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Mitchell Peters of Billboard.biz recently conducted an interview with Scott Sokol, SLAYER‘s booking agent at Pinnacle Entertainment for the past 15 years.

Asked if there were ever discussions about taking a break from touring after the May 2013 death of SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman, Sokol said: “I think if it happened while they were on tour it might’ve been different. But Jeff hadn’t been [touring] with the band for close to three years at this point. So it wasn’t like [Hanneman‘s replacement] Gary Holt [of EXODUS] was new to the equation. At the time of Jeff‘s passing, Gary had been in the band for two and a half years. It wasn’t going to help anybody to cancel what they were doing. The band likes to go out there and play. Not that I’m a counselor, or anything, but I think part of the way they deal with things is to do what they love. And they love to go out there and do their thing.”

Sokol also spoke about how SLAYER‘s live show has changed since Gary Holt joined the band to replace Jeff Hanneman. “I don’t think they’ve really missed a beat there,” he said. “There’s no replacement for Jeff. Gary doesn’t replace Jeff, who is a legend unto himself. But Gary Holt, to a degree, is also that. He’s just a little different stylistically. Brian Johnson and Bon Scott are different frontmen for AC/DC, but both are legendary in their own right. So in some way you could look at it like that.”

Regarding whether there are plans for the band to record some new material soon, Sokol said: “They’re definitely working on new music. More things will be revealed in the coming weeks.”

Read the entire interview at Billboard.biz.

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Professionally filmed video footage of SLAYER‘s September 22 performance at the Rock In Rio fesitval at Cidade do Rock in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil can be seen below.

SLAYER‘s first show in 25 years at the 3,700-capacity Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, set for Monday, October 28, has sold out, and a second show has been added for Sunday, October 27. Tickets are on sale now. Go to Slayer.net for purchasing information.

These concerts are part of SLAYER‘s 25-date fall 2013 North American tour that kicks off on October 22 in Anchorage, Alaska. SLAYERTom Araya on bass/vocals, guitarist Kerry King, drummer Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Gary Holt, who continues to fill in for the late founding member Jeff Hanneman — will have GOJIRA and 4ARM support on all dates.

“Really looking forward to playing a full-blown headline set across North America,” said Kerry King. “Haven’t done that in a fuck of a long time — must be like seven years — so prepare for the assault of a SLAYER headline tour. We are!”

While still recovering from the devastating loss of Hanneman, Araya and King have begun to work on new material and hope to spend some time in the studio prior to this tour.

Bostaph was SLAYER‘s drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band — the gold-certified “Divine Intervention” (1994), the 1996 punk covers album “Undisputed Attitude”, “Diabolus In Musica” (1998), “God Hates Us All” (2001) that received a Grammy nomination for “Best Metal Performance”, as well as the DVD “War At The Warfield” (2001), also certified gold. In addition to SLAYER, Bostaph has been a member of FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, SYSTEMATIC and TESTAMENT.

Original SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo sat out the band’s Australian tour in February/March due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX).

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SLAYER‘s first show in 25 years at the 3,700-capacity Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, set for Monday, October 28, has sold out, and a second show has been added for Sunday, October 27. Tickets are on sale now. Go to Slayer.net for purchasing information.

These concerts are part of SLAYER‘s 25-date fall 2013 North American tour that kicks off on October 22 in Anchorage, Alaska. SLAYERTom Araya on bass/vocals, guitarist Kerry King, drummer Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Gary Holt, who continues to fill in for the late founding member Jeff Hanneman — will have GOJIRA and 4ARM support on all dates.

“Really looking forward to playing a full-blown headline set across North America,” said Kerry King. “Haven’t done that in a fuck of a long time — must be like seven years — so prepare for the assault of a SLAYER headline tour. We are!”

While still recovering from the devastating loss of Hanneman, Araya and King have begun to work on new material and hope to spend some time in the studio prior to this tour.

Bostaph was SLAYER‘s drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band — the gold-certified “Divine Intervention” (1994), the 1996 punk covers album “Undisputed Attitude”, “Diabolus In Musica” (1998), “God Hates Us All” (2001) that received a Grammy nomination for “Best Metal Performance”, as well as the DVD “War At The Warfield” (2001), also certified gold. In addition to SLAYER, Bostaph has been a member of FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, SYSTEMATIC and TESTAMENT.

Original SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo sat out the band’s Australian tour in February/March due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX).

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METALLICA, late SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman, NIGHTWISH, MOTÖRHEAD and AMORPHIS are among the artists that were honored at this year’s installment of Germany’s Metal Hammer Awards, which was held on Friday, September 13 at Kesselhaus in Berlin.

Martin Van Drunen (ASPHYX, HAIL OF BULLETS) moderated the event, which featured performances by KREATOR, POWERWOLF, WHILE SHE SLEEPS and DUST BOLT.

Metal Hammer Award Show winners:

Legend: Doro Pesch
God Of Riffs: Jeff Hanneman (SLAYER)
Best Album: AMORPHIS – “Circle”
Best Debut: YEAR OF THE GOAT – “Angels’ Necropolis”
Best German Band: AVANTASIA
Best International Band: NIGHTWISH
Best Live Band: METALLICA
Metal Anthem: CALLEJON – “Porn From Spain 2”
Up And Coming: ESKIMO CALLBOY
Maximum Metal: MOTÖRHEAD

Check out photos from Getty Images. Video footage is available below.

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Yesterday, dates leaked for Slayer's fall North American tour with Gojira and 4arm in October. Later in the day, we got an official press release from Slayer about the tour. There was one line in particular that stood out to me:   While still recovering from the devastating loss of [guitarist Jeff] Hanneman, [frontman Tom] Araya and …

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According to an article on Blabbermouth, Tom Araya and Kerry King are looking to spend some time in the studio prior to their October US tour to begin work on a brand new Slayer album.

If true, it’d serve as the first steps towards a new Slayer album since the departure of drummer Dave Lombardo earlier this year and, most significantly, the death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman in May.

Slayer played a somewhat sombre set at Bloodstock last month and are currently completed by Exodus axeman Gary Holt and drummer Paul Bostaph, who has spent a number of successful stints with the thrash titans already. We’ll be keeping an eye on this one…

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Following a summer of storming through Europe, South America and Mexico while topping the bills at solo shows and major festivals, SLAYER will headline its first North American tour in two years. The five-week-plus trek will kick off on October 22 in Anchorage, Alaska, oddly enough marking the first time the band has played there since October 23, 1996. The tour will include the band’s previously announced return to New York’s Theatre at Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Palladium, venues the band hasn’t performed at in 25 years.

SLAYER — bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, guitarist Kerry King, drummer Paul Bostaph and guitarist Gary Holt, who continues to fill in for the late founding member Jeff Hanneman — will have GOJIRA and 4ARM support on all dates.

Tickets for all dates on SLAYER‘s U.S. tour, go on sale beginning this Friday, September 6. Log onto Slayer.net for complete on-sale dates and ticketing information.

While still recovering from the devastating loss of Hanneman, Araya and King have begun to work on new material and hope to spend some time in the studio prior to this tour.

With more dates to be announced, confirmed dates for SLAYER‘s 2013 Fall North American tour are as follows:

Oct. 22 – Sullivan Sports Arena, Anchorage, AK
Oct. 25 – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Oct. 28 – Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA
Oct. 30 – Events Center @ San Jose State, San Jose, CA
Nov. 08 – Myth, Minneapolis, MN
Nov. 10 – FunFunFun Fest, Austin, TX
Nov. 12 – Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX
Nov. 13 – South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX
Nov. 15 – Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
Nov. 16 – The Fillmore, Detroit, MI
Nov. 17 – LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH
Nov. 19 – The Fillmore, Washington, D.C.
Nov. 20 – Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
Nov. 26 – Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT
Nov. 27 – Theatre @ MSG, New York, NY
Nov. 29 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
Nov. 30 – Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA

Bostaph was SLAYER‘s drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band — the gold-certified “Divine Intervention” (1994), the 1996 punk covers album “Undisputed Attitude”, “Diabolus In Musica” (1998), “God Hates Us All” (2001) that received a Grammy nomination for “Best Metal Performance”, as well as the DVD “War At The Warfield” (2001), also certified gold. In addition to SLAYER, Bostaph has been a member of FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, SYSTEMATIC and TESTAMENT.

Original SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo sat out the band’s recent Australian tour due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX).

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Drum-cam footage of ANTHRAX‘s Charlie Benante rehearsing the band’s cover version of the PANTERA classic “This Love” on April 7 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati, Ohio can be seen below.

ANTHRAX was joined by former PANTERA members Philip Anselmo (vocals) and Rex Brown (bass) on stage at the Revolver Golden Gods awards on May 2 to perform “This Love”.

Asked in an interview with Hardrock Haven how “This Love” was chosen to be played at Revolver, Anselmo said: “Really, it was picked by the ANTHRAX guys, I think. You know what?! Honestly, I think it was… We had an opportunity to pick one song, and I think the day we got in, we went over a few different songs and checked it out, but what really changed the game was… Honestly, I was on my way to the gig when everybody’s phone started blowing up about Jeff Hanneman‘s [SLAYER] death and I think right then and there, all I could think is my love for SLAYER and my love for Hanneman, you know? It was a perfect song, so that night we executed it.”

He added: “You know, it could have been any of [the other PANTERA] songs, but I think at the time, we were all so taken aback. It was just a heavy moment for everybody and it just… I was thinking about the last tour that PANTERA did ever in the United States with SLAYER and MORBID ANGEL. Ah, I don’t know… Maybe in my mind I thought Hanneman was partial to ‘This Love’, because he did like the song quite a bit and I guess we made our decision on heart.”

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On May 2nd of this year, we lost the great Jeff Hanneman. The most in-depth profile on Hanneman was done by Guitar World magazine. Previously, little bits leaked out like the depression Hanneman suffered after his spider bite, Kerry King saying he and Jeff weren't exactly best friends but business partners, and Tom Araya questioning …

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Hardrock Haven‘s Steve Patrick recently conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current DOWN singer Philip Anselmo. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Hardrock Haven: I know you and Rex [Brown, ex-PANTERA bassist] are on good terms, but did anything have to happen to get you two onstage together again with ANTHRAX at the Revolver Golden Gods awards?

Anselmo: No man, me and Rex are totally cool. Me and Rex are fine. Absolutely cool with each other.

Hardrock Haven: How did you guys arrive at the decision to play “This Love”?

Anselmo: Really, it was picked by the ANTHRAX guys, I think. You know what?! Honestly, I think it was… We had an opportunity to pick one song and I think the day we got in we went over a few different songs and checked it out, but what really changed the game was… honestly, I was on my way to the gig when everybody’s phone started blowing up about Jeff Hanneman‘s death and I think right then and there all I could think is my love for SLAYER and my love for Hanneman, you know? It was a perfect song, so that night we executed it.

Hardrock Haven: Will [PANTERA‘s] “Far Beyond Driven” get the deluxe reissue treatment like “Cowboys” and “Vulgar” have recently?

Anselmo: Well, I know it’s in the works. I know that it’s been talked about and it’s definitely gonna happen. And as far as content inside of the record, I’m not positive of that yet because I think it’s still being kicked around, but there is some very cool stuff that’s being talked about and it’s definitely gonna happen, for sure.

Hardrock Haven: Good, that’s a nice thing to keep going. I’m sure a whole new generation are buying these reissues and getting introduced to PANTERA.

Anselmo: What’s funny is I heard… I read a percentage from our management, from PANTERA management, the other day that the most t-shirt sales and product sales are 52% between the ages of 15 and 25, so that in itself is friggin’ amazing and definitely points to a brand new generation of people getting into PANTERA, so that’s amazing, man. It really is amazing.

Hardrock Haven: Is it ever surreal for you to be becoming somewhat of an elder statesman in the metal community?

Anselmo: Yeah, man, it is surreal. It is. It’s very surreal. You know, in my wildest imagination as a young man I would have never thought that we’d be having this conversation today in 2013. It’s always surreal and it’s always… it feels like a blessing. It’s something that makes you feel very grateful. And I’ve said it before, and I know any band can say this about their fan base, but I still gotta go out on a limb here…and the limb is pretty sturdy…when I say that PANTERA has the greatest fans on this friggin’ planet, man. I gotta point to one thing, I think that the mere fact that 15 year olds today are getting into PANTERA… you gotta give that over to great parenting. C’mon, let’s hear it for the parents out there.

Hardrock Haven: I’m from Columbus, Ohio and obviously that’s where the whole Dime tragedy went down. I just want to thank you for playing shows in Columbus after that happened… I think the earliest was when DOWN opened for METALLICA… but I know that meant a great deal to a lot of local metal fans that you didn’t blame the whole town for what happened.

Anselmo: Well, man, listen… the act of one crazy person does not reflect on a town or entire community… and I know this. The entire Ohio area was instrumental in PANTERA‘s growth when we were just starting out and everywhere from Dayton to, obviously, Columbus… and all the surrounding… Cleveland and all these places. It was very, very… incredible audiences and great, great, I guess one of the first audiences that really clicked and got what we were doing. Because when we first came out in 1990 and toured the U.S. and stuff, we got a lot of folded arms and cold, long stares. People not really sure what they were looking at, but once again, Ohio was one of the first states that really opened their arms to us. That won’t go forgotten and, once again, one guy… one bad apple cannot ruin this particular bunch. It’s uh… [sighs] It makes my heart hurt to even be addressing this, but really I want the people of Columbus to know that I hold no grudge against them at all, man. Not at all. It was one crazy fucker and that’s understood.

Read the entire interview at Hardrock Haven.

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