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Slayer played final show; Tool cancelled one; Slipknot fest ended in a riot

Slayer at Madison Square Garden
Slayer’s final NYC show at Madison Square Garden (more by Mathieu Bredeau)

Just catching up on some stadium metal news from the weekend:

Tool just announced they are cancelling their third and recently added San Diego show due to a “scheduling conflict”, but meanwhile the rest of their tour dates are still on, and can be viewed below.

Slayer — whose final tour we talked a lot about when it hit Chicago and NYC pretty recently — ended things for good at LA’s The Forum on November 30. You can watch video of their final moments on stage, which included a performance of “Angel of Death” and an emotional goodbye speech from Tom Araya, below. “Thank you,” Tom said. “Thank you very much. I want to thank you for sharing your time with us. Time is precious. So I thank you for sharing that time with us, thank you. I’m gonna miss you guys. But the most important thing I want to thank you for being a part of my life, thank you. Good night. You guys be safe.” The ending of the show at Madison Square Garden was very similar.

Slayer/Exodus guitarist Gary Holt posted this the next day::

Now that the final show has come and gone, I just want to send a heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported me stepping into this monster called Slayer. Last night was a whirlwind of emotions for all four of us. I want to thank @tomarayaofficial , @paulbostaphofficial and KFK, Kerry Fucking King. I will miss so much more than just sharing a stage with you guys. I’ll miss the jokes, the penalty shots for our onstage fuck ups, the philosophical discussions, the fart jokes,the millions of laughs, the songs, the bus ride movies and more shots. MASSIVE love to all three of you.

There’s more. You can read the whole thing in his Instagram, below.

Bonus points: Aquaman (aka Jason Momoa) came out to sing a Pantera song with Phil Anselmo during their opening set. Check out video that Jason posted to Instagram as part of a gallery that also includes him posing with members of Metallica, openers Primus, and more, below.

Overall, a smooth ending, which is not what we can say for Slipknot‘s Knotfest in Mexico over the weekend. Due to a broken barricade, the show ended early, cancelling performances from Slipknot and Evanescence. A riot ensued, and some attendees destroyed Evanescence’s equipment, lighting it on fire. You can watch video and read statements from Slipknot and Evanescence (including an amusing one from their drummer) below.

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Now that the final show has come and gone, I just want to send a heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported me stepping into this monster called Slayer. Last night was a whirlwind of emotions for all four of us. I want to thank @tomarayaofficial , @paulbostaphofficial and KFK, Kerry Fucking King. I will miss so much more than just sharing a stage with you guys. I’ll miss the jokes, the penalty shots for our onstage fuck ups, the philosophical discussions, the fart jokes,the millions of laughs, the songs, the bus ride movies and more shots. MASSIVE love to all three of you. All at RSE, Rick Sales, @sassys8n , @ehgon , and @ndrewstuart . Always made me feel like part of the family. Our stellar crew, especially @sai_lhung_ , one of my best friends on this earth. RESPECT! RIP Aarmand . Mike Latronico, Pat Dickinson, @jraraya419 , John Goss, @norm.costa , Tim Quimby , @lost069 , @off_to_the_moon_studio_ , Anders Aho, @d_villain ,Tim Quimby, Erin O’rourke,Jager bear Paul Dinapoli , @thepig98 , Ashley Groom, Kevin Lehman, Rory, Paul and Keith our pyromaniacs,Josh, @brianlights , Rich Interlande, Jake Fraczek, Jason Lowe for keeping an eye on us. And @kygriller for joining me in this last run , love you brother , and Robb Philpotts @bigred_guitarsanddrums , and @geewilliea who also worked in my guitars for me. All did an outstanding job! @sandraarayaofficial and @slaywhore and Amy, much love to all of you.And anyone I forgot to mention, thanks!I thank @davelombardo , we had some great times together, day drinking and hunting for a good kebab!brother to me always! And to the Slayer fans, thanks for making me feel welcome, it’s been a special and magnificent metal journey. Three epidurals, seven cortisone injections, trigger point injections, all to keep me in raging mode. Worth every second of the pain. Forever honored to have been a part of this band. But I never wanted this. Jeff should have been there. I just held down the fort for him. And @lisaholt777 , your support meant everything to me. Love you after forever. And all my boys in Exodus, you are my family, and this wayward son is coming home! New Exodus is a world destroyer. See you in Europe in February!

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going on stage and yelling love love LOVE with my baby boy and pantera. aka @philiphanselmo and the illegals my mind was blown FUCKIN BLOWN. i was living out my childhood dreams. i am so thankful for those moments shared with dear friends and my babies. it’s crazy to think of slayer and anthrax and metallica as ohana but they are love u guys. and to finally meet les claypool was legendary PRIMUS. RHCP AND RAGE was what i grew up on skateboarding and DROGO wouldn’t exist if there wasn’t @panteraofficial love ya phil. i’ve trained and bleed and fought my way to where i am. listening to these legends mahalo nui for your music and endless inspiration. slayers last show on tour. what a fucking night. love you @garyholt_official @tomarayaofficial paul and kerry @slayerbandofficial mahalo for having da momoas. babies i hope you remember these moments with your papa forever back to work. aloha j

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So, a lot of questions about this. First and foremost everyone is ok. We love Mexico and as a whole the fans are incredible. The riot that happened was a small group of morons and they WILL NOT change my love for the Mexican people or our fans in Mexico. As for the rest of it, here are my (somewhat comical) take aways. 1st- Do you even riot bruh?! I mean, hell, if you’re gonna do it, REALLY do it!! Burn the whole fuckin’ thing down!!! What you pack of pu@$ies did was weak and stupid- JUST LIKE YOU. 2nd. If you’re gonna torch my beautiful @pearl_drums kit that meant the world to me (second video), at least cook some meat or marshmallows over the fire!! Fuckin’ weak ass pu@$y AMATEURS!! Again- weak and stupid JUST LIKE YOU. And 3rd- to the kind worker trying to clean up the mess- before you cart off my still smoldering kit (third video and because it used to rock so hard it’s still on fire!!) you should probably make sure the embers are out because IT CAUGHT BACK ON FIRE SMOKEY!!! So there ya go……… Moral of the story is don’t half ass anything…… least of which, your fucking riot, which again was WEAK AND STUPID JUST LIKE YOU FUCKING MORONS….

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Tool: 2020 Tour
January 10 2020 VIEJAS ARENA SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
January 12 2020 VIEJAS ARENA SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
January 15 2020 SAVE MART CENTER FRESNO, CALIFORNIA
January 17 2020 T-MOBILE ARENA LAS VEGAS, US
January 18 2020 GILA RIVER ARENA GLENDALE, AZ
January 21 2020 FRANK IRWIN CENTER AUSTIN, US
January 22 2020 AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA DALLAS, TEXAS
January 28 2020 STATE FARM ARENA ATLANTA, GA
January 29 2020 BRIDGESTONE ARENA NASHVILLE, TN
January 31 2020 FEDEX FORUM MEMPHIS, TN
February 01 2020 SMOOTHIE KING CENTER NEW ORLEANS, LA
February 14 2020 RAC ARENA PERTH, AU
February 17 2020 QUDOS BANK ARENA SYDNEY, AU
February 20 2020 ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE BRISBANE, AU
February 22 2020 ROD LAVER ARENA MELBOURNE, AU
February 28 2020 SPARK ARENA AUCKLAND, NZ

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