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ross_r
07-12-2012, 07:27 AM
Rambling of a Rabid slayer fan.....

How far will you go for Slayer? Shit I just drove 220 miles (one way) from San Antonio to the Woodlands Texas Pavilion in Houston area. That is a long ass road trip, but Slayer is worth it. It seem like I am in that situation a lot lately. The Verizon Wireless Amphitheater closed down in the San Antonio area (Selma, TX), so a lot of festivals are skipping San Antonio……FUCK! Now San Antonio Metal Heads have to drive far to see Festival concerts. The last time I saw Slayer, I had to drive to Austin for the Fun-Fun-Fun Fest in November 2011 which was around 140 miles round trip.

I guess I can’t complain too much. I won this ticket by taking a survey on Mayhem Fest website, so I got a free ticket and VIP access. The VIP access was supposed to be “no escort needed” all access to production and backstage areas, but I think the ticket office messed up. I got a regular VIP access that required escort. I just decided to not even try going backstage. Other people with VIP passes said it was almost impossible to get backstage. You had to request exact issuer of VIP pass and have them “escort” you backstage. Too much hassle! I was perfectly happy just watching the bands on stage. I did not feel like jumping though hoops of fire just to meet some bands.

To be honest, the only reason I went to this concert was to see Slayer. I literally have seen Slayer 4 decades: The 80’s, 90’s, 00’s, and 10’s. Every time Slayer gets to central Texas I go, even if it means missing work. Slayer is more important than any job! Just call me a rabid Slayer fan. If Slayer did not play this fest, I would not have gone. Don’t get me wrong, the other “major” bands Anthrax, Motorhead, and Slipknot are great. It is just SLAYER is my favorite band.

The weirdest thing for me is that this is the first time I saw Slayer in a reserved seat. I have always seen Slayer in the pit or general admission floor. I am use to fighting and clawing my way to the front rail. This time I was more relaxed. It was nice not getting bruised, bloodied and sweaty while watching Slayer. It was a different feel for me to watch Slayer in a relaxed state. I liked it, and now that I am 40 years old, I might consider buying reserved seating in the future.

Slayer Set

Darkness of Christ (prerecorded intro)
Disciple
War Ensemble
Die by the Sword
Hate Worldwide
Mandatory Suicide
Altar of Sacrifice
Jesus Saves
Seasons in the Abyss
Hell Awaits
Dead Skin Mask
Angel of Death
South of Heaven
Raining Blood

I'll try to add links to pictures when I find my cable for camera.....next stop Iron Maiden in August!

Wrecking Crew
07-12-2012, 09:14 AM
Nice to see another old guy on the board, next month I am driving 340 miles each way to see Iron Maiden so I feel your pain. I have never seen Maiden and have listened to them heavily since 1984 so I feel it must be done, especially as Seventh Son was one of my favorite albums and 340 miles is about the closest to me they have ever come. Fortunately I know people in the town I am going to and on the way back so it's not so bad.
As for sitting versus standing, I had a seat at the Slayer concert last year and this year I had to stand and actually preferred the standing experience. I guess I just can't properly headbang in a chair although I was perfectly happy standing at the back of the standing area as I am too old for the real moshing stuff.

Sepultura69
07-12-2012, 09:52 AM
To be honest, the only reason I went to this concert was to see Slayer.

Me too. :D


every time Slayer gets to central Texas I go, even if it means missing work. Slayer is more important than any job! Just call me a rabid Slayer fan. If Slayer did not play this fest, I would not have gone. Don’t get me wrong, the other “major” bands Anthrax, Motorhead, and Slipknot are great. It is just SLAYER is my favorite band.


Dude, you sound just like me.

Thanks for the awesome review. :fist:

toolfansat
07-12-2012, 10:27 AM
Nice to see another old guy on the board...

I just turned 51 (WTF!?) this week, and I'm STILL a metalhead, and have travelled overseas just to catch a show!

You're never too old in my opinion!

hellawaits77ny
07-12-2012, 10:48 AM
I respect all you guys for driving so long for shows. I've done it many times, and just like you guys, I always have a great time. 400 miles 1-way for Slayer, countless 250 mile trips to the Boston area, 1200 mile road trip for 3 Biohazard shows, etc.

I get so irritated when I see people here (and other places, too) bitching "Oh, I really wanna see 'X', but I don't wanna drive 2 hours." Pussies!!

redven
07-12-2012, 11:03 AM
400+ mile roadtrip for the first mayhem stop.

You guys are right. It was totally worth it.

TheNobleFaceHumper
07-12-2012, 11:10 AM
I respect all you guys for driving so long for shows. I've done it many times, and just like you guys, I always have a great time. 400 miles 1-way for Slayer, countless 250 mile trips to the Boston area, 1200 mile road trip for 3 Biohazard shows, etc.

I get so irritated when I see people here (and other places, too) bitching "Oh, I really wanna see 'X', but I don't wanna drive 2 hours." Pussies!!

I don't have a car so i can't make most shows 2 hours away lol, it all depends on who else is going, the farthest we've ever traveled for a show is 8 hours.

Wrecking Crew
07-12-2012, 11:16 AM
I just turned 51 (WTF!?) this week, and I'm STILL a metalhead, and have travelled overseas just to catch a show!

You're never too old in my opinion!

That's the spirit! Mayhem had the good timing to come to my town on my 42nd birthday last week and I am still going strong.

hellawaits77ny
07-12-2012, 05:35 PM
I don't have a car so i can't make most shows 2 hours away lol, it all depends on who else is going, the farthest we've ever traveled for a show is 8 hours.

It's understandable if you don't have a car. I just get frusterated when people complain about having to go an hour for a show! Many of us aren;t blessed to live near heavily-played cities.

ross_r
07-12-2012, 10:54 PM
I haven't seen the slayer shirts yet on other blogs, so I attached link to pictures in Houston. I bought the one with skull in crown of thorns. $30 is expensive, but I only see Slayer once or twice a year, so it is worth every stinking penny.

http://photobucket.com/slayer07132012

mankvill
07-12-2012, 10:58 PM
How many times have you seen Slayer? :D

(sic)&disturbed
07-13-2012, 02:58 AM
I haven't seen the slayer shirts yet on other blogs, so I attached link to pictures in Houston. I bought the one with skull in crown of thorns. $30 is expensive, but I only see Slayer once or twice a year, so it is worth every stinking penny.

http://photobucket.com/slayer07132012

I would've got that one myself!

Nater
07-13-2012, 07:33 AM
The crucifixion one looks like the Stench of Redemption cover art. I want it

maxpower
07-13-2012, 07:36 AM
Living in San Antonio I really miss Verizon Wireless Amp too. I got to see so many festivals go through that venue. Prior to that at least South Park Meadows was south austin and pretty quick to get to. Bummer we don't have a great festival site anymore. AT&T center just isn't the place.

Sinister_Chalupa666
07-14-2012, 02:28 AM
Living in San Antonio I really miss Verizon Wireless Amp too. I got to see so many festivals go through that venue. Prior to that at least South Park Meadows was south austin and pretty quick to get to. Bummer we don't have a great festival site anymore. AT&T center just isn't the place.

For real. I get so fucking pissed off at a lot of shows and festivals that skip SA because Verizon got sold to a fucking church. At least some shows that play amphitheaters stop here at the ATT Center(Iron Maiden/Crue and Kiss).

Still it would be nice to have another outside venue some where around here so we can get these festivals and show back in this city again.

What I want to know is why doesn't Mayhem play at the ATT Center? They held it there in 09 and it was amazing. Two stages outside in the parking lot and the main stage inside the venue where it was nice and cool without the sun raping you. It sold pretty damn good as well and the whole inside was pretty much filled top to bottom. This sucks man.