Slayer cancel winter tour

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Metal legends Slayer have been forced to cancel their scheduled winter tour due because bassist/vocalist Tom Araya has been ordered by doctors to undergo back surgery. Consequently, the band will not hit the road for their American Carnage Tour with Megadeth and Testament, which was supposed to stop at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell on Sunday, February 14. Refunds will be available at the point of purchase but the band does plan to reschedule the tour for sometime later this year, at which point tickets already purchased for the cancelled show will be honored.

“Tom gave various medical treatments more than a fair shot,” said Slayer’s manager Rick Sales in a press release, “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.”

Araya 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. In hopes of avoiding a potential major surgery, Araya received a series of minimally-invasive procedures under the recommendation of the specialist. While those procedures have resulted in some improvement, Araya continues to deal with intermittent bouts of severe pain, numbness and muscle spasms. 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 according to the press release issued by the band.

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