Jeff_Hanneman_Live1_lo The Jeff Hanneman Memorial Celebration will take place on Thursday, May 23rd at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles from 3:30- 7:30PM. Hanneman passed away on May 2nd at the age of 49.

The Memorial Celebration will be free and open to the public on a first-come, first-in basis (subject to venue capacity). All ages are welcome, and paid parking will be available around the venue.

Jeff Hanneman helped shape Slayer’s uncompromising thrash-metal sound as well as an entire genre of music. His riffs of fury and punk-rock attitude were heard in the songs he wrote, including Slayer classics Angel of Death, Raining Blood, South of Heaven and War Ensemble. Hanneman co-founded Slayer with fellow-guitarist Kerry King, bassist Tom Araya and drummer Dave Lombardo in Huntington Park, CA in 1981. For more than 30 years, Hanneman was the band member who stayed out of the spotlight, rarely did interviews, amassed an impressive collection of World War II memorabilia, was with his wife Kathy for nearly three decades, shut off his phone and went incommunicado when he was home from tour, did not want to be on the road too late into any December as Christmas was his favorite holiday, and, from the time he was about 12 years old, woke up every, single day with one thing on his mind: playing the guitar.

It was once suggested to Slayer that if they would write “just one mainstream song that could get on the radio,” they would likely sell millions of records and change the commercial course of their career, similar to what had happened to Metallica with 1991’s Enter Sandman. Jeff was the first to draw a line of integrity in the sand, replying, “We’re going to make a Slayer record. If you can get it on the radio, fine, if not, then fuck it.”

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  • M on

    Enter Sandman was released in 1991. The article states 1993 in error.

    • Dana on

      You are correct, it was 1991. The erroneous date was printed in the official press release and has since been fixed. Thanks!

  • John Alonzo on

    It is so true about Slayer and Exodus that have no interest in making the big time by selling out their name, and to this day they have done so. But the point is that who knows what Metallica would sound like today if they had maintained the Slayer attitude, thanks Jeff for not selling out.

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