Yesterday, we posted what we assumed were the first round of leaked dates for Slayer's upcoming tour with Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus, but turns out that was the entire round. Slayer announced their tour officially today, and those were the only dates listed. The band is primarily touring on their way to Rock on the Range. Here are the dates again:
May 9 The Great Salt Air, Salt Lake City, UT
May 10 Fillmore, Denver, CO
May 11 Shrine, Billings, MT
May 13 Uptown Theatre, Kansas City, MO
May 15 The Pageant, St Louis, MO
May 16 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
May 17 Rock on the Range, Columbus, OH
What was most interesting about the press release was the opening sentence: "Slayer will take a break from writing and recording their next album to hit the road on May 9 for a handful of dates intended to pummel devotees with a night of moshing and frenetic thrash-punk-metal."
It's exciting to hear confirmation, once again, that Slayer is working on new material. Also, Gary Holt confirmed he will be doing double duty on this tour:
" I am very excited to announce Exodus will be joining Suicidal Tendencies and the mighty Slayer in May for a short trip ending at the Rock on the Range! Double duty will have never been so much fun! Looking forward to this one in a big way! Let the mayhem begin!”
Kerry King and Suicidal's Mike Muir also shared their excitement:
"Can't wait for this week of shows to happen,” said Slayer’s Kerry King. "LOVE Suicidal, and havent played with them in over 20 years! Everyone knows I'm a huge Exodus fan also. I guarantee you I will be watching every show from the stage! Going to be awesome!!!"
“It’s been 24 years since Suicidal Tendencies played with Slayer," added Suicidal Tendencies’ Mike Muir, "so it’s long overdue that we finally play some shows in the States together. I have lots of great memories from that tour, and know that there will be a lot more after these shows, for the band and the people. Can’t wait!"
Of course, both Kerry and Gary will be a part of tomorrow's HUGE Metal Masters all-star jam. The event is sold out, but you can watch a live stream for free over at Gear Gods.