Slayer's Kerry King Defends His Jeff Hanneman Tribute

(Classic Rock) Slayer guitarist Kerry King has spoken up about the negative reaction he received from some quarters over the tribute paid to Jeff Hanneman hours after he died.

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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