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Slayer Gives Update On Jeff Hanneman, Gary Holt To Continue Filling In On Tour

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Slayer has issued an update to fans about the status of guitarist Jeff Hanneman, Gary Holt (Exodus) filling in on tour, and even some new songs. Here's the "open letter" direct from Slayer:

As you know, Jeff was bitten by a spider more than a year ago, but what you may not have known was that for a couple of days after he went to the ER, things were touch-and-go. There was talk that he might have to have his arm amputated, and we didn't know if he was going to pull through at all. He was in a medically-induced coma for a few days and had several operations to remove the dead and dying tissue from his arm. So, understand, he was in really, really bad shape. It's been about a year since he got out of the hospital, and since then, he had to learn to walk again, he's had several painful skin grafts, he's been in rehab doing exercises to regain the strength in his arm; but best of all, he's been playing guitar. We were all excited when he joined us onstage for the encore a year ago at The Big Four show at Coachella. Since then, we've given him all the time and support he's needed to continue his rehab so he can come back to the band fully recovered and able to deliver the kind of shows we all want him to. While Jeff's been doing some writing and has been coming to rehearsal over the past several weeks, he has decided he needs to take more time to continue his rehab. While we want him back onstage with the band, all of us support his decision. So, we're very grateful that Gary Holt will continue to fill in for Jeff, and will tour with us until Jeff completes his rehab and is ready to return. How long will that be? The best and most honest answer we can give you is 'as long as it takes.' We also wanted you to know that we've been doing some writing and recording for the next Slayer album - we've tracked a few songs, and will finish the album when we're off the road later this year. Gary will join us on tour in Europe and the UK in May and June, and then we'll all see you on this Summer's Mayhem Festival.

Metal Underground.com wishes Jeff a complete and speedy(er) recovery.

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1. spiral_architect writes:

I HOPE HE DOESN'T WATCH THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN IN THEATERS THIS SUMMER!

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2. Margaret Rael writes:

Glad to hear Jeff is OK. Also would like to say, get well soon. Yes these things do take time. And its good that you have that support from the rest of the guys in the band. You guys are awesome. Can't wait to hear your new album. Hopefully I get to see you guys at mayhem. You guys kick ass!!!!! I love seeing you guys live, your the best!!!

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3. wilco writes:

hope he will be back on stage soon f***ed up bitten by a spider

# May 1, 2012 @ 3:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. ZMA writes:

He's gonna pull through this just fine. I'm glad to hear it too. I'm lookin' forward to listening to these new songs even though I'm not that big of a Slayer fan, but I'm down to check it out =].

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5. silvermountains writes:

Glad to get an update, scary sh** those spiders. I wonder what species bit him... but on a lighter note i'm Jeff is gonna recover just fine. Cant wait to see SLAYER on mayhem fest.

fvck that spider

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6. pinto_beans writes:

Wasn't it a brown recluse?

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7. DixieSkumLord666 writes:

Get well soon jeff....can't wait to see slayer and motorhead this summer!!! number one priority...hope the new album is released before 12/21....SLAYER UBER ALLES!!!

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8. b12 writes:

rammstein is the greatest live band of all time. new manson album f***in sucks. jeff will be fine hes an angel of death

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