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Tom Araya’s surgery went well, Slayer reschedules tour dates, Megadeth & Testament meanwhile playing full albums

by BBG


It had some hiccups, but now the Slayer, Megadeth, Testament tour is back on:

The American Carnage Tour, originally scheduled to take place in January and February, had to be put on hold due to Slayer‘s vocalist/bassist, Tom Araya‘s ongoing, minimally-invasive treatments for what was diagnosed as a Cervical Radiculopathy, an occupational hazard for the rocker who is known for aggressively swinging his long mane of hair while performing. Right after the first of the year, Araya made the difficult decision to undergo a surgical procedure, called an Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion, a relatively routine practice with an excellent recovery rate. That surgery took place early last week.

“The doctors said that Tom’s surgery went very smoothly and was a resounding success,” said Rick Sales, long-time Slayer manager. “He’s home now, doing really well, and he said the numbness in his fingers had already diminished considerably.”

Shortly after the surgery, Slayer’s Kerry King received a text from Tom: “Awake and feeling good, actually whatever he did, it feels better.”

My mom used to see Slayer thrashing around on TV and would always say, “Those guys are going to hurt themselves!”. The new dates happen in August, and are below.

The original set of March Slay/Mega/Testa dates have been replaced by Megadeth/Testament/Exodus dates, which unfortunately bypass NYC in favor of the home of Dunder-Mifflin (Scranton,PA). Normally I would find that new tour lineup only a smidge more than intriguing, but the bands have upped the ante by announcing that in honor of the 20th anniversary of Megadeth‘s classic Rust In Peace LP, the band will perform that LP in its entirety. What’s more, Testament will join the fun by performing all of their classic The Legacy! No word so far as to whether Exodus will play Bonded By Blood (which they recently re-recorded) (and have performed in full in the recent past), but here’s to hoping.

Some videos, Mega/Testa/Exo tour dates, and the new Slay/Mega/Testa tour dates which include the Izod Center on August 12th (no ticket info yet), are below…

Slayer – “Postmortem” at Hammerstein Ballroom

Slayer – “Hell Awaits” at Ritz NY 86

Slayer – “Raining Blood / Angel of Death” at Ritz NY 86

Megadeth – “Holy Wars” + “Mechanix” LIVE @ Download 200

Megadeth – “Hangar 18″ LIVE @ Download 2007

Testament – “Over The Wall” live at BB King’s 2008

Testament – “Into The Pit” live at BB King’s 2008


Mar 1 2010 Knitting Factory Spokane, Washington
Mar 2 2010 Knitting Factory Boise, Idaho
Mar 3 2010 Medford Armory Medford, Oregon
Mar 6 2010 Big Four Calgary, Alberta
Mar 7 2010 Shaw Conference Centre Edmonton, Alberta
Mar 8 2010 Prairieland Exhibition Hall Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Mar 11 2010 Murat Theater Indianapolis, Indiana
Mar 12 2010 Palace Theater Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Mar 13 2010 Town Ballroom Buffalo, New York
Mar 15 2010 9:30 Club Washington, Washington DC
Mar 16 2010 Rams Head Live Baltimore, Maryland
Mar 18 2010 Scranton Cultural Center Scranton, Pennsylvania
Mar 19 2010 The NorVa Norfolk, Virginia
Mar 21 2010 Tabernacle Atlanta, Georgia
Mar 22 2010 Orange Peel Asheville, North Carolina
Mar 23 2010 Minglewood Hall Memphis, Tennessee
Mar 25 2010 Verizon Wireless Theater Houston, Texas
Mar 26 2010 Stubb’s Amphitheater Austin, Texas
Mar 27 2010 The Pavillion Lubbock, Texas
Mar 28 2010 Club 101 El Paso, Texas
Mar 30 2010 Rialto Theater Tucson, Arizona
Mar 31 2010 Hollywood Palladium Hollywood, California
Jun 13 2010 Download Festival Derbyshire*
* Megadeth solo

AUGUST 11 Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY
AUGUST 12 Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ
AUGUST 14 Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA
AUGUST 15 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
AUGUST 16 Chevrolet Theatre, Wallingford, CT
AUGUST 18 Tower City Amphitheatre, Cleveland, OH
AUGUST 19 Joe Louis Arena, Detroit,MI
AUGUST 20 UIC Pavillon, Chicago, IL
AUGUST 21 Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN
AUGUST 23 Cap Fed Park @Sandstone, Kansas City, KS
AUGUST 25 Magness Arena, Denver, CO
AUGUST 26 Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM
AUGUST 27 Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
AUGUST 29 Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA
AUGUST 30 Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA
AUGUST 31 Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA
SEPTEMBER 1 Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA
SEPTEMBER 3 Wamu Theatre, Seattle, WA
SEPTEMBER 4 Washington County Fairgrounds, Portland, OR

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