Yesterday, word got out that Slayer, Lamb of God and Behemoth might be touring together in what would be one of the most metal tours of the summer. Slayer, of course, is Slayer. The thrashiest of the big four, and standard-bearers of heavy. Lamb of God is their spiritual successor, and Behemoth’s theatrical blackened death metal would make this a tour for any metal fan. Today, that tour has been confirmed. The month-long tour hits some of the bigger festivals, like Chicago Open Air, but many of the dates are standalone ones, with the band hitting Madison Square Garden’s theater in New York and The Forum in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale this Friday. Here’s what Kerry King had to say about it:
“As metal tours go, this is the one that your fellow metal heads will be bragging about if you miss it! Not very often I get to go on tour where we are all friends to start. That being said, the potential for greatness at these events is mind blowing. I look forward to being a part of it, and hanging with old friends – bands as well as fanatical fans! Let the festivities begin!!”
Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe weighed in as well:
“It’s been a while since we’ve toured with the almighty Slayer, & even longer since we’ve hit the road with our friends in Behemoth- I can’t wait! This tour is gonna be the feel-good event of the summer- the gigs are gonna be like the Haight-Ashbury during the Summer of Love in ’67! Ok, so that’s complete bullshit, it’s gonna be absolutely nothing like that, so don’t show up with flowers in your hair looking for free hugs or anything stupid like that. It will definitely be a good fucking time though (as long as your definition of a good time means brutal, caustic, and hideously loud music)- see ya there!”
Even Adam “Nergal” Darski of Behemoth commented:
“It is with the utmost pride we are announcing the Slayer, Lamb Of God and Behemoth Summer tour! We are beyond excited to be joining this bill with these living legends and… our friends one more time! We are also stoked about coming back to North American shores for the last time before kicking off the next album cycle. Come and join this EXTREME metal feast with us!”
It is pretty extreme, given that none of the bands are getting played on rock radio. It’s kind of the equivalent of the three-headed dog in the tour artwork. Get your tickets on Friday here.
07/12 Sanford Center – Bemidji, Minn.
07/13 Rock Fest 2017 – Cadott, Wis. (no Behemoth)
07/15 Rock USA 2017 – Ford Festival Park, Oshkosh, Wis. (no Behemoth)
07/16 Chicago Open Air Festival – Toyota Park, Chicago, Ill.
07/18 Express Live! – Columbus, Ohio
07/20 Red Hat Amphitheater Raleigh, N.C.
07/21 St. Augustine Amphitheater – St. Augustine, Fla.
07/23 Electric Factory Outdoors – Philadelphia, Pa.
07/25 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion – Boston, Mass.
07/27 Theater at Madison Square Garden, -New York, N.Y.
07/28 Pier Six Pavilion – Baltimore, Md.
07/30 Municipal Auditorium – Nashville, Tenn.
08/01 Providence Medical Center Amphitheater – Bonner Springs, Kansas
08/02 1stBank Center – Denver, Colo.
08/04 The Joint/Hard Rock Hotel – Las Vegas, Nev.
08/05 The Forum – Los Angeles, Calif.
08/09 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – San Francisco, Calif.
08/11 The Cuthbert Amphitheater – Eugene, Ore.
08/12 WaMu Theatre – Seattle, Wash.
08/14 Encana Events Center – Dawson Creek, British Columbia
08/15 SMS Equipment Stadium – Fort McMurray, Alberta
08/17 KettleHouse Amphitheater – Missoula, Mont.
08/19 Isleta Amphitheater- Albuquerque, N.M.
08/20 Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, Ariz.