Slayer to Play Los Angeles + New York Venues for First Time in 25 Years
Slayer have planned two headline gigs at a pair of venues the band has not played in 25 years. It’s about time that blood has rained on these two locations.
The band will hit the Hollywood Palladium on Monday, Oct. 28 and follow it up a month later with a play at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in NYC on Nov. 27, which is the night before Thanksgiving. So Slayer will rocking both coasts this fall, with East Coast metal fans having an extra reason to give thanks this holiday season. Support for the shows will come from French metal technicians Gojira, as well as 4Arm.
The shows are special for a multitude of reasons. The NYC shows mark the first time that Slayer — comprised of frontman/bassist Tom Araya, guitarist Kerry King, drummer Paul Bostaph and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt, who continues to fill in for the late founding member Jeff Hanneman — will play a concert in the Big Apple since the now-historic Big Four concert at Yankee Stadium, which took place on Sept. 14, 2011.
The L.A. gig is the band’s first Hollywood show since 2010’s Jagermeister Music Tour. Hanneman passed away in May, and while the loss was devastating for his metal brothers, the band has slowly but surely begun to regroup, with Araya and King working on new material. They expect to spend some time in the studio before these major city shows. They are certainly honoring Hanneman’s legacy by soldiering on in his honor.
Registered Slayer Fan Club members will be receiving a special email offering them “first-access” to purchase tickets through a special pre-sale that begins tomorrow (Aug. 6). Non fan clubbers will have access to purchasing tickets on Friday, Aug. 9 at 10AM local time. Ticketing details are here.