So Melbourne, that was the last you’ll see Slayer. Slayer were a last minute headline announce for Download Australia after Ozzy Osbourne pulled out due to illness.
Not having Ozzy left a huge gap in this show. Ozzy Osbourne with Slayer, Judas Priest and Alice In Chains was a mighty score. Losing the main ingredient made the cake a little soggy.
The Ozzy factor would have made this festival more entertaining. Slayer is an acquired taste and a fairly agro act to leave on. But hey, for every disappointed Ozzy fan there was an over the moon Slayer fan.
The Slayer setlist went back 35 years to the Haunting the Chapel EP of 1984. They somehow managed to completely avoid two of their biggest albums ‘Divine Intervention’ and ‘Undisputed Attitude’ but there was plenty of pyro.
— Noise11.com (@Noise11Tweets) March 11, 2019
The tracks from Season in the Abyss and Reign in Blood were easily the crowd favourites. Ozzy’s departure put pressure on Slayer to perform. They are two extremely different acts and Ozzy is not easy to replace.
These are also Slayer’s final Australian shows. They won’t be back but lets hope Ozzy recovers enough to come back to give us the Download headline so many of us really wanted.
Slayer setlist, Download Melbourne, 11 March 2019
Repentless (from Repentless, 2015)
Blood Red (from Seasons in the Abyss, 1990)
Disciple (from God Hates Us All, 2001)
Mandatory Suicide (from South of Heaven, 1988)
Hate Worldwide (from World Painted Blood, 2009)
War Ensemble (from Seasons in the Abyss, 1990)
Jihad (from Christ Illusion, 2006)
When the Stillness Comes (from Repentless, 2015)
Postmortem (from Reign In Blood, 1986)
Captor of Sin (from Haunting the Chapel EP, 1984)
Payback (from God Hates Us All, 2001)
Seasons in the Abyss (from Seasons in the Abyss, 1990)
Born of Fire (from Seasons in the Abyss, 1990)
Dead Skin Mask (from Seasons in the Abyss, 1990)
Hell Awaits (from Hell Awaits, 1987)
South of Heaven (from South of Heaven, 1988)
Raining Blood (from Reign In Blood, 1986)
Chemical Warfare (from Haunting the Chapel EP, 1984)
Angel of Death (from Reign In Blood, 1986)