Guitar virtuoso behind Slayer’s hard-hitting riffs, Jeff Hanneman, has passed away at the young age of 49-years-old. The band issued a statement on their official website:
OUR BROTHER JEFF HANNEMAN, MAY HE REST IN PEACE (1964 – 2013)
Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM 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.
In early 2011, Jeff suffered from necrotizing fasciitis, which was said to be the result of a spider bite. It was at that time that Jeff pulled out of active touring with the band. He passed away from liver failure near his home in Southern California, surrounded by his wife Kathryn and his siblings.
May he rest in peace. The metal community and Slayer will never be the same again. Today, in tribute, we will listen to “Reign In Blood” by Slayer:
Take video from Sesame Street remixed at speeds matching Slayer’s song Ditto Head and you have something that will teach kids all the right things about life beyond Sesame Street. It’s good old-fashioned thrash metal that really syncs up well with the song choice.
In this classical Sesame Street episode we find Oscar singing Slayers Ditto Head along with Bert and Ernie on the drums and Grover playing Guitar. This the second Sesame Street satire Video that I’ve done if you like this one be sure to check ou[t] the other video of mine “Sesame Street “S” Is For Slayer” very short and funny video.
Slayer was forced to cancel their Australian concert on Sunday when Tom Araya came down with laryngitis. They are currently down under to tour with Megadeth.
Saturday night, Araya was on stage when he discovered that he lost his voice and was unable to sing. The other members of the band stepped in to sing so they could finish the show.
Of the news, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine said, “I was saddened to hear that Tom Araya won’t be able to perform. They are going to proceed to Perth to wait for us and the last show here in Australia.”
The last show is set for Tuesday night. I hope he’s up to it.
If you’re a fan of Megadeth, Slayer, and all things metal, then haul your butt on over to Scott Wharton’s new metal blog, Hook In Mouth. The name of the blog just happens to be one of my favorite Megadeth songs, so you know I have to creep over there to keep up to date on my metal news.
I’m already digging the posts, including the ones about Megadeth nearing the completion of their newest album, how you can win some pretty cool Cannibal Corpse stuff, and how Rob Halford is launching his own record label.