SLAYER was featured on the series “Tracks” on Arte (Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne), a Franco-German TV network, on May 26. The 10-minute French-language segment, which includes an interview with the band’s guitarist, Kerry King, as well as a look at one die-hard SLAYER fan, can be viewed below.
SLAYER kicked off its South American tour with a headlining concert on June 2 at Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile.
Gary Holt of EXODUS is once again filling in for SLAYER founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman who in January contracted necrotizing fasciitis, likely caused by a spider bite, and has been undergoing surgeries, skin grafts and intense rehab since.
SLAYER bassist/vocalist Tom Araya told Billboard.com that the band will not return to the studio until Hanneman has fully recovered.
“There’s no way we’d go into a studio without him,” Araya said. “As a band we’re not going to do something without him. He’s an integral part of the band. We require his musical skills, his writing skills. He’s an integral part of the band. So we’re going to hold off until he’s at 100 percent and can join that process and be part of it.”
Hanneman stepped onstage with SLAYER at the April 23 “Big Four” concert in Indio, California, marking the first time he has played with the band since last October. Hanneman surprised the crowd of 50,000 when he walked out onto the stage, unannounced, and played the two-song encore, “South Of Heaven” and “Angel Of Death”.
“It was a big deal for him to play — for us it was, too,” Araya told Billboard.com. “We thought that would be a nice surprise for everybody and also make everybody aware that he’s still there. It’s pretty severe what he’s going through. He’s had skin grafts, and he’s got to rehabilitate his arm and get it back in shape again. It’s going to require a lot of time.”