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Re: Slayer Farewell Tour 2018
« Reply #35 on: January 23, 2018, 02:45:07 PM »
Metallica was able to do Stadiums in the US cause they packaged with Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat.  I'm not trying to diminish them, they are clearly the best ticket seller in this catagory (well actually Guns N Roses are according to billboard).

Eh, I think you are overvaluing what the openers brought to the table for that tour, respectfully.

Also - GnR isn't metal, so I wasn't even taking them into consideration for this conversation, I was thinking strictly metal bands. They also have the reunion tour factor which is huge for ticket sales.

Avenged Sevenfold is most likely past their prime indeed, but judging from local concerts here it seems like they are playing bigger crowds than a lot of other bands mentioned here in their current state.

These are on a much lower scale, but I just thought it was funny that a band that has gained a lot of popularity the last few years (Gojira) has already been around since before the 2000's, even if they would become one of the bigger acts in metal after the current huge ones died out, they wouldn't be around for that long anymore.

Good call on Gojira - they are one of the "up and coming" metal bands - two things that scare me about that. (1) Like you pointed out, they have been around for a while already, so they really aren't some new thing and (2) if they came to my city in the states (Pittsburgh) they'd probably be playing in a venue (on a package tour with another band to draw) that seats like 2,000 people. If that's the next wave of metal after a band like Metallica hangs it up, the popularity gap is astounding.

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Re: Slayer Farewell Tour 2018
« Reply #36 on: January 23, 2018, 02:53:56 PM »
Metallica was able to do Stadiums in the US cause they packaged with Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat.  I'm not trying to diminish them, they are clearly the best ticket seller in this catagory (well actually Guns N Roses are according to billboard).

Eh, I think you are overvaluing what the openers brought to the table for that tour, respectfully.

Also - GnR isn't metal, so I wasn't even taking them into consideration for this conversation, I was thinking strictly metal bands. They also have the reunion tour factor which is huge for ticket sales.

Well, Metallica didn't sell out their arena show on the tour.  But granted it was physically and timely close to the NJ show.  But I actually think they are a bigger draw than an arena and not big enough for stadiums alone at this point.  In the US at least.  In Europe they aren't playing as big of venues as they did in the US.  But as TAC said, Metallica also doesn't tour so much anymore so there's a draw for that reason as well.  Lars even mentioned something about not playing NJ in so many years.

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« Reply #37 on: January 23, 2018, 02:59:26 PM »
Well, Metallica didn't sell out their arena show on the tour.  But granted it was physically and timely close to the NJ show.  But I actually think they are a bigger draw than an arena and not big enough for stadiums alone at this point.  In the US at least.  In Europe they aren't playing as big of venues as they did in the US.  But as TAC said, Metallica also doesn't tour so much anymore so there's a draw for that reason as well.  Lars even mentioned something about not playing NJ in so many years.

I thought they did sell out that NJ arena show?

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Re: Slayer Farewell Tour 2018
« Reply #38 on: January 23, 2018, 03:21:19 PM »
It was in long island new york, about 40 miles from metlife, I was able to look up tickets the day of, maybe it did sell out in the end, it was just expensive corner tickets left which I understand why people wouldnt buy those.  The Metlife NJ show didn't sell out either (stadium).  I think we are actually pretty much agreeing although my wording makes it look like Metallica isn't the big draw they are.   

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« Reply #39 on: January 23, 2018, 03:59:24 PM »
Yay, Toronto!!!!

Just got my tix. In order to get the advance sale, I had to pay a $35 Slayer Fan Club fee.  :censored
Selling out fast for Molson Amphitheater.

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Re: Slayer Farewell Tour 2018
« Reply #40 on: January 23, 2018, 04:47:32 PM »
Yay, Toronto!!!!

Just got my tix. In order to get the advance sale, I had to pay a $35 Slayer Fan Club fee.  :censored
Selling out fast for Molson Amphitheater.

I looked at that but passed, not worth joining a fan club for a band that is ending their career.  But also, don't judge the sale of the venue by the presale.  Most tickets are not likely even available to be bought yet.  I expect locally for me, to get a ticket no problem as I don't think this show sells out.

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« Reply #41 on: January 23, 2018, 06:30:28 PM »
Actually, I'd say Metallica is the only truly world-wide Metal phenomenon these days.  Yes, Maiden has been successful in headlining major festivals every summer, but they are much bigger in Europe than in N. America, where they can headline arenas and amphitheaters, but not stadiums. 

I'd put them like this:

Metallica:  Stadiums

Maiden/Ozzy: Arenas & Amphitheaters

Slayer/Megadeth/Judas Priest:  Smaller arenas and package tours

Many of the other classic metal bands will headline theaters and clubs (Testament, Anthrax, etc). 

You can throw in a lot of the current popular metal bands in the  category of arenas/amphitheaters, often with package tours.  Bands like these include Disturbed, 5 Finger Death Punch, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, etc.

I think this is spot on, and it's exactly how things play out down here. In fact, all of these bands have or will play in their respective tier within a year.


Metallica was able to do Stadiums in the US cause they packaged with Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat.  I'm not trying to diminish them, they are clearly the best ticket seller in this catagory (well actually Guns N Roses are according to billboard).
I don't think this is entirely correct. I think a big part of the draw for Metallica this time around was that it was a stadium tour, with the massive production that entails. Also, the album was pretty popular. Had they just played their normal in the round show at AAC I doubt they'd have sold it out. AV7 most likely sold them some tickets, but not enough to be the difference between a stadium and arena show.

Gojira is a good call (and opened for Met a couple of times), Rammstein is also worth mentioning when discussing this hierarchy. They sell better than Maiden here in the states, and while certainly an old, established band, they're still years behind Metallica, Maiden and Ozzy. I think Tool will also continue to tour well beyond those guys, though it'll probably still be the same 18 or so songs.
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Re: Slayer Farewell Tour 2018
« Reply #42 on: January 23, 2018, 07:56:49 PM »
Are they coming to CT? I didn't see it  :'(

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Re: Slayer Farewell Tour 2018
« Reply #43 on: January 24, 2018, 08:06:16 AM »
Are they coming to CT? I didn't see it  :'(

I thought I saw a show at Mohegan Sun.   My guess is in the arena in the limited seating configuration.

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Re: Slayer Farewell Tour 2018
« Reply #44 on: January 24, 2018, 01:09:52 PM »
Love Slayer and have never seen them. The only way I would have even entertained the idea of going to the farewell show is if Dave was there. I've never been a big fan of Paul. He's always come across as a bit sloppy to me. Plus, Dave is one of my favorites. I'm just in love with his style and playing.

The guys put out 2 really great albums to close out their career so, for me, they are going out on top. World Painted Blood and Repentless are records that I still listen to regularly.
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« Reply #45 on: January 24, 2018, 02:05:14 PM »
The only way I would have even entertained the idea of going to the farewell show is if Dave was there.

Agreed. Too bad they can't work out the differences to make it happen.

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Re: Slayer Farewell Tour 2018
« Reply #46 on: January 26, 2018, 05:15:53 AM »
Are they coming to CT? I didn't see it  :'(

I thought I saw a show at Mohegan Sun.   My guess is in the arena in the limited seating configuration.

Yes it is at Mohegan. Too bad because every show there sounds terrible and the setup blows.

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Re: Slayer Farewell Tour 2018
« Reply #47 on: January 26, 2018, 06:52:10 AM »
Got an email for a groupon for this concert for lawn seats, before the general sale starts today.... I thought that was odd. But it was a good discount, 23 bucks no fees.  I bought one.  Might still try to get an actual seat with my friends but got this as a cheap back up if my friends fall through and I'm sure I could sell it since the ticket is currently listed at $75 after fees on ticketmaster.

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« Reply #48 on: January 26, 2018, 09:49:28 AM »
$75 for lawn?? Wow!
would have thought the same thing but seeing the OP was TAC i immediately thought Maiden or DT related
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Re: Slayer Farewell Tour 2018
« Reply #49 on: January 26, 2018, 11:26:54 AM »
$75 for lawn?? Wow!

Seems that was the presale price, they are now 41 for the lawn.  Still, 23 sounds good to me. 

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Re: Slayer Farewell Tour 2018
« Reply #50 on: January 26, 2018, 01:20:41 PM »
Pictures!!

I saw Slayer a half dozen times back in the day from The South Of Heaven tour through Divine Intervention.
One of my favorite shows was during a run of club dates in September 1990 before the Seasons In The Abyss tour officially kicked off.
I saw the show in Boston at The Channel. I didn't take any pictures, but here are some pics of my shirt from the show and Jeff Hanneman's pick.









February 9, 1991
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would have thought the same thing but seeing the OP was TAC i immediately thought Maiden or DT related
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« Reply #51 on: January 26, 2018, 03:42:53 PM »
Nice! I remember when they played at Lake Compounce in CT. That was an awesome show!