Slayer brought the “Final Campaign” tour to the Selim Civic Center on 5 November. They may have come by bus but they entered the field like a freight train. The tour was called their final and they performed as it was.
When the lights go out to start the show, the white crosses turn upside down in contrast to the black screen that keeps the screen covered, sending the crowd into a frenzy as the screen falls. From the word go, it was a vision of light and pyro, which I had never seen. Accompanying Pyro set the stage ablaze for most of the first song when they tore off the “remorseless”, illuminating the surprised faces of those who were lucky enough to be present occasionally.
The band’s performances, which included Tom Araya, Kerry King, Gary Holt, and Paul Bostaf (Kerry and Araya’s founding members), were obvious, as they have been entertaining audiences for over 35 years. Although every member seemed to be enjoying every minute of this last few appearances, Tom Araya was having the most fun, with a funny smile every few minutes instead of his different smiling face.
The attack of the scene continued throughout the set, including a production highlight of Pyro during “Born of Fire.” The whole stage seemed to be burning at one point, silhouetting hundreds of raised “devil horns”.
When the show ended and the lights came on, Araya slowly walked from one side of the stage to the other, seemingly to show her appreciation for each of the fans for their loyalty over the years. He finally made his way back to Mike and said, “I’ll miss you. Good night.”
Blood painted the world
Stains of the mind
When stability comes
The birth of fire
You are in the abyss
Hell is waiting
South of heaven
Don’t show any mercy
Dead skin mask
You can catch Slayer on their “final promotion” tour on the following dates:
6 – Giant Center, Hershey, PA
8 – Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA
9 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
11 – KFC Yam Center, Louisville, KY
12 – Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Oh
14 – Taxlayer Arena, Molin, IL
15 – Danny Sunford Center, Sioux Falls, SD
17 – Fargodom, Fargo, nd
18 – CHI Health Center, Omaha, NE
20 – Broadmore Arena, Colorado Springs, CO
22 – Remark Arena, Billings, MT
24 – Spoken Arena, Spoken, WA
26 – Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA.
27 – MGM Arena, Las Vegas, NV
30 – Forum, Los Angeles, CA.