Formed in 1981, the near thirty-year run of metal for Slayer is going to take a bit of an unfortunate break. Front man, Tom Araya first started feeling back pain on the band's October tour of Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. With the pain steadily increasing, Araya played through it and ended up seeing an orthopedic specialist when they returned to the states. After passing on major surgery in favor of a series of minimally invasive procedures on the Cervical Radiculpathy. Still dealing with bouts of severe pain, numbness, and muscle spasms, Araya will undergo an Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion, which according to the band's press release 'is a relatively routine practice and the recovery rate is excellent.'
As a result, the band's planned American and Canadian Carnage tours have been postponed, along with their European tour in March and April. Booking agents are working to reschedule the dates, with purchased tickets being honored at the new dates.
We don't normally cover metal here, but memories of jean jackets with Slayer patches sewn on and a slow news day made us do it. We wish Araya a speedy recovery!