The good news: The second leg of the American Carnage tour, featuring three of the Big Four of American thrash metal--Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax (Metallica is the missing link)--is coming to Knoxville in September. Megadeth will be performing their 1990 album Rust in Peace
in its entirety, and Joey Belladonna, the singer for the band's classic late '80s/early '90s lineup, has rejoined Anthrax (again).
The bad news: Slayer is playing its 1990 album Seasons in the Abyss
front to back as its set, which seems like a total waste of 45 minutes. When I think of the Slayer songs I want to hear live, I think of songs from Reign in Blood
and South of Heaven
, and even a few from Show No Mercy
and Hell Awaits
, before anything from Seasons in the Abyss
The reason is that American Carnage is a recreation of the 1991 Clash of the Titans lineup-- which featured all three bands plus a then-unknown Alice in Chains--so the bands are playing the material from that era. But come on--Slayer would have closed with "Angel of Death" way back then. Why don't we get to hear it this time?
The Knoxville date for American Carnage at the Civic Coliseum is Thursday, Sept. 30. Tickets go on sale July 23; visit the Slayer
, or Anthrax
websites for info on a July 14 pre-sale.Photo by Mark Seliger.