Slayer played their final show over the weekend and, despite finishing with a song about the atrocities committed by Nazi physician Josef Mengele, it was actually quite touching.
Which isn’t surprising when you consider these guys have been together for 38 years. The final performance was the culmination of a 147-show farewell tour and was held at The Forum in California. Naturally, Slayer played all the favourites, including ‘Raining Blood’, ‘Repentless’, ‘Hate Worldwide’, ‘Postmortem’, and the aforementioned and notably gruesome finale, ‘Angel of Death’.
When the song ended, the audience went completely bat-shit as the band hugged and invited the crew out for a family photo. Chants went up, and one by one everyone waved and left the stage, except for lead singer Tom Araya, who stood and took his audience in one last time.
‘Thank you,’ he said. ‘Thank you very much. I want to thank you for sharing your time with us. Time is precious, so I want to thank you for sharing that time with us. I’m gonna miss you guys. But the most important thing is I want to thank you for being a part of my life. Goodnight. You guys be safe.’
And then horns emerged from his head, the floor opened beneath him, and he slowly and serenely descended to Hell.