Last week, Slayer’s Tom Araya said that guitairist Jeff Hanneman, who has been sidelined due to an arm infection, was trying his best to heal in time for the Big 4’s U.S. show this past Saturday, though Kerry King wasn’t as confident he’d be well enough in time. Well it turns out that Hanneman was strong enough to do at least two songs with the band.
While Exodus guitarist Gary Holt filled in for the majority of Slayer’s set Saturday night, Hanneman joined the band onstage to perform “South Of Heaven” and “Angel Of Death.” This marked the first time Hanneman performed since his surgery. Whether Hanneman will be able to join Slayer for full shows in the near future is still unsure, but we’re just glad to see that Hanneman’s condition is getting better. As cool as it is to see Holt and Pat O’Brien fill in, hopefully Hanneman will be able to rejoin Slayer on a full time basis soon. And when he does, we bet there’s a song on their next album called “Necrotizing Fasciitis.”
You can check out video of Hanneman performing “Angel Of Death” with Slayer below. The band has also added pictures (including the one up top) of the performance via Facebook (courtesy of Andrew Stuart).