Slayer & Megadeth Team Up For “American Carnage” with Special Guest Testament

The last time I saw these two powerhouse acts together was in the spring of 1991 during the “Clash of the Titans” tour, which included Anthrax as triple co-headliner and a very young Alice in Chains as the opening act.  Eighteen years later, this still ranks as one of the most memorably intense concerts I’ve attended.   To date, the ferocity that was unleashed in El Paso, TX has yet to be matched at any of the shows attended since.

In 2010, Megadeth and Slayer will join forces once again to co-headline “American Carnage,” what will undoubtedly be one of the most eagerly anticipated mega-tours of the winter.  “American Carnage” will kick off on January 18 in Seattle, WA for a 26-date trek across North America that will include the six Canadian dates postponed earlier this month.  Tickets for most shows go on sale this Friday, November 20 Ticketmaster is offering a special presale for most shows from Wednesday November 18 at 10am until Thursday November 19 at 10pm. But wait, it gets better.  According to the press relase:

In recognition of the tough economic times that many of their fans are having, Megadeth and Slayer have decided to roll back the price of a chunk of tickets at every U.S. show to the “1991 price” of $10.00.  These specially-priced tickets will be limited and when they’re gone, they’re gone.  Megadeth has also teamed with iloveallaccess.com to provide an Ultimate Fan Package including premium seats, meet and greets, pre-show parties and more.

One of my all-time favorite bands, Testament, who was also on the “Clash of the Titans” bill (not in the concert I attended though), will be Special Guests on the entire tour, marking the first time that all three bands have shared a stage together in more than 18 years.

Both Megadeth and Slayer will hit the road supporting new albums: Megadeth’s 2009 album, Endgame, while Slayer’s World Painted Blood, the band’s 10th studio venture, hit stores November 3.  Testament’s The Formation of Damnation:  Special Tour Edition , will be released on February 23, 2010, with special unreleased bonus tracks.  I haven’t yet listened to the new Slayer, but Megadeth’s Endgame should make several “top ten lists” as one of the best metal albums of the year.  Testament’s Formation of Damnation was hands down the best metal album of 2008.  Of course, I fully admit I am biased, but the band did win 2008 Album of the Year at Metal Hammer’s Golden God Awards.

Slayer and Megadeth began their “Carnage Tour” in Canada with four explosive dates in June 2009, followed by dates in Australia in October.  Unfortunately, the tour had to be postponed because of an injury to Tom Araya, from Slayer, who is currently recovering after back surgery.  More from the press release:

According to various Canadian press outlets last summer:  “It was a night of thrash impossible to trash…” “Tales about war, death, destruction, Satan, aliens and serial killers have never been so much fun…”  “The two heavy metal heavyweights …went head-to-head on a level playing field.  Both bands brought their ‘A’ game.  And the results were anything but pretty – unless you include pretty freakin’ loud and pretty freakin’ awesome.”

Slayer and Megadeth are also re-scheduling the east coast leg of the “Canadian Carnage” tour, postponed from this fall.

JANUARY

18        WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA*

19        Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR – tickets sold via www.rosequarter.com

21        Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA*

22        Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA*  (tickets on sale 11/21)

23        Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, AZ**

25        Magness Arena, Denver, CO*

26        Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM*

27        El Paso Coliseum, El Paso, TX*

29        Verizon Wireless, Houston, TX**

31        Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN*

FEBRUARY

1         Gwinnett Arena, Duluth, GA*  (tickets on sale 11/20)

2         Broadbent Arena, Louisville, KY*  (tickets on sale 12/4)

4         Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN*  (tickets on sale 12/4)

5         UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL*  (tickets on sale 12/4)

6         Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI*

9         Chevrolet Theatre, Wallingford, CT**

11        Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ*

13        Susquehanna Center, Camden, NJ*

14        Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA*

16        Pavillon de La Jeunesse, Quebec City, QC – tickets sold via Billetech.com

18        John Labatt Centre, London, ON – tickets on sale 11/27 via JohnLabattCentre.com

19        Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON – tickets sold via Ticketmaster.ca

20        Bell Centre, Montreal, QC – tickets sold via Admission.com

22        Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, NB – tickets sold via MonctonColiseum.com

23        Metro Centre, Halifax, NS  – tickets sold via TicketAtlantic.com

* tickets sold through Ticketmaster

** tickets sold through LiveNation.com

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