Certain activist groups across the United States are probably stocking up on crucifixes and holy water as we speak: On Monday morning (May 7), details of a co-headlining summer tour featuring shock rocker Marilyn Manson and thrash-metal legends Slayer were revealed. The bands are joining forces for a jaunt set to launch in West Palm Beach, Florida, on July 25, and will be joined for the 25-city trek by Bleeding Through and another support act to be named later.
"Satan is alive and well and living on the planet Earth, and now you know exactly where to find him — this tour." Manson told MTV News last week. "Our differences complement each other, and the uniting element in all of it is the darkness that both bands represent," he added (see "Marilyn Manson Reveals He Came Close To Suicide; LP 'Was My Salvation' ").
The tour will crisscross North America, making stops in Atlanta, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and Dallas before winding down on September 1 in San Antonio, Texas.
Manson will use the tour to promote his forthcoming album, Eat Me, Drink Me, which is slated for release June 5. Slayer, of course, continue to spread the word about their latest, Christ Illusion, which was released last August.
Slayer spent last summer traveling the States with Lamb of God, Mastodon, Children of Bodom and Thine Eyes Bleed as part of the band's Unholy Alliance Tour (see "Slayer Forge 'Ozzfest Alternative' With Mastodon, Lamb Of God").
Marilyn Manson/ Slayer co-headlining dates, according to Slayer's publicist:
»7/25 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Sound Advice Amphitheatre
»7/27 - Tampa, FL @ Ford Amphitheatre
»7/28 - Atlanta, GA @ Hi Fi Buys Amphitheatre
»7/30 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
»7/31 - Cleveland, OH @ Tower City Amphitheatre
»8/2 - Philadelphia, PA @ Tweeter Center
»8/4 - Worcester, MA @ DCU Center
»8/5 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
»8/7 - Quebec, QC @ Centre de Foire
»8/8 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
»8/10 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
»8/11 - Detroit, MI @ DTE Music Theatre
»8/13 - Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
»8/14 - Minneapolis, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
»8/18 - Denver, CO @ Coors Amphitheatre
»8/21 - Sacramento, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
»8/23 - Concord, CA @ Sleep Train Pavilion
»8/24 - Los Angeles, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
»8/25 - San Diego, CA @ San Diego Sports Arena
»8/27 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion
»8/28 - Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
»8/30 - Dallas, TX @ Nokia Theatre
»8/31 - Houston, TX @ Reliant Arena
»9/1 - San Antonio, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre