Slayer's Kerry King Defends His Jeff Hanneman Tribute
King attended an awards ceremony the day Hanneman passed away from alcohol-related disease in May 2013. He told the crowd: "Jeff f***ing Hanneman, he played in Slayer. He does not want a moment of silence. Jeff wants a moment of f***ing noise." Then he invited them to "tip one back to our fallen brother."
Now King tells Loudwire (via Blabbermouth): "I knew he was in the hospital, I knew he was in bad shape, but nobody thought he was in that bad a shape, 'cause nobody raced to get out there. And then, you know, he was gone. And I had rehearsal that day, I had [to appear at the Revolver] Golden Gods [show in Los Angeles], where people gave me sh*t for not f***ing blubbering on mic. But it's a celebration, even in death."
He continued: "I wanted people to celebrate. And they needed it. They needed somebody to say, 'It's okay. We're moving on.' Nobody wants anybody to go to the Golden Gods and just be a f***ing downer. I dealt with what I had to [deal] with, I think I got the crowd up for it, and I think that's a good memory of Jeff for them." Read more and watch the interview here.
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