Slayer and Megadeth issued a joint press release today announcing that each band will be performing the Seasons In The Abyss and Rust In Peace albums, respectively, in their entirely on their joint American Carnage co-headlining tour. Support band for the trek, Testament, previously stated their intention to play their debut album The Legacy in full on this tour as well.
I generally think this is a poor idea for all three bands, and I'm quite disappointed at this news. If anything, it makes the most sense for Testament since their most recent album, The Formation Of Damnation is nearly two years old. Both Slayer and Megadeth have new albums out and have not played in The Cities to support them yet. Why should these bands dedicate most of their sets to old albums? I've seen Slayer, Megadeth, and Testament probably close to ten times each and would much rather have them play new music that I haven't seen them perform yet. You'd think that having Slayer, Megadeth, and Testament on the same bill wouldn't require any gimmicks like this to bring fans through the door. I'm actually less excited for this show than I was before.
Slayer and Megadeth will be performing as co-headliners on Tuesday, August 10 at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul. Support will come from Testament.