Tour de Force



I guess that Slayer/Marilyn Manson team-up from a few years back (no, not the Mayhem Fest one, the one before that) was a big hit, ’cause the band are once again doing a summer co-headlining tour with an industrial shock rocker who probably holds more mainstream appeal than they do — namely, Rob Zombie. I don’t know what the overlap of Slayer/Zombie fans actually is (Do Slayer fans think Zombie is too soft and poppy? Do Zombie fans think Slayer is too fast and lacking in hooks?), but it seems to me that this is exactly the kind of show where getting the cheapest seats available and drinking an INSANE amount throughout the evening would pretty much guarantee you a fun time.

Not hurting this line-up one bit is the fact that Exodus are playing support. It’ll be interesting to see if Jeff Hanneman has recovered and re-joined Slayer by the time this trek kicks off, or if Gary Holt will be pulling double-duty. Either way, awesome sauce.

Dates are after the jump… they’re only playing twelve gigs for whatever reason, so the vast majority of you should prepare to be sad (or indifferent, I suppose, depending on your own personal views about this line-up):

7/20 Reading, PA @ Sovereign Center
7/22 Detroit, MI @ DTE Amphitheatre
7/23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
7/24 Toronto, ON @ Heavy T.O. at Downsview Park
7/27 Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
7/29 Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
7/30 Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
7/31 Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
8/2 Victoria, BC @ Save-On-Foods Memorial Center
8/3 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
8/5 Portland, OR @ Rose Quarter Memorial Coliseum
8/6 Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theatre


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