The Final Campaign, The Last Leg of Farewell Tour features Primus, Ministry, and Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals as support
Slayer has announced the final leg of its farewell tour called The Final Campaign. Vocalist and bassit Tom Araya, guitarist Kerry King, guitarist Gary Holt, and drummer Paul Bostaph will set off on the seventh and final leg of its farewell world tour on November 2nd. This last hurrah will start at the ExploreAsheville Arena in Asheville, NC, and see the band taking its goodbye bow at the Los Angeles Forum on Saturday, November 30th. Accompanying Slayer for this last ride are Primus, Ministry and Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals performing a vulgar display of Pantera, who will support on all dates.
Tickets go on sale Friday, July 12th at 10 am local time. Limited VIP packages will be available via slayer.net.
Slayer’s Final World Tour began on May 10, 2018 with the band’s intention to play as many places as possible, to make it easy for the fans to see one last Slayer show and say goodbye. By the time the 18 month trek wraps on November 30th, the band will have completed seven tour legs plus a series of one-off major summer festivals, performing more than 140 shows in 30 countries and 40 U.S. states.
Slayer’s Final World Tour has been a wild ride. Three bus drivers, four truck drivers, and a crew of 32 have traveled all over the world to set the stage for this farewell. At most shows, Slayer’s pyro expert set off 160 pounds of propane and ten liters of 99% isopropyl alcohol, prompting the Phoenix New Times reviewer to comment on the “eyebrow-singeing pyrotechnics that could be felt even ten rows behind the pit.”
In Toronto, one diehard fan was ejected from the concert before Slayer took the stage, so he jumped into Lake Ontario (that surrounds the Budweiser Arena) and swam back to the venue.
The Tampa Bay Times’ Jay Cridlin wrote, “Beginning with the throttling opener ‘Repentless,’ Slayer tore through their set like a flaming cigarette boat across the river Styx, charring up a vicious circle pit by the stage,” and Detroit’s Gary Graff noted in his Oakland Press review the “10,000 headbangers who skipped the Game of Thrones finale to pay homage to the pioneering quartet.”
“The sheer physicality of their show was something to behold and was yet another indication that while the band may be calling it a career, they are going out on top, playing at their absolute best,” wrote Andy Lindquist for the SF Sonic, and Guy D’Astolfo with the Youngtown Vindicator ended his review with this: “After the final note, Tom Araya stood alone, scanning the crowd…forging a mental imprint of the moment. After a minute or two, he went to the microphone and said, ‘I’m going to miss you guys.’ Then he exited and the lights went up.”
The Final Campaign Tour Dates:
November 2 Explore Asheville Arena, Asheville, NC
November 3 PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
November 5 Salem Civic Center, Salem, VA
November 6 Giant Center, Hershey, PA
November 8 Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA
November 9 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
November 11 KFC Yum Center, Louisville, KY
November 12 Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
November 14 TaxSlayer Arena, Moline, IL
November 15 Denny Sanford Center, Sioux Falls, SD
November 17 Fargodome, Fargo, ND
November 18 CHI Health Center, Omaha, NE
November 20 Broadmore Arena, Colorado Springs, CO
November 22 Rimrock Arena, Billings, MT
November 24 Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA
November 26 Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
November 27 MGM Arena, Las Vegas, NV
November 30 The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
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