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Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Dead at 49: Rockers Pay Tribute on Twitter

As reported earlier, legendary Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman died at 11AM PT today. Hanneman had contracted the skin tissue disease necrotizing fasciitis, most likely from a spider bite, in earl

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Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Dead at 49

Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman has died at the age of 49, according to a statement released by the band today (May 2). He was with the group since their formation in 1981, and appeared on each of their studio albums, most recently 2009's 'World Painted Blood.'

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Estranged Slayer Drummer Dave Lombardo Reveals Plans to Reactivate Grip Inc.

Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo isn't waiting around for the air to clear concerning his contractual dispute with the band, as he's revealed plans to continue music with Philm and his onetime project Grip Inc.

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Exodus Squash Rumors of Guitarist Gary Holt Joining Slayer Full-Time

Legendary shredder Gary Holt has been the center of much discussion lately, as the thrash guitarist has continued to split his time between his main band Exodus and his guest spot in Slayer. Exodus were recently forced to cancel their spot at this year's Maryland Death Fest, and of course, the rumors of Holt's departure began to fly. To combat said rumors, the band has posted an official statement about the festival cancellation, revealing that Holt needed to take care of his "seriously ill" father.

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Watch This Acoustic Shred of Slayer’s ‘Season in the Abyss’

There was a time not so long ago when people claimed that the art of shred was dead. However, while all of the indie-pop enthusiasts were going unplugged, and posing as limp-wrist martyrs for a dying alternative, guitar virtuosos like Sam Westphalen were keeping the badass alive by selling their souls to the devil. What did they get in exchange? They learned how to make Slayer tunes sound cool on the acoustic guitar.

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Kerry King Okay With Gary Holt Playing With Slayer Forever If Jeff Hanneman Never Returns

The inner workings of legendary thrash masters Slayer have been tumultuous within the past two years. Along with drummer Dave Lombardo being dismissed from Slayer's 2013 Australian tour dates, guitarist Jeff Hanneman has been recovering from a severe case of necrotising fasciitis due to a spider bite, with Exodus shredder Gary Holt having filled in for Hanneman during his absence

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Anthrax Honored in Yankees Stadium With Showcase of Jerseys

As native New Yorkers, Anthrax were thrilled getting to play Yankees Stadium a couple of years ago for 'The Big 4.' But the honor didn't just stop there, as the band recently learned that the specialized Yankees jerseys made for the occasion are currently hanging in the historic baseball stadium for all to see.

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Tommy Shaw, Kerry King, and James Young
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Styx and Slayer Guitar Summit – Pic of the Week

There probably isn't a heck of a lot of overlap between their fanbases, but that didn't stop Slayer guitarist Kerry King from showing up for Styx's Feb. 8 concert -- or hanging out with Tommy Shaw and James 'JY' Young backstage after the last encore.

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Fill-In Drummer Jon Dette on Current Slayer Gig: ‘We’ll See What the Future Brings’

Jon Dette is back in a familiar place, playing drums for Slayer, a gig that he held for a brief period in the 1990s. The drummer was called in at the last minute to play the band's Australian tour after a contract dispute with Dave Lombardo led to Slayer seeking a replacement.

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Rockers Remember Former Iron Maiden Drummer Clive Burr

As Wednesday (March 13) progressed, more and more rockers expressed their admiration and love of late Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr, who passed away Tuesday night (March 12). The musician, who was part of the classic Iron Maiden lineup, suffered from multiple sclerosis in the later portion of his life, but still remained in contact with his former bandmates.

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Slayer Drummer Dave Lombardo Thanks Fans for Support After Ouster From Australian Tour

Legendary Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo was recently dismissed from the band's current Australian tour due to a financial dispute shortly before the thrash legends were set to take off into the Southern Hemisphere. There has been much debate regarding the true inner workings of the dispute, but regardless, Lombardo has taken to his personal Facebook fan page to thank his loyal followers.

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Slayer has Best.Tour Rider. Ever.

Bands going out on tour request some strange things. One that comes to mind is the infamous Van Halen "no brown M&M's". Or was it green? Heavy Metal band Slayer has been touring lately, and played in Austin just a few weeks ago at Fun Fun Fun Fest, and according to more than one source, including Metal Sucks, what follows is the actual rider sent to festival producers Transmission Entertainment. Click to enlarge.

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