SLAYER's 'Unholy Alliance Tour' With LAMB OF GOD, MASTODON: First Date Announced

March 3, 2006

The first date has been announced for the upcoming Unholy Alliance Tour, featuring headliners SLAYER alongside LAMB OF GOD, MASTODON, CHILDREN OF BODOM and THINE EYES BLEED: June 16 at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ. Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, March 11. As previously reported, the trek will make stops in most major cities, although the actual routing of the run is still being fleshed out. "Every place we play is going to be indoors, with a good-sized lineup," SLAYER guitarist Kerry King told MTV.com. "We're certainly not going to try to make Ozzfest go away. We're just trying to offer an alternative."

According to Rick Sales, SLAYER's manager of 18 years, the idea's to make the Unholy Alliance Tour an annual event "with the best bands out there." During the fall of 2004, SLAYER, SLIPKNOT, MASTODON and HATEBREED toured Europe under the Unholy Alliance tag. Sales also wants to take the tour global and said following its U.S. run, the Alliance will return to Europe, followed by stints in Japan and Australia — although, he noted the lineups would be different on each leg.

"I think we're in a different spot than Ozzfest," Sales told MTV.com. "This is more extreme and it's not involving any sort of 'radio bands.' It's a no-compromise lineup, the best of the breed. We think this is a great live event and that the tour will become bigger than the lineup. I think Ozzfest has proven that."

SLAYER will deliver an hour-plus set to close out each night of the Unholy Alliance; THINE EYES BLEED will open on all dates, followed by BODOM and MASTODON (who'll be rotating slots) and then LAMB OF GOD. King said SLAYER will debut some new material from the stage.

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