Slayer, Lamb of God Team for 'Feel Good Event of Summer' Tour

Polish extreme metal group Behemoth set to open most dates

Slayer, Lamb of God and Behemoth are teaming up for what Randy Blythe jokingly calls the "feel-good event of the summer," a North American tour.
Slayer, Lamb of God Team for 'Feel Good Event of Summer' Tour

Two of metal's heaviest hitters, Slayer and Lamb of God, will team up this summer for a North American tour. The opener on most dates will be the Polish extreme-metal group Behemoth.

The trek will kick off in Bemidji, Minnesota on July 12th and wrap in Phoenix in late August. Tickets for most dates go on sale this Friday, while for two festivals that Slayer and Lamb of God are playing (without Behemoth) – Wisconsin's Rock Fest and Rock USA – are already on sale.

Slayer are still supporting their 2015 release Repentless, as well as a recently released, like-titled comic book. The group's guitarist, Kerry King, said in a statement that he saw this tour as unique because all the bands are "old friends." "The potential for greatness at these events is mind blowing," he said. "I look forward to being a part of it, and hanging with old friends – bands as well as fanatical fans! Let the festivities begin!!"

Lamb of God are also supporting a 2015 release, VII: Sturm und Drang. Singer Randy Blythe echoed King's sentiments. "This tour is gonna be the feel-good event of the summer: The gigs are gonna be like the Haight-Ashbury during the Summer of Love in '67! OK, so that's complete bullshit. It's gonna be absolutely nothing like that, so don't show up with flowers in your hair looking for free hugs or anything stupid like that. It will definitely be a good fucking time though (as long as your definition of a good time means brutal, caustic and hideously loud music)."

Behemoth last put out a record in 2014, titled The Satanist. Singer Adam "Nergal" Darski said that he was excited to tour with "these living legends" for the trek. "We are also stoked about coming back to North American shores for the last time before kicking off the next album cycle," he said. "Come and join this extreme metal feast with us!"

Slayer, Lamb of God and Behemoth Tour Dates

July 12 - Bemidji, MN @ Sanford Center
July 13 - Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest 2017 *
July 15 - Oshkosh, WI @ Rock USA 2017 *
July 16 - Chicago, IL @ Chicago Open Air Festival
July 18 - Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
July 20 - Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
July 21 - St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheater
July 23 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory Outdoors
July 25 - Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
July 27 - New York, NY @ Theater at Madison Square Garden
July 28 - Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavilion
July 30 - Nashville, TN @ Municipal Auditorium
August 1 - Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
August 2 - Denver, CO @ 1st Bank Center
August 4 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint/Hard Rock Hotel
August 5 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
August 9 - San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
August 11 - Eugene, OR @ The Cuthbert Amphitheater
August 12 - Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theatre
August 14 - Dawson Creek, BC @ Encana Events Center
August 15 - Fort McMurray, AB @ SMS Equipment Stadium
August 17 - Missoula, MT @ KettleHouse Amphitheater
August 19 - Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
August 20 - Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre

* Behemoth will not perform