According to the Northern California Record, SLAYER‘s merchandising company has filed a lawsuit to get a judge’s order that it can use to direct federal marshals, and authorize local and state police and agents hired by the company to seize bootleg T-shirts and similar items during the band’s farewell tour.
Global Merchandising filed the complaint for trademark infringement and unfair competition against various unnamed defendants described in the complaint as “numerous independent unlicensed peddlers and manufacturing and distributing companies.” The defendants were, according to the complaint, going “to sell or hold for sale outside of and within the confines of the concert halls at which SLAYER is performing before, during or after SLAYER concert performances.”
The complaint went on to note that “more than $25 million worth of licensed merchandise bearing the SLAYER name, trademark, logos and/or likenesses have been sold” to date.
In August 2010, Live Nation filed a lawsuit against several “John Does” in advance of that month’s Ozzfest in Devore, California. (“John Doe” is a term used in lawsuits for individuals whose actual names are not yet known.) Live Nation was attempting to get a court order that would have federal and local law enforcement authorities seize and impound trademark-infringing gear at Ozzy Osbourne‘s travelling festival. AC/DC filed a similar suit ahead of its 2016 U.S. tour.
This past January, SLAYER announced that it would do one last concert tour around the globe to thank their fans for all of their support over the years, for making the last three and a half decades so packed with good times and unforgettable experiences, and then move on.
SLAYER has been touring in support of its latest album, “Repentless”, which was released in September 2015 via Nuclear Blast. That effort marked the band’s first release since the death of SLAYER‘s co-founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman.
Hanneman contracted necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating disease, in January 2011 from a spider bite in his backyard. The infection ravaged the flesh and tissues of Hanneman‘s arm, leading to numerous surgeries, skin grafts and intense periods of rehab that forced him into semi-retirement and left him near death at several points.
Hanneman eventually died in May 2013 from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver. He is credited for writing many of SLAYER‘s classic songs, including “Angel Of Death” and “South Of Heaven”.
Original SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo was effectively fired from the band after sitting out the group’s Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of SLAYER. He has since been replaced by Paul Bostaph, who was previously SLAYER‘s drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band.
SLAYER has U.S. dates booked through August 26 at San Jose, California’s SAP Center. The band will embark on the European leg of its “farewell” tour in the fall. Support on the trek will come from LAMB OF GOD, ANTHRAX and OBITUARY.