War at the Warfield

War at the Warfield
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Video by
ReleasedJuly 29, 2003
RecordedThe Warfield, on December 7, 2001
GenreThrash metal
Length86:11
LabelAmerican
DirectorAnthony M. Bongiovi
Slayer chronology
Live Intrusion
(1995)
War at the Warfield
(2003)
Still Reigning
(2004)

War at the Warfield is a concert video by Slayer which was released on July 29, 2003, through American Recordings.[1][2] Recorded at Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, California, on December 7, 2001, it is the band's second video album. The DVD's contents were announced by MTV on July 25, 2003. It is the last release by Slayer with drummer Paul Bostaph (before he came back in 2013), who left due to a chronic elbow injury. Bostaph was subsequently replaced by the original Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo. War at the Warfield was well received by critics, debuting at number three on the Billboard DVD chart, and sold over 7,000 copies in its first week. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling over 50,000 copies in the United States. It also won a 2003 Metal Edge Readers' Choice Award for DVD of the Year.[3]

Recording and release

The video was recorded at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco on December 7, 2001. War at the Warfield was Slayer's second DVD. Originally set for release on February 11, 2003,[4] and later February 13, 2003,[5] it was delayed several times,[6] due to unspecified "production issues".[7] However, on May 20, 2003, it was announced that the release would be on June 17, 2003,[8] only to be pushed back once again to July 27.[9] Before the DVD's release, Tom Araya commented, "I don't think it's different than any other Slayer show, you got your kids doing the mosh stuff. They get crazy, they tear the place up. And then you get the one kid that's tempted to jump off the balcony. Whether he does it or not is another story. When they do, of course they get hurt, but they always insist on staying so they can watch the rest of the show, then they go to the emergency room." On July 25, 2003, four days before its release, MTV announced the DVD's contents.[10]