Sunday, February 13, 2011

SLAYER'S Jeff Hanneman Hospitalized!



Jeff Hanneman, guitarist and founding member of SLAYER, was hospitalized late last month where he underwent emergency surgery on his right arm after contracting a serious infection, according to his band mates Kerry King, Tom Araya and Dave Lombardo.

While Hanneman's doctors were not able to definitively identify the infection's origin, they diagnosed necrotizing fasciitis, and indicated it likely was rooted in a spider bite. The guitarist is now recuperating at home, has already begun the process of subsequent medical procedures including skin grafts, and is expected to make a full recovery.

In light of this situation and Slayer's upcoming participation in the Australian Soundwave Festival tour that is set to kick off on February 26, the band has made the tough decision to play the dates without Hanneman, and will bring on a guest guitarist to fill in for him until such time as he has fully recuperated and is ready to return to the line-up. The band will announce details about the guest guitarist shortly.

"Jeff is our brother, we've all been friends and together as a band for almost 30 years," said Araya, "so we're all just crushed by this."

"After everything that happened last year," King added, "we all agreed that we just can't let our fans down again," referring to Araya's severe back and neck pain that prompted his January 2010 surgery, unfortunately leading to the band's postponement or cancellation of numerous shows in 2009 and 2010. "So we will tour as planned. But I'll tell you, we can't wait for Jeff to get better and get his ass back on the road." 




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43 comments:

  1. Crappy. I wonder if it's possible to be a one arm guitarist. Def Leppard has/had a one armed drummer.

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  2. Dude...that sux. this is a great post. keep it up.

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  3. Hanneman is such a talented guitarist. I can't wait for him to be fully recovered and back to shredding!

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  4. It must be very depressing for a musician not being able to play

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  5. He was probably shredding to hard

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  6. Oh my god, i didnt know about this...

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  7. Sad to hear. He'll get better I'm sure!

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  8. Oo i hope there are going to be back as soon as possible

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  9. hope he will get better again

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  10. I hope he'll be okay. I am glad to see the band will push on despite this.

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  11. Nooooooooo! And SLAAAAAAYYYYEERRR!!!!

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  12. Damn... how did I miss this. Thanks for posting!

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  13. _I dont like it, sorry.. But i will follow you anyway..

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  14. wow. Hope that guy gets better quick.

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  15. FINALLY A FUCKIN METAL BLOG!!! FOLLOWING! FUCKIN' SLAYER \m/

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  16. Slayer rock, I cant wait until I see them live in May

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  17. hopefully his replacement plays better!

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  18. This template is really cool, goes with slayer well lol. follow me back i like it here, nice and warm.

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  19. Metal isn't my cup of tea but I have buddy's who love it. Everybody's got a different taste.

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  20. Ska over metal any day of the week. But I can respect the talent it takes!

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  21. This is amazing! Using this as my gym workout!

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  22. damn that sucks hope he gets better soon

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  23. \m/ i didnt know that they use this music for torture

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  24. An infection called Necrotizing Fasciitis caused by a spider bite? That sounds pretty metal all on it's own without even considering the badass it happened to!

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  25. It sucks that they are going to have to bring a guest guitarist.

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  26. Hopefully he gets a bionic arm like luke skywalker.

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  27. What a shame to lose such an amazing artist

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  28. Great read. What a shame. I like metal too, followed for more updates

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