SLAYER, WITH SPECIAL GUESTS SUICIDAL TENDENCIES AND EXODUS,
TO HIT THE ROAD
Trek Will Culminate with Sets at the
2014 “Rock On The Range” in Columbus, OH
LOS ANGELES, CA – TUESDAY, January 21, 2014 — 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. Joining Slayer as Special Guests for these shows are Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus, marking the first time Slayer and Suicidal have toured together since the 1990 European “Clash of the Titans” tour. Gary Holt, who continues to fill in for Slayer’s fallen guitarist Jeff Hanneman, will do double-duty as guitarist in his primary band, Exodus.
Tickets for Slayer/Suicidal/Exodus go on sale this Friday, January 24 – log onto www.slayer.net for ticketing information.
“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!”
Gary Holt states, ” 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!”
The dates will culminate for all three bands at the May 17 “Rock on The Range” rock festival in Columbus, OH, where they will share the stage with artists including Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, and Kid Rock.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
9 The Great Salt Air, Salt Lake City, UT
10 Fillmore, Denver, CO
11 Shrine, Billings, MT
13 Uptown Theatre, Kansas City, MO
15 The Pageant, St Louis, MO
16 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
17 Rock on the Range, Columbus, OH
The Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot wrote that the five-time-nominated, two-time Grammy winning Slayer is “one of the great American rock bands of the last 30 years, forget about genre.” Their membership in “The Big Four” – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax – the four bands that defined the thrash/metal genre – secures their place in music history. Indeed, few bands come close to matching the intensity that Slayer brings to its live shows, having been named “Best Live Band” by numerous media outlets including Revolver, SPIN, and Metal Hammer. With songs that mirror the turmoil and aberrations of our society – God’s terrifying global genocide, the chaos of our broken political system, chemical warfare, the hideous minds of serial killers, and the way-too-close proximity of world horrors that technology has brought us, Slayer remains crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the Mainstream. Slayer’s founding member, guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed in 2012, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in since.
ABOUT SUICIDAL TENDENCIES:
In 1982, before Suicidal Tendencies had ever released any music, readers of the legendary Flipside fanzine voted ST “Worst band and Biggest Assholes.” When ST released its self titled album a year later, they took out a full page ad thanking everyone that voted for them and in bold letters said, “You’ll be sorry!”
The next year Flipside put ST on the cover with the print, “Love them or hate them, they are not going away,” after readers voted them “Best Band, Best new Band and Best record.”
Over the years, many controversies have surrounded the band, including being banned from playing their hometown of LA, and Tipper Gore from the PMRC trying attack the band.
To this day, whether it’s a skater, punk, metalhead, thrasher, alternative, crossover, you’ll see the ST flip hats and shirts all around the world with ST festivals as far away as Indonesia and South Korea, and touring many major festivals in Europe, South America and Asia.
Thirty years later, after several gold records and Grammy nominations, and world wide touring, ST is still loved and hated….and they don’t give a fuck.
As lead singer Mike Muir said, “We’re not hear to play what you like, we’re hear to play what we like, hopefully you’ll like it as much as we do, but Suicidal is not for everyone, so if you don’t, we ain’t losing any sleep over it.”
Now in 2014, Suicidal is still not going way, as the classic ST song say, “You can’t bring me down”!
When it comes to thrash metal, Bay Area thrashers EXODUS epitomize, define, raise the bar and have the genre on lockdown. EXODUS are one of the true forefathers of thrash, hailing an illustrious career spanning 34 years. Their 1984 breakout debut, Bonded By Blood, is a stonewall genre classic featuring cranium-crunching standards such as ‘”A Lesson In Violence”, “Strike Of The Beast” and more. Formed in 1980 with original members Kirk Hammett (guitar), Tim Agnello (guitar), Tom Hunting (drums), Carlton Melson (bass), the line-up has evolved through numerous changes before coming to their current status. EXODUS are Gary Holt (guitar), Lee Altus (guitar), Tom Hunting (drums), Jack Gibson (bass), and Rob Dukes (vocals). To date, EXODUS has released ten studio albums, two live albums and one compilation, including their most recent release of 2010’sExhibit B: The Human Condition via Nuclear Blast Records. EXODUS recently broke ground on their brand of blistering new material, set for tentative release later in 2014. EXODUS has sold over 5 Million albums worldwide.