Ready to revisit fall of 1990? Well, if you’re planning on checking out the Slayer/Megadeth co-headlining tour, you’ll be revisiting 1990 whether you want to or not. Each of the thrash metal legends will be playing its respective 20-year-old album in its entirety; for Slayer this means fifth studio album Seasons in the Abyss, while for Megadeth it means fourth studio LP Rust in Peace. Apparently tour opener Testament will just be playing a regular show.
This decision makes a lot of sense, being that Slayer and Megadeth last toured together 19 years ago for the “Clash of the Titans” tour. Naturally, this is a perfect opportunity to pretend you were there, even if you weren’t born yet. Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says just as much: “If you missed us playing with our friends Slayer back in the 90s, well, here’s your chance to make it up to yourself. If you miss it this time, well then you ain’t metal anyway!” Touché, Mustaine.
Slayer’s Seasons in the Abyss was the thrash metal band’s first album to hit the Top 40, while Megadeth’s Rust in Peace found its first appearance in the Top 25. Both are widely considered to be thrash metal classics.
The American Carnage tour (and six-date Canadian Carnage tour) was postponed back in January thanks to Slayer bassist Tom Araya’s back surgery, and then rescheduled the following month. The tour is certainly looking worth the wait, especially for any Americans a little pissed off about the lack of Big Four Tour dates in the States.
American Carnage 2010 Tour Dates:
07/23 Quebec City, QC @ Pavillon de la Jeunesse
07/24 Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau
07/26 Halifax, NS @ Metro Centre
07/27 Moncton, NB @ Moncton Coliseum
07/29 Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
07/30 London, ON @ John Labatt Centre Center
08/11 Glenn Falls, NY @ Glens Falls Civic Center
08/12 E. Rutherford, NJ @ IZOD Center
08/14 Boston, MA @ Tsongas Arena
08/15 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
08/16 Wallingford, CT @ Chevrolet Theatre
08/18 Cleveland, OH @ Tower City Amphitheatre
08/19 Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
08/20 Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion
08/21 Minneapolis, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
08/23 Kansas City, KS @ Cap Fed Park
08/25 Denver, CO @ Magness Arena
08/26 Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum
08/27 Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre
08/29 San Diego, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
08/30 Long Beach, CA @ Long Beach Arena
08/31 San Francisco, CA @ Cow Palace
09/01 Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena
09/03 Seattle, WA @ Wamu Theatre
09/04 Portland, OR @ Washington County Fairgrounds