Jeff Hanneman's death is still fresh in our memories. The legendary guitarist would have been 50 today and of course Slayer has paid a homage to him on this day. The band released a message talking about his influence and the mark he left in metal for years to come. His legacy will live on. RIP.
Slayer will take a break from writing and recording their next album to hit the road in May for a handful of dates in the US. Joining Slayer as special guests for these shows are Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus, marking the first time Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies have toured together since the 1990 European Clash Of The Titans tour. Gary Holt continues to fill in for Slayer's fallen guitarist Jeff Hanneman and will do double-duty as guitarist in his primary band Exodus.
It's a vinyl feast. On December 10th, 2013, American Recordings (owned by long-time Slayer producer Rick Rubin) will reissue ten of legends Slayer's seminal albums on vinyl in North America. All ten albums will be available individually and were re-mastered from the original analog flat master tapes and pressed on the highest quality, 180-gram audiophile vinyl.
You can expect an old school set on all the dates of Slayer's five-week North American tour, which kicked off yesterday at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. On this tour, the band will be paying tribute to guitarist Jeff Hanneman.
Following a summer of touring in Europe, South America and Mexico, thrashers Slayer will headline its first North American tour in two years. The five-week-plus trek will kick off on October 22nd in Anchorage, Alaska, marking the first time the band has played there since 1996. The tour will include the band's previously announced return to New York's Theatre at Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Palladium, venues the band hasn't performed at in 25 years. You can see the dates confirmed so far below with more to be announced soon. Araya and King are working on new material and hope to spend some time in the studio prior to this tour.
Dave Lombardo, former drummer for thrash legends Slayer will be featured on the upcoming album by Brazilian-American thrashers Sepultura. Lombardo, who was having some quality time with his kids and dog by the beach near to the studio where Sepultura is recording the new album together with sound guru Ross Robinson (Machine Head, Korn, Fear Factory among others), told Robinson about his whereabouts which lead Ross to ask him if he wanted to guest on the recording.
British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden's year keeps getting fuller and fuller. Now they have announced their return to Argentina this summer to make their first-ever appearance at the legendary River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires on September 27th. They will also be making a first-ever visit to Paraguay on September 29th to play the Jockey Club in Asuncion. On October 2nd, they will return to headline the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile, where the Blu-ray/DVD En Vivo was filmed in 2011.
UPDATE: There has been new developments after Slayer's drummer Dave Lombardo released a statement claiming he had been kicked off the band's Australian tour. Slayer has now responded and explained the decision to replace him in a statement issued a few hours ago:
The Bloodstock Open Air 2013 team has announced today that seminal thrash metal legends, Slayer are confirmed as the third and final headliner for next year. The Californian four-piece will close the Ronnie James Dio stage on Sunday night at Catton Park, United Kingdom.
Holy fuck balls! We know Slayer's Jeff Hanneman went through some serious shit when a spider bit him last year and he had to battle through the Slayer song-title sounding Necrotizing Fasciitis. Seems it was far worse than the band let on.
Slayer fans everywhere - it's time to let you know what is going on with our brother Jeff Hanneman.
As you know, Jeff was bitten by a spider more than a year ago, but what you may not have known was that for a couple of days after he went to the ER, things were touch-and-go. There was talk that he might have to have his arm amputated, and we didn't know if he was going to pull through at all. He was in a medically-induced coma for a few days and had several operations to remove the dead and dying tissue from his arm. So, understand, he was in really, really bad shape. It's been about a year since he got out of the hospital, and since then, he had to learn to walk again, he's had several painful skin grafts, he's been in rehab doing exercises to regain the strength in his arm; but best of all, he's been playing guitar. We were all excited when he joined us onstage for the encore a year ago at The Big Four show at Coachella. Since then, we've given him all the time and support he's needed to continue his rehab so he can come back to the band fully recovered and able to deliver the kind of shows we all want him to. While Jeff's been doing some writing and has been coming to rehearsal over the past several weeks, he has decided he needs to take more time to continue his rehab. While we want him back onstage with the band, all of us support his decision. So, we're very grateful that Gary Holt will continue to fill in for Jeff, and will tour with us until Jeff completes his rehab and is ready to return. How long will that be? The best and most honest answer we can give you is 'as long as it takes.' We also wanted you to know that we've been doing some writing and recording for the next Slayer album - we've tracked a few songs, and will finish the album when we're off the road later this year. Gary will join us on tour in Europe and the UK in May and June, and then we'll all see you on this Summer's Mayhem Festival.
US thrashers Slayer will headline the FortaRock festival in The Netherlands, taking place on June 2nd, 2012. More bands will be announced soon but two other names have been announced so far. Alongside Slayer, Anthrax and Meshuggah will also perform in The Netherlands in the FortaRock Festival 2012. For more information about the festival go to http://www.fortarock.nl/. Tickets on sale starting today.