Tom Araya Scheduled For Back Surgery – American Carnage Tour Dates Postponed

Already buy your American Carnage tickets? Well, I’ve got some bad news for all of you who were expecting to check out Slayer, Megadeth, and Testament starting later this month… Tom Araya’s years of banging his head have taken their toll and despite trying to avoid surgery, he’s biting the bullet and doing what needs to be done.

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In the beginning he didn’t want to take the major surgery route, so a specialist recommended a series of minimally-invasive procedures. While those procedures have resulted in some improvement, Araya continues to deal with intermittent bouts of severe pain, numbness and muscle spasms. The surgical procedure that Araya will undergo, called an Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion (which sounds like it could be the title for a new Slayer song), is a relatively routine practice and the recovery rate is excellent.

Booking agents for both Slayer and Megadeth are already hard at work to see if these dates can be rescheduled, so those holding tickets are asked to sit tight as more info will be announced as progress is made.