Slayer announces extension of final tour shows into 2019

The famous thrash metal band known around the world as Slayer spent most of their 2018 spring and summer months performing across North America on their loud and furious farewell tour. The band formed back in the early 1980s out of the explosive southern California music scene at that time, and have become one of the more popular remaining acts to come from that era in helping to define the current state of hard rock alongside acts like Metallica and Megadeath.

The announcement of their farewell tour’s extension came on Monday morning by way of press release, just a day following the end of the second leg of shows on their North American summer run on Sunday alongside Lamb of God, Anthrax, Testament and Napalm Death. The announcement did not include any specific dates or venues, according to Consequence of Sound, but does assure fans that the band isn’t quite ready to call it quits just yet.

“We always knew this tour would take us into 2019,” Slayer guitarist Kerry King announced in the lengthy statement. “We’ve been blown away by the response we’ve been getting here in North America. We’ve heard about fans who have driven five, six hours, or flown in from other cities or countries to see us, so we want to assure our fans that we’ll be on the road through 2019 and will get to as many places around the world as possible to make it easier for everyone to come and see us one last time.”

The initial shows on Slayer’s North American tour began back on May 10 in San Diego, and has continued throughout the spring and well into summer before wrapping on Sunday evening in San Jose. The only scheduled performances the band has on their schedule at the moment includes the star-studded Strange 80s II concert event at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre on Oct. 12, followed by a show in Dublin, Ireland on Nov. 1. With the band surely spent from months touring across America, fans shouldn’t expect any more shows to appear on their 2018 calendar. Seeing that they will be extending their farewell tour, however, new dates for early next year could start popping up over the next few months, especially in international markets such as South America, Australia and Japan, so fans should keep their eyes and ears open for any new announcements.

“I just want to take the time out to say thank you to all our fans who have made this first part of this tour phenomenal,” Slayer bassist Tom Araya also mentioned in the press release. “We still have quite a few places to play, so next year, keep your eyes and ears open so you can catch us live one last and final time. Again, thank you!”

For fans who are still on the fence about seeing the iconic metal group one last time, here are five reasons why you should try and catch a show on their farewell tour before it’s too late!