|Tour by Slayer|
|Start date||May 10, 2018|
|End date||October 4, 2019 (to date)|
|No. of shows||65 in North America|
47 in Europe
6 in Oceania
2 in Asia
1 in South America
|Slayer concert chronology|
The Final World Tour is the ongoing final concert tour by American thrash metal band Slayer, taking place in 2018 and 2019.
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 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 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.
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.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. 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.
Lamb of God is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994 as Burn the Priest, the group consists of bassist John Campbell, drummer Chris Adler, vocalist Randy Blythe, and guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler. The band is considered a significant member of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal movement.
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.
Behemoth is a Polish blackened death metal band from Gdańsk, formed in 1991. They are considered to have played an important role in establishing the Polish extreme metal underground.
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.A European leg of the farewell tour took place in November and December 2018, with support provided by Lamb of God, Anthrax and Obituary. Guitarist Gary Holt had to miss the last four dates of this tour so that he could take care of his father who is near death; he was filled in by former Machine Head and Vio-lence guitarist Phil Demmel.
Reykjavík is the capital and largest city of Iceland. It is located in southwestern Iceland, on the southern shore of Faxa Bay. Its latitude is 64°08' N, making it the world's northernmost capital of a sovereign state. With a population of around 123,300, it is the heart of Iceland's cultural, economic and governmental activity, and is a popular tourist destination.
Iceland is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic, with a population of 348,580 and an area of 103,000 km2 (40,000 sq mi), making it the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The capital and largest city is Reykjavík, with Reykjavík and the surrounding areas in the southwest of the country being home to over two-thirds of the population. Iceland is volcanically and geologically active. The interior consists of a plateau characterised by sand and lava fields, mountains, and glaciers, and many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate, despite a high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle. Its high latitude and marine influence keep summers chilly, with most of the archipelago having a tundra climate.
Obituary is an American death metal band formed in Tampa, Florida, in 1984. Initially called Executioner, the band changed their name to Xecutioner in 1986 to avoid confusion with the thrash metal band Executioner from Boston, and then changed their name once again to Obituary in 1988. The band's current lineup consists of vocalist John Tardy, drummer Donald Tardy, rhythm guitarist Trevor Peres, bassist Terry Butler, and lead guitarist Kenny Andrews. Obituary has gone through several lineup changes, with the Tardy brothers and Peres being the only constant members. The band was a fundamental act in the development of death metal music, and is one of the most successful death metal bands of all time. To date, Obituary has released ten studio albums, and with the exception of their 1997–2003 split, they continue to perform live around the world.
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.Slayer also played a one-off show in Mexico at ForceFest in October 2018.
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 2 occasions. They also hold the world record for the longest heavy metal concert after playing for 5 hours and 1 minute in Bulgaria in 2008. They also have been known for their slogan "Death to false metal".
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 will continue touring into 2019; in addition to international festival appearances, they plan to perform in areas the tour had not yet visited, including South America, Australia and Japan.The band will also tour North America in May 2019, with Lamb of God, Amon Amarth and Cannibal Corpse as the opening acts. There has been reported talk of Slayer participating in a rebooted Clash of the Titans tour with Megadeth, Sepultura and Testament, as well as at least one more Big Four show with Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax.
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. Three more albums, Surtur Rising, Deceiver of the Gods, and Jomsviking followed in 2011, 2013, and 2016, respectively.
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.
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.
On January 29, 2019, it was reported that Slayer is expected to play their final show in their hometown of Los Angeles at The Forum this December, with "three bands or more", including Anthrax, Testament and Exodus, as the openers.
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 new 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 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.
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.
|Date||City||Country||Venue||Opening acts||Tickets Sold/Available|
|May 10, 2018||San Diego||United States||Valley View Casino Center|| Lamb of God |
|May 11, 2018||Irvine||Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre||—|
|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||Winnipeg||Bell MTS Place||—|
|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||Montreal||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 Festival||N/A||N/A|
|July 26, 2018||Gilford||United States||Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion||Lamb of God|
|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||ForceFest||N/A||N/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/A||N/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||—|
|March 21, 2019||Chiba||Japan||Download Festival||N/A||N/A|
|March 23, 2019||Manila||Philippines||Pulp Summer Slam|
|May 2, 2019||Phoenix||United States||Ak-Chin Pavilion||Lamb of God|
|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||—||—|
|June 6, 2019||Sölvesborg||Sweden||Sweden Rock Festival||N/A||N/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||—||—|
|June 13, 2019||Leipzig||Germany||Arena Leipzig||Anthrax|
|June 14, 2019||Nickelsdorf||Austria||Nova Rock Festival||N/A||N/A|
|June 16, 2019||Castle Donington||England||Download Festival|
|June 19, 2019||Geneva||Switzerland||SEG Geneva Arena||—||—|
|June 21, 2019||Dessel||Belgium||Graspop Metal Meeting||N/A||N/A|
|June 23, 2019||Clisson||France||Hellfest|
|June 25, 2019||Prague||Czech Republic||Tipsport Arena||—||—|
|June 28, 2019||Oslo||Norway||Tons Of Rock||N/A||N/A|
|June 29, 2019||Helsinki||Finland||Tuska Open Air|
|July 3, 2019||Viveiro||Spain||Resurrection Fest|
|July 5, 2019||Lisbon||Portugal||Vagos Open Air|
|July 7, 2019||Verona||Italy||Rock the Castle|
|July 10, 2019||Bucharest||Romania||Metalheadmeeting|
|July 11, 2019||Sofia||Bulgaria||Sofia Airport Park||—||—|
|July 13, 2019||Athens||Greece||AthensRocks||N/A||N/A|
|July 28, 2019||Montreal||Canada||Heavy Montréal||N/A||N/A|
|August 1, 2019||Wacken||Germany||Wacken Open Air||N/A||N/A|
|August 3, 2019||Balingen||Messegelände Balingen||Anthrax|
|October 4, 2019||Rio de Janeiro||Brazil||Rock In Rio||N/A||N/A|
Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, and has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career. The group's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica's current lineup comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the 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.
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.
David Warren Ellefson is an American bassist, co-founder and second-longest serving member of the American heavy metal band Megadeth from 1983 to 2002 and again from 2010. He has also been referred to as "Junior" to differentiate him from his bandmate Dave Mustaine, but does not go by this name professionally. Ellefson currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition to playing bass guitar in Megadeth, Ellefson also has various side projects which include Temple of Brutality, F5, Killing Machine and Metal Allegiance.
Death Angel is an American thrash metal band from Daly City, California, initially active from 1982 to 1991 and again since 2001. Death Angel has released eight studio albums, two demo tapes, one box set and two live albums. The band has gone through several line-up changes, leaving guitarist Rob Cavestany as the only constant member; he and vocalist Mark Osegueda are the only members of Death Angel to appear on all of their studio albums.
Gigantour was a sporadically organised traveling heavy metal music festival organized by Megadeth's Dave Mustaine. The tour was founded in 2005 with dates across North America, and the 2006 and 2007 line-ups also traveled to Australia. The bands appearing at the festival were chosen by Mustaine. The tour is set as an alternative to tours such as Ozzfest. The name "Gigantour" was inspired by the classic 1960s anime Gigantor. The most recent Gigantour took place in 2013.
The Sonisphere Festival is a touring rock music festival which takes place across Europe between June and August. The festival is owned by John Jackson and Kilimanjaro Live. It is jointly promoted by K2 and Kilimanjaro Live. It has hosted heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Slayer, Judas Priest and Megadeth.
Worship Music is the tenth studio album by American thrash metal band Anthrax. The album was released on September 12, 2011 internationally, and on September 13 in the United States. It was the band's first album of original material since 2003's We've Come for You All, the first full-length Anthrax album since the return of longtime vocalist Joey Belladonna, and the final album with guitarist Rob Caggiano prior to his departure in January 2013.
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.
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.
The American Carnage Tour was a North American concert tour headlined by American thrash metal bands Slayer and Megadeth. The first leg of the tour took place from July 23 to September 4, 2010, and was supported by Testament. The second leg of the tour ran from September 24 to October 21, 2010, and was supported by Anthrax.
Dystopia is the fifteenth studio album by American thrash metal band Megadeth. It was released on frontman and guitarist Dave Mustaine's Tradecraft label via Universal on January 22, 2016. The album was produced by Mustaine and Chris Rakestraw and features cover artwork by Brent Elliot White.