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Jeff Hanneman – Slayer’s Shred Lord – 1964 to 2013

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Jeff Hanneman of Slayer, who died on May 2nd 2013 at 49 years old.

Sad news this morning – Slayer’s long-time guitar player and songwriter Jeff Hanneman has passed away at the age of 49.  The cause of death has been listed as liver failure, with many speculating that the guitarist’s brush with necrotizing fasciitis (following a spider bite) and the subsequent medication required to combat it will have played their part in his early passing.  So serious was this injury that it essentially sidelined Hanneman, compelling him to withdraw from Slayer’s regular touring schedule, with Exodus’ Gary Holt substituting for him from 2011 on.

Though the band’s Kerry King has long been the visual lynch pin of the band, Hanneman’s writing and – crucially – face-melting riffs are a large part of what made the band one of the Thrash Metal scene’s Big Four.   If you’re humming the rampaging chords from “Raining Blood” now, I can’t say as I blame you.

As my cable company have currently provided the 2010 Sofia Bulgaria show from the Big Four tour, replete with Slayer, I can think of no better way to remember the great guitarist’s blistering riffs and headbanging tunes.

RIP, Sir, RIP.

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The stupidity – it burns!

Plays music, does not induce middle-aged dudes to run wildly amok in NYC...

Are we still doing this? Really?

New York businessmen in the Bronx are apparently utterly terrified that next month’s Big Four show in NYC will, by process of osmosis, induce any concert-goer attending to rape, pillage and generally behave like a disgruntled sports fan after a lost championship game. Blabbermouth has more.

Firstly, as pointed out by numerous blogs in the last few days, Thrash’s Big Four (Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth) hardly pull the kind of crowds who are likely to break shizz. Getting ticked off about not being able to park the Minivan – yes. Breaking stuff, a-la The Durst? Nah.

Secondly, the examples of fans rioting in Chile and Columbia are hardly the stuff of indicative comparison. Metalheads are generally peaceable folk – suburban American metalheads are more likely to be more worried about ringing the babysitter to let them know that they’ll be back a little later than planned than they are about pitching bricks through a small businessperson’s front window. Hell, these guys are likely to be the owners of small businesses. We’re talking taxpayers, here, not fricking vikings.

Thirdly, if you’ve spent the best part of a hundred dollars for the cheapest seats in Yankee stadium, I don’t imagine that you’re going to want to spend your evening in the cells after kicking off in the streets afterwards.

I say again – it’s 2011 – are we still abiding by these cretinous stereotypes about music fans?

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