Slayer Announce Los Angeles Memorial Celebration in Honor of Guitarist Jeff Hanneman
The music world has been rocked by the death of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman and there will now be a place for his family, peers and fans to come together to mourn his loss and celebrate his life. The Jeff Hanneman Memorial Celebration is scheduled for May 23 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
Hanneman passed away May 2 at the age of 49 from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver. In the same press release revealing the cause of death, Slayer revealed that a public memorial would be staged for their late guitarist and that event has now been set. The Memorial Celebration will be free and open to the public on a first-in basis (based on venue capacity). All ages are welcome and paid parking will be available around the venue. The event is scheduled to run from 3:30-7:30PM.
The guitarist left quite an imprint on the metal world as his furious riffs and punk-rock attitude helped mold the Slayer sound, which included such staples as 'Angel of Death,' 'Raining Blood,' 'South of Heaven' and 'War Ensemble.' Hanneman co-founded the band with guitarist Kerry King, bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and drummer Dave Lombardo in 1981.
Hanneman frequently shied away from the spotlight and remained vigilant concerning the band's musical vision. When it was once suggested that if the band penned one mainstream song, they could get on the radio, Hanneman stated, "We're going to make a Slayer record. If you can get it on the radio, fine. If not, then f--- it."
Upon his passing, tributes from rockers both via social networking and in person at the Revolver Golden Gods Black Carpet flowed in, showing what a truly influential and special person and musician he was within the music world.