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Slayer was…

SLAYER!

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Slayer is done. I think we’ll see Kerry King do some things going forward, but Tom is done, and I don’t blame him. He has back issues, and I know how that feels. I’m almost done thanks to a back injury.

Slayer played their final show last weekend. I was fortunate enough to see them play in the 80s, 90s, 00s, and 10s. There will be no reunions in the 20s. I saw them live in three different countries. I saw them from the photo pit and from the grass, a million miles from the stage, at Shoreline in Mountain View.

I think the most memorable moment was when I saw them in 1991 in Oakland. Testament and Megadeth were the openers. Megadeth and Slayer were touring on their finest albums IMO. This was in January, just prior to the Gulf War. Pre-9/11 security at shows was not very intense. At this show fans had brought in a wide variety of fireworks (for an indoor concert!). During the first song a number of bottle rockets and roman candles went off. With all of the “shock and awe” fireworks Tom jokingly said something like, “Hey, the war isn’t supposed to start until Wednesday!” based on something George Bush had said a few days prior. Sure enough the war in Iraq did start on the following Wednesday although the pit for Slayer (just a few days before the actual war) seemed to indicate otherwise.

Happy birthday, Kerry King!

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Slayer crowd at the feet of Kerry King @ 2017 Copenhell

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Metal Monday

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Kerry King

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Flashback Friday

Tom Araya sings a lullaby

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I was hoping to see Slayer one last time (although I saw them in the 80s, 90s, 00s, and 10s) after they announced their retirement (“Final World Tour”) earlier this year. However, with Slayer shows happening in Denmark and Sweden in December I doubt they will show up at the festivals I will be at next summer. So it looks like today’s photo (from 2017 Copenhell) will be from the last time I ever saw Slayer live.

Happy birthday, Kerry King!

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Kerry King

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Happy birthday, Gary Holt!

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Gary Holt of Slayer at 2017 Copenhell

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Gary and I both grew up in the East Bay. Ironically, even though I’ve seen him twice, I’ve never seen him play in the USA. I saw him in Copenhagen, with Exodus, in 2008 and then again with Slayer last year (also in Copenhagen). At the end of next month I’ll see him again in Copenhagen, playing guitar for Exodus.

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