SLAYER guitarist Kerry King took part in a signing session on June 9, 2011 at X5 Music in São Paulo, Brazil. Video footage (courtesy of the “Lokaos Rock Show”) as well as photos of the event, which took place a few hours before SLAYER performed at Via Funchal in São Paulo, can be seen 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.”