Slayer: One, Final World Tour


“The End is Near… Slayer to make its exit with one, final world tour.”

The news is not a surprise to me, but I still feel sad about it.

Half of Slayer left in the band, with the passing of Jeff Hanneman and firing of Dave Lombardo. Even though Kerry King and Tom Araya still reigning on the road with the help of Paul Bostaph and Gary Holt; it doesn’t feel the same.

The last time I saw all four Slayer onstage and backstage was at Long Beach Arena, August 30, 2010. That was the last time I said hi to Jeff Hanneman, who later had to take a leave of absence due to necrotizing fasciitis on his arm. I saw Slayer a few times with Gary Holt standing in for Hanneman. Then comes the firing of Lombardo from the band following the death of Hanneman. At that time I thought that Slayer would have made their exit.

Over the last ten years, I had been hearing from Tom Araya talking about his reluctance on touring. One thing for sure, if Tom Araya decided to quit, that would be the end of Slayer.

There is one wish for me to see Slayer on stage one last time with all living band members, current and former. One can only dream.




Master Of Puppets (Remastered) – Deluxe Box Set

I picked up Master Of Puppets (Remastered) – Deluxe Box Set that I pre-ordered from Amazon at one of Amazon pickup locations.

Master of Puppets (Remastered) hit the street on Friday, November 10, 2017 but the Deluxe Box Set was not delivered until Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

This limited edition deluxe box set contains a lot of things:

  • Three vinyl records (with a MP3 Download Card)
  • Ten CDs, two DVDs
  • One cassette
  • A hardcover book including never-before-seen photos
  • A folder containing handwritten lyrics
  • A set of six buttons, and
  • A “Damage, Inc.” lithograph.

Wait a minute, a “cassette”?
What is it?
How do you even play this “cassette”?

Thankfully, Amazon includes AutoRip of the box set, including the cassette (tape). I didn’t even have to use the MP3 Download Card. The cassette contains fan recording from Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden – September 26th, 1986; it was Cliff Burton’s last show.

Eight songs off Master of Puppets, tracking in at 54 minutes and 46 seconds, reinvented heavy music in 1986.

On March 23, 2016, Master of Puppets was selected as one of 25 recordings that were added to the National Recording Registry; as it is deemed as “cultural, artistic and/or historical significance to American society.

I would like to add that <aster of Puppets is culturally, artistically and historically significant to the world.

Re-Master of Puppets

Due on Friday, November 10, 2017

Master of Puppets is the third of Metallica Remastered series, following Kill ‘Em All and Ride The Lightning.

Currently Master of Puppets (Remastered Deluxe Boxset) is available for pre-order at Amazon for $137.49. It is also available for purchase directly from Metallica for $174.99 plus shipping & handling.

You can also watch Master Of Puppets (Live At The Roskilde Festival) video from the boxset.

I pre-ordered the Deluxe Boxset the day it was announced. Master of Puppets is definitely one of the best records ever made.