The tour, with Slayer and Megadeth co-headlining, has been raging, drawing metal fans young and old to the music of bands that, along with Metallica, have been setting the standard for extreme metal for three decades.
Slayer, for one, has been cashing in. The quartet's three live DVDs were re-released this year, along with a 10-album vinyl boxed set, The Vinyl Conflict, that repackages all 10 of their American Recordings albums, from 1986's Reign in Blood to last year's World Painted Blood. They're intent on giving their fans their money's worth in arenas, too.
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"I'm not just playing leads," eternally pissed-off guitarist Kerry King said in a video interview, "I'm going to war."
The battle lines are drawn tonight at the Gibson Amphitheatre.
Elsewhere: Film School headlines the Echo behind its new album Fission, supported by Lovelikefire and Rabbits Rabbits Rabbits team up at the Echo; Argentina's Los Enanitos Verdes hits the House of Blues; and Frank Fairfield and Shakey Graves play the Redwood Bar.
Also: Lyrics Born at the Roxy (late show); Hedley at the Roxy (early); Wiz Khalifa at the sold-out Music Box; Laurie Anderson at Royce Hall; Born Ruffians at the Troubadour; Stacy Clark at the Viper Room;Big Dick (Little Richard cover band) at Spaceland; Dead Country and Death on Wednesday at the Silverlake Lounge; Hawksley Workman and Alex Dezen at the Hotel Cafe; Four Year Strong at the Glass House in Pomona; Eugene Chadbourne at the Smell; and Griffin House at Saint Rocke.