This is definitely a bringdown – both for the members of Slayer and their loyal fans (including us), all of whom were looking forward to the band’s history-making combined tour with Megadeth and Testament. The latest report from the band’s management states that frontman/bassist Tom Araya’s increasing back problems will now require surgery. Read below to find out how this turn of events will impact the 'American Carnage' tour and the band’s immediate future…
Araya, whose onstage style throughout Slayer’s quarter-century-plus reign has always included intense head-banging action, started complaining of back pain last fall while the band was touring Australia, New Zealand and Japan. According to the band’s manager Rick Sales, Tom had sought other less-invasive treatments, but they just weren’t doing the trick. He tried to soldier on as long as possible, but the pain finally reached a point where the only option was orthopedic surgery. Fortunately, the procedure – which he’s scheduled to undergo later this month – is routine and usually successful.
“As unfortunate as this is for so many people,” Sales continued, “Tom's health is the number one priority, and this has to happen.”
Unfortunately, the surgery and recovery period will force the band to push back the beginning of their 2010 North American tour dates from mid-January to sometime in April. But for those of you who already have tickets in hand, don’t fret just yet… all the bands involved will be honoring the pre-sold tickets on the new dates – which will be posted soon on the Slayer and Megadeth websites.
Best wishes to Tom for a quick recovery!