Slayer announces dates for final US tour

Slayer announced dates this morning for the band's final U.S. tour.

The metal masters responsible for 1986's groundbreaking Reign in Blood, 1988's South of Heaven, and 1990's Seasons in the Abyss will be joined on the road by fellow titans Anthrax, Testament, Lamb of God, and Behemoth.

Slayer's last studio effort--its twelfth--was 2015's Repentless

The Huntington Park, Calif. quartet formed in 1983 and helped pave the way for a faster, more diabolical metal sound.  Guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman often traded solos and riffs on pivotal recordings like "Dead Skin Mask," "Angel of Death," "War Ensemble," and "Hallowed Point," setting a new standard for every multi-guitar group that followed.  Bassist / singer Tom Araya's verses--often written by the guitarists--focused on humanity's dark side, covering such topics as war and crime.

The band participated in a series of "Big 4" concerts joining metal's biggest acts--Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax--on a single stage several years ago. 

No word yet on whether Slayer--whose ranks now include drummer Paul Bostaph and guitarist Gary Holt (Exodus)--will continue recording new material.

Hanneman passed away in 2013.

Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m.  Grab select tickets to the tour right here on AXS. 

Slayer's final tour dates

May 10   - San Diego, CA - Valley View Casino (Click here for tickets)
May 11   - Irvine, CA - FivePoint Amphitheatre
May 13   - Sacramento, CA - Papa Murphy's Park
May 16   - Vancouver, BC - PNE Forum
May 17   - Penticton, BC - South Okenagan Events Centre
May 19   - Calgary, AL - Big Four
May 20   - Edmonton, AB - Shaw Centre
May 22   - Winnipeg, MB - Bell MTS Place
May 24   - Minneapolis, MN - The Armory
May 25   - Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino
May 27   - Detroit, MI - Michigan Lottery Amp.
May 29   - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage
May 30   - Montreal, PQ - Place Bell

June 1    - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun
June 2    - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
June 4    - Santander Arena
June 6    - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
June 7    - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
June 9    - Pittsburgh, PA - Keybank Pavilion
June 10   - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
June 12   - Virginia Beach, VA - VUHL Amphitheatre
June 14   - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion
June 15   - Orlando, FL - Orlando Amphitheatre (Click here for tickets)
June 17   - Houston, TX - Smart Financial Center
June 19   - Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory
June 20   - Amphitheatre, Austin, TX - Austin 360