Rückenoperation von Tom Araya / Tourpläne bis April auf Eis

Wie in einer offiziellen Pressemitteilung verlautbart wurde, müssen aufgrund einer Rückenoperation, der sich Tom Araya unterziehen muss, sämtliche SLAYER Tourpläne bis April auf Eis gelegt werden.

Tom hat sich mit verschiedensten Methoden behandeln lassen, allein Erfolg stellte sich nicht ein. Wie das Management verlauten lässt, wird sich Tom deshalb schweren Herzens einer Operation stellen müssen, die sämtliche Tourpläne bis April zunichte macht.

Betroffen von den Absagen sind die Touren durch die USA und Kanada, die im Jänner starten hatten sollen, ebenso wie die Dates, die im März und April in Europa stattfinden hätten sollen. Die Booking-Agentur arbeitet jedoch bereits mit Hochdruck an der Ausarbeitung eines Tourplans - bereits gekaufte Tickets behalten ihre Gültigkeit.

"Es war eine äußerst harte Entscheidung, die Dates absagen zu müssen, im Vordergrund muss jedoch Toms Gesundheit stehen", so das Management.

Wir wünschen Tom auf diesem Wege alles Gute für die Operation.

Und hier noch die Pressemeldung im Original-Wortlaut:

"Tom gave various medical treatments more than a fair shot," said Slayer's manager Rick Sales, "but they just haven't handled the problem, so he's biting the bullet and is scheduled for back surgery at the end of this month."

This difficult decision made by the band's bassist/vocalist Tom Araya means the cancellation of Slayer's immediate tour plans that include the American and Canadian Carnage Tour dates that were set to kick off on January 18, as well as the band's UK/European headline tour scheduled for March and April. Booking agents for both Slayer and Megadeth are already hard at work rescheduling the tour dates; tickets already purchased for these shows will be honored at the rescheduled dates.

The headbanging Araya, known for aggressively swinging his long mane of hair while performing, began experiencing back problems while on the band's Australian/New Zealand/Japanese tour last October. In spite of his rapidly increasing pain and discomfort, he carried on with the tour, but immediately upon returning home saw an orthopedic specialist who diagnosed a Cervical Radiculopathy. The rocker initially did not want to take the major surgery route, so the specialist recommended a series of minimally-invasive procedures. While those procedures have resulted in some improvement, Araya continues to deal with intermittent bouts of severe pain, numbness and muscle spasms. The surgical procedure that Araya will undergo, called an Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion, is a relatively routine practice and the recovery rate is excellent.

Sales added, "As unfortunate as this is for so many people - the Megadeth and Testament camps, the concerts' promoters, and, of course, the fans - Tom's health is the number one priority, and this has to happen."