  8. "Tornado Of Souls"
  9. "Trust"
  10. "Head Crusher"
  11. "Sweating Bullets"
  12. "Symphony Of Destruction"
  13. "Peace Sells"
  14. "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due"
Megadeth Set#2 [15]
  1. "Trust"
  2. "In My Darkest Hour"
  3. "Hangar 18"
  4. "Wake Up Dead"
  5. "Poison Was The Cure"
  6. "1320"
  7. "Sweating Bullets"
  8. "She-Wolf"
  9. "Head Crusher"
  10. "A Tout Le Monde"
  11. "Symphony Of Destruction"
  12. "Peace Sells"
  13. "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due/Mechanix"

Opening Acts [16]


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