Slayer: Jeff Hanneman Contracts Acute Infection

Jeff Hanneman was hospitalized late last month where he underwent emergency surgery on his right arm after contracting a serious infection.

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Jeff Hanneman, guitarist and founding member of Slayer, was hospitalized late last month where he underwent emergency surgery on his right arm after contracting a serious infection, according to his band mates Kerry King, Tom Araya and Dave Lombardo. While Hanneman's doctors were not able to definitively identify the infection's origin, they diagnosed necrotizing fasciitis, and indicated it likely was rooted in a spider bite. The guitarist is now recuperating at home, has already begun the process of subsequent medical procedures including skin grafts, and is expected to make a full recovery. In light of this situation and Slayer's upcoming participation in the Australian Soundwave Festival tour that is set to kick off on February 26, the band has made the tough decision to play the dates without Hanneman, and will bring on a guest guitarist to fill in for him until such time as he has fully recuperated and is ready to return to the line-up. The band will announce details about the guest guitarist shortly. "Jeff is our brother, we've all been friends and together as a band for almost 30 years," said Araya, "so we're all just crushed by this." "After everything that happened last year," King added, "we all agreed that we just can't let our fans down again," referring to Araya's severe back and neck pain that prompted his January 2010 surgery, unfortunately leading to the band's postponement or cancellation of numerous shows in 2009 and 2010. "So we will tour as planned. But I'll tell you, we can't wait for Jeff to get better and get his ass back on the road."

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    dhruvrajvanshi
    Rimjob4acowboy wrote: Who the hell could emulate either Jeff or Kerry but Jeff or Kerry? Almost any 15 yr old that has a guitar
    Justin Beiber?
    GenerationKILL
    They SHOULD hire me because I AM IN HIGH SCHOOL AND KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT WHAT AWESOME EXTREME MUSIC IS.
    GenerationKILL
    Dear Slayer, Until mr. Hanneman has recovered please hire me to be his fill in. I am 17 and have been playing guitar for 3 years. Ever since I stole my older brothers copy of Reign in Blood I have been mastering Slayer songs (including the sloppy solos) and growing my hair. Now that my hair is as long as the neck on my LTD Jeff Hanneman guitar and I wear nothing but brutal band shirts not only do I know how the guitar works and let everyone know about how great I am on UG, I also know how the ENTIRE WORLD works. Please hire me to play guitar in THE GREATEST, MOST BRUTAL AWESOME BAND IN THE HISTORY OF FOREVER, so that it also makes me AUTOMATICALLY right ABOUT EVERYTHING ON UG AND MY OPINIONS THE MOST VALID. Thanks for reading my letter, contact me at My_metalopinionsarethemostvalid @ Gmail.com PS: I love you.
    Eternal Decay
    GenerationKILL wrote: Dear Slayer, Until mr. Hanneman has recovered please hire me to be his fill in. I am 17 and have been playing guitar for 3 years. Ever since I stole my older brothers copy of Reign in Blood I have been mastering Slayer songs (including the sloppy solos) and growing my hair. Now that my hair is as long as the neck on my LTD Jeff Hanneman guitar and I wear nothing but brutal band shirts not only do I know how the guitar works and let everyone know about how great I am on UG, I also know how the ENTIRE WORLD works. Please hire me to play guitar in THE GREATEST, MOST BRUTAL AWESOME BAND IN THE HISTORY OF FOREVER, so that it also makes me AUTOMATICALLY right ABOUT EVERYTHING ON UG AND MY OPINIONS THE MOST VALID. Thanks for reading my letter, contact me at My_metalopinionsarethemostvalid @ Gmail.com PS: I love you.
    I hope they hire you. For I in believe every word you just said and can not perceive any form of sarcasm in it whatsoever.
    starsky133
    Hopefully he realizes that once he recovers, he HAS to write a song called Necrotizing Fasciitis. It just sounds so f***ing brutal.
    krakkrox
    im most qualified! I listened to slayer for this many years now! THIS MANY!! (what? can't people count fingers?)
    Imptheshrimp
    Jack Darkley wrote: Who the hell could emulate either Jeff or Kerry but Jeff or Kerry?
    Gary Holt, evidently...
    jurnag12
    Hope he gets better soon, but also kinda relieved that they're still coming on the tour, was looking forward to it.
    shredder3386
    "he underwent emergency surgery on his right arm after contracting a serious infection" Ya its called playing the same song for 20 years...my arm would want to commit suicide too.....jokes aside though hopefully he feels better, no one wants to see a metal brother have serious health issues, we have lost enough
    ProgThrash
    Almost any 15 yr old that has a guitar
    You know, Slayer might not have the most complicated or hard guitar riffs and solos, but playing multiple hours in that kind of speed while standing up is relly hard. by the way, I hope Brent Hinds backs jeff up, i find those two guitarists very similiar...
    JFRules
    Rimjob4acowboy wrote: Who the hell could emulate either Jeff or Kerry but Jeff or Kerry? Almost any 15 yr old that has a guitar
    As if ya a lot of kids can play some slayer Riffs but a whole show solos and all I would like to see a 15 year old do that.
    Rimjob4acowboy
    Who the hell could emulate either Jeff or Kerry but Jeff or Kerry?
    Almost any 15 yr old that has a guitar
    guitar_fingers
    some 15 years olds could play a Slayer show successfully, less could play a lot of Slayer songs sitting down w/ breaks in between songs. And to work out who's parts are who's and so on would be difficult.. Anyway, maybe this'll prompt Slayer into writing some death metal, "This is our newest song, necrotizing fasciitis" In all seriousness, hope he gets better.
    unnamedplayer
    dhruvrajvanshi wrote: Rimjob4acowboy wrote: Who the hell could emulate either Jeff or Kerry but Jeff or Kerry? Almost any 15 yr old that has a guitar Justin Beiber?
    lol