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.
Darkness of Christ (prerecorded intro)
Die by the Sword
Altar of Sacrifice
Seasons in the Abyss
Dead Skin Mask
Angel of Death
South of Heaven