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|May 9||Slayer with Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus||The Saltair Magna, Utah||Find Tickets|
|May 10||Slayer with Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus||The Fillmore Auditorium Denver, Colorado||Find Tickets|
|May 11||Slayer||Shrine Auditorium Billings, Montana||Find Tickets|
|May 13||Slayer with Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus||Uptown Theater Kansas City, Missouri||Find Tickets|
|May 15||Slayer with Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus||The Pageant Saint Louis, Missouri||Find Tickets|
|May 16||Slayer||The Rave / Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee, Wisconsin||Find Tickets|
|May 28||Metallica - Sonisphere 2014 Finland||Hietaniemi Beach Helsinki, FIN||Find Tickets|
|May 31||Iron Maiden & Slayer - FortaRock 2014||Goffertpark Nijmegen, NLD||Find Tickets|
|Jul 4||SLAYER - MASTODON - GHOST - ANTHRAX||Zénith de Paris Paris, FRA|
2011 marks the 30th Anniversary of the formation of one of the most popular and brutal thrash metal bands ever, Slayer. While the violent and sometimes disturbing subject matter of their music has been strongly criticized by religious and conservative groups, Slayer has found mainstream success with hit albums and coveted tour dates. In recent years, Slayer guitarist Kerry King and Megadeth guitarist Dave Mustaine have ended their longstanding feud, allowing fans to witness the live spectacular that is the "Big Four" (Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Metallica). While the "Big Four" only have one scheduled US tour date in 2011, The Big Four will be playing a few shows in Europe, and Slayer has a few more concert tours set for the summer.
Slayer began in Huntington Park in 1981, when Kerry King met Jeff Hanneman while auditioning as guitarists for the same band. They recruited King's former bandmate Tom Araya as their bassist and singer, and asked drummer Dave Lombardo to join when he delivered a pizza to King. Slayer self-financed their debut album, Show No Mercy, which was released in late 1983. The album brought Slayer a small cult following, which grew after subsequent club tour dates in 1984 increased album sales drastically. Shortly after, Slayer joined Venom and Exodus for tour dates on the 1984 Combat Tour, which helped record sales of Show No Mercy to double by 1985.
The members of Slayer were soon approached by Rick Rubin to join Def Jam Records. After recording Reign in Blood, Def Jam's distributor - Columbia Records - refused to release the album, citing the Josef Mengele inspired track "Angel of Death" as the reason for their refusal. Despite the controversy surrounding the album, it was a huge success, eventually went gold, and sparked massive headlining tour dates. After following Rick Rubin to his Def American label, Slayer released their fifth studio album, Seasons in the Abyss, in 1990. The album retained the melodic aspects of South of Heaven, while returning to their fast paced thrash style. Christ Illusion was released in August of 2006 -- five years after their previous album -- and debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200. The single "Eyes of the Insane" won Slayer their first Grammy for Best Metal Performance. To celebrate, Slayer took tour dates to their fans around the world on The Unholy Alliance Tour
Slayer's latest album, 2009's World Painted Blood, has received rave reviews from critics and fans, reassuring the world that Slayer is as brutal as ever. First up on Slayer's 2011 tour dates is the Big Four Festival in Indio, CA (the site of Coachella) on April 23. Slayer's South American World Painted Blood tour dates will last from June 2-21, including stops in Chile, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru. The Big Four will then head to Europe from July 2-9 with stops in Germany, Sweden, Italy, the UK, and France. After playing a few European music festivals in July, Slayer will set out on the Hell on Earth concert tour, traveling throughout North America with Rob Zombie and Exodus. With so many chances to see Slayer on 2011 tour dates, fans would be insane not to check out one of the shows.
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