Slayer Farewell Tour

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Slayer Final World Tour
Tour by Slayer
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LocationNorth America
South America
Start dateMay 10, 2018
No. of shows68 in North America
47 in Europe
5 in Oceania
2 in Asia
5 in South America
126 total
Slayer concert chronology
  • Repentless Tour
  • Final World Tour

The Final World Tour is the ongoing final concert tour by American thrash metal band Slayer, which started in May 2018 and is expected to wrap up in 2019 or early 2020. The tour, consisting of over 100 shows worldwide, serves as a conclusion of the band's three-decade-long career.

Concert tour series of concerts by a single artist in different venues

A concert tour is a series of concerts by an artist or group of artists in different cities, countries or locations. Often concert tours are named to differentiate different tours by the same artist and to associate a specific tour with a particular album or product. Especially in the popular music world, such tours can become large-scale enterprises that last for several months or even years, are seen by hundreds of thousands or millions of people, and bring in millions of dollars in ticket revenues. A performer who embarks on a concert tour is called a touring artist.

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 guitar work. The lyrical subject matter often deals with criticisms of The Establishment, and at times shares a disdain for Christian dogma resembling that of their black metal counterparts. The language is typically quite direct and denunciatory, 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 guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman and vocalist and bassist Tom Araya. 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.



The tour was announced on January 22, 2018 through a video featuring a montage of press clippings, early posters and press photos spanning Slayer's entire career. [1] The first leg of the North American tour was announced the day after, which took place in May and June 2018 and included support from Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament. [2] The second leg of the North American tour was announced on March 5, 2018; this leg took place in July and August, and featured four out of five bands from the first leg (Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax and Testament) and Napalm Death as the replacement for Behemoth. [3]

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Anthrax (American band) American thrash 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. 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.

Behemoth (band) Polish blackened death metal band

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On February 20, 2018, Slayer announced the first European date of the farewell tour; it was announced that they would headline the Secret Solstice Festival in Reykjavík, Iceland in June. [4] A European leg of the farewell tour took place in November and December 2018, with support provided by Lamb of God, Anthrax and Obituary. [5] [6] Guitarist Gary Holt had to miss the last four dates of this tour so that he could take care of his father who was nearing the end of his life; he was filled in by former Machine Head and Vio-lence guitarist Phil Demmel. [7]

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On June 24, 2018, Slayer was announced as one of the first five bands (alongside Manowar, Carcass, Mass Hysteria and Dropkick Murphys) confirmed to play the 2019 edition of Hellfest. This was the band's first show announced for 2019, and according to frontman and bassist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King, Hellfest will be their last-ever show in France. [8] [9] [10] Slayer also played a one-off show in Mexico at ForceFest in October 2018. [11] [12]

Manowar American heavy metal band

Manowar is an American heavy metal band from Auburn, New York. Formed in 1980, the group is known for lyrics based on fantasy and mythology. The band is also known for a loud and bombastic sound. In an interview for MTV in February 2007, bassist Joey DeMaio lamented that "these days, there's a real lack of big, epic metal that is drenched with crushing guitars and choirs and orchestras... so it's nice to be one of the few bands that's actually doing that". In 1984 the band was included in the Guinness Book of World Records for delivering the loudest performance, a record which they have since broken on two occasions. They also hold the world record for the longest heavy metal concert after playing for five hours and 1 minute in Bulgaria in 2008. They also have been known for their slogan "Death to false metal".

Carcass (band) British extreme metal band

Carcass are an English extreme metal band from Liverpool, which was formed in 1985. The band have gone through several line-up changes, leaving guitarist Bill Steer and bassist and vocalist Jeff Walker as the only constant members. They broke up in 1996, but reformed in 2007 without one of its original members, drummer Ken Owen, due to health reasons. To date, the band have released six studio albums, two compilation albums, four EPs, two demo albums, one video album, and six music videos.

Mass Hysteria is a French heavy metal band formed in 1993 that released eight albums between 1997 and 2015. Their breakthrough came in 1999 with their second album Contraddiction.

Slayer continued touring into 2019; in addition to international festival appearances, they performed in areas the tour had not yet visited, including South America, Australia and Japan; [13] Anthrax was the supporting act on most of the dates. Slayer toured North America in May 2019, with Lamb of God, Amon Amarth and Cannibal Corpse as the opening acts. [14] For the first time since the series of "Big Four" shows in 2010-2011, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax will perform together at the Santiago Gets Louder festival on October 6, 2019 in Santiago, Chile; the special guest for this show will be Pentagram (not to be confused with the doom metal band with the same name). [15]

Amon Amarth Swedish metal band

Amon Amarth is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Tumba, formed in 1992. The band takes its name from the Sindarin name of Mount Doom, a volcano in J. R. R. Tolkien′s Middle-earth. Their lyrics mostly deal with Viking mythology and history, and so they have been linked with viking metal, although the band themselves prefer to be referred to as melodic death metal. The band is composed of lead guitarist Olavi Mikkonen, vocalist Johan Hegg, bassist Ted Lundström, rhythm guitarist Johan Söderberg, and drummer Jocke Wallgren. Amon Amarth has released ten studio albums, one compilation album, one EP, one video album, and ten music videos. Its first studio album, Once Sent from the Golden Hall, debuted in 1998. Five more studio releases followed, before the band saw its breakthrough with the 2008 album Twilight of the Thunder God, which debuted at No. 10 on the Swedish album charts and No. 50 on the US Billboard 200. Four more albums, Surtur Rising, Deceiver of the Gods, Jomsviking, and Berserker followed in 2011, 2013, 2016, and 2019 respectively.

Cannibal Corpse American death metal band

Cannibal Corpse is a death metal band from Buffalo, New York, now based in Tampa, Florida. Formed in December 1988, 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.

<i>The Big Four: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria</i> 2010 video by Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax

The Big Four: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria is a live video with performances by Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax, the "big four" of thrash metal. The concert took place on June 22, 2010 at the Sonisphere Festival at Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria. It was shown at 450 movie theaters in the United States and over 350 movie theaters across Europe, Canada, and Latin America on June 22, 2010.

Slayer will reportedly play their last two shows in California in December 2019: one at the Fox Theater on December 29, and the other at The Forum on New Year's Eve. Both shows will include support from Anthrax, Testament, Exodus, Sacred Reich and Iron Reagan. [16] [17] [18] [19] [20]

Fox Oakland Theatre concert hall, in Oakland, California, a former movie theater

The Fox Oakland Theatre is a 2,800-seat concert hall, a former movie theater, located at 1807 Telegraph Avenue in Downtown Oakland. It originally opened in 1928, running films until 1970. Designed by Weeks and Day, the theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was refurbished in the 2000s and reopened as a concert venue on February 5, 2009.

The Forum (Inglewood, California) Arena in California, United States

The Forum is a multi-purpose indoor arena in Inglewood, California, United States, adjacent to Los Angeles. Located between West Manchester Boulevard, across Pincay Drive and Kareem Court, it is north of the under-construction Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park and the Hollywood Park Casino. It is about three miles east of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Opening on December 30, 1967, the Forum was an unusual and groundbreaking structure. Architect Charles Luckman's vision was brought to life by engineers Carl Johnson and Svend Nielsen, who were able to engineer the structure so that it had no major support pillars. This had previously been unheard of in an indoor arena the size of the Forum.

Testament (band) American metal band

Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1982 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. He and Peterson are the only members to appear on all of Testament's studio albums.

On how long the farewell tour will last, Holt's Exodus bandmate Steve "Zetro" Souza commented, "I'm speculating it's gonna take a year and a half or two years to do the one final thing, but I believe it's finished. Everybody knows what I know; just because I'm on the outside, I have no insight on that." [21] There has also been reported talk of Slayer participating in a rebooted Clash of the Titans tour with Megadeth, Sepultura and Testament, [22] [23] [24] [25] [26] as well as at least one more "Big Four" show with Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax. [26] [27] [28] [29] [30] [31]

According to, the farewell tour will come to a close in early 2020. [32]


Tour dates

DateCityCountryVenueOpening actsTickets Sold/Available
North America
May 10, 2018 San Diego United States Valley View Casino Center Lamb of God
May 11, 2018 Irvine FivePoint Amphitheater
May 13, 2018 Sacramento Papa Murphy's Park at Cal Expo 13,711 / 13,711 (100%)
May 16, 2018 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum
May 17, 2018 Penticton South Okanagan Events Centre
May 19, 2018 Calgary The Big Four
May 20, 2018 Edmonton Shaw Conference Centre
May 22, 2018 Ottawa Canadian tire centre
May 24, 2018 Minneapolis United States The Armory
May 25, 2018 Tinley Park Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 22,176 / 22,176 (100%)
May 27, 2018 Detroit Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
May 29, 2018 Toronto Canada Budweiser Stage
May 30, 2018 Laval Place Bell 9,266 / 9,266 (100%)
June 1, 2018 Uncasville United States Mohegan Sun Arena 6,391 / 6,391 (100%)
June 2, 2018 Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center
June 4, 2018 Reading Santander Arena
June 6, 2018 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
June 7, 2018 Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center
June 9, 2018 Burgettstown KeyBank Pavilion
June 10, 2018 Bristow Jiffy Lube Live
June 12, 2018 Virginia Beach Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
June 14, 2018 Charlotte PNC Music Pavilion
June 15, 2018 Orlando Orlando Amphitheater
June 17, 2018 Sugar Land Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
June 19, 2018 Dallas The Bomb Factory
June 20, 2018 Austin Austin360 Amphitheater
June 23, 2018 Reykjavík Iceland Secret Solstice FestivalN/AN/A
North America
July 26, 2018 Gilford United States Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion Lamb of God
Napalm Death
July 27, 2018 Bangor Impact Music Festival
July 29, 2018 Wantagh Jones Beach Theater
July 31, 2018 Scranton The Pavilion
August 1, 2018 Albany Times Union Center
August 3, 2018 Darien Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
August 4, 2018 Syracuse Lakeview Amphitheater
August 6, 2018 London Canada Budweiser Gardens
August 7, 2018 Grand Rapids United States Van Andel Arena
August 9, 2018 Maryland Heights Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
August 10, 2018 Atlanta Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
August 12, 2018 Nashville Nashville Municipal Auditorium
August 13, 2018 Rogers Walmart AMP
August 15, 2018 San Antonio Freeman Coliseum
August 16, 2018 Oklahoma City The Zoo Amphitheatre
August 18, 2018 Greenwood Village Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
August 19, 2018 West Valley City USANA Amphitheatre
August 21, 2018 Nampa Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
August 23, 2018 Ridgefield Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
August 24, 2018 Auburn White River Amphitheater
August 26, 2018 San Jose SAP Center
October 7, 2018 Teotihuacan Mexico ForceFestN/AN/A
November 1, 2018 Dublin Ireland 3Arena Lamb of God
November 3, 2018 London England Wembley Arena 10,749 / 11,081
November 5, 2018 Cardiff Wales Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
November 7, 2018 Birmingham England Arena Birmingham
November 9, 2018 Manchester Manchester Arena
November 10, 2018 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
November 12, 2018 Glasgow Scotland SSE Hydro
November 14, 2018 Dortmund Germany Westfalenhalle
November 15, 2018 Zwolle Netherlands IJsselhallen
November 17, 2018 Madrid Spain Palacio Vistalegre
November 18, 2018 Barcelona Palau Sant Jordi
November 20, 2018 Milan Italy Mediolanum Forum
November 22, 2018 Zurich Switzerland Halle 622
November 23, 2018 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
November 24, 2018 Freiburg Germany Stadthalle
November 26, 2018 Hamburg Barclaycard Arena
November 27, 2018 Lodz Poland Atlas Arena
November 29, 2018 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
November 30, 2018 Erfurt Messe Erfurt
December 2, 2018 Berlin Mercedes-Benz Arena 9,218 / 13,322
December 3, 2018 Copenhagen Denmark Royal Arena
December 5, 2018 Stockholm Sweden Hovet
December 6, 2018 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
December 8, 2018 Helsinki Finland Helsinki Ice Hall
March 7, 2019 Brisbane Australia Riverstage Anthrax
March 9, 2019 Sydney Download Festival N/AN/A
March 11, 2019 Melbourne
March 13, 2019 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre Anthrax
March 15, 2019 Auckland New Zealand Eventfinda Stadium Anthrax
March 17, 2019 Christchurch Horncastle Arena N/A
March 21, 2019 Chiba Japan Download FestivalN/AN/A
March 23, 2019 Manila Philippines Pulp Summer Slam
North America
May 2, 2019 Phoenix United States Ak-Chin Pavilion Lamb of God
Amon Amarth
Cannibal Corpse
May 3, 2019 Albuquerque Isleta Amphitheater
May 5, 2019 El Paso Don Haskins Center
May 7, 2019 Edinburg Bert Ogden Arena
May 8, 2019 Irving Toyota Music Factory
May 10, 2019 Tampa MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
May 11, 2019 West Palm Beach Coral Sky Amphitheatre
May 13, 2019 Huntington Big Sandy Superstore Arena
May 14, 2019 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
May 16, 2019 Noblesville Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
May 17, 2019 Bonner Springs Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
May 19, 2019 Clarkston DTE Energy Music Theatre
May 20, 2019 Youngstown Covelli Centre
May 22, 2019 Ottawa Canada Canadian Tire Centre
May 24, 2019 Camden United States BB&T Pavilion
May 25, 2019 Mansfield Xfinity Center
June 4, 2019 Gliwice Poland Gliwice Arena Behemoth
June 6, 2019 Sölvesborg Sweden Sweden Rock Festival N/AN/A
June 8, 2019 Nürburg Germany Rock am Ring
June 9, 2019 Nuremberg Rock im Park
June 11, 2019 Budapest Hungary Papp László Budapest Sportaréna Anthrax
June 13, 2019 Leipzig Germany Arena Leipzig Anthrax
Alien Weaponry
June 14, 2019 Nickelsdorf Austria Nova Rock Festival N/AN/A
June 16, 2019 Castle Donington EnglandDownload Festival
June 19, 2019 Geneva Switzerland SEG Geneva Arena Anthrax
June 21, 2019 Dessel Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting N/AN/A
June 23, 2019 Clisson France Hellfest
June 25, 2019 Prague Czech Republic Tipsport Arena Anthrax
June 28, 2019OsloNorwayTons Of RockN/AN/A
June 29, 2019HelsinkiFinland Tuska Open Air
July 3, 2019 Viveiro Spain Resurrection Fest
July 5, 2019 Lisbon Portugal Vagos Open Air
July 7, 2019 Verona ItalyRock the Castle
July 10, 2019 Bucharest Romania Metalheadmeeting
July 11, 2019 Sofia Bulgaria Sofia Airport Park Satyricon
July 13, 2019 Athens Greece AthensRocks Rotting Christ Suicidal Angels Leprous N/A
North America
July 26, 2019EdmontonCanadaChaos AB FestivalN/AN/A
July 28, 2019Montreal Heavy Montréal
August 2, 2019 Wacken Germany Wacken Open Air N/AN/A
August 3, 2019 Stuttgart Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle Anthrax
Alien Weaponry
North America
September 13, 2019 Chicago United States Riot Fest N/AN/A
South America
September 27, 2019 Quito Ecuador Coliseo General Rumiñahui
September 29, 2019 Buenos Aires Argentina Estadio Luna Park
October 2, 2019 São Paulo Brazil espaco das americas
October 4, 2019 Rio de Janeiro Rock In Rio N/AN/A
October 6, 2019 Santiago Chile Gets Louder Festival
North America
October 11, 2019 Manchester United StatesExit 111 FestivalN/AN/A


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