Slayer frontman Tom Araya had some problems with the crowd in Denver

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Eric Gruneisen
The throngs of metal-heads at Slayer's sold-out Fillmore appearance may have been more excited for the show than Slayer's own front man Tom Araya.

It was Slayer's first Denver stop since the death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman and the well-publicized split with drummer Dave Lombardo, both in the last year. Fans were treated to the return of Paul Bostaph, who drummed for Slayer through the '90s. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt is pulling double duty on this tour, opening with his own band, then recharging during Suicidal Tendencies before he takes the stage again with Slayer.

Despite a set list drawing heavily from Slayer's first six albums -- a treat for longtime fans -- post-show discussion had more to do with Araya's attitude toward the crowd.

The band played half its set without interruption before Araya asked for crowd silence, a confusing request to make of 3,700 rabid drunk Slayer fans. With respects yet to be paid to Hanneman, many were quiet. Others apparently thought Araya was being facetious and cheered louder. Araya asked three times, each time met with the opposite results before he moved straight into the next song. It was the longest two minutes in the nineteen-song hour-and-a-half set.

After the set, Araya thanked fans and said they would "maybe" be back.

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Eric Gruneisen

Slayer did unfurl a banner during the last few songs that paid tribute to the band's late guitarist, a parody of the Heineken logo that read "Angel of Death" across the top and "Hanneman" instead of the actual company logo. Otherwise, he was not mentioned.

Fans had mixed reaction in social media. "Besides Tom crying on stage about the audience not being silent, you could really tell that he didn't want to be on stage performing," remarked one attendee. "I'm thinking they may be done soon," said another.

Still others were unfazed by the apparent drama, posting their screams of "Slayer" complete with extra vowels in all caps throughout Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Eric Gruneisen


Random notes: Suicidal Tendencies vocalist Mike Muir dedicated the song "Possessed to Skate" to his brother Jim, who was inducted into the International Association of Skateboard Companies' Skateboarding Hall of Fame this year.

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hotmailtotallysucks
hotmailtotallysucks

I saw Slayer in 1986 in Norman's. (Don't remember it? Didn't think so.) He did the same thing then - demanding silence from the audience. More recently, Michael Gira also asked the audience to quiet down. In conclusion, Denver is stupid and I'm glad I no longer live there. Also, dumb headline. Westword sucks. 

Steve Robertson
Steve Robertson

So sorry I missed this show. NOT. Suddenly this guy wants a serious and thoughtful audience? Have Sarah McLachlan open next time. It's metal. Shut and play hard, loud and fast.

Steven J. Valdez
Steven J. Valdez

No one knew what the hell he wanted. It's not like everyone knows he wanted to do a moment of silence

Corpse Puncher
Corpse Puncher

This time was odd.the crowd wasent that loud.i felt it was cheesey of tom to stand there for almost 5 min plus not saying shit......hey tom i paid big bux for these tix....get to singing fucker!

Audrey Doll
Audrey Doll

Funny, they didn't try that in Milwaukee, but I'm sure we'd have been far more respectful.

Randy Cirbo
Randy Cirbo

I just looked at the picture of the three guys wow its Jamie Rojo and his stupid dumb squad, blank stare and all what a fucking douche. Too bad he had to leave his mommy at home to be the good little prostitute she is. Fuck You Jamie you fucking brain-dead asshole. LOL!

Jo Se Ph
Jo Se Ph

If Tom Araya asks you to be quiet..then you shut the fuck up

Bridgette Weston
Bridgette Weston

Fuck you saying shit about a metal god you should all rot in hell

Brandon Thrift
Brandon Thrift

He was trying to get a moment of silence for Jeff Hanneman and no one would shut the hell up.

Jeremy Montoya
Jeremy Montoya

Well at least Slayer knows that Denver has a kickass crowd!! How can you not like that kind of energy in an audience? I hate to say it, but Tom must be getting old!! He should take some lessons from Ozzy on how to be an old badass rocker.

Mike Maes
Mike Maes

I was at the show. It was a strange 2 minutes.

Luke Largent
Luke Largent

SLAYER IS FUCKING AWESOME!! FUCK YOU HATERS!

Mikey Recklessness
Mikey Recklessness

Sometimes artist should just throw the towel in when your "15 mins" is up it's up

David Montalvo
David Montalvo

I was there. Old bastard was just trying to catch a breather... :/

Dustin McDade
Dustin McDade

A moment a silence would have made sense before they even played a single song. Not mid way through the the set when everyone is amped up. I have a feeling the end of Slayer (as unhappy it would make me) might be upon us.

Matt McCleland
Matt McCleland

He should have told us why he wanted the crowd to be quiet from the beginning. If he had said that he wanted to say something about Jeff...I think that everyone would have been on board.

mattmccleland
mattmccleland

It was definitely one of the most awkward things that I've ever seen on stage.  The whole incident could have been avoided if Tom had simply said... "Hey everyone!  We lost our brother Jeff recently...ect..."  and the crowd would have gone silent.  He could have made the fitting and heartfelt tribute that he wanted to...and we all would have been able to be involved in it.  It would have been great!


Instead, the band finished a song and then Tom said something like..."Hey everyone...can we be quiet for a second?"  At first I thought that he was trying to see if he could create a silent sold-out Slayer crowd.  He didn't say why he wanted everyone to be quiet.  The he acted surprised that there were still people screaming...as if he were challenging them, and they were accepting the challenge by continuing to cheer for the band.  It sucks because I would have liked to hear what he had to say...but again, all he had to say to shut everyone up was Jeff's name.  That would have done it.

Brian L. Wilson
Brian L. Wilson

Hey...if you can hear people chattering during your show, lets get real... a. Its NOT LOUD ENOUGH .... or B. Youre just Not capturing your audience.... or C. ITS NOT LOUD ENOUGH!

Jessica Moore
Jessica Moore

People were assholes, someone through a water bottle at Rob's face when Exodus was on stage. Oh well I guess those shenanigans can be expected at a metal show. Idiots are everywhere

Andrea Mérida
Andrea Mérida

David Erickson, do you kiss the child in your photo with that mouth?

Diana Zack
Diana Zack

He should have used Jeff as leverage... The death of a legend is the only way thousands of drunk slayer fans could have even FATHOMED shutting up for a moment. I was in VIP and I must admit we tried to hush for a few

hotmailtotallysucks
hotmailtotallysucks

I'm sure you're right. Because Denver sucks. Them and their stupid-ass headlines. No one cares about this place. Slayer SHOULD boycott it.

hotmailtotallysucks
hotmailtotallysucks

No maybe about it, Patrick. You nailed it - drunk hicks all over the place. Denver is so stupid.

hotmailtotallysucks
hotmailtotallysucks

Right! Westword has to post inflammatory headlines like this to get any attention. Any real Slayer fan knows that Tom does things like this at shows - he is the frontman. As far as I'm concerned, Denver and Westword don't even exist since I moved away from there. (I still like Michael Roberts, though. Hi, Mike!)

hotmailtotallysucks
hotmailtotallysucks

Yeah, right. Wait and see if they ever play there again. Denver sucks.

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