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THE SLAYER MOBILE APP – THE HEAVIEST APP ON THE PLANET

April 27th, 2011
THE SLAYER MOBILE APP - THE HEAVIEST APP ON THE PLANET

THE SLAYER MOBILE APP - THE HEAVIEST APP ON THE PLANET

LOS ANGELES, CA – April 27, 2011 —

Following the success of their uber-hot “Pinball Rocks” music game app, Slayer has just launched its official Slayer Mobile App for iPhone, iPod, and Android.  The Slayer App, identified on your screen by Slayer’s iconic Eagle logo, is free and offers fans access to exclusive content, the latest band news, photos you can’t get anywhere else, the band’s social media feeds, music and music videos, a merch store, a fan wall, tour dates, and much more.  Additionally, the menu functionality of the Slayer App will be available in multiple languages – French, Spanish, Russian, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Dutch, Turkish, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), and Korean.

The Slayer App is now available in the iTunes store – http://bit.ly/eegFca – and for Android – http://bit.ly/ekhtPB – so log on and get totally connected to Slayer.

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East Coast ‘Big Four’ Concert In The Works, Says METALLICA Drummer

April 26th, 2011
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METALLICA headlined the first U.S. “Big Four” concert this past Saturday (April 23) at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California. The all-day festival featured the so-called “Big Four” bands of 1980s thrash metal — METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX and MEGADETH — sharing the stage in the U.S. for the first time ever, drawing an estimated 50,000 people.

 

A wildly successful series of European gigs together last summer paved the way for a U.S. edition.

 

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told RollingStone.com that more U.S. “Big Four” dates are in the works. “We are looking to book something on the East Coast because of the success of this — it should hopefully come together in a week or two,” Ulrich said. “Maybe we’ll do somewhere in the Midwest and South, too. Still, I don’t think it will turn into a 40-date arena tour; that would make it less special. I like the fact that there’s an element of chaos to the whole thing. It shouldn’t be sterile, streamlined and perfect: it needs an edgy underbelly to remain authentic.”

 

METALLICA will bring the “Big Four” tour to Europe in July, and is also confirmed to perform at the 44th edition of Festival d’été de Québec in Quebec City, Canada on Saturday, July 16.

 

The group will also headline Brazil’s Rock In Rio festival this September.

 

Urich told The Pulse Of Radio that the idea for a “Big Four” tour first came up in 2009. “We were sitting around and we were feeling pretty nostalgic at the time because it was right around the old Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Cleveland induction thing there,” he said. “So as you sit around and talk about your past and whatever, the idea of playing shows with the other, you know, members of the so-called ‘Big Four’ just came up, and it finally came together just over a year later.”

 

METALLICA has hinted at entering the studio in May to begin work on a secret recording project, although details have been few.

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SLAYER’S JEFF HANNEMAN MAKES TRIUMPHANT RETURN AT THE BIG 4

April 25th, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA – April 25, 2011 — Founding Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman stepped onstage with his band at this past Saturday’s Big 4 concert in Indio, CA, marking the first time he has played with Slayer since last October.  In January, Hanneman contracted necrotizing fasciitis, likely caused by a spider bite, and has been undergoing surgeries, skin grafts and intense rehab since.  Hanneman surprised the crowd of 50,000 when he walked out onto the stage, unannounced, and played the two-song encore, “South of Heaven” and “Angel of Death.”

Backstage in Slayer’s dressing room afterwards, Hanneman relaxed on a couch and said, “I’m the happiest man in the world.”

Gary Holt, guitarist for Exodus, has been the primary guest guitarist with Slayer since the band started its 2011 touring schedule in February, and will continue in that capacity until Hanneman has completely recovered.

Jeff Hanneman at Big 4 - Photo Credit:  www.AndrewStuart.me

Jeff Hanneman at Big 4 - Photo Credit: www.AndrewStuart.me

Remembering the Man on the Silver Mountain, Ronnie James Dio
(Ronald James Padavona (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010)

 

In the many years that I’ve run Metal-Rules.com, I consider myself lucky to have interviewed Ronnie James Dio just once. It was a phone interview and as these things go, usually a label/PR type will call and put you on hold until the artist is ready. Therefore, when I answered my home phone expecting as much, I get a “Hello Geoff, this is Ronnie James Dio”. Being taken so aback, my reaction was not as professional as usual as I admit to doing a little fawning over him. For me, this seemingly simple, yet personal touch left an impression on me. He was very polite and professional and while this was “business as usual” for him, it was anything but for me.

 

Since the early 80’s when I first got into heavy metal, Ronnie James Dio was there and a part of my musical landscape. The first time I heard him was the song “Holy Diver” with the video airing on Canada’s Much Music’s Power Hour. It is to that album (Holy Diver) that my mind always goes to when I think of Dio. The song has been in my mind and played both on my stereo and on my guitar for many years. After discovering Dio, I also got heavily into his Rainbow material and of course his albums with Black Sabbath. When he rejoined Sabbath in the band “Heaven and Hell”, I was hoping for a few more albums and tours. But sadly, as we all know, this reunion with the Sabs was cut short in May 2010.

 

Shortly after Ronnie’s passing, Robert “Stormhammer” Williams of Metal Rules proposed that in one year we should pay tribute to Ronnie by presenting comments and quotes from artists that worked with him, those that knew him, and those that were influenced by his powerful, huge, and unforgettable voice. Of course I gave my blessing as no metal icon is as deserving of such a tribute.

 

So here are the interviews clips (video/text) from everyone that we could get in contact with over the past year. Long live heavy metal and long live Ronnie James Dio! \,,/

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METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX Storm California For First North American Big Four Show; Jeff Hanneman Makes Surprise Appearance, All-Band ‘Am I Evil?’ Jam Session Returns!

April 24th, 2011

The metal event of the year occurred yesterday (Saturday, April 23rd) as the Big Four of ’80s thrash metal – METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX – took the stage at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA in front of over 50,000 raging metalheads!

After suffering a spider bite a few months ago and being forced to miss numerous live dates the first time in his career, Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman returned to the stage last night. EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt filled in for Slayer’s main set, but Hanneman joined the band on stage for their two-song encore which included ‘South Of Heaven’ and ‘Angel Of Death’. Check out a photo of Hanneman on stage from Slayer’s Facebook page below:

 

Jeff Hanneman live on stage at the BIG 4!

Jeff Hanneman live on stage at the BIG 4!

RockNMetalNewz has posted pre-show photos below:

Anthrax’ set-list was as follows:

‘Caught In A Mosh’

‘Got the Time’

‘Madhouse’

‘Among the Living’

‘Antisocial’

‘Indians’

‘Fight ‘Em Till You Can’t’

‘A.I.R.’

‘I Am The Law’

Megadeth’s set-list was as follows:

‘Trust’

‘In My Darkest Hour’

‘Hangar 18’

Wake Up Dead’

‘Poison Was the Cure’

‘She-Wolf’

‘Sweating Bullets’

‘Head Crusher’

‘A Tout Le Monde’

‘Symphony of Destruction’

‘Peace Sells’

‘Holy Wars… The Punishment Due/Mechanix’

Slayer’s set-list included the encore of ‘South Of Heaven’ and ‘Angel Of Death’ with Jeff Hanneman.

 

Metallica’s set-list was as follows:

‘The Ecstasy of Gold’

‘Creeping Death’

‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’

‘Fuel’

‘Ride The Lightning’

‘Fade to Black’

‘Cyanide’

‘All Nightmare Long’

‘Sad But True’

‘Welcome Home (Sanitarium)’

‘Orion’

One’

‘Master of Puppets’

‘Blackened’

‘Nothing Else Matters’

‘Enter Sandman’

 

Encore:

‘Am I Evil? (DIAMOND HEAD cover jam with members of Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax; see fan-filmed footage below)

‘Hit The Lights’

‘Seek And Destroy’

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METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX – Big Four Photo Galleries And Reviews Online

April 24th, 2011
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Big4

With the highly anticipated Big Four show featuring METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX in Indio, CA a part of metal history, photo galleries and reviews are beginning to surface. Two links to galleries, courtesy of The Press Enterprise Examiner.com are available below.

Big Four – PE.com

Examiner.com slideshow

Watch for more Big Four updates over the course of the day.

According to Bruce Fessier from Mydesert.com, the promoter of yesterday’s Big Four concert was expecting the first U.S. appearance together of the world’s four most popular thrash metal bands to sell out before doors open at 2 p.m. at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA.

But Paul Tollett of the Los Angeles-based Goldenvoice company said the one-day show won’t attract as many people as last week’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, or next weekend’s Stagecoach country music festival.

Stay tuned for the confirmed head count.

 

Big 4 - USA Flag

Big 4 - USA Flag

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SLAYER – Dave Lombardo

April 8th, 2011

 

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SLAYER – Interview with Drummer Dave Lombardo

Interview by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala

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Slayer has been in the frontlines of thrash metal and extreme metal for nearly four decades. Several classic songs such as Hell Awaits, Raining Blood, South Of Heaven, Dead Skin Mask, Cult etc are immortal and present a well oiled metallic war machine pushing forward relentlessly and show the brutality of thrash metal. However, the thrash metal machine needs a powerful inexhaustible source of intense drumming to create the well-known Slayer tempo. Dave Lombardo is definitely at the core of the unique sounds of Slayer. Despise his absence from Slayer, his role in the world of Slayer has become, and still is, an important part of Slayer. Metal-Rules.com had the great pleasure to have a moment with Dave Lombardo.

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CANNIBAL CORPSE’S PAT O’BRIEN WILL STEP IN AS SLAYER’S GUEST GUITARIST

March 30th, 2011
Cannibal Corpse's Pat O'brien

Cannibal Corpse's Pat O'brien

LOS ANGELES, CA – March 30, 2011 — Cannibal Corpse guitarist Pat O’Brien will fill in for Exodus’ Gary Holt when Holt leaves the Slayer European tour to play with his own band Exodus at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile on April 4.  Holt has been filling in for Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman since the tour kicked off February 26 in Australia.

Holt’s last show with Slayer will be April 4 in Padova, Italy; O’Brien will join the band for the April 6 show in Croatia, and will finish the European dates with Slayer that wrap up on April 14 in Holland.

Hanneman has amazed his doctors with his speedy recovery from an infection thought to have been caused by a spider bite.  Following surgery on his right arm, he continues his physical therapy and has already been practicing with his guitar.

Remaining dates for Slayer’s European tour are as follows:

MARCH
28    La Rivera, Madrid, Spain  (Gary Holt, guest guitarist)
29    Coliseum, La Coruna, Spain  (Gary Holt, guest guitarist)
30    Pavilhao Atlantico, Lisbon, Spain  (Gary Holt, guest guitarist)

APRIL
1    St. Jordi Club, Barcelona, Spain  (Gary Holt, guest guitarist)
3    Rome Atlantico, Rome, Italy  (Gary Holt, guest guitarist)
4    Gran Teatro, Padova, Italy  (Gary Holt, guest guitarist)
6    Zagreb Arena, Zagreb, Crotia  (Pat O’Brien, guest guitarist)
7    Gasometer, Vienna, Austria   (Pat O’Brien, guest guitarist)
8    Arena Budapest, Budapest, Hungary  (Pat O’Brien, guest guitarist)
10    Prague O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic  (Pat O’Brien, guest guitarist)
11    Lodz Sportshall, Lodz, Poland  (Pat O’Brien, guest guitarist)
13    Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzgerland  (Pat O’Brien, guest guitarist)
14    Klokgebouw, Eindhoven, Holland (Pat O’Brien, guest guitarist)

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EUROPEAN CARNAGE TOUR 2011 w/ Slayer and Megadeth

March 29th, 2011

SLAYER

The Old Ice Hall

The 17th of March 2011

Helsinki Finland

REVIEW AND PICTURES BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

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SLAYER AND ROB ZOMBIE TO BRING HELL ON EARTH TO NORTH AMERICA; The Two Metal Icons Will Together for the First Time in More than a Decade

March 28th, 2011
Slayer - North American Tour With Rob Zombie and Exodus

Slayer - North American Tour With Rob Zombie and Exodus

LOS ANGELES, CA – MONDAY, March 28, 2011 — Get ready for hell on earth, because for the first time since they tour together on Ozzfest 1999, Rob Zombie and Slayer are teaming up to hit the road, bringing a glorious purgatory to fans in 12 North American cities. The co-headline trek kicks off Wednesday, July 20 at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 1 at 10:00AM local time.  Tickets for all shows are available at the venues’ box office, and via the online outlets as listed below.

“We haven’t toured with Zombie since Ozzfest 1999, so you can expect no less than ‘hell on earth,'” said Slayer’s Kerry King.  “Total sonic annihilation and a visual bludgeoning.  Bring your own body bag…”

“Total destruction on stage and off is what this combination promises,” states Zombie, “Seriously, how much more Hell could you ask for? The answer is none more Hell.”

Both Zombie and Slayer will present their full headline sets at every show, and both bands will close shows over the course of the tour.  San Francisco’s thrash-metal band Exodus has been confirmed to open all shows.

Slayer has been performing its classic 1990 Seasons In the Abyss album in its entirety over the past several months, but will instead draw from its entire 30-year catalogue for this tour’s setlist.

Never one to play it safe, Zombie will be bringing his legendary stage show out in full force. Audiences can expect an exploding non-stop barrage of sin, sex and Satan guaranteed to rip your face off. This a true rock and roll spectacle at its finest.

Rob Zombie: With more than 15 million albums sold, seven Grammy nominations, the helming of five major motion pictures (including the #1 record-breaking “Halloween”) and dozens of music videos under his belt, Zombie is truly a force to be reckoned with in today’s entertainment landscape.  For over 25 years his unique meld of horror and hard rock has influenced his sound as a musician, and more recently, his vision as a director and writer.  After the tour, Zombie will be starting production on his sixth feature film, “The Lords of Salem,” with the producers of the Paranormal Activity franchise.

Slayer: The Chicago Tribune‘s Greg Kot wrote that the  four-time-nominated, two-time Grammy winning Slayer is “one of the great American rock bands of the last 30 years, forget about genre.”  Indeed, few bands come close to matching the intensity that Slayer brings to its live shows, having been named “Best Live Band” by numerous media outlets including RevolverSPIN, and Metal Hammer.  With songs that mirror the turmoil and aberrations of our society – God’s terrifying global genocide, the chaos of our broken political system, chemical warfare, the hideous minds of serial killers, and the way-too-close proximity of world horrors that technology has brought us, Slayer remains crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the Mainstream.

Dates for the Slayer and Rob Zombie tour are as follows:

JULY
20    Sovereign Center, Reading, PA – ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations
22    DTE Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI – ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations
23    Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA – ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations
24    Heavy T.O. at Downsview Park, Toronto, ON  Canada – ticketmaster.ca and all Ticketmaster locations
27    MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB  Canada – ticketmaster.ca and all Ticketmaster locations
29    Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, SK  Canada – ticketmaster.ca and all Ticketmaster locations
30    Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB  Canada – ticketmaster.ca and all Ticketmaster locations
31    Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB  Canada – ticketmaster.ca and all Ticketmaster locations

AUGUST
2    Save-On-Foods Memorial Center, Victoria, BC  Canada – SelectYourTickets.com
3    Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC  Canada – ticketmaster.ca and all Ticketmaster locations
5     Rose Quarter Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR – ComcastTix.com
6    WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA – ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations

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SLAYER Update – Gary Holt Continues To Replace Jeff Hanneman On European Carnage Tour

March 12th, 2011

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt will continue to replace Jeff Hanneman on SLAYER’s European Carnage tour, which kicks-off this weekend in the Ukraine. Jeff Hanneman is still recovering and is feeling better already.

Gary Holt also replaced Jeff Hanneman on guitar on the band’s Australian shows ealier this month. Jeff is currently recovering from surgery after an arm infection due to a spider bite.

Further updates from Slayer to follow.

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Book of Historic Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Exodus; Bay Area Metal Photographs to Appear This Fall

March 4th, 2011
Book of Historic Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Exodus Photos Coming This Fall

Book of Historic Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Exodus Photos Coming This Fall 2011

Legendary San Francisco Bay Area metal photographers Brian Lew (Whiplash fanzine) and Harald “O.” Oimoen (D.R.I.) have joined forces to create the large-format hardcover photo collection MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW: Bay Area Bangers and the Birth of Thrash Metal. Coming this fall from Bazillion Points Books, this intense look at early hardcore headbangers features some of the first photos of the “Big Four” and their extended family of thrash metal bands. With hundreds of candid, live, and studio shots, Lew and Oimoen celebrate the unique wild-eyed spirit and atmosphere of the historic S.F. Bay Area heavy metal scene: pinpointing clubs (The Old Waldorf, The Stone, Ruthie’s Inn, The Omni); hangouts (The Record Vault, the infamous Metallica Mansion); and beloved local figures like fearless stage diver Toby Rage, manager Debbie Abono, and the unrivaled metal ringmaster Paul Baloff of Exodus.

 

Among the jaw-dropping moments in heavy metal history on display: Cliff Burton’s first rehearsal with Dave Mustaine-era Metallica; Kerry King of Slayer performing with early Megadeth; Metallica and Slayer’s first Bay Area shows; the first meeting of Slayer and Metallica; original uncropped prints of Possessed’s blood-spattered “Seven Churches” band photo shoot; some of the earliest photos of Vio-lence and Death Angel; Testament (then called Legacy) dressed in religious stage outfits; the crazed front row faces from legendary Ruthie’s Inn; and Metallica’s triumphant takeover of Day on the Green in 1985.

 

At roughly 300 pages, filled with unpublished images and rare flyers, this incredible visual time capsule stems from a friendship that started when Brian Lew and Harald O. first met as camera-wielding teenage metalheads. Both later contributed to Ron Quintana’s infamous Metal Mania fanzine.

 

Says Harald O.: “I am so psyched on getting these photos out there. The camaraderie and great friendships forged between all the bands and the fans was so cool-there literally wasn’t much distinction. Everybody was pals with everyone else, and it was a magical time to be a metalhead living in the Bay Area. People are gonna freak on what what we’re gonna show them. This is a dream come true!”

 

Says Brian Lew: “This will not be a history book, but rather a time machine back to the ‘bonded by blood’ days of the original Bay Area metal scene. Before they played the Bay Area, Slayer wore makeup onstage; after that first Bay Area show they never wore makeup again. This book will show people why.”

 

Murder in the Front Row: Bay Area Bangers and the Birth of Thrash Metal, by Brian Lew and Harald “O.” Oimoen. [ISBN 978-1-935950-03-5] Coming Fall 2011 from Bazillion Points Books, America’s smallest but heaviest book publisher.

 

http://www.murderinthefrontrow.com

 

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SLAYER Frontman “Suffering From Vertigo Due To Extreme Dehydration And Lack Of Rest”

March 1st, 2011
SLAYER - Tom Araya

SLAYER - Tom Araya

According to a new Facebook posting by Sandra Araya, wife of SLAYER’s Tom Araya, the bassist/vocalist “was suffering from vertigo due to extreme dehydration and lack of rest,” which caused the cancelation of the band’s appearance at the Sydney, Australia stop of the Soundwave festival on Sunday, February 27.

 

She added: “Our doctor is in the process of getting the results on the test that were ran (major time zone difference and being the weekend has held up those results). Hopefully there will be nothing more to add after the results are returned.”

 

According to Soundwave Festival promoter AJ Madda Tom “will be OK” for the next Soundwave show in Melbourne on Friday, March 4th.

 

Slayer recently recruited Gary Holt from San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS as a temporary fill-in in for Jeff Hanneman who is currently recovering from surgery. Holt is accompanying Tom Araya (bass, vocals), Kerry King (guitar) and Dave Lombardo (drums) on their Australian Soundwave Festival tour, which kicked off on Saturday, February 26th in Brisbane.

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SLAYER – Tom Araya “Feeling Much Better”

February 28th, 2011
SLAYER - Tom Araya

SLAYER - Tom Araya

SLAYER were forced to cancel yesterdays appearance at the Soundwave Festival in Sydney, Australia after singer Tom Araya had been hospitalized. Tom’s wife, Sandra Araya, now issued the following statement on her Facebook page:

 

“SPOKE WITH TOM =) He’s feeling much better! it will be a few days before test results come back… That’s all I can say for now! whoo hoo!”

 

“Tom does not have a ear infection! Not sure who came up with this, but it is not true… They are waiting on test results… If [the ear-infection explanation] is coming from the promoter, I am sure he is only saying what he was told!”

 

According to Soundwave Festival promoter AJ Madda Tom “will be OK” for the next Soundwave show in Melbourne on Friday, March 4th.

 

Slayer recently recruited Gary Holt from San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS as a temporary fill-in in for Jeff Hanneman who is currently recovering from surgery. Holt is accompanying Tom Araya (bass, vocals), Kerry King (guitar) and Dave Lombardo (drums) on their Australian Soundwave Festival tour, which kicked off on Saturday, February 26 in Brisbane.

 

Slayer’s setlist was as follows:

 

‘World Painted Blood’

‘Hate Worldwide’

‘War Ensemble’

‘Postmortem’

‘Payback’

‘Hallowed Point’

‘Americon’

‘Mandatory Suicide’

‘Temptation’

‘South Of Heaven’

‘Raining Blood’

‘Black Magic’

‘Angel Of Death’

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SLAYER Frontman Tom Araya Hospitalized, Today’s Sydney Show Canceled

February 27th, 2011

Slayerized.com has issued the following message:

“Tom Araya has been hospitalized after yesterdays show in Brisbane, Australia. Reports say that the hospital is keeping him in over the night. As a result of this Slayer’s appearance today at the Soundwave Festival has been cancelled. Why this has happened is not clear so far, rumors say it has to do with his surgery early last year, but these are only rumors. Keep checking back here!”

Needless to say, fans were NOT too happy (see the video from below). Watch this space for updates.

SLAYER, 22.06.2010. Sofia Rocks, powered by Sonisphere Festival

SLAYER, 22.06.2010. Sofia Rocks, powered by Sonisphere Festival

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METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX – Big Four Show Announced For Germany

February 17th, 2011
The Big 4: METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX

The Big 4: METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX

METALLICA has issued the following update:

“If you’ve been following along, you know that the Big Four of ANTHRAX, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ‘Tallica already have two shows scheduled in Europe in July… well, the party is expanding!

We’re here today to tell you about and addition to the European vacation with a show in Gelsenkirchen, Germany at the Veltins Arena on July 2nd, 2011. Tickets go on sale on Saturday, February 19th at 9:00 AM local time at www.eventim.de. MetClub members should check MetClub.com for more details on a special pre-sale for Clubbers only.

Yes, that headline said “shows” with an “s.” Keep watching here for a couple more announcements in the coming weeks.”

Speaking to Noisecreep’s Jon Wiederhorn, Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine responds to the question: Why is there only one Big Four US show confirmed?

Says Mustaine: “That, I don’t know. But I do know this – and it’s not me speaking on behalf of any of the Big Four collectively or individually – it started off as one date before, and then it ended up being several. So I would say for people that pray, do so. For people that don’t, start.”

Read more on Mustaine’s chat with Noisecreep at this location.

The Big Four announced on January 25th that they will play one exclusive show on Metallica’s home turf on Saturday, April 23rd at the Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA.

During an appearance on a recent edition of The Kevin & Bean Show on the Los Angeles-based radio station KROQ-FM (106.7), Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich explained why there is only one US show:

“Let’s take baby steps here. We did seven or eight dates last year, we’re doing one show in England and one show in France.

Listen, we don’t wanna cram this down people’s throats., we don’t wanna sort of overstay the welcome, and we don’t know what kind of response there’s gonna be to this in America, so we’re starting, obviously, without being disrespectful to the rest of the wonderful country…

We have a history in Southern California, Slayer has a history in Southern California, (Dave) Mustaine has a history in Southern California, so there’s a lot of history in California. And we picked the Coachella site where this is going down the week after the Coachella, which is probably – along with Bonnaroo – the favorite festival site to go to in North America.

If there is enough demand for it, obviously there’s a very strong possibility that there’ll be more shows, but we don’t wanna overextend the welcome and we also don’t wanna turn it into something that becomes just this whole nostalgia trip. So it’s a balancing act, you know.”

Listen to Ulrich’s appearance on The Kevin & Bean Show here.

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