Tom Araya recieves the key to his hometown, Vina Del Mar

Tom Araya, vocalist/bassist for Slayer, was presented with the Key to the City in his birthplace of Vina del Mar, Chile, on Friday, June 3 by the city's Mayor Virginia Reginato. As part of the band's current South American tour, Slayer headlined a show in Santiago on June 2, about an hour's drive from Araya's hometown. Araya and his family lived in Chile until he was about five years old, at which time they immigrated to the United States.

About the honor, Araya said, "I think it's awesome. I'm kind of speechless, I don't know what to say. They're probably going to change the locks when they give me the key (laughs). It's an honor, I think it's great. I'm more speechless than anything, it's not something I expected. That's never happened before. You see other people receive awards like this, but it's usually people of political status or someone who's really done something for the community or done something important. I'm excited, I don't know what to expect. All I can say is thank you, that's about it."

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The lesson here is just be your fuckin'-self. The world will notice. Congratulations on this achievement. Arriba Chile, mierda!!!

TOM ,I've never seen you so happy and it shows I would've been so glad to have seen this moment live ,I've seen SLAYER live 20 times and I 've been a fan since 'Hell Awaits' around 1985 and never stopped listening and as soon as I found out that SLAYER it's half Hispanic descent,made me more proud and more of a Die-hard fan ,I got into METAL when I was back in High School in San Francisco,CA and this friends of mine they were like check this out it was the HELL AWAITS tape,I felt in love with that album and after Reign in Blood came out and Kerry King played in the BEASTIE BOYS album in that song " No Sleep til Brooklyn' ;I remember that they played with the Beasties @ the STONE and that made me more of a Die-hard fan ,being from NICARAGUA and to see that I needed to learn more ENGLISH I stuck with my THRASH METAL MUSIC and SLAYER was there from that moment on ,CONGRATULATIONS TOM for being treated so righteous in yer birthplace of VINA DEL MAR in beautiful CHILE,that's absolutely GREAT,also hoping that JEFF gets well soon and Thanks to GARY HOLT from EXODUS and PAT O'BRIEN from CANNIBAL CORPSE for filling in for JEFF ,I know, that it's because of that nasty Spider bite ,get well soon brother,we miss you JEFF and know that he'll be back on track to keep that SLAYER machine-a-going! SLAYER f/e...thx for the memories,comeback to South FLORIDA sometime soon, thou for now enjoy Latin America,LIMA,PERU tomorrow night it's gonna keep them Peruvian fans so happy,I know I'm happy for them and for y'all,thrash on...


Congrats Tom. I think it's safe to say that not many metal artists have been honored in this way. How cool. It's gratifying to see that some folks can open their fucking eyes and see past the baseless stigmas that uninformed morons attempt to attach to Tom and Slayer, and honor a guy for who he is and where he comes from. Good for Vina Del Mar, and good for Tom and his family.

Fucking... \m/ {><} \m/... SLAYEEEERRRRRR!!!!!!!!

This is just testament to how important metal is and how important SLAYER is to metal and the rest of the world!!!


We're very excited that one of our Native American brothers in metal has received this honor - Tom Araya "You kick some f-cking azz!", and deserve that key.Now are ya ready to grace the cover of Native Entertainment Magazine before ya'll retire, or what? Your brother, Chuck Billy did it, and he's going to have a permanent place at the HARD, it's your turn. Native metal Gods!!!

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Well deserved! Much love and respect to SLAYER!!!!!!


Great story and great honor for the greatest vocalist/bassist ever!!! Much love to Tom and his home town : ) Fuckin Slayer!!!

Slayer Rules the Fuckin' World!!!

Very cool to see this!

Right on, Tom!

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