It was 37 years ago, in 1981, that four Southern California kids named Tom Araya, Jeff Hanneman, Kerry King, and Dave Lombardo put together a band with a sound like no other at the time. Calling themselves Slayer, they cranked up the tempo and aggressive ferocity, adding some punk attitude to metal, and helped create a new sub-genre of heavy music that would eventually be called “thrash metal”. It’s hard to believe that something as powerful and iconic as Slayer could come to an end, and indeed, the music they created will live forever, both on its own and via its tremendous wide-ranging influence on many bands since, and bands yes to come. But in true Slayer style, the band is going out with a high-pitched scream rather than a whisper, and between May and August will be hitting the road one last time on the Slayer Farewell Tour. ESP players in Slayer include frontman/bassist Tom Araya and guitarist Gary Holt, who took over the spot held by late musician and fellow ESP player Jeff Hanneman. As undeniable proof of the acceptance of ESP in the metal community as a whole, every single band who is joining Slayer on both legs this tour — Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament with Napalm Death coming in on the second leg of the tour — includes at least one ESP player.


Tom Araya / Gary Holt


TA Sig Series GH Sig Series

Lamb Of God

Will Adler / John Campbell


WA Sig SeriesJC-4FM


Frank Bello


FB Sig Series


Nergal / Orion


Nergal-6 Orion-5


Alex Skolnick


AS Sig Series


May 10 San Diego
Valley View Casino Center

May 11, Irvine
FivePoint Amphitheatre

May 13, Sacramento
Papa Murphy's Park at Cal Expo

May 16, Vancouver
Pacific Coliseum

May 17, Penticton
South Okanagan Events Centre

May 19, Calgary
The Big Four

May 20, Edmonton
Shaw Conference Centre

May 22, Winnipeg
Bell MTS Place

May 24, Minneapolis
The Armory

May 25, Chicago
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

May 27, Detroit
Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill

May 29, Toronto
Budweiser Stage

May 30, Montreal
Place Bell

June 1, Uncasville
Mohegan Sun Arena

June 2, Holmdel
PNC Bank Arts Center

June 4, Reading
Santander Arena

June 6, Cincinnati
Riverbend Music Center

June 7, Cuyahoga Falls
Blossom Music Center

June 9, Pittsburgh
KeyBank Pavilion

June 10, Bristow
Jiffy Lube Live

June 12, Virginia Beach
Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater

June 14, Charlotte
PNC Music Pavilion

June 15, Orlando
Orlando Amphitheater

June 17, Houston
Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land

June 19, Dallas
The Bomb Factory

June 20, Austin
Austin360 Amphitheater

June 21, Reykjavík
Secret Solstice Festival

July 26, Gilford
Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

July 27, Bangor
Impact Music Festival

July 29, Wantagh
Jones Beach Theater

July 31, Scranton
The Pavilion

August 1, Albany
Times Union Center

August 3, Darien
Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

August 4, Syracuse
Lakeview Amphitheater

August 6, London
Budweiser Gardens

August 7, Grand Rapids
Van Andel Arena

August 9, Maryland
Heights Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

August 10, Atlanta
Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood

August 12, Nashville
Nashville Municipal Auditorium

August 13, Rogers
Walmart AMP

August 15, San Antonio
Freeman Coliseum

August 16, Oklahoma City
The Zoo Amphitheatre

August 18, Denver
Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre

August 19, Salt Lake City
USANA Amphitheatre

August 21, Boise
Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater

August 23, Ridgefield
Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

August 24, Auburn
White River Amphitheater

August 26, San Jose
SAP Center