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Slayer Announce European Leg Of ‘Farewell’ Tour, Anthrax To Support

The thrash metal icons embark on the European leg of their Farewell Tour with Anthrax and Obituary also on the bill.

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Slayer have announced details of the European leg of their Farewell tour for the fall. Support on the trek will again come from Lamb Of God, Anthrax and Obituary. The tour kicks off at the 3 Arena in Dublin on 1 November and conclude on 8 December at the Helsinki Ice Hall in Finland.

Tickets for the German leg of the band’s Farewell tour go on sale on Thursday, 17 May at 10am CEST and for the UK leg on Friday, 18 May at 9:00 am GMT.

The band’s Slaytanic Wehrmacht fan club and O2 presales commence at 9:00 a.m. UK time on Wednesday, 16 May and Live Nation’s presales begins at 10:00 am UK time on Thursday, 17 May.

In January, Slayer announced that they would do one last concert tour around the globe to thank their fans for all of their support over the years, for making the last three and a half decades so packed with good times and unforgettable experiences, and then move on.

The band have made some of the most brutally aggressive music ever created, being one of four bands that defined an entire musical genre and the band other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to. After nearly 37 years, their accolades included 12 studio albums, multiple live recordings, compilations, live video and box sets, playing nearly 3000 concerts across the globe, receiving countless awards including five Grammy nominations and two Grammy Awards, Gold certifications.

Slayer bassist/vocalist Tom Araya talked about his possible retirement in a 2016 interview with Loudwire. He said: “At 35 years, it’s time to collect my pension. [Laughs] This is a career move.”

He continued: “I’m grateful that we’ve been around for 35 years; that’s a really long time. So, yeah, to me, it is. Because when we started off, everything was great, because you’re young and invincible. And then there came a time where I became a family man, and I had a tough time flying back and forth. And now, at this stage, at the level we’re at now, I can do that; I can fly home when I want to, on days off, and spend some time with my family, which is something I wasn’t able to do when [my kids] were growing up. Now they’re both older and mature. So now I take advantage of that.”

Araya added: “Yeah, it just gets harder and harder to come back out on the road. 35 years is a long time.”

Slayer play the following European tour dates on their Farewell Tour with Lamb Of God, Anthrax and Obituary:

Nov. 01: IRL Dublin – 3Arena
Nov. 03: UK London – Wembley Arena
Nov. 05: UK Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
Nov. 07: UK Birmingham – BCA
Nov. 09: UK Manchester – Arena
Nov. 10: UK Newcastle – Metro Radio Arena
Nov. 12: UK Glasgow – The Hydro SSE
Nov. 14: D Dortmund – Westfalenhalle
Nov. 15: NL Zwolle – IJsselhallen
Nov. 17: E Madrid – Palacio Vistalegre
Nov. 18: E Barcelona – Palau Sant Jordi
Nov. 20: I Milan – Mediolanum Forum
Nov. 21: CH Zurich – Halle 622
Nov. 23: A Vienna – Stadthalle
Nov. 24: D Freiburg – SICK Arena
Nov. 26: D Hamburg – Barclaycard Arena
Nov. 27: PL Lodz – Atlas Arena
Nov. 29: D Munich – Olympiahalle
Nov. 30: D Erfurt – Messehalle
Dec. 02: D Berlin – Mercedes-Benz Arena
Dec. 03: DK Copenhagen – Royal Arena
Dec. 05: S Stockholm – Hovet
Dec. 06: N Oslo – Spektrum
Dec. 08: FIN Helsinki – Ice Hall

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