LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Speed metal band Slayer has pulled the plug on all of their scheduled tourdates after the band's bassist/vocalist Tom Araya was forced to seek surgery to treat a back aliment.
"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."
The cancellation affects both the the American and Canadian Carnage Tour dates that were set to kick off on January 18, as well as the band's UK/European tour scheduled for March and April. Booking agents for both Slayer and Megadeth are already hard at work to see if these dates can be rescheduled, and ticket-holders are asked to "hold tight" for further news.
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 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." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers