Legendary thrash metal band Slayer ended their decades-long touring career on Saturday night with an epic rendition of their critically acclaimed 1986 song, “Angel of Death.”
The track was the last song the group performed during the final show of their farewell tour, which was held at The Forum in California. Frontman Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King stayed onstage after the song, throwing spare guitar picks into the crowd, before delivering one final speech.
“Thank you, thank you very much. I want to thank you for sharing your time with us. Time is precious, so I want to thank you for sharing that time with us,” Araya said. “I’m gonna miss you guys. But the most important thing is, I want to thank you for being a part of my life. Goodnight. You guys be safe.”
Slayer are ceasing touring due in part to Araya’s desire to spend more time with his family, alongside his growing distaste for life on the road, he told Loudwire. The farewell tour, which featured 147 shows across five continents, kicked off in May 2018.
Watch Slayer’s final performance of “Angel of Death” below: