Slayer - Jeff Hanneman Still Recovering From Spider Bite

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.

Thanks to Gary "Exodus" Holt for filling in, and best of luck to Jeff with his continued recovery. Take your time and get strong.


p.s. - Fuck spiders. And bugs in general.

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Posted: 01.05.2012 by BitterCOld

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03.05.2012 - 11:12
Black Conundrum
Get well soon, Jeff Hanneman. That must have been a monster of a spider that screwed him up in such a way.
03.05.2012 - 21:36
This is bad.. this is really really bad... Really hope Jeff will get back in shape soon... Damn spiders....
Dude this news is totally freaking me out, can't believe Jeff had to suffer through this flesh eating disease, its like living hell..
05.05.2012 - 19:18
The Galactican
This is pretty awful and super glad to hear he's OK. I have to say though, being bit by a spider and almost dying is pretty fucking metal, no?
05.05.2012 - 22:04
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I hate spiders!
06.05.2012 - 11:27
The Shape 1973
Not good. But at least when he recovers he will be able to shoot webs from his hands and get off with Kirsten Dunst.
Just because you believe in your strong morals it doesn't mean they are correct
08.05.2012 - 01:36
Written by quirin on 02.05.2012 at 00:18

Written by DrunkenFuck on 01.05.2012 at 23:01

You should look up photos of the disease on Google... But not while eating something.

I Just did. Youtube material is pretty explicit too...
That's the kind of shit that commands compassion. Haven't seen such gore since krokodil drug damages.

Oh yeah, fuck I remember that. Shit's nasty as hell.
08.05.2012 - 02:45
Written by Angelic Storm on 02.05.2012 at 10:57

As for Jeff, it seems like he really was in worse shape than the band were initially willing to let on. Hope he gets well soon and returns with a great new Slayer album, and the following tour.

I don't know what kind of spider bit him but it seems to be a pretty nasty one.
They shake your hand and they smile and they buy you a drink
They say we'll be your friends we'll stick with you till the end
But everybody's only looking out for themselves
And you say who can you trust I'll tell you nobody

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