Slayer are currently working on their Hanneman's illness that was caused by a spider bite. The incident came as a complete surprise to the group:
"You hear about it, but I didn't even think we had that kind of spider in California. And I really think at the end of the day it's a speculation, because his arm was so f--ked up, I can't imagine them even finding where they think it started, if you had my opinion. But, you know, that flesh-eating stuff, you can get scratched by a nail, you can get scratched by anything, and if you don't take care of it, it's gonna turn into something like that. But whatever got him, that is what happened - he had had the disease."
Slayer performed their first ever concert in India on October 20th, with Gary Holt from Exodus filling in for Hanneman. King has compared the guitarist to Judas Priest axe-man Glenn Tipton:
"The Glenn Tipton of our era - really good, really polished and nobody talks about him. To this day, nobody really references [Judas] Priest and Tipton that much as guitar players and I feel the same way about Gary. Exodus have a huge following but a little more overlooked than Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax - the 'Big Four', so to speak, so [it's great] to be able to bring him to the forefront and shove him down people's throats and say, 'Hey, this motherf--ker kicks a-s. Pay attention.'"
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