Slayer fans everywhere – it’s time to let you know what is going on with our brother Jeff Hanneman.
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.
For those who were either born too late or living in the wrong part of the world while music which has now become legendary was exploding from the Bay Area’s thrash metal scene in the early-to-mid 1980s, here’s your second chance to re-live history.
With a very special All Ages show marking the 10-year anniversary of former EXODUS singer Paul “Pavel” Baloff’s passing, “Bonded By Baloff: A Decade Of Remembrance” will take place at the Oakland Metro Operahouse on Saturday, February 4th, 2012 and features the evening’s headliners EXODUS plus POSSESSED, FORBIDDEN, HEATHEN, and MAD AT SAM on the Main Stage. Playing the Second Stage are ANGERHEAD, MUDFACE, THE VENTING MACHINE, HELLFIRE, and HYSTERIA.
The evening is well on its way to being a SOLD-OUT event and may very well turn into the second installment of the recent Bazillion Points book Murder in the Front Row (which can be purchased here), so don’t miss out!
Of the event, EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has previously stated:
“[We] knew it was high time we do something special to remember the legend of Paul Baloff, so we decided to put together a show the Bay Area will not soon forget. There are some nice surprises in store as well! It will be ten years and two days since the thrash world lost one of its greatest frontmen ever, and we will always make sure his memory lives on and is never forgotten. Long live The Destroyer!”
Advanced tickets for “Bonded By Baloff: A Decade Of Remembrance” can be purchased at this location.
EXODUS and FORBIDDEN are just two of the bands from the now infamous Bay Area thrash metal scene who will be performing at the special show marking the 10-year anniversary of former EXODUS singer Paul “Pavel” Baloff’s passing. “Bonded By Baloff: A Decade Of Remembrance” will take place Saturday, February 4th, 2012 at the Oakland Metro Operahouse.
States guitarist Gary Holt of EXODUS:
“With February 2nd being the 10 year anniversary of Paul’s passing, the band knew it was high time we do something special to remember the legend of Paul Baloff, so we decided to put together a show the Bay Area will not soon forget. We’ve pulled some of the Bay’s finest for this, bands who knew and shared many a stage and drink with Pavel. There are some nice surprises in store as well! It will be ten years and two days since the thrash world lost one of its greatest frontmen ever, and we will always make sure his memory lives on and is never forgotten. Long live The Destroyer!”
FORBIDDEN guitarist & founding member Craig Locicero adds:
“Everyone in FORBIDDEN is honored to have been asked by Gary and EXODUS to play this show marking the 10th anniversary of Paul Baloff’s crazy fucking life! I witnessed his insanity first-hand at the Mabouhay Gardens and Ruthie’s Inn. As EXODUS got bigger, Paul got crazier – in a good way. It was genius at work. He was the mold that all thrash frontmen cut themselves from, but he was also a pretty damn sweet guy. Always kind to those he liked, he’d be in the front row at FORBIDDEN gigs screaming things like ‘Why does it have to be so heavy?’ and my favorite, ‘Heavier than time!’ I’m laughing just typing this!
“At his memorial, I saw people I hadn’t seen in years. So much love, so many laughs. It made me happy in some strange way just to see that kind of respect displayed for Paul. We all really loved him. Luckily his legend has returned with a vengeance… and hey, Paul, you did it: You’ve become heavier than time!”
The Main Stage line-up for “Bonded By Baloff: A Decade Of Remembrance” includes: EXODUS, POSSESSED, FORBIDDEN, HEATHEN, and MAD AT SAM.
Playing the Second Stage are: ANGERHEAD, MUDFACE, THE VENTING MACHINE, HELLFIRE, and HYSTERIA.
If you ask metal fans who the originators of the Bay Area thrash metal scene are, most people will not just say, but shout out ”Exodus!”. The band was formed in 1980 – with a certain Kirk Hammett in the line-up – but the debut album ”Bonded by blood” didn’t see the light of day until 1985. The album is now widely considered to be one of the best and most important albums of thrash metal history – and not to forget one of the most aggressive ones. Several killer releases followed – the commersially successful ”Fabulous disaster” (1988) to name one – before Exodus folded in 1993. 2004 saw thrash fans positively shocked when the band released the brilliant comeback album ”Tempo of the damned”, and since then another three hard-hitting albums have been unleashed. Original members Gary Holt (guitar) and Tom Hunting (drums) are today joined by Jack Gibson (bass), Lee Altus (guitar) and Rob Dukes, the brutal heir to Exodus’ legendary past frontmen Paul Baloff (1960-2002) and Steve Souza.
Tickets are available at our website: www.swedenrock.com. There you can also find more information about ticket prices and accommodation.
Around 70 bands will perform on our 5 stages next summer. The following bands have been confirmed so far:
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT
DIMMU BORGIR SYMPHONY X EDGUY GAMMA RAY DANKO JONES
TYGERS OF PAN TANG
Slayer - North American Tour With Rob Zombie and Exodus
Armchair theologians take heed: Dante Alighieri may have written the definitive overview on the medieval Christian concept of Hell back in the 14th century, but he made no mention of Hell’s soundrack.
In three words: THIS IS IT.
Touring together for the first time since Ozzfest 1999, Slayer and Rob Zombie are teaming up to bring a glorious co-headlining purgatory to fans in twelve North American cities with Bay Area thrashers EXODUS to open all shows.
The trek kicks off Wednesday, July 20 at the Sovereign Center in Reading, Pennsylvania and travels through five Canadian provinces. Tickets for all shows are available via online outlets.
Slayer, Rob Zombie, and EXODUS “Hell On Earth” tour dates:
07/20/11 – Sovereign Center, Reading, PA
07/22/11 – DTE Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI
07/23/11 – Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
07/24/11 – Heavy T.O. at Downsview Park, Toronto, ON – CANADA
07/27/11 – MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
07/29/11 – Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, SK – CANADA
07/30/11 – Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB – CANADA
07/31/11 – Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB – CANADA
08/02/11 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Center, Victoria, B.C. – CANADA
08/03/11 – Rogers Arena, Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
08/05/11 – Rose Quarter Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR
08/06/11 – WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
EXODUS’ ninth studio album, Exhibit B: The Human Condition, hit #1 on the CMJ Loud Rock radio chart and debuted at #114 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, #43 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart, #19 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart, and #12 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart. The album alsodebuted at #19 on the Neilsen SoundScan LOUD Chart in Canada.
Slayer has been in the frontlines of thrash metal and extreme metal for nearly four decades. Several classic songs such as Hell Awaits, Raining Blood, South Of Heaven, Dead Skin Mask, Cult etc are immortal and present a well oiled metallic war machine pushing forward relentlessly and show the brutality of thrash metal. However, the thrash metal machine needs a powerful inexhaustible source of intense drumming to create the well-known Slayer tempo. Dave Lombardo is definitely at the core of the unique sounds of Slayer. Despise his absence from Slayer, his role in the world of Slayer has become, and still is, an important part of Slayer. Metal-Rules.com had the great pleasure to have a moment with Dave Lombardo.
Slayer - North American Tour With Rob Zombie and Exodus
LOS ANGELES, CA – MONDAY, March 28, 2011 — Get ready for hell on earth, because for the first time since they tour together on Ozzfest 1999, Rob Zombie and Slayer are teaming up to hit the road, bringing a glorious purgatory to fans in 12 North American cities. The co-headline trek kicks off Wednesday, July 20 at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 1 at 10:00AM local time. Tickets for all shows are available at the venues’ box office, and via the online outlets as listed below.
“We haven’t toured with Zombie since Ozzfest 1999, so you can expect no less than ‘hell on earth,’” said Slayer’s Kerry King. “Total sonic annihilation and a visual bludgeoning. Bring your own body bag…”
“Total destruction on stage and off is what this combination promises,” states Zombie, “Seriously, how much more Hell could you ask for? The answer is none more Hell.”
Both Zombie and Slayer will present their full headline sets at every show, and both bands will close shows over the course of the tour. San Francisco’s thrash-metal band Exodus has been confirmed to open all shows.
Slayer has been performing its classic 1990 Seasons In the Abyss album in its entirety over the past several months, but will instead draw from its entire 30-year catalogue for this tour’s setlist.
Never one to play it safe, Zombie will be bringing his legendary stage show out in full force. Audiences can expect an exploding non-stop barrage of sin, sex and Satan guaranteed to rip your face off. This a true rock and roll spectacle at its finest.
Rob Zombie: With more than 15 million albums sold, seven Grammy nominations, the helming of five major motion pictures (including the #1 record-breaking “Halloween”) and dozens of music videos under his belt, Zombie is truly a force to be reckoned with in today’s entertainment landscape. For over 25 years his unique meld of horror and hard rock has influenced his sound as a musician, and more recently, his vision as a director and writer. After the tour, Zombie will be starting production on his sixth feature film, “The Lords of Salem,” with the producers of the Paranormal Activity franchise.
Slayer: The Chicago Tribune‘s Greg Kot wrote that the four-time-nominated, two-time Grammy winning Slayer is “one of the great American rock bands of the last 30 years, forget about genre.” Indeed, few bands come close to matching the intensity that Slayer brings to its live shows, having been named “Best Live Band” by numerous media outlets including Revolver, SPIN, and Metal Hammer. With songs that mirror the turmoil and aberrations of our society – God’s terrifying global genocide, the chaos of our broken political system, chemical warfare, the hideous minds of serial killers, and the way-too-close proximity of world horrors that technology has brought us, Slayer remains crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the Mainstream.
Dates for the Slayer and Rob Zombie tour are as follows:
20 Sovereign Center, Reading, PA - ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations
22 DTE Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI - ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations
23 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA - ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations
24 Heavy T.O. at Downsview Park, Toronto, ON Canada - ticketmaster.ca and all Ticketmaster locations
27 MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB Canada - ticketmaster.ca and all Ticketmaster locations
29 Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, SK Canada - ticketmaster.ca and all Ticketmaster locations
30 Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB Canada - ticketmaster.ca and all Ticketmaster locations
31 Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB Canada - ticketmaster.ca and all Ticketmaster locations
2 Save-On-Foods Memorial Center, Victoria, BC Canada – SelectYourTickets.com
3 Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC Canada - ticketmaster.ca and all Ticketmaster locations
5 Rose Quarter Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR – ComcastTix.com
6 WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA - ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations
EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt will continue to replace Jeff Hanneman on SLAYER’s European Carnage tour, which kicks-off this weekend in the Ukraine. Jeff Hanneman is still recovering and is feeling better already.
Gary Holt also replaced Jeff Hanneman on guitar on the band’s Australian shows ealier this month. Jeff is currently recovering from surgery after an arm infection due to a spider bite.
California Bay Area thrashers EXODUS are pleased to announce their confirmation to perform at Ieperfest in Belgium and Rock im Betonwerk in Germany. For their August 10th performance at the Metal Hammer Festival in Katowice, Poland, EXODUS will be opening for British metal legends Judas Priest.
Guitarist Gary Holt has the following to say about the upcoming opportunity:
“I can’t believe that after getting to play with Iron Maiden in Chile, now we can announce that we will be sharing the stage with Judas Priest in Poland! How much better can it get? Two shows with two of our biggest heroes! Now if only I can select the set for them… I can dream, can’t I?! It’s gonna be awesome; to say we’re excited is an understatement.”
View video footage of Gary Holt playing live with SLAYER at the Brisbane Soundwave Festival on February 26th in Australia here andhere.
Book of Historic Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Exodus Photos Coming This Fall 2011
Legendary San Francisco Bay Area metal photographers Brian Lew (Whiplash fanzine) and Harald “O.” Oimoen (D.R.I.) have joined forces to create the large-format hardcover photo collection MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW: Bay Area Bangers and the Birth of Thrash Metal. Coming this fall from Bazillion Points Books, this intense look at early hardcore headbangers features some of the first photos of the “Big Four” and their extended family of thrash metal bands. With hundreds of candid, live, and studio shots, Lew and Oimoen celebrate the unique wild-eyed spirit and atmosphere of the historic S.F. Bay Area heavy metal scene: pinpointing clubs (The Old Waldorf, The Stone, Ruthie’s Inn, The Omni); hangouts (The Record Vault, the infamous Metallica Mansion); and beloved local figures like fearless stage diver Toby Rage, manager Debbie Abono, and the unrivaled metal ringmaster Paul Baloff of Exodus.
Among the jaw-dropping moments in heavy metal history on display: Cliff Burton’s first rehearsal with Dave Mustaine-era Metallica; Kerry King of Slayer performing with early Megadeth; Metallica and Slayer’s first Bay Area shows; the first meeting of Slayer and Metallica; original uncropped prints of Possessed’s blood-spattered “Seven Churches” band photo shoot; some of the earliest photos of Vio-lence and Death Angel; Testament (then called Legacy) dressed in religious stage outfits; the crazed front row faces from legendary Ruthie’s Inn; and Metallica’s triumphant takeover of Day on the Green in 1985.
At roughly 300 pages, filled with unpublished images and rare flyers, this incredible visual time capsule stems from a friendship that started when Brian Lew and Harald O. first met as camera-wielding teenage metalheads. Both later contributed to Ron Quintana’s infamous Metal Mania fanzine.
Says Harald O.: “I am so psyched on getting these photos out there. The camaraderie and great friendships forged between all the bands and the fans was so cool-there literally wasn’t much distinction. Everybody was pals with everyone else, and it was a magical time to be a metalhead living in the Bay Area. People are gonna freak on what what we’re gonna show them. This is a dream come true!”
Says Brian Lew: “This will not be a history book, but rather a time machine back to the ‘bonded by blood’ days of the original Bay Area metal scene. Before they played the Bay Area, Slayer wore makeup onstage; after that first Bay Area show they never wore makeup again. This book will show people why.”
Murder in the Front Row: Bay Area Bangers and the Birth of Thrash Metal, by Brian Lew and Harald “O.” Oimoen. [ISBN 978-1-935950-03-5] Coming Fall 2011 from Bazillion Points Books, America’s smallest but heaviest book publisher.
As announced by SLAYER yesterday, Gary Holt of EXODUS will be temporarily filling in for guitarist Jeff Hanneman during SLAYER’s upcoming tour dates. He will immediately join Slayer members Kerry King, Tom Araya and Dave Lombardo on their five-date Australian Soundwave Festival that begins February 26.
Gary Holt offers the following comments about his upcoming stint as touring guitarist for one of metal’s most venerated bands:
“How can I put into words how excited I am to have been asked to play with SLAYER? Hard to describe for sure. Legendary band, check. Old friends since the birth of thrash metal. Check. Get to play ‘Angel Of Death’ live, priceless! I’ll do my best to live up to the standard they’ve set for so many years, while we all wish Jeff a speedy return to health and his rightful place in SLAYER.”
SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman is currently recuperating at home after emergency surgery on his right arm after contracting a serious infection, possibly caused by a spider bite. He is expected to make a full recovery and will return to the SLAYER line-up as soon as he has fully recovered.
SLAYER has recruited Gary Holt from veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS to be SLAYER’s guest guitarist, temporary filling in for Jeff Hanneman who is currently recovering from surgery. Holt will immediately join Tom Araya (bass, vocals), Kerry King (guitar) and Dave Lombardo (drums) for their five-date Australian Soundwave Festival tour that begins February 26.
Hanneman underwent emergency surgery on his right arm late last month after contracting a serious infection, possibly caused by a spider bite. He is now recuperating at home and is expected to make a full recovery. He will return to the SLAYER lineup as soon as he has fully recovered.
While Hanneman’s doctors were not able to definitively identify the infection’s origin, they diagnosed necrotizing fasciitis, an infection caused by bacteria. According to WebMD, necrotizing fasciitis can destroy skin, fat, and the tissue covering the muscles. The disease sometimes is called “flesh-eating” bacteria.
“Jeff is our brother, we’ve all been friends and together as a band for almost 30 years,” said Araya, “so we just want him to completely recover as soon as possible.”
“After everything that happened last year,” King added, “we all agreed that we just can’t let our fans down again,” referring to Araya’s severe back and neck pain that prompted his January 2010 surgery, unfortunately leading to the band’s postponement or cancellation of numerous shows in 2009 and 2010. “Jeff is totally on board with this decision, so we will tour as planned. At this point, we can’t pinpoint exactly what day he’ll be back, but he’ll be back as soon as he possibly can. And we can’t wait for Jeff to get better and get his ass back on the road.”
California Bay Area thrashers EXODUS are very happy to announce they will open for the legendary IRON MAIDEN on April 10th, 2011 at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile.
Guitarist Gary Holt shares the exciting news:
“We had two shows left on the ‘Thrash Fest Tour,’ everybody was tired and burned out, and then I got word that EXODUS will open for the one-and-only IRON MAIDEN in Chile! Best news ever! Just unbelievable! There’s no one bigger than IRON MAIDEN in South America. I’ve seen the DVD footage of their shows down in that part of the world, and to actually get to open for them ANYWHERE is amazing! But down there? Absolutely spectacular! We’ll be playing Santiago with my heroes – a band whose songs we were covering at backyard parties – in front of 65,000 people! Suddenly we all got a big second wind! Stoked beyond belief is an understatement!”
Four months out, 22,000 tickets to this concert have already been sold. José Luis Corral, the event’s producer, states:
“We added EXODUS to expose the audience to something more extreme and also to have another classic name fundamental in the history of hard rock [on the bill] and very important for a generation of Chilean metalheads. I think it’s the first time they’ve played together.”
EXODUS recently returned from the highly successful “Thrash Fest Tour” in Europe with KREATOR, DEATH ANGEL and SUICIDAL ANGELS.
Guitarist Gary Holt, of the seminal Bay Area thrash legends EXODUS, will be appearing at the winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) convention on Saturday, January 15, 2011! The annual convention will be held for several days this year at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. This event is invite only and not open to the general public. The following is a schedule of Gary Holt’s appearances and signings while in attendance:
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Noon at the Engl booth 5824
2:00 PM at the Schecter booth 4290
4:30 PM at the EMG booth 4850
EXODUS are currently back home after the highly successful “Thrash Fest Tour” in Europe with KREATOR, DEATH ANGEL and SUICIDAL ANGELS.