Rockefeller Center will never be the same again.
On Thursday’s Tonight Show, thrash metal giants Slayer ventured back into their catalog for their Reign in Blood classic “Raining Blood,” delivering a thundering rendition of the 1986 closing track from one of the Greatest 100 Metal Albums of All Time.
Slayer’s late-night debut wasn’t just limited to the performance: In a web-only exclusive, the band seems bewildered to appear on The Tonight Show, with guitarist Kerry King, singer/bassist Tom Araya, drummer Paul Bostaph and guitarist Gary Holt sharing their favorite stories from the road.
King told an anecdote about a straight edge friend/”tour manager” who decided to try hash one night during a European tour early in the band’s career. “He was freaking out in the office for a little while and then he just vaporizes. He just disappeared,” King said.
After searching the city for their “tour manager,” the band had to move on to Rotterdam – the next stop on their tour – where they found him sitting outside the venue waiting for them. Araya later shared “a drinking story” from a tour stop in Montreal.
Slayer are in the midst of a summer tour with Lamb of God.
(Top picture is from Slayer’s show at The Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC on July 20, 2017)