Gary Holt To Sit Out Remaining European Slayer Tour Dates, Phil Demmel Steps In

Thrash metal legend Gary Holt (Exodus) who has been touring with Slayer since Jeff Hanneman passed away in 2013, has announced his departure from the current European farewell tour of Slayer. Holt’s father is gravely ill and Holt has been performing of late with this weighing on him for some time. Holt made the announcement in a post on social media and has the full support of his band. Former Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel, fresh off his final tour with that band will step in for the remaining dates. Demmel will take over tonight (December 3rd) in Copenhagen, Denmark. Holt will fly home. Continue reading

Slayer To Extend Farewell Tour Throughout 2019

Slayer has announced that their farewell tour, already on its second leg, will extend through 2019, and visit South America, Australia, Japan and other places, in addition to already announced European festivals like Hellfest. The band has dates booked for Europe later this fall as well. More dates to be announced soon. Kerry King and Tom Araya have both commented on the reaction by fans to the farewell tour so far. Continue reading