Coming off a 24-date, SRO North American headlining tour and their first-ever Grammy win, thrash/punk icons SLAYER will head off to Australia for their first tour there in five years. The six dates will begin on April 12 in Perth, and will take the band to the country's major markets - Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, with the April 21 closing date in Auckland, New Zealand. The critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated band Mastodon will be special guests on all dates.
As New York's Newsday recently cited, "After 24 years of striking fear into the hearts of parents, Slayer not only continues to reign as one of the world's best-known metal groups, it's starting to earn respect within the music industry as well."
Earlier this month, Slayer was awarded the Grammy for the track "Eyes of the Insane" in the category of Best Metal Performance. "Eyes of the Insane" is on the band's most recent album, "Christ Illusion," which was released on August 8, 2006 and became the band's highest-ever chart debut, coming in at#5 on Billboard's Top 200 in the U.S. "Christ Illusion" was also a top 10 album internationally in its first week.
Even after more than two decades together, Slayer still rules the concert stage.
"All Slayer needs to put on a riveting show is its relentless music," wrote the Washington Post of the band's recent DC performance. At a show earlier this month, the New York Times music, "mellowing is not on the band's docket."
After the Australian dates, Slayer will play the major European festivals over the summer. That itinerary will be announced shortly.
Slayer's Australian tour dates are as follows:
APRIL12 Metro City , Perth, Australia
14 Thebarton Theatre , Adelaide, Australia
15 Vodafone Arena , Melbourne, Australia
17 Hordern Pavilion , Sydney, Australia
19 Riverstage , Brisbane, Australia
21 St. James Theatre , Auckland, NZ