Paul Bostaph Returns To Slayer


Former Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph is now the band’s “new” drummer once again.  Front man Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King have announced that Bostaph has rejoined the band on a full-time basis and that he will start performing with the band again beginning on June 4th.  That is when the band kicks off the first leg of its international tour.  The tour will kick off in Warsaw, Poland.  Gary Holt will continue to perform with the band on guitars in the place of the band’s fallen guitarist Jeff Hanneman.

The band’s world tour sees it perform thirty-five dates across Europe and South America between June and October.  The dates include headlining dates and festivals across Europe and South America.  Araya commented on Bostaph’s return to the band and facing the upcoming dates without Hanneman.  “Paul’s a great drummer and a good friend, and we’re very happy that he’s decided to rejoin the band,” he said.  “We’re still pretty numb from the loss of Jeff, but we don’t want to disappoint our European and South American fans, and we need to begin moving forward…having Paul back in the band makes that a whole lot easier.” 

Bostaph recorded and toured with Slayer from 1992 to 2001.  He recorded four albums with the band during that time—Divine Intervention (1994), Undisputed Attitude (1996), Diabolus in Musica (1998), and God Hates Us All (2001)—and the 2001 Live DVD, War at the Warfield.  He has also recorded and performed with Exodus, Forbidden, Testament, and Systematic. 

The band’s international tour dates are listed below.


 4         Impact Festival 2013, Warsaw, Poland

 6         Muziek Theatre, Enschede, Holland

 7         Rodahal, Kerkrade, Holland

 8         Sonisphere France, Amneville, France

10-11   The Academy, Dublin, Ireland

12        Limelight, Belfast, Ireland

14        Greenfield Festival, Interlaken, Switzerland

15        Geox Theatre, Padova, Italy

17        Antlantico, Rome, Italy

18        Obihall, Florence, Italy

19        Alcatraz, Milan, Italy

21        Metalfest Germany, St. Goarshausen, Germany

22        See-Rock Festival 2013, Graz, Austria

23        Culture Factory/Tvornica Kulture, Zagreb, Croatia

25        Kombank Arena, Belgrade, Serbiz

26        Hegyalja Festival, Tokaj, Hungary

27        With Full Force, Leipzig, Germany

29        Hi Voltage, Istanbul, Turkey


 1         Heavy By The Sea, Athens, Greece


 2         Resurrection Festival, Viviero, Spain

 6         Vega Main Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark

 7         Grona Lund Tivoli Outdoor, Stockholm, Sweden

 9         Jalomethallifestival 2013, Oulu, Finland

10        Oya Festival, Oslo, Norway

11        Bloodstock Open Air 2013, Derby, UK

15        Pukkelpop Festival, Kiweit Hasselt, Belgium

16        Low Lands Festival, Biddinghuizen, Holland

17        Elb-Riot Open Air Festival, Hamburg, Germany

18        X Rockfest, Herford, Germany


17        Foro Sol, Mexico City, Mexico

20        Jockey Club, Sao Paulo, Brazil

22        Rock In Rio 2013, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

24        Pedreira Paulo Leminski, Curitiba, Brazil

27        River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina

29        Jockey Club, Asuncion, Paraguay


 2         Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile

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