Heavy rockers Slayer have pulled the plug on their upcoming European tour to allow bassist TOM ARAYA time to recover from a back injury.
The rocker has been under the care of specialists for weeks, but it has become clear he's not yet fit to hit the road.
A statement from the band reads, "It is with immense disappointment that Slayer must postpone its U.K. and European tour that had been set to kick off on November 18 in the U.K., and take the band on 19 dates through Europe, ending on December 17 in Germany. The tour will be rescheduled to kick off on March 7 in Manchester, England.
"Tom Araya has been under the care of a specialist for a back injury, and while he has already made substantial improvement, he is continuing on with doctor-prescribed treatment."
The band's manager Rick Sales tells Blabbermouth.net, "Right now, our main concern must be the full and permanent recovery of Tom, so we have decided to clear the calendar and give him the extra time he needs to concentrate solely on good health."
Last week (ends06Nov09) Slayer postponed a co-headlining U.S. tour with Megadeth due to Araya's health issues; those dates will be rescheduled in February (10).