Slayer Waiting For Guitarist Before Making New Album

Although Slayer have continued touring without guitarist Jeff Hanneman, the band have no plans on recording new material without their missing bandmate.

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Although Slayer have continued touring without guitarist Jeff Hanneman (who's been ailing from a rare flesh-eating virus) this year, the band have no plans on recording new material without their missing bandmate. As Slayer plan to hit Europe with the Big Four this summer (followed by Yankee Stadium in September), singer-bassist Tom Araya talked about the band's future.

"There's no way we'd go into a studio without him", Araya told Billboard.com. "As a band we're not going to do something without him. He's an integral part of the band. We require his musical skills, his writing skills. He's an integral part of the band. So we're going to hold off until he's at 100 percent and can join that process and be part of it."

While Hanneman's been out of commission, Exodus' Gary Holt and Cannibal Corpse's Pat O'Brien have been filling in. However, Hanneman did get to play two songs with the band at April's Big Four show in California.

"It was a big deal for him to play for us it was, too", Araya said. "We thought that would be a nice surprise for everybody and also make everybody aware that he's still there. It's pretty severe what he's going through. He's had skin grafts, and he's got to rehabilitate his arm and get it back in shape again. It's going to require a lot of time."

Thanks for the report to Bryan Wawzenek, Gibson.com

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    M15T3RJACK
    Metallidethium wrote: A flesh eating virus? That's so metal..
    ikr... the metalocalypse is upon us...
    Juankpjc
    common jeff.. u can do everything.. ur songs are the best lml.. cant wait to hear new slayer material !
    Dime6String
    Going to see Slayer with Exodus in a couple months. I was wondering if Holt was gonna pull double duty lol... good to know O'Brien will be filling in. Hope Jeff comes back SOON!
    Soundservant
    I don't think I'm the only one who wants to see photos of his arm when it was all decaying. WE WANT PICS!