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slayer_logo’s Tom Araya and Kerry King are very pleased to announce that Paul Bostaph has rejoined the band on a full-time basis.  Bostaph will be behind the drum kit beginning June 4 when kicks off the first leg of its 2013 international tour in Warsaw, Poland.  Gary Holt will continue to fill in for fallen guitarist Jeff Hanneman.

’s 2013 itinerary will have the band playing 35 dates that will include headline shows as well as a number of major summer festivals in Europe, Eastern Europe and South America between June and October.  The complete itinerary is below.

“Paul’s a great drummer and a good friend, and we’re very happy that he’s decided to rejoin the band,” said Tom Araya.  “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.”

“I’m very excited to be rejoining ,” added Bostaph.  “We spent a very intense ten years of our lives together, had a lot of fun, made a lot of great music, so for me,  this feels like coming home.”

Bostaph was Slayer’s drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band – the Gold certified Divine Intervention (1994), the 1996 punk covers album Undisputed AttitudeDiabolus in Musica, (1998), God Hates Us All (2001) that received a Grammy nomination for “Best Metal Performance,”  as well as the DVD War at the Warfield (2001), also certified Gold.  In addition to Slayer, Bostaph has been a member of Forbidden, Exodus, Systematic and Testament.

Slayer’s 2013 international touring schedule is as follows:

JUNE

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

JULY

1         Heavy By The Sea, Athens, Greece

AUGUST

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

SEPTEMBER

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

OCTOBER

2         Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile

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