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The music world has been rocked by the death of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman and there will now be a place for his family, peers and fans to come together to mourn his loss and celebrate his life. The Jeff Hanneman Memorial Celebration is scheduled for May 23 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
Hanneman passed away May 2 at the age of 49 from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver.
The Memorial Celebration will be free and open to the public on a first-in basis (based on venue capacity). All ages are welcome and paid parking will be available around the venue. The event is scheduled to run from 3:30-7:30PM.
The guitarist left quite an imprint on the metal world as his furious riffs and punk-rock attitude helped mold the Slayer sound, which included such staples as ‘Angel of Death,’ ‘Raining Blood,’ ‘South of Heaven’ and ‘War Ensemble.’
Hanneman co-founded the band with guitarist Kerry King, bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and drummer Dave Lombardo in 1981.
Following last week’s tragic passing of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman on May 2, his official cause of death has been revealed to be alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver, according to a statement from the band. In the same press release, Slayer also announced that a public memorial will be held to honor Hanneman at a yet-to-be-revealed date.
While it has been known that Hanneman was battling the disease necrotizing fasciitis, which he likely contracted from a 2011 spider bite, the band has revealed that the guitarist’s struggles with alcohol addiction is what ultimately led to his passing.
Find more info on Slayer’s official website: http://www.slayer.net/us/jeff-hanneman.
Slayer are still in mourning over the death of late guitarist Jeff Hanneman, but fellow guitarist Kerry King and frontman Tom Araya have signed online to let their European and U.K. fans know that it won’t dampen their plans to play in Europe this summer.
Read their message.
The musician passed away from liver failure in a California hospital on the morning of May 2. A statement from the band’s publicist released yesterday read:
„Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11am (PT) this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.“
Hanneman co-founded the iconic band in 1981 with Kerry King.
Earlier this week, the band posted a letter to fans on their website regarding Hanneman’s condition. It explained that the guitarist had been in ill health since he was bitten by a spider over a year ago. It said:
“Slayer fans everywhere – it’s time to let you know what is going on with our brother Jeff Hanneman. As you know, Jeff was bitten by a spider more than a year ago, but what you may not have known was that for a couple of days after he went to the ER, things were touch-and-go. There was talk that he might have to have his arm amputated, and we didn’t know if he was going to pull through at all. He was in a medically-induced coma for a few days and had several operations to remove the dead and dying tissue from his arm. So, understand, he was in really, really bad shape.”
It continued: “It’s been about a year since he got out of the hospital, and since then, he had to learn to walk again, he’s had several painful skin grafts, he’s been in rehab doing exercises to regain the strength in his arm; but best of all, he’s been playing guitar.”
It added that Hanneman had recently been attending rehearsals with the band, but that Gary Holt would continue to fill in for him on all upcoming shows, including the band’s summer dates in Europe, including . It is now not known if these shows will go ahead, following the news of Hanneman’s passing.
He was hired by the thrash giants after Jeff Hanneman sustained a near-fatal spider bite in 2011, and has been standing in ever since.
And while Holt won’t rule out taking the position on a permanent basis, he says it’ll only happen if he can stay with the band he’s been part of since 1980.
He tells Metal Titans: “Not if it meant the end of what I’ve doing doing all my life.
“I’ve been filling in for just over two years now and I’m booked all year with them. But I’m keeping the work going with Exodus – I’ve been doing a lot of riff-writing on tour.
“In the summer with Slayer I’m taking a little digital recording rig with me, so I can continue to working on stuff in hotel rooms.”
Kerry King’s outfit are currently operating with two temporary members after they dropped drummer Dave Lombardo following a contractual disagreement.
King recently said he hadn’t spoken to Hanneman “in forever,” leading him to wonder whether he planned to return at all.
Discussing the band’s next album he said: “It’s all my stuff for now. I did that just in case – I don’t know what Jeff’s intentions are. I wanted to have Slayer covered in case he doesn’t come to the party.”
He also responded positively to the suggestion of Holt becoming a full-time Slayer man: “If Gary played with us for ever, I’m okay with that.”
In a recent interview, Kerry King stated that he would be fine continuing on without Jeff Hanneman. Hanneman contracted necrotizing fasciitis (aka flesh eating disease) in early 2011. He’s been undergoing a slow and painful rehabilitation process since, and for the past two years, Exodus’ Gary Holt has been filling in on guitar. In an interview with Metal Obsession, King not only states that he hasn’t really been in touch with the founding guitarist, but he would have no problems with Holt joining the band full time.
He also states that he’s continuing to work on the next Slayer album, stating they’ve got ‘tons of songs’ written. It’ll be interesting to hear what a Slayer album without Hanneman’s input sounds like. Most of the band’s set list consists of songs that Hanneman wrote. And while the division of labor with the band’s music for the past couple of albums is more equally divided between Hanneman and King, most of the band’s biggest and most enduring songs were written by Hanneman. If the only original members of Slayer on the next album are Kerry King and Tom Araya, there might be more than a handful of disillusioned Slayer fans.
Check out the whole interview here: http://www.metalsucks.net/2013/03/25/now-slayer-are-considering-ditching-jeff-hanneman/
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Slipknot singer Corey Taylor described the making of the new album without the bassist Paul Gray, who died two years ago of an accidental overdose. He described the writing as a healing process, although admitting at the same time how difficult it is to record and perform without Paul’s creative mind. “There’s never going to come a time when we even entertain the thought of replacing Paul,” says Taylor. “There will never be another mask. There will never be another #2. But to us, it’s … I don’t want to say we’re looking backwards, but it’s us showing the respect to Paul that we felt was necessary, and trying to figure out what the future holds for this band. Going into the studio without Paul is very, very daunting. But we’re doing it right, you know.“
Taylor added that they all need to get used to the fact that Paul is not there, while having a chance to say something on the new album and really feel it. “ This is going to be how we reconnect. And it needs to start now with communication and sharing ideas and opening up and being able to embrace that. And it’s going to take time.”
Slipknot are currently co-headlining the 2012 Mayhem Festival with Slayer, Motorhead, Antrax and other bands.