The Jeff Hanneman Memorial Celebration will take place on Thursday, May 23 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles from 3:30 - 7:30PM. Hanneman passed away on May 2 at the age of 49.

The Memorial Celebration will be free and open to the public on a first-come, first-in basis (subject to venue capacity). All ages are welcome, and paid parking will be available around the venue.

Jeff Hanneman helped shape Slayer's uncompromising thrash-metal sound as well as an entire genre of music. His riffs of fury and punk-rock attitude were heard in the songs he wrote, including Slayer classics "Angel of Death," "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven" and "War Ensemble." Hanneman co-founded Slayer with fellow-guitarist Kerry King, bassist Tom Araya and drummer Dave Lombardo in Huntington Park, CA in 1981. For more than 30 years, Hanneman was the band member who stayed out of the spotlight, rarely did interviews, amassed an impressive collection of World War II memorabilia, was with his wife Kathy for nearly three decades, shut off his phone and went incommunicado when he was home from tour, did not want to be on the road too late into any December as Christmas was his favorite holiday, and, from the time he was about 12 years old, woke up every, single day with one thing on his mind: playing the guitar.

It was once suggested to Slayer that if they would write "just one mainstream song that could get on the radio," they would likely sell millions of records and change the commercial course of their career, similar to what had happened to Metallica with 1993's "Enter Sandman." Jeff was the first to draw a line of integrity in the sand, replying, "We're going to make a Slayer record. If you can get it on the radio, fine, if not, then fuck it."

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Everytime I am affraid of losing of members of these bands: Slayer, Megadeth, Metallica. And the time came and Jeff has been beginning. Jeff who is my guitar hero, had different guitar playing style. When he played, you thought that strings had extra tension, extra aggression on his guitar. Also he had big potential that wrote & made musics of most of Slayer songs. Specially "South of Heaven" was first Slayer song that I listened, I listened it 17 times consequently, is perfect. "War ensemble": one night at 01:00, I woke up and with my lethargic heard, a sentence was come from TV "and now we present you War ensemble and Slayer shoke me, thus I 100% woke up. I hope The God will accept him to "Center of Heaven". I will miss Jeff Hanneman, big maestro.
Dave, Tom, Kerry and Paul, please be carefull on your health.

Jeff's brother Ozay Senkalasin

I would have given almost anything to be there. It is a long way from Fl. when you are a starving musician. Jeff and the entire band are the most important musicians in my life, and although I bow to no man, I would be lying if I said that a chance to meet them would definitely have me just a little shaky.
I have been fucked out of seeing SLAYER live four, count 'em, four times. Each time I had at least one ticket, starting from the Clash tour. Every single time I either ended up locked up, or some other crazy thing would happen, preventing me from seeing my favorite band! Now I will never have that chance in full. Jeff is gone. Regret is a motherfucker.


Slayer Forever Jeff Hanneman \m/

I wish anything I was there now. Make it a special one, he was one in a million.

"I think the church and the religion right now have a lot more to be worried about than Slayer." ~ KK




Hail Slayer!
Jeff's music will live forever.

I just want to say to Kerry Tom and Gary Slayer had been my only since I was 6back 1984 I was introduced to slayer by friend of mines brother the first album I ever heard was Show No Mercy being I was 6 it moved me to buy my own copy got an allowance and snuck ever slayer cassette I ever gotten. But seriously Saint Jeff was truly one of my guitar influences him unlike randy Rhodes was the reason why I ever picked up and played a guitar to Jeff's family and friends he will be sadly missed to ALL R.I.P. BROTHER

I am writing these lines while tears pouring from my eyes. no onewill guess why i cried on my way or sitting in the office with red, watered eyes.
First of all you made myself me.i’ve loved this music because of you.i have bought a guitar ,tuned it D# i ve learned to play the guitar because of you. I’ ve made a band. I learnt your adrenaline blaster songs with a great appetite. I’ve been you.i played your partitions, i played your solos, on the stage, I stand on the right, i’ve emulated your guitars and bought them, i emulated your raiders apparel and i ve found and wore them, hereafter my name was jeff ,my mates were calling me with your name.
You were the one who made slayer, slayer. You were the one who i loved more among the guys who created thrash metal and inspired to born thousands of bands and guitar players.
İ corrected your poster on the wall last night, your poster has always been a great influence to me to struggle against the difficulties and determining my stand in my life.
Tough, hard looking, unbending, unreachable, no altercative but entertaining....
I was waiting and expecting new riffs and songs which makes me insane and effecting my adrenaline,
I rejected my father, i loved you instead. You never did me evil, you’ve always made my morale and binded to life.maybe the damned spider maybe fate took you, my biggest idol, from me. While many creatures deserve to die existed, it took you...
You’ ve left behind many incredible artworks and you are now became immortal. Your poster will always be fixed on my wall until i die.

Thank you so much for everything, I love you

Three decades of furious riffs ... rest in peace JEFF.

I will be in Amneville and we'll miss you very much for Metal family ... but you will be with us by your music

Condolences to his family, band members and all fans

SLAYER must go on and on.

Best regards.

RIP Jeff Hanneman! My deepest sympathy to his family, friends, bandmembers and fans everywhere. You will be missed!