EXODUS leader and SLAYER touring guitarist Gary Holt joined HANNEMAN LECTER, an “all-star” tribute to SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman, on stage last night (Saturday, July 13) at the Hannemania event at the Oakland Metro Operahouse in Oakland, California to perform cover versions of several SLAYER classics, including “The Antichrist” and “South Of Heaven”. Also making an appearance with HANNEMAN LECTER was FORBIDDEN and SPIRALARMS guitarist Craig Locicero. Check out fan-filmed video footage below.
HANNEMAN LECTER is:
* Manny Lopez (ULYSSES SIREN) – Bass, Vocals
* Sven Soderlund (MERCENARY SF) – Guitar
* Chris Kontos (ATTITUDE AJUSTMENT, MACHINE HEAD) – Drums
* Michael J. Gardner (DEADLANDS) – Guitar
Hannemania was organized by Iron Fist Circle Productions, which has previously staged Bonded By Baloff and Holty Matrimony shows, also featuring surprise guests such as Kirk Hammett of METALLICA and a secret performance by a band calling itself THE RELENTLESS REVOLUTIONARIES, which turned out to be a headlining set by DEATH ANGEL.
Members of SLAYER released a statement on May 9 saying that Hanneman died of alcohol-related cirrhosis. He is credited for writing many of the band’s classic songs, including “Angel Of Death” and “South Of Heaven”.
The guitarist, who passed away in Los Angeles on May 2, had actually not been playing with SLAYER for more than two years since he contracted necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating disease, from a spider bite in his backyard in January 2011. The infection ravaged the flesh and tissues of Hanneman‘s arm, leading to numerous surgeries, skin grafts and intense periods of rehab that forced him into semi-retirement and left him near death at several points.
Hanneman‘s last appearance with SLAYER was in April 2011, when he played an encore with the band at the “Big Four” concert in Indio, California.
Pictured below: HANNEMAN LECTER