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@COPENHELL #copenhell @Slayer #slayer

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.

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