Slayer’s Hanneman tributes ‘ruined by management’
Slayer frontman Tom Araya says the band’s tributes to late guitarist Jeff Hanneman aren’t high-profile enough – and insists the fault lies with management.
Hanneman, who’d been off the road for three years due to health issues, died in May at the age of 49 as a result of liver damage through heavy drinking.
The band have continued to mark the absence of their fallen bandmate, but they believe they haven’t done enough.
Guitarist Kerry King tells Fuse: “Every show we’ve done since May, we’ve had his Hanneman guitar on stage; we’ve got the Hanneman backdrop for the last couple of tunes; there was a video that Tom put together that went over the last song or two when we were in South Africa.”
Araya adds: “I wanted to do more – I was hoping to do more. But the nature of the business… the management gets involved in anything we do and they fucked it up. I’m throwing them under the bus. It really upset me, because it would have been more than just that.”
Araya also expresses sadness that Slayer were back on the road just three weeks after Hanneman’s death, saying: “You’ve got contractual obligations – you can’t really drop the ball.”
And King admits he’s been offended by online reaction to the tribute he paid to his late colleague the night after his death, when he called for attendees at an awards ceremony to make one minute’s noise rather than silence and drank two toasts on stage.
“People were really giving me shit because I didn’t show enough sorrow,” says the guitarist. “I’m like, ‘You don’t know me. You don’t know how I mourn and you’re judging me from a fucking computer. Get over yourself; that’s ridiculous.”
Slayer are preparing to start work on their first album without Hanneman, set to feature long-term stand-in Gary Holt of Exodus alongside drummer Paul Bostaph, who was brought back in after the dismissal of Dave Lombardo earlier this year.