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Memorial Details Announced For Slayer's Jeff Hanneman

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The Jeff Hanneman Memorial Celebration will take place on Thursday, May 23rd at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles from 3:30 - 7:30PM. Hanneman passed away on May 2nd at the age of 49.

The Memorial Celebration will be free and open to the public on a first-come, first-in basis (subject to venue capacity). All ages are welcome, and paid parking will be available around the venue.

Jeff Hanneman helped shape Slayer's uncompromising thrash metal sound as well as an entire genre of music. His riffs of fury and punk-rock attitude were heard in the songs he wrote, including Slayer classics "Angel of Death," "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven" and "War Ensemble."

Hanneman co-founded Slayer with fellow-guitarist Kerry King, bassist Tom Araya and drummer Dave Lombardo in Huntington Park, CA in 1981. For more than 30 years, Hanneman was the band member who stayed out of the spotlight, rarely did interviews, amassed an impressive collection of World War II memorabilia, was with his wife Kathy for nearly three decades, shut off his phone and went incommunicado when he was home from tour, did not want to be on the road too late into any December as Christmas was his favorite holiday, and, from the time he was about 12 years old, woke up every single day with one thing on his mind: playing the guitar.

It was once suggested to Slayer that if the band would write "just one mainstream song that could get on the radio," the group would likely sell millions of records and change the commercial course of its career. Jeff was the first to draw a line of integrity in the sand, replying, "We're going to make a Slayer record. If you can get it on the radio, fine, if not, then fuck it."

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2. nekrovomit writes:

We all love and miss you jeff. RIP

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3. BEARDEDXCHRIS writes:

since i'm probably the only person alive who hates social networking and doesn't spend my entire life on the internet this is the first i'm hearin of this. i'm at a loss for words and cann't believe what i'm readin. jeff, you will always be a godhead of thrash and metal in general. you will go down as one of the baddest guitarist in one of the baddest bands of all time. you will be truely missed and certainly never forgotten. long live slayer. long live hanneman.

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