TOM ARAYA Comments On SLAYER Reunion, Lineup Confirmed

SLAYER, the legendary thrash metal powerhouse, has officially rekindled its fiery presence and is slated to make a triumphant return to the live stage this September.

Having concluded their epic world tour in November 2019, the formidable lineup of Tom Araya (bass, vocals), Kerry King (guitar), Gary Holt (guitar), and Paul Bostaph (drums) is gearing up to headline two highly anticipated festivals: Riot Fest and Louder Than Life. These performances will mark SLAYER’s first live appearances in nearly two years, and the anticipation is nothing short of electrifying.

Expressing the unparalleled thrill of live performances, Tom Araya conveyed, “Nothing compares to the 90 minutes when we’re on stage playing live, sharing that intense energy with our fans,” admitting a sincere yearning for the stage. Kerry King echoed the sentiment, stating, “Have I missed playing live? Absolutely. SLAYER means a lot to our fans; they mean a lot to us. It will be five years since we have seen them.”

The initial dates unveiled for this monumental return include Sep. 22 at Riot Fest in Chicago, IL, and Sep. 27 at Louder Than Life in Louisville, KY. The announcement has sent shockwaves of excitement through the metal community, with fans eagerly anticipating the sonic onslaught that SLAYER is renowned for delivering.

Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents expressed his excitement, stating, “We’re thrilled to announce that SLAYER will be reuniting for an earth-shattering performance at Louder Than Life… With over 140 bands on five stages, we’re celebrating our 10th Louder Than Life with the biggest lineup yet!”

The timing of SLAYER’s reunion raises eyebrows, considering Kerry King’s recent revelation of his new solo band and the impending release of his debut album. Adding an intriguing layer to the narrative, King disclosed a lack of communication with SLAYER frontman Tom Araya since their last explosive performance in 2019.

SLAYER’s farewell tour concluded with a monumental show at The Forum in Los Angeles in November 2019, leaving fans with indelible memories. Despite assertions to the contrary, the iconic thrash metal icons are defying expectations and gearing up for a comeback that promises to be nothing short of legendary.

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