Metal fans in Greece were lucky enough to witness a collaboration of godlike awesomeness last night (July 1), as Slayer and Phil Anselmo converged onstage to perform a classic metal anthem. Slayer and Anselmo have jammed together in the past, notably during the most recent Metal Masters clinic, but the Greek crowd was still privy to a rare and pummeling performance of Pantera's 'F---ing Hostile.'
Since the shocking death of Slayer guitar god Jeff Hanneman, the relationship between Hanneman and fellow Slayer shredder his bandmates has been placed under the world's most public microscope. The trend is likely to continue for some time, detailed in even greater length by an upcoming Guitar World interview with Slayer axeman Kerry King, who admits that Hanneman hadn't been speaking to one another during the late guitarist's battle with necrotizing fasciitis.
On May 2, genre-defining Slayer shredder Jeff Hanneman passed away. Hanneman's cause of death was officially attributed to alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver, but the final fews years of his life were hindered by a serious case of necrotizing fasciitis most likely caused by a spider bite. In a new interview with Hanneman's wife, Kathryn, she recounts his alcohol use, nearly dying or losing his arm from necrotizing fasciitis, the guitarist's refusal to go to rehab or therapy + more.
For the first time since the passing of guitarist Jeff Hanneman last month, Slayer have played a live show. After an emotional memorial celebration a couple of weeks ago in honor of their fallen bandmate, Slayer returned to the road, playing at the Impact Festival last night (June 4) in Warsaw, Poland.
It's been a few years, but drummer Paul Bostaph is back behind the kit for Slayer and will get to show off his chops with the band on their summer tour. Bostaph was recently named a full-time replacement after the group decided to move forward without Dave Lombardo following a contractual dispute earlier this year. In his first interview since rejoining the band, Bostaph spoke with Nikki Blakk of San Francisco's 107.7 The Bone about his return and he also shared memories of late Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman.
As we reported last night (May 30), drummer Dave Lombardo is no longer a member of Slayer. The band has been experiencing some serious turmoil this year, both before and after the tragic death of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman. In Lombardo's first public response since Slayer announced that Paul Bostaph has taken Lombardo's place on the drum throne, the Slayer founding member has tweeted out his feelings on the sudden split.
The past few months have been a tumultuous time for Slayer, as the band went their separate ways with drummer Dave Lombardo and mourned the loss of late guitarist Jeff Hanneman. Now, the thrash metal veterans have announced that drummer Paul Bostaph has replaced Lombardo on a full-time basis.
While several of the speakers got emotional and tears were shed at Thursday's Jeff Hanneman Memorial Celebration at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, Slayer guitarist Kerry King chose to keep things light and upbeat while remembering his late bandmate. King used his time onstage to share several fun stories from his history with Hanneman that showed the guitarist's spirit and good nature.