Slayer Frontman Feeling Better, Won't Miss Next Show

Slayer bassist and singer Tom Araya's health issues forced the cancelation of his band's Sunday appearance as part of the Soundwave festival.

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Slayer bassist and singer Tom Araya's health issues forced the cancelation of his band's Sunday appearance as part of the Soundwave festival in Sydney, Australia. But, in a new statement released by festival organizers, Araya said he's back to normal.

"Sorry I couldn't make the Sydney festival show," he said. "I am feeling much better and look forward to performing in Melbourne." The Melbourne stop takes place on Friday, March 4.

The statement follows an update that Araya's wife, Sandra, posted on Facebook. She said that Tom "was suffering from vertigo due to extreme dehydration and lack of rest. Our doctor is in the process of getting the results on the test that were ran (major time zone difference and being the weekend has held up those results). Hopefully there will be nothing more to add after the results are returned."

During their Australian tour, Slayer are already down one original member. Guitarist Jeff Hanneman is sidelined because of a rare disease that destroys skin, fat and tissue. His temporary replacement is Gary Holt, of Exodus.

Thanks for the report to Bryan Wawzenek, Gibson.com

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    MurderJunkie93
    Good to hear, hopefully Jeff gets better soon too. AM keen for a new record in 2011-12. Slayer seemed to be aging and losing their ferocity for a while but over the last couple of years they've really began to flourish again, I would say of the thrash 4, they are definitely the best nowadays, they have made the most consistent releases, Metallica's last 2 albums were terrible, megadeth had a bad run in the late 90's and Anthrax released a couple of rather unexciting albums, but every Slayer album has been good, although ther are a couple which are not up to par with the rest they'rte still good albums. long live SLLLAAAAAYYYYYEEEEERRRRR
    not_dead_enough
    During their Australian tour, Slayer are already down one original member. Guitarist Jeff Hanneman is sidelined because of a rare disease that destroys skin, fat and tissue. His temporary replacement is Gary Holt, of Exodus.
    That really sucks, as Jeff is the only member of Slayer I would class as a world-class musician. I'm seeing them this saturday in Adelaide and without Jeff I don't see them being that great (yes I've seen them live before and Tom/Dave are average live).
    Soundservant
    That really sucks, as Jeff is the only member of Slayer I would class as a world-class musician.
    Um. Everyone knows that Dave Lombardo is the greatest thrash metal drummer of all time
    not_dead_enough
    Soundservant wrote: That really sucks, as Jeff is the only member of Slayer I would class as a world-class musician. Um. Everyone knows that Dave Lombardo is the greatest thrash metal drummer of all time
    On albums, maybe. Certainly not live...