Posted in metal | music on January 7, 2010

Tom Araya

Slayer postpones tour w/ Megadeth & Testament. Press release below...

"Tom gave various medical treatments more than a fair shot," said Slayer's manager Rick Sales, "but they just haven't handled the problem, so he's biting the bullet and is scheduled for back surgery at the end of this month."

This difficult decision made by the band's bassist/vocalist Tom Araya means the cancellation of Slayer's immediate tour plans that include the American and Canadian Carnage Tour dates that were set to kick off on January 18, as well as the band's UK/European tour scheduled for March and April. Booking agents for both Slayer and Megadeth are already hard at work to see if these dates can be rescheduled, so those holding tickets are asked to sit tight as more info will be announced as progress is made.

The headbanging Araya, known for aggressively swinging his long mane of hair while performing, began experiencing back problems while on the band's Australian/New Zealand/Japanese tour last October. In spite of his rapidly increasing pain and discomfort, he carried on with the tour, but immediately upon returning home saw an orthopedic specialist who diagnosed a Cervical Radiculopathy. The rocker initially did not want to take the major surgery route, so the specialist recommended a series of minimally-invasive procedures. While those procedures have resulted in some improvement, Araya continues to deal with intermittent bouts of severe pain, numbness and muscle spasms. The surgical procedure that Araya will undergo, called an Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion, is a relatively routine practice and the recovery rate is excellent.

Sales added, "As unfortunate as this is for so many people - the Megadeth and Testament camps, the concerts' promoters, and, of course, the fans - Tom's health is the number one priority, and this has to happen."

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Comments (20)

slayer. lol.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2010 6:03 PM

Old people rule.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2010 6:09 PM

Bummer, but you gotta do what you gotta do.
Get well soon Tom

and yes Old People do rule...literally.

Posted by TXn | January 7, 2010 7:18 PM

Slayer should name their next album Cervical Radiculopathy.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2010 9:06 PM

So, if he gets fusion, does this mean Spyrogyra is suddenly going to have a huge influence on Slayer?

Posted by Dr. David Robinson | January 7, 2010 10:14 PM

Sir-Smoke-Alot: The doctor said I need a backiotomy!

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Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2010 1:00 AM

My Dad had this done and it can be dangerous.
That can be a major surgery obviously with the bones spurs removed and metal implant or bone implant placed.
Take care Tom.

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2010 2:08 AM

Anyone who writes the words Slayer and lol in the same post should be punched in the throat repeatedly.

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2010 9:01 AM

Wouldn't suffering endlessly be more metal than back surgery?

Posted by Eggs1234 | January 8, 2010 9:13 AM

No Eggs1234,

making YOU suffer endlessly.... would be more metal.

Posted by B | January 8, 2010 10:22 AM

slayer are a bunch of pussies

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2010 11:34 AM

you're a pussy. Go back to Bedford Ave and get hit by a bicycle, hipster faggot

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2010 3:13 PM

I have bin a slayer fan for years.And they have never let me down.and i wont let them down i will stand beside them.shit happens!!!!take it easy tom.

Posted by eric | January 8, 2010 9:45 PM

SLAYER

Posted by Anonymous | January 9, 2010 2:11 AM

too much circular headbanging.
take care Tom, get well soon.

Posted by Anonymous | January 9, 2010 12:23 PM

Slayer rules I hope Tom Araya gets better. I wish him well and I can't wait til they continue the tour. It will Rule!

Posted by Justice | January 11, 2010 7:59 PM

SLAYER!!!

Posted by TXn | January 12, 2010 8:00 AM

Slayer rules I hope Tom Araya gets better. I wish him well and I can't wait til they continue the tour. It will Rule!
Glad to see D.R.I. getting there due. This was the first band I ever saw live way back in 1989. I was in the sixth grade and went with my older brother's friend. It was on the THRASH ZONE tour. Ruled.

The first ever music I purchased were two cassettes, D.R.I's DEALING WITH IT and CROSSOVER. Long live thrash metal.

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