Posted in metal | music on May 2, 2012

by BBG

Hanneman on stage with Slayer at Nassau Coliseum (more by Matthew Eisman)
Slayer at Nassau Coliseum

Slayer wrote:

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.

Best to the great Jeff Hanneman, and we wish him a speedy recovery.

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Comments (27)

wow. Satan works in mysterious ways.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2012 11:20 AM

Almost dying from a spider bite So f**king metal!

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2012 11:22 AM

he could have started a amazing 2 piece band with the drummer of the white stripes...

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2012 11:23 AM

Maybe he can start a band with Rick Allen

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2012 11:25 AM

When you got that SPIDER bite on your hand...I though that we would surely have to break up the band!

Posted by W.Coyne | May 2, 2012 11:26 AM

did wayne coyne actually believe it was a spider bite?

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2012 11:28 AM

It was actually Dave "Sniffa" Bryce that bit him.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2012 11:30 AM

brown recluse spiders are going to be the end of the human race. you wait and see - oh wait, you won't be able to because you'll be dead from a brown recluse spider bite.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2012 11:30 AM

This would have been disappointing 20 years ago.. Now, who cares?

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2012 11:41 AM

Better to loose your arm than to loose your eternal soul

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2012 12:00 PM

11:30: But Keith Richards will still live. Tell ya.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2012 12:00 PM

@11:41 Not you, fucker.

Posted by Hubert Snodgrass | May 2, 2012 12:19 PM

\m/

Get well Jeff.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2012 12:20 PM

A loose arm is better than losing an arm

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2012 12:35 PM

A loose arm is better than losing an arm. A loose soul is better than losing soul, or sole for that matter.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2012 12:41 PM

Thanks 12:41, I always get that "lose" / "loose" thing mixed up. Also sorry, I can see by your comments that the intent was lost in translation :-( Or, maybe you are just not that smart. That's OK, there is a place for you here at BV! All are welcomed!

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2012 1:00 PM

In other news that spider is opening for Merzbow this summer on his tour of western Ireland.

Posted by Balderdash(!) | May 2, 2012 1:58 PM

There's something terribly ironic about this

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2012 2:14 PM

The condition is called necrotizing fasciitis ... it sounds like a sickness a nazi death metal band would get ..

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2012 2:22 PM

^ {crickets}

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2012 2:31 PM

1:00 - You're the idiot who doesn't know the difference between "lose" and "loose". You must have the IQ of a genius. Fuck nut.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2012 2:51 PM

@2:51- Take it easy man. We're talking about adult Slayer fans. Grammar isn't part of the job description.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2012 3:09 PM

Spider bite is PR code for dirty needles. HTH

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2012 3:37 PM

glad his arm is fine but i don't think he is going to be able to perform like he did before anyway nice to hear he's fine

Posted by Tane | May 3, 2012 8:17 AM

Glad he is somewhat better....damn.

And if you don't like and respect SLAYER you are a Fag Hipster False Metalhead.

Goodnight!


Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2012 1:04 AM

Spider bite is PR code for dirty needles. HTH

Posted by bezo | May 5, 2012 7:48 AM

jeff hanneman for the win.

Posted by jordon | July 31, 2013 8:51 PM

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