indefinitely postponed American Carnage tour featuring Slayer, Megadeth and Testament has now been canceled outright. As I read and then re-read the dreaded words "refunds available at point of purchase" I couldn't help but feel utterly shafted by God. Had Slayer singer Tom Araya not bitched out on this tour to have back surgery -- who does he think he is, Phil Anselmo? -- I'd be spending my weekend gearing up for metal at Municipal. Now I'll just have to settle for alcohol, solitude and sadness as I lock myself in my room, turn out the lights and dream of the carnage that could have been. Fuck.
Things aren't all puppy dogs and ice cream, though ... if you're a Megadeth or Testament fan, that is. Dave Mustaine and the rest of the guys who comprise a band of his (not called Metallica) are the latest ensemble to jump on the bandwagon of playing a career-defining album in its entirety, as they will soon hit the road to promote their classic 1990 LP Rust in Peace. They will play the album from start to finish along with "other Megadeth set list favorites." Testament and Exodus -- the band Metallica stole Kirk Hammett from to replace Mustaine in 1983 -- will open. This veritable headbangers' ball of an outing will (predictably) skip Nashville, but you've got a couple decent road trip options to fulfill your need to lade the void left by the Slayer cancellation, as the tour hits Atlanta's Tabernacle on March 21 and Memphis' Minglewood Hall on March 23. I'm predicting this show will result in more damage to the Tabernacle than the devastation caused by the tornado that tore it a new asshole in 2008. The twister took out windows, the roof and a water pipe. I'm confident metal heads can one-up that shit. No problem. Hit up Ticketmaster if you're planning on trekking out to either show.