Slayer Share Part Three Of Retrospective Web Series On Their Career

With Slayer planning to call it quits after one final world tour, the band have been reflecting on their 37 year career with a web series. You can check out the third episode below:

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Slayer Announce North American Tour With Lamb Of God, Amon Amarth, & Cannibal Corpse

Slayer have added another North American leg to their farewell tour. Lamb Of God, Amon Amarth, and Cannibal Corpse will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

05/02 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Amphitheatre
05/03 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Ampitheatre
05/05 El Paso, TX – UTEP/Don Haskins Center
05/07 Edinburg, TX – Bert Ogden Arena
05/08 Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
05/10 Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
05/11 West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Ampitheatre
05/13 Huntington, WV – Big Sandy Superstore Arena
05/14 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
05/16 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
05/17 Bonner Springs, KS – Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre
05/19 Clarkston, MI – DTE Enter Music Center
05/20 Youngstown, OH – Covel Centre
05/22 Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
05/24 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
05/25 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center

Slayer also have dates booked in Australia/New Zealand and Europe as well:

Australia/New Zealand (with Anthrax and Behemoth):

03/07 Brisbane, AUS – Brisbane Riverstage
03/09 Sydney, AUS – Download Festival
03/11 Melbourne, AUS – Download Festival
03/15 Auckland, NZ – Eventfinda Stadium
03/17 Christchurch, NZ – Horncastle Arena
03/21 Chiba Prefecture, JAP – Download Festival
03/23 Manila, PHL – Pulp Summer Slam

Europe:

06/04 Gilwice, POL – Arena Gilwice
06/06 Solvesborg, SWE – Sweden Rock
06/07 Nurburgring, GER – Rock am Ring
06/09 Nurnberg, GER – Rock im Park
06/11 Budapest, HUN – Sports Arena
06/13 Leipzig, GER – Leipzig Arena
06/14-16 Nickelsdorf, AUT – Nova Rock
06/14-16 Donington, UK – Download Festival
06/19 Geneva, SWI – Arena
06/21 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting
06/23 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest
06/25 Prague, CZE – Tipsport Arena
06/28 Oslo, NOR – Tons Of Rock
06/29 Helsinki, FIN – Tuska Open Air
07/03-06 Viviero, SPA – Resurrection Festival
07/05 Lisbon, POR – VOA Heavy Rock Festival
07/07 Verona, ITA – Rock The Castle
07/10 Bucharest, ROM – Metalheadmeeting
07/11 Sofia, BUL – Airport Park
07/13 Athens, GRE – Rockwave Festival
07/27-28 Montreal, QC – Heavy Montreal
08/03 Balingen, GER – Messegelande

Furthermore, the band will also play their final Quebec show at Heavy Montreal. That festival will take place at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal, QC on July 27-28.

Watch Footage Of Slayer Performing With Phil Demmel (Ex-Machine Head)

As previously reported, Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head) is filling in for Gary Holt (Exodus) on the remaining dates of Slayer’s European tour. You can see footage of him performing with the band during their December 3 show at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark below:

Phil Demmel (Ex-Machine Head) Comments On Filling In For Gary Holt (Exodus) In Slayer

Former Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel has officially commented on being recruited to fill-in for Gary Holt (Exodus) on Slayer’s remaining European dates. Holt is exiting the tour so he can be with his dying father.

Demmel said the following:

“Full circle. Karma. It’s so crazy how things work out. I got a text less than 24 hours after I played my last MH note. 11 years ago (almost to the day), I had to leave a tour to fly home and be with my family when my father passes away. Some amazing dudes stepped in to cover for me and to help the band out. I am filling in for a legend who was replaced a legend in a legendary band on their farewell tour.

Despite the fact that Slayer is the reason I wanted to play heavy music, it’s beyond my utmost honor to asked to do this. Learning 19 songs (Not just songs, SLAYER songs) has been a daunting task and I have worked very hard to do Gary and the entire camp proud. As we all here send our love and support to @garyholt_official as he goes through a life altering time, the rallying this camp has done is amazing.

Thank you all for your support as I grab the baton for a few shows and fly the Bay Area flag high on stage right. And lastly, the biggest hero is @martarino for being so selfless after having her partner home for 2 days, sends him off to follow this crazy dream. All hail the Queen.”

Tour Dates:

12/03 Copenhagen, DEN – Royal Arena
12/05 Stockholm, SWE – Hovet
12/06 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
12/08 Helsinki, FIN – Helsingin Jäähalli

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Full circle. Karma. It’s so crazy how things work out. I got a text less than 24 hours after I played my last MH note. 11 years ago (almost to the day), I had to leave a tour to fly home and be with my family when my father passes away. Some amazing dudes stepped in to cover for me and to help the band out. I am filling in for a legend who was replaced a legend in a legendary band on their farewell tour. Despite the fact that Slayer is the reason I wanted to play heavy music, it’s beyond my utmost honor to asked to do this. Learning 19 songs (Not just songs, SLAYER songs) has been a daunting task and I have worked very hard to do Gary and the entire camp proud. As we all here send our love and support to @garyholt_official as he goes through a life altering time, the rallying this camp has done is amazing. Thank you all for your support as I grab the baton for a few shows and fly the Bay Area flag high on stage right. And lastly, the biggest hero is @martarino for being so selfless after having her partner home for 2 days, sends him off to follow this crazy dream. All hail the Queen.

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Gary Holt (Exodus) To Miss Slayer’s Remaining European Dates, Phil Demmel (Ex-Machine Head) To Fill-In

Gary Holt (Exodus) has announced that he will be missing the remaining dates on Slayer’s European tour. During his absence, Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head) will fill-in.

Holt commented:

“First things first, I want to say thank you to Berlin for the AMAZING show tonight!! BEST CROWD EVER! But what I’ve got to say has been very very hard for me these last ten days or so. My father is very near the end of his journey,I’ve been playing these last several shows with the heaviest of hearts.

And with that heavy heart I have to announce I am leaving the Slayer European tour. I must return home to help care for my dad in his final moments. Tonight ended with me in tears while finishing Angel of death. But the crowd brought out the best in me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you all.

And that having been said, I want EACH AND EVERY Slayer fan to give their biggest screams for Phil Demmel @demmelitionmh !! Bay Area legend!!! My dear friend, who having JUST finished a tour agreed to help me and the band out and learn an entire Slayer set in days and come out here so I can return home for my dad. Thank you Phil, you are family, love you bro!

Please give him your warmest welcome.And most of all, I gotta thank @slayerbandofficial , @tomarayaofficial @paulbostaphofficial and Kerry King, you guys are TRULY my family, and have had my back through all what has been the roughest time in my life on tour. And thanks to our ENTIRE crew, and @lambofgod @anthrax and @obituaryband and their crews, knowing you all have been there for me through this, FAMILY. Love all of you.

To my fans, thanks from the bottom of my black heart, I’ll be back in March to crush once more. And more than anything , thanks to my wife @lisaholt777 , had I been alone for this, my melt downs would have been even greater. Love you baby. See all of you soon. Thank you. And MUCH LOVE to my bros in Exodus! They know what’s going on, and no one has my back more @exodusbandofficial @zetrodus you guys are my rock”

Tour Dates:

12/03 Copenhagen, DEN – Royal Arena
12/05 Stockholm, SWE – Hovet
12/06 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
12/08 Helsinki, FIN – Helsingin Jäähalli

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First things first, I want to say thank you to Berlin for the AMAZING show tonight!! BEST CROWD EVER! But what I’ve got to say has been very very hard for me these last ten days or so. My father is very near the end of his journey,I’ve been playing these last several shows with the heaviest of hearts.And with that heavy heart I have to announce I am leaving the Slayer European tour. I must return home to help care for my dad in his final moments. Tonight ended with me in tears while finishing Angel of death. But the crowd brought out the best in me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you all. And that having been said, I want EACH AND EVERY Slayer fan to give their biggest screams for Phil Demmel @demmelitionmh !! Bay Area legend!!! My dear friend, who having JUST finished a tour agreed to help me and the band out and learn an entire Slayer set in days and come out here so I can return home for my dad. Thank you Phil, you are family, love you bro! Please give him your warmest welcome.And most of all, I gotta thank @slayerbandofficial , @tomarayaofficial @paulbostaphofficial and Kerry King, you guys are TRULY my family, and have had my back through all what has been the roughest time in my life on tour. And thanks to our ENTIRE crew, and @lambofgod @anthrax and @obituaryband and their crews, knowing you all have been there for me through this, FAMILY. Love all of you. To my fans, thanks from the bottom of my black heart, I’ll be back in March to crush once more. And more than anything , thanks to my wife @lisaholt777 , had I been alone for this, my melt downs would have been even greater. Love you baby. See all of you soon. Thank you. And MUCH LOVE to my bros in Exodus! They know what’s going on, and no one has my back more @exodusbandofficial @zetrodus you guys are my rock

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Slayer’s Tom Araya Pisses Off Fans With Controversial “Conservatives Vs. Liberals” Post

Slayer’s Tom Araya has angered quite a few fans with a conservative leaning “Conservatives Vs. Liberals” Instagram post. It’s essentially an old chain letter with statements such as “If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one. If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed. If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat,” etc. He also offered the following caption: “With all the crazy shit going on I have to ask. I sit on the fence of reason Comments an opinions welcomed.”

Among those who commented, was his Slayer bandmate Gary Holt (Exodus):

“Too bad red states take more in aid than anyone and the meat industry and dairy are fighting the use of the word ‘milk’ such as soy milk, as if anyone with a brain would confuse the two, per the vegetarian part… Not to mention any critical comment on our current president is met with fury, not laughs.”

He also added:

“I know a lot of conservatives who work at Waffle House or Denny’s would like to know where this employee-sponsored health care is! Or how they can afford it working at Walmart selling patriotic goods made overseas!”

Araya previously caused controversy after posting a photoshopped image of Slayer with Donald Trump on the band’s official page. He then discussed it with Chilean radio station Futuro in part saying:

“That’s what America has become. It’s become a bunch of people that… because they didn’t get their way, they’re mad. I shared a picture that I thought was funny. They can’t even joke. They can’t even laugh at themselves. They can’t even have fun. And that just is amazing that it’s come to that. We’re a nation of crybabies. [Laughs]”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Dave Lombardo Pens Tribute To Late Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, Dead Cross) has shared a tribute he wrote for late Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman via Metal Hammer. You can check that out below. Hanneman died in May 2013 as the result of alcohol-related cirrhosis.

Lombardo said the following:

“The first time I first met Jeff was in 1981, just after Kerry [King] and I had put the band together, when we were rehearsing at my parents’ house. I guess Kerry had met him somewhere, and they got talking, and the next thing you know he’d brought Jeff to the house. He just looked like some quiet surfer kid to me: long blond hair, living in Long Beach, could be on a surfboard. I was, like, “This kid is cool.”

Jeff was such a big influence on the sound of Slayer. We were into the typical metal of the time – Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Rainbow, Deep Purple, you know? Then one day Jeff shows up to rehearsal with a shaved head. We were all, like, “Whoa, Jeff, what’d you do?!” He went: “I’m punk. It’s over.”

And he brought all of this music with him: some vinyl, some cassettes – Black Flag, TSOL, Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys, Circle Jerks. I was, like, “Wow, what rock have I been under? This is fantastic!” It was a huge pivot point – our songs became faster, more aggressive after that. He was the one that brought that element to Slayer.

When you first meet somebody, especially at that age, everybody’s kind of quiet and to themselves. But as you began to get to know Jeff, he’d open up. He definitely had that punk, “Fuck the world” attitude, especially after a couple of beers.

But he was a real caring guy, too. There was one time I remember we had driven to play this club in Canada on our very first tour. We got there a night early, and there was this band playing, so we hung out, had some drinks. I got so wasted that I went to the toilet, closed the stall door, sat down and just passed out.

I guess Jeff had come looking for me. He comes in the bathroom and he’s there trying to open the stall door – he’s pulling it, almost breaking the door off its hinges to open it. And then he realises, that all he has to do is push it. So he opens the door and picks me up. I asked him afterwards, “Jeff, were my pants down?”

And he laughed and said, “No, dude, you were just sitting on the toilet with your pants up.” But that was the kind heart of Jeff. I know that if I needed any kind of help, he would step up. He was that kind of guy. He was a good friend. That matters.

What a lot of people don’t know is that Jeff was the least musically educated and least musically trained in the band. He was a novice when he joined. I’d been in two or three bands before that, but Slayer was his first. He didn’t know much, but he slowly developed and played and taught himself. It was, like, “Wow, dude, you forged that path, you did it yourself.”

He was the one who would create his own demos for the songs he was writing. He’d program the drum machine, he would have the parts already figured out in his mind, which was different to how Kerry would present his songs. I remember him commenting on my drum parts. He’d say, “Ooh, I like that, that’s tasty – make it tastier.” Or if I came up with a typical rock drum beat, he would classify that as being “cheesy”. It had to be cutting edge to make it on the record. It had to be “tasty”.

I never saw any negative competition between Jeff and Kerry. They both wanted the best for the band. I’m sure Jeff was inspired by Kerry and I’m sure Kerry was inspired by Jeff, especially his ability to improvise, which is something that Jeff had the upper hand on Kerry and Tom [Araya, frontman] with. But Jeff and Kerry were very much inspired by KK Downing and Glenn Tipton from Judas Priest. If you notice, Hanneman was on stage right just like KK Downing, and King stage left just like Glenn Tipton.

Jeff and I put together a side band called Pap Smear in the 90s. That was us being punk rock kids. He wanted to play bass, so we got in Rocky George from Suicidal [Tendencies], who Jeff loved – he really admired the soul Rocky had when he played. And this kid who I used to go surfing with was the singer.

His name was Joey Fuchs, but he called himself Joey Hanneman and pretended to be Jeff’s brother, ’cos they both had blond hair and kind of looked like each other. We wrote maybe five or six pieces of music, but we never played a live show ’cos I feel Pap Smear was kind of taking our focus away from Slayer.

Like everyone, you grow up and take your own path. When I rejoined Slayer in the early 00s, we were all a little more mature, but Jeff was still that happy, joking person he always was. I was able to reconnect with him more. We’d spend a lot of time on the tour bus, talking, having lengthy conversations – not deep, just random stuff.

Towards the end of his time in Slayer, he had gotten to a point where his performance wasn’t up to par with the rest of the band. The alcohol was taking its toll, and so were the operations he had had. It was sad, but we had to make the decision and break the news to him. I know that it crushed him.

Before all that went on, we didn’t know how long Tom wanted to continue, ’cos he was contemplating retiring even back then. So Kerry and I were talking about putting a band together, and we said, “We need to recruit Gary Holt” ’cos we knew him from Exodus. As it turned out, Gary became the guitar player that took Jeff’s place, and that was approved by Jeff. He was a big fan of Gary’s playing – Gary had that feel and soul that Jeff loved in guitar players.

If Jeff was still here and still in Slayer, he wouldn’t want to retire. He’d fight to keep the band going. He’d have taken the band by the horns and driven it on. His love and his passion was music and being onstage. That passion was dampened by toxins, but it was still there.

If there’s a single Slayer song that really defines Jeff, it’s Necrophobic from Reign In Blood. That was one of the fastest songs we’d done: it had this aggressive, brutal, almost monotonous sound. He’d walk around, just mimicking that sound. I remember him going, ‘This one’s fast, it’s brutal, we’re going to take it to the limit, to the point where we can’t play it any faster.’ And that’s what we did.

I think about Jeff a lot. Not just when people ask me about him in interviews, but in my time alone, too. When you’re growing up, you have that ‘live fast, die young’ attitude but you secretly think you’re immortal. Then you stop and go, “Oh, he is gone” and it leaves an empty space in your heart.

Towards the last years, probably the last six months he was touring with the band, Jeff would sit on the tourbus and reflect on the shows. He’d go, “Damn, man, Angel Of Death turned out great tonight.” And after a couple of drinks, he’d be like: “I wrote that shit, Dave. I wrote that shit.” He was so proud of those classic songs he’d written. He was so proud of what he’d done.”