Slayer Announce Jeff Hanneman Memorial Celebration

Slayer has announced the details for guitarist Jeff Hanneman’s memorial celebration. A full statement from the band can be read below.
Fans are invited to pay their respects and celebrate the life of Hanneman at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 23 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admittance is free on a first-come, first-in basis (subject to venue capacity). All ages are welcome and paid parking will be available around the venue.
Hanneman, who died from alcohol-related cirrhosis on May 2, was unable to perform a full concert with Slayer since he contracted a flesh-eating disease called necrotizing fasciitis in early 2011. While it was believed the disease was caused from a spider bite, some medical experts are now suggesting it could have also been a result of heavy drinking.
Dr Kent Sepkowitz told the Daily Beast: “Despite the tidiness of the narrative suggesting that the old necrotising fasciitis caused the new liver failure, the story is exactly the opposite,” he said. “People with severe underlying medical problems, such as chronic liver disease, are at increased risk for necrotising fasciitis.
“So rather than the 2011 illness influencing his death, it is more likely that the very illness that killed him – liver failure – was the same condition that predisposed him to the near-death experience two years ago.”
Slayer’s full statement read as follows: The Jeff Hanneman Memorial Celebration will take place on Thursday, May 23 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles from 3:30 – 7:30PM. Hanneman passed away on May 2 at the age of 49.
The Memorial Celebration will be free and open to the public on a first-come, first-in basis (subject to venue capacity). All ages are welcome, and paid parking will be available around the venue.
Jeff Hanneman helped shape Slayer’s uncompromising thrash-metal sound as well as an entire genre of music. His riffs of fury and punk-rock attitude were heard in the songs he wrote, including Slayer classics “Angel of Death,” “Raining Blood,” “South of Heaven” and “War Ensemble.” Hanneman co-founded Slayer with fellow-guitarist Kerry King, bassist Tom Araya and drummer Dave Lombardo in Huntington Park, CA in 1981. For more than 30 years, Hanneman was the band member who stayed out of the spotlight, rarely did interviews, amassed an impressive collection of World War II memorabilia, was with his wife Kathy for nearly three decades, shut off his phone and went incommunicado when he was home from tour, did not want to be on the road too late into any December as Christmas was his favorite holiday, and, from the time he was about 12 years old, woke up every, single day with one thing on his mind: playing the guitar.
It was once suggested to Slayer that if they would write “just one mainstream song that could get on the radio,” they would likely sell millions of records and change the commercial course of their career, similar to what had happened to Metallica with 1993’s “Enter Sandman.” Jeff was the first to draw a line of integrity in the sand, replying, “We’re going to make a Slayer record. If you can get it on the radio, fine, if not, then fuck it.”


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