Slayer, Megadeth to Perform Complete Albums on Carnage Tour
As Slayer frontman Tom Araya hinted at on our April 5 ”Creep Show’ podcast, the band will perform its classic 1990 album ‘Seasons in the Abyss’ in its entirety on the upcoming Canadian Carnage and American Carnage dates.
Megadeth, who have been performing 1990’s ‘Rust in Piece’ on their recent tour will continue to play the disc in full on the Carnage shows. And bassist David Ellefson, who played on the original album and recently reunited with Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine after an absence of eight years, will again anchor the rhythm section with drummer Shawn Drover.
“I’m feeling great and anxious to get back on the road,” said Araya, referring to the back injury that required surgery and sidelined the band since last October. “Right after the surgery I could tell that the issue was fixed,” Araya added. “There’s no more pain, it just feels really good. I’m really excited to get together with the rest of the guys and start rehearsing again. We canceled two tours, and I don’t feel great about that, but I couldn’t deal with the pain anymore, and that’s now completely gone. I know the fans are excited to see the band — the tour is on, we’re keeping our word, there will be no more cancellations.”
Added guitarist Kerry King, “We’ve been sitting home for six months … I can’t remember the last time I wanted to tour so bad.”
The six-date Canadian Carnage tour kicks off July 23 in Quebec City and runs through July 30 in London, Ontario. The 19-city American Carnage dates begin Aug. 11 in Glens Falls, N.Y. and wrap up Sept. 4 in Portland, Ore. Testament will open all shows, mirroring the famous 1990 European Clash of the Titans Tour lineup, which also included Suicidal Tendencies.
“If you missed us playing with our friends Slayer back in the ’90s, well, here’s your chance to make it up to yourself,” said Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine. “If you miss it this time, well then you ain’t metal anyway.”
“It’s hard to believe that we actually toured together 20 years ago,” added Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick. “With everyone just a little bit older and wiser, I believe this time around will be even more fun. It’s great that these three bands, Slayer, Megadeth and Testament, are not only still going strong, but sounding better than ever. I’m really looking forward to American Carnage as I’m sure all the fans are.”
The American Carnage Tour, originally scheduled to take place in January and February, had to be postponed due to Araya’s severe back pain. A surgical procedure in January (which Araya described in great detail on our “Creep Show’ podcast) has corrected the problem.
Tickets purchased for the Canadian and American Carnage shows when they first went on sale late last year will be honored for these rescheduled dates.
Slayer and Megadeth tour dates
7/23 — Pavillon de la Jeunesse — Quebec City, QC
7/24 — Heavy MTL, Parc Jean-Drapeau — Montreal, QC
7/26 — Metro Centre — Halifax, NS
7/27 — Moncton Coliseum — Moncton, NB
7/29 — Molson Amphitheatre — Toronto, ONT
7/30 — John Labatt Centre Center — London, ONT
8/11 — Glens Falls Civic Center — Glens Falls, NY
8/12 — Izod Center — East Rutherford, NJ
8/14 — Tsongas Arena — Boston, MA
8/15 — Susquehanna Bank Center — Camden, NJ
8/16 — Chevrolet Theatre — Wallingford, CT
8/18 — Tower City Amphitheatre — Cleveland, OH
8/19 — Joe Louis Arena — Detroit, MI
8/20 — UIC Pavilion — Chicago, IL
8/21 — Roy Wilkins Auditorium — Minneapolis, MN
8/23 — Cap Fed Park at Sandstone — Kansas City, KS
8/25 — Magness Arena — Denver, CO
8/26 — Tingley Coliseum, –Albuquerque, NM
8/27 — Dodge Theatre — Phoenix, AZ
8/29 — Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre — San Diego, CA
8/30 — Long Beach Arena — Long Beach, CA
8/31 — Cow Palace — San Francisco, CA
9/1 — Arco Arena — Sacramento, CA
9/3 — Wamu Theatre — Seattle, WA
9/4 — Washington County Fairgrounds — Portland, OR