Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway

Although the news of the massive metal mayhem of a Slayer, Anthrax, Testament, Lamb Of God, and Behemoth tour together came last week, there is an update today.

Slayer has announced, via a video, that 2018 will bring the band’s final, and farewell, tour. The video features a compilation of media throughout the group’s career, ranging from early posters to recent shots of the band, footage from every era. It is streaming below.

The band has been going strong since 1981, and this year marks the group’s 37th year together as a group. While countless fans will be extremely shocked at this revelation, there have been hints that the band would be ending soon. Lead singer / bassist Tom Araya has not shied away from speaking his mind on not being as interested in touring as of late.

In a 2016 interview Araya commented: “After 35 years, it’s time to like, collect my pension. I like singing and just spitting that shit out and convincing everybody that this guy is a fucking maniac. It’s like acting. You feel the lyrics and you show them with your facial expressions, your body expressions, your intensity — I love that shit.

The formal tour itinerary is now available:

May 10 – Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA
May 11 – FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA
May 13 – Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
May 16 – PNE Forum, Vancouver, BC
May 17 – South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC
May 19 – Big Four, Calgary, AL
May 20 – Shaw Centre, Edmonton, AB
May 22 – Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB
May 24 – The Armory, Minneapolis, MN
May 25 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
May 27 – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre @ Freedom Hill, Detroit, MI
May 29 – Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON
May 30 – Place Bell, Montreal, PQ
Jun. 01 – Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
Jun. 02 – PNC Banks Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
Jun. 04 – Santander Arena, Reading, PA
Jun. 06 – Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
Jun. 07 – Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH
Jun. 09 – KeyBank Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
Jun. 10 – Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
Jun. 12 – VUHL Amphitheatre, Virginia Beach, VA
Jun. 14 – PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
Jun. 15 – Orlando Amphitheatre, Orlando, FL
Jun. 17 – Smart Financial Center, Houston, TX
Jun. 19 – The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX
Jun. 20 – Austin 360 Amphitheatre, Austin, TX

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