While the metal community has been paying tribute to the untimely death of Jeff Hanneman in their own way since it was announced that he’d passed away two weeks ago, plans have been announced for an actual gathering to celebrate the legacy of the Slayer guitarist. The Jeff Hanneman Memorial Celebration will take place on Thursday, May 23 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles from 3:30 – 7:30pm. The all-ages event will be free and open to the public on a first-come, first-in basis.
There’s no word on who will be at Hanneman’s memorial. Also kept quiet has been any details about Hanneman’s actual funeral. The Westboro Baptist Church had announced plans to protest his funeral by picketing it and singing their awful parody of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train,” which doesn’t make sense on any level. A press-hungry cult like the WBC would have made sure footage of that was available had it happened. We’ll let you know as more details start to trickle out about the Memorial Celebration.