According to a new Facebook posting by Sandra Araya, wife of SLAYER’s Tom Araya, the bassist/vocalist “was suffering from vertigo due to extreme dehydration and lack of rest,” which caused the cancelation of the band’s appearance at the Sydney, Australia stop of the Soundwave festival on Sunday, February 27.
She added: “Our doctor is in the process of getting the results on the test that were ran (major time zone difference and being the weekend has held up those results). Hopefully there will be nothing more to add after the results are returned.”
According to Soundwave Festival promoter AJ Madda Tom “will be OK” for the next Soundwave show in Melbourne on Friday, March 4th.
Slayer recently recruited Gary Holt from San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS as a temporary fill-in in for Jeff Hanneman who is currently recovering from surgery. Holt is accompanying Tom Araya (bass, vocals), Kerry King (guitar) and Dave Lombardo (drums) on their Australian Soundwave Festival tour, which kicked off on Saturday, February 26th in Brisbane.