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It was a night of merriment and nostalgia for fans of Slayer, Primus, Ministry, and Phil Anselmo of Pantera, who played First Interstate Arena on Friday night.

Anselmo dedicated his set to “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, who was slain in 2004 during a Pantera concert, and another fallen band member and Dimebag’s older brother, Vinnie Paul, who died last year.

Phil Anselmo and the Illegals

Phil Anselmo and the Illegals perform at First Interstate Arena at MetraPark during the "Slayer: the Final Campaign" tour stop on Friday, November 22, 2019.

Anselmo didn’t mince words, and got the show kicked off at 6 p.m. with his band, The Illegals. With four sets of music from some of the more legendary bands of the 1990s, a long night was ahead. He played a set of Pantera and Illegals songs and urged the crowd to “teach these young ones, all you mother****ers who grew up with us,” and there were plenty of preteens in the mix. MetraPark officials estimate approximately 3,400 people attended the show.

When Ministry took the stage, frontman Al Jourgensen said, “You seem to know us, but a lot of them don’t. I think we’re going to play a bunch of old ones to refresh your memory," and launched into “The Missing” off "Land of Rape and Honey.” During a hazy, smoke-machine pumping set they played plenty of fan favorites, including “Just One Fix,” “Jesus Built My Hotrod,” and a Black Sabbath cover, “Supernaut.”

Ministry

Al Jourgensen of Ministry performs at First Interstate Arena at MetraPark during the "Slayer: the Final Campaign" tour stop on Friday, November 22, 2019.

Primus didn’t hold back the hits, and rolled through nearly an hour of uninterrupted music. Men of few words, the three-piece said little and played with precision, but bassist Les Claypool easily stole the show with his expansive skills and energy on stage. He was constantly moving. And yes, they played “My Name Is Mud.”

Primus

Les Claypool of Primus performs at First Interstate Arena at MetraPark during the "Slayer: the Final Campaign" tour stop on Friday, November 22, 2019.

By the time Slayer hit the stage at 9:25 p.m., the crowds had more than three hours of revelry and nostalgia to fill their cups. Many of the crowd came for the headliner, as evidenced by their t-shirts. Slayer's following is loyal and loves merch.

Phil Anselmo and the Illegals

Fans Valorie and Andrew Leatham of Orem, Utah wear matching "Sleigher" sweaters they gave each other last year for Christmas as Phil Anselmo and the Illegals perform at First Interstate Arena at MetraPark during the "Slayer: the Final Campaign" tour stop on Friday, November 22, 2019.

With incredible fanfare, the band took the stage behind an enormous curtain, and as the crowd chanted “Slayer,” “Slayer,” “Slayer,” they dropped the sheet and lit the stage up. Pyrotechnics abounded, and the band took everyone to a different kind of church.

Slayer

Slayer performs at First Interstate Arena at MetraPark during the "Slayer: the Final Campaign" tour stop on Friday, November 22, 2019.

In a tour that was billed to be their last, Slayer's fans showed up ready to rock. Whether or not the band will hold to that, time will tell.

But in this final showing, flames abounded and with nostalgic tunes on their lips, everyone was celebrating.

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