Slayer Are Reuniting For Two Festival Performances

It seems Slayer’s reign in blood isn’t over yet.

After playing their “last” show almost five years ago, the thrash metal legends are reuniting for a pair of festival performances this September. The band’s lineup will be the same as when they said their raging "farewell:" Tom Araya, Kerry King, Paul Bostaph and Gary Holt.

Their first festival is the celebrated event, Riot Fest in Chicago, taking place the weekend of September 20–22. For now, Slayer is the only act confirmed to perform. Past headliners for Riot Fest have included Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails and The Smashing Pumpkins.

Then Slayer will headline a roster of distortion-heavy favorites at Louder Than Life in Louisville, Kentucky. The festival will take place September 26–29, with Slayer topping the bill on Friday, September 27. Fellow metal stalwarts Motley Crue, Korn and Slipknot are the other three headliners.

Slayer’s supposed final performance occurred on November 30, 2019, at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, California, just down the road from where the band first formed in Huntington Park. They played 20 songs that spanned their long and loud history that spans the early ‘80s into the 2010s.

“Nothing compares to the 90 minutes when we’re on stage playing live, sharing that intense energy with our fans,” Araya said in a press release, “and to be honest, we have missed that.”

"Have I missed playing live? Absolutely," King said. "Slayer means a lot to our fans; they mean a lot to us. It will be five years since we have seen them."

Slayer’s last release was their 2015 album, Repentless. So far, there has been no indication if the festival dates mean they will share new music as well.

However, those who are ready to rage to Slayer classics can get tickets for Riot Fest and Louder Than Life now. Follow the links below to purchase:

Buy tickets to Riot Fest.

Buy tickets to Louder Than Life.

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Last updated: 21 Apr 2024, 12:15 Etc/UTC