It was announced earlier this week that Slayer would be taking their final bow as a touring act, but nothing was officially said about albums. It’s well known that guitarist Gary Holt has been compiling ideas for a while, but in a new interview at the 2018 Heavy Metal Hall of History ceremony, Holt gives a definitive “no” on a new Slayer album.
Last summer, we caught up with Slayer frontman Tom Araya. Though he hadn’t been penning new material, he spoke about Holt’s tenacity for getting new ideas on the table. Araya compared Holt to a little kid prodding an adult for attention, feeling out the Slayer guys for when a new album process may start. However, it looks like Slayer won’t be making a 13th studio album.
“No. No, there’s no new album. I’d say it’s a no. But my name is Gary ‘No Comment’ Holt today. I don’t know nothing,” Holt tells The Metal Voice. “You’ve seen the dates, you saw the press releases. And come out and celebrate the mighty history of Slayer, which I’m lucky to have been part of for the last seven years now. It’s been a ride, it’s been remarkable, and we’re gonna end it in gloriously violent fashion.”
As for the next Exodus album, Holt wasn’t shy to hype it up. “I’m taking my time,” he explains. “I’m super proud of it. It’s heavy, of course. It’s crushing. It’s brutal. But it’s something else — it’s something altogether different.”
The full list of shows was revealed here
Yesterday, Slayer announced they would be embarking on their farewell tour in a video compiling some of the great moments throughout their 30 plus year career. News soon followed that they would be going off in a huge goodbye, taking along with them Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament for an unmissable tour. Now, the thrash legends have released tour dates, so fans can know where to catch these bands.
The tour kicks off in their home region of Southern California, May 10 in San Diego at the Valley View Casino Center. From there, the tour routes up the coast into Canada, hitting a slew of midwest dates, into the east coast and finally terminating in Texas on June 20. It will be a tour to remember, and these are some pretty huge venues, so you’re not going to want to miss seeing the legends play one final time.
“After 35 years, it’s time to like, collect my pension,” frontman Tom Araya said in an interview from 2016. He spoke about his priorities shifting since he became a family man, although playing live still gave him incredible energy. “I like singing and just spitting that s—t out and convincing everybody that this guy is a f—ing 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 s—t.”
Check out tour dates below.
May 10 – San Diego, Calif. @ Valley View Casino Center
May 11 – Irvine, Calif. @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
May 13 – Sacramento, Calif. @ Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo
May 16 – Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum
May 17 – Penticton, BC @ South Okanagan Events Centre
May 19 – Calgary, AL @ Big Four
May 20 – Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Centre
May 22 – Winnipeg, MB @ Bell MTS Place
May 24 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ The Armory
May 25 – Chicago, Ill. @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
May 27 – Detroit, Mich. @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre @ Freedom Hill
May 29 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
May 30 – Montreal, PQ @ Place Bell
June 1 – Uncasville, Conn. @ Mohegan Sun
June 2 – Holmdel, N.J. @ PNC Banks Arts Center
June 4 – Reading, Pa. @ Santander Arena
June 6 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Riverbend Music Center
June 7 – Cleveland, Ohio @ 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, N.C. @ PNC Music Pavilion
June 15 – Orlando, Fla. @ Orlando Amphitheatre
June 17 – Houston, Texas @ Smart Financial Center
June 19 – Dallas, Texas @ The Bomb Factory
June 20 – Austin, Texas @ Austin 360 Amphitheatre
Tom Araya with Behemoth (source: Instagram)