Slayer to extend tour 'Final World Tour' into 2019
'Keep your eyes and ears open so you can catch us live one last and final time,' Slayer said in statement as they embark on their 'Final World Tour' before disbanding.
Earlier this January, one of the 'Big Four' of thrash metal, Slayer, announced that they are calling it quits after “one last concert tour around the globe to thank their fans for all the support over the years.” But it looks like fans are not ready to say goodbye yet and just can't get enough out of the metal legends because Slayer has extended its 'Final World Tour' yet again, officially announcing that the tour dates will stretch well into 2019.
While not revealing any additional dates yet, Slayer announced on Monday that they plan to extend their final world tour at least through the end of 2019.
So far, the only 2019 date on the legendary thrash band’s schedule is a previously revealed headlining gig on June 23rd at Hellfest Open Air in France. But, according to a new press release, the band will be touring extensively in 2019.
“We always knew this tour would take us into 2019,” said Slayer guitarist Kerry King in a press release, “and we’ve been blown away by the response we’ve been getting here in North America. We’ve heard about fans who have driven five, six hours, or flown in from other cities or countries to see us, so we want to assure our fans that we’ll be on the road through 2019 and will get to as many places around the world as possible to make it easier for everyone to come and see us one last time.”
Slayer have already played two North American legs on their final tour, with the most recent wrapping up Sunday in San Jose, California. In 2019, Slayer plan to hit South America, Australia, and Japan, and insist they will visit more regions, as well. As their press release states, “There will be more, plenty more. 2019 is twelve months long, and the world is a big place.”
Singer/bassist Tom Araya added, “I just want to take the time out to say thank you to all our fans who have made this first part of this tour phenomenal. You really are loyal and dedicated fans, and we appreciate that so much from you. We still have quite a few places to play, so next year, keep your eyes and ears open so you can catch us live one last and final time. Again, thank you!”
As for the rest of 2018, as previously announced, Slayer will headline Force Fest in Mexico, and embark on a European leg, which runs from November 1 to December 8. Check out their full schedule of tour dates via their official website.
Slayer has been touring in support of its latest album, 'Repentless,' which was released in September 2015 via Nuclear Blast. That effort marked the band's first release since the death of co-founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman.
Hanneman contracted necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating disease, in January 2011 from a spider bite in his backyard. The infection ravaged the flesh and tissues of Hanneman's arm, leading to numerous surgeries, skin grafts and intense periods of rehab that forced him into semi-retirement and left him near death at several points.
Hanneman eventually died in May 2013 from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver. He is credited for writing many of Slayer's classic songs, including 'Angel Of Death' and 'South Of Heaven.'