SLAYER's Tom Araya On Status Of Jeff Hanneman - "Even Though You Haven't Seen Him Live, He's Still Part Of The Band"
April 4, 2013, a year ago
SLAYER singer Tom Araya spoke with Andrew Haug from AndrewHaug.com - Australia's Only Dedicated 24/7 Rock-Metal Station - at the Melbourne stop of Soundwave 2013. He was asked about the status of guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who was hospitalized in early 2011 with necrotizing fasciitis (likely rooted in a spider bite) and continues to this day in recovery-mode. The band has since enlisted EXODUS' Gary Holt for live shows.
"Even though he's not in the picture, he's still part of the picture," Araya says. "It's taken him a lot longer than he even thought. He can play and he can work out the material but… It's like everything else, depending on how you are health-wise as a person, that affects how you heal. Even though you haven't seen him live, he's still part of the band."
Check out the 15-minute chat below: