After nearly four decades as revered pioneers of heavy metal and one of the best live acts on the planet, Slayer are nearing the end of their farewell world tour!
The band's retirement plans were announced on January 22nd, 2018, and by the time they complete their long ride into the sunset, Slayer will have hit 30 countries and 40 U.S. states. They're set to take their collective final bow on Saturday, November 30th, in the band's birthplace of southern California. When Slayer formed in 1981 in Huntington Park, bassist-vocalist Tom Araya was a 20-year-old respiratory therapist, guitarist Jeff Hanneman was a 17-year-old rehearsal studio employee, drummer Dave Lombardo was a 16-year-old pizza delivery boy, and 17-year-old Kerry King was already a full-time guitar player. Inspired by Judas Priest, King Diamond, Black Flag and more, but not interested in following in anyone's footsteps, they blazed their own path, combining metal and punk with an undisputed attitude. Slayer has transcended music to become a full-fledged cultural phenomenon.
Philip Anselmo from Pantera recalls Slayer was the first show he ever saw where people were jumping out of the balcony seats into the pit while Rob Zombie remembers a Slayer show was like "trying to watch a rock concert in a riot." Whilst Slayer will no longer be touring, their manager reveals it doesn't mean the end for the band.