So the 9th of November 2018 marked the final time I expect to see Slayer live.
I’ve seen Slayer a good deal of times, though the last time they toured (2015) they played the Manchester Apollo and a baulked at paying £50+ to see them, despite the venue being me favourite place for live music.
Give it exactly 3 years and stick them in the larger venue and them retiring (hmm, I’m not convinced) and the £50+ is something I’ll happily part with.
The last time I saw Slayer live was at Sonisphere in 2014. It also remains the last music festival I attended. Seeing Slayer without Jeff Hanneman, who died in 2013, caused tears for me and my brother, not something you’d associated with Slayer but emotion got the better of us. The departure of drummer Dave Lombardo more or less sealed me not wishing to see them again for, as much as I respect Gary Holt and Paul Bostaph, without the original guitarist and drummer you are only getting 50% Slayer.
Plus, thanks to neck surgery, it is still very not seeing frontman Tom Araya head-banging like a madman.
Having watched a 7-song set by Anthrax and left feeling a bit empty that they weren’t the main support and that their set wasn’t longer I went to look at the merchandise. Cue myself and my mates sounding like old-time curmudgeons as we berated not only the stuff for sale but also the price.
Some years ago I saw, at the Manchester Apollo, “Priest Fest” – Judas Priest supported by Megadeth and Testament.
It was an excellent concert but for all the fine songs and performances on display the one thing that stuck in my head was the 60-minute countdown timer I could see during Megadeth’s set.
Flick back to 2018 Slayer and they just blasted out songs, as usual, little crowd interaction, no encore just straight played through for nearly 90 minutes and then pissed off stage.
It was again an excellent show but it just seemed a bit deflating. Too structured, too professional.
That is gigs in general these days, money really is the bottom line these days now the market has fallen out of record sales and it shows in a lot of the more recent gigs I’ve been too.
Plus £5.20 for Fosters…fuck off.
I doubt they’ll be a year from now on that I don’t even watch live music but either I am officially getting old or it really is just too polished these days.
Maybe I should stick to pub cover bands.
Thanks for reading.