BACK SURGERY SCHEDULED FOR SLAYER'S TOM ARAYA, BAND'S TOUR PLANS CANCELLED THROUGH APRIL. Slayer Camp Working Hard to Reschedule Dates for Later This Year.

"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."

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SHIT SHIT SHIT! I was SOOO looking forward to seeing Slayer on my 38th Birthday! Hope you feel better Tom! I've waited 30 years to see this show, a few more months wont kill me.
And as always... SLAYER RULES!

Fuck!!!!! been waiting a long time to see you guy again. get better soon tom back problems suck

the word OPERATION means the serious surgery procedure or the serious surgery operation

Get well soon Tom. You and Jeff [Hanneman] inspired me to grow my hair and headbang. I love headbanging to Slayer in my bed room. Saw Slayer in concert at Mayhem Fest this past summer at Nissan Pavillion, you guys put on a killer show I'll never forget.

the word OPERATION means the serious surgery procedure or the serious surgery operation.

this letter is for Tom Araya.
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TOM YOUR HEALTH IS MUCH MORE OF A CONCERN THAN A CONCERT!!!!!! TAKE YOUR TIME TO GET WELL AND STRONG!!!!!!LIKE IVE SAID BEFORE I DONT WANT TO SEE YOU SINGING ON A STOOL!!!!!! MUCH LOVE AND RESPECT. CHRIS SLAY

CHRIS"FELL A VICTIM"(R) Slay

"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."
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Get well soon! Greetings from Amsterdam! We have tickets, so we are counting on seeing you here live in The Netherlands!

Oh man poor Tom. I hope you get well soon. No rush take all the time you need; We all understand. I was really looking foward to seeing you guys at the Izod center, but it can wait. God bless

I don't want to hear anybody bitch and moan about your cancellation... I am a professional bass player and I have the same cervical injury from a series of car wrecks... unless you've experienced the pain and numbness down the arms that causes, you can't know how fucking bad it hurts to strap a chuck of wood around your neck night after night.

I really really feel for you, Mr Araya, sorry to hear it got so bad. Hope you have a successful procedure and speedy recovery.

wow, exact same condition as my girlfriend, cervical radiculopathy. that means excess movement has caused the vertebral protusions to crush the nerves as they leave the spinal column in the neck. oh well, the creator has a reason for everything. and I have faith that our friend Tom is one of the greatest souls on the planet, and he will recover miraculously, god willing. all positvives to Tom Araya. As for me, more time to workout and plan for the show, see you mothers in the PIT!

Best of luck Tom in a speedy recovery. Can't wait to see you guys tearing it up again. See you in Camden!!!! Cheers!!!

JUST TAKE YOUR TIME HEALING NO ONE WANTS TO SEE YOU SITTING IN A STOOL PLAYING, THAT WOULD SUCK!!!!!! MUCH LOVE AND RESPECT, CHRIS SLAY

CHRIS"FELL A VICTIM"(R) Slay

Get Better Tom. Can't wait to see you guys in Albuquerque. I'm taking my fiancee who is a huge fan. We were both looking forward to the concert but a person's wellbeing is a priority. Take care.

Tom get well soon.I know back surgery can be a bitch. Hope you take your time recovering. Rock on.

TOM, I WISH YOU NOTHING BUT FULL AND SPEEDY RECOVERY!!!!!!DONT RUSH TO GET BETTER TAKE YOUR TIME!!!!!! BECAUSE I DONT WANT TO SEE YOU ON STAGE SITTING ON A BAR STOOL AND PLAYING THAT WOULD SUCK. MUCH LOVE AND RESPECT, CHRIS SLAY!!!!!!

CHRIS"FELL A VICTIM"(R) Slay

Hope you get well soon. Way sucks to be in pain. We will be waiting upon your return. Hubby has been waiting since he was 12 and well our son is turning 18 on the 16th and this was going to be his birthday present. Happy belated so it shall be! Only thing is my hubby hasn't been able to shut up since we got the tickets last month....it will be a long journey to the new concert date. Take care!

I hope you'll get well very soon Tom, we want you on stage rockin' the fuckin' world, \m/

Tom get better soon so the band will march on with more power than beforeSLAYER RULES.

I´ve heard you saying once: “Nothing can come between me and my god“. You know, nothing that happens to us in live is bigger than we can take. When this mess is over you will be bigger, better and stronger than you ever were. I wish you all the best my brother!

Dam i got pit tickits too and the show was on my 18th birthday. So the tickits still good when they reschedul right?
Also get well soon tom and get your ass to phoenix.

Well Tom, what can really be said man. Take care of yourself so we can get a heathy dose of Slayer in the not so distant future I hope. Bought two tickets for my ten year old Daughter and I for the Seattle date as a Xmas present this year. I figure-my parents took me to see Kiss when I was ten-So I'm gonna take her to see Slayer!!! Been listening to it in the car with her since she was 4-she's a Slayer fan for sure. Hope you make it back to Seattle soon- May you have a swift recovery. Cheers!

I need to know for when is postponed the American Carnage Tour, because i bought some tickets for the concert in long beach CA, and i just stay in the US until june. Please if you can answer me...

Man Back pain sucks I know it. Was goina see you all in July but had brain surgery, gave my ticket away to a new slayer fan. my back was broke to, crazy summer in a brace. Get well and TACK YOUR TIME! I'm not going any where! get a cool new ultra lite bass or a stand made out of bones, you know something kick ass like that!

Get well man so we can watch you fags tear it up......SSLLLLLLLAAAAAYYYYYYYYEEERRRRRRRRRRRR!!!

I am kind of bummed out as well. I have been a huge fan since hell awaits, and i have seen slayer hundreds of times, and I have tickets for next month at the oakdale in wallingford, but Toms health is most important, and i know when he gets better, him and the boys will be back out to kick our asses!!!!! Tom i send my regards to you, and your family. You have lots of support here, and from thousands of others. GET WELL BROTHA!!!!

all you haters need to get real. Tom didn't schedule this tour so he had money for back surgery. do you really think he lives from pay check to pay check? King Diamond went through the same thing. pushed himself for the fun of the shows, music and fans until he had to say enough was enough.

shit happens, things change. Get over it. Quit your bitching, you are lucky they are still touring and kicking ass. If anybody sucks its the bitchers. I have listened to slayer since 1984. I can wait another few months. I have 3 kids from 1 to 6 years old. I can reschedule and might even take the 6 year old. Hell, she liked Iron Maiden.

Take care of your back Tom, this is so important for you and your family and somehow for us fans to Eye-wink . If your body doesn`t work you can`t go and work for food, very easy. Even if this tour is delayed a third time, I don`t care as long as you come back to us.

Its true GOD HATES US ALL (if there is a god) he dose not want this super tour to happen what a bummer my mate in america was planning on going

OMG Tom!!! I hope you will feel better quickly! D: I hope the back surgery helps too.. ;__;

tom< i know more about back pain than i care to.i have dealt with back pain for ten years now and have finaly got my docs to do something about it!!! so i definatly know what your going through.so i hope to see you guys in pheonix for the most soul ripping,mind twisting show this pathetic world has ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!good luck with the surgery i hope it works.see ya in hell and thanks for the best tunes in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the black angel salutes you!!!!

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ah man that sucks i was going to order my tickets today. but i guess its for the best. i'm still goin to go when they start back though

GGGOOODDDDDDAAAMMMIIITTT!!!!!!!! Two weeks away!!! What a bummer,but its cool guys. Get well Tom just hurry the fuck up!!!

DAMN!! 11 days to go to the Seattle show.......my 7th for SLAYER. I have been a HARDCORE fan since the mid 80's. You are the best fucking live show I have ever seen!! Hang in there Tom we love you and wish you the best recovery that you can have. If you can't headbang like you used too, that's ok, fuck it, you have done more than most of us ever could over the last 20+ years! Your true fans will understand. Take enough time to heal so we can see the World Painted Blood!!
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When Tom gets better I am gonna be here in Portland, Oregon waiting for the blood to flow and the weak to know, Slayer is in town. The 1/19/10 show is postponed. That sucks but not as much as if Tom was no longer with Slayer so Portland will wait as long as it takes. Get better Tom! We need our Slayer! D2