It is with immense disappointment that Slayer must postpone its UK and European tour that had been set to kick off on November 18 in the UK, and take the band on 19 dates through Europe, ending on December 17 in Germany. The tour will be rescheduled to kick off on March 7 in Manchester, England (complete itinerary is below).

Vocalist/bassist Tom Araya has been under the care of a specialist for a back injury, and while he has already made substantial improvement, he is continuing on with doctor-prescribed treatment.

"Right now," said Slayer's manager, Rick Sales, "our main concern must be the full and permanent recovery of Tom, so we have decided to clear the calendar and give him the extra time he needs to concentrate solely on good health."

Last week, Slayer announced the postponement of it's east coast "Canadian Carnage" co-headline tour with Megadeth; those dates will be rescheduled in February 2010.

The new UK/European schedule is;

MARCH 7th - ENG, Manchester Academy
MARCH 8th - ENG, London Forum
MARCH 9th - ENG, London Forum
MARCH 11th - FRA, Paris Bataclan
MARCH 13th - GER, Bochum Ruhrcongress
MARCH 15th - HOL, Tilburg 013
MARCH 16th - HOL, Tilburg 013
MARCH 17th - BEL, Brussels AB
MARCH 18th - GER, Herford X
MARCH 20th - GER, Berlin Columbiahalle
MARCH 21th - GER, Hamburg Docks
MARCH 22nd - GER, Cologne Live Music Hall
MARCH 24th - GER, Dresden Alter Schlachtof
MARCH 25th - AUT, Vienna Gasometer Early Show
MARCH 26th - GER, Munich Zenith (transferred from Tonhalle)
MARCH 28th - ITA, Milan Alcatraz
MARCH 29th - ITA, Milan Alcatraz
MARCH 30th - SWI, Zurich Volkshaus Late Show
MARCH 31th - GER, Wiesbaden Schlachthof
APRIL 2nd - ENG, Nottingham Rock City
APRIL 3rd - SCO, Glasgow Barrowland
APRIL 4th - ENG, Leeds Academy
APRIL 5th - ENG, Birmingham Academy