Danish/American metal rock ‘n’ rollers VOLBEAT paid tribute to late SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman by playing a snippet of a cover version of the SLAYER classic “Raining Blood” on May 14 in Springfield, Missouri. Check out fan-filmed video footage of the performance below.
Members of SLAYER released a statement on May 9 saying that Hanneman died of alcohol-related cirrhosis.
The guitarist 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.