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Slayer Announces Free Public Memorial For Deceased Guitarist Jeff Hanneman

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Southern California Slayer fans will be able to pay their respects to the band’s recently deceased guitarist and founder, Jeff Hanneman, with a free memorial celebration set for the end of May.

According to a posting on the band’s Facebook page, the Hollywood Palladium will open their doors to Slayer fans of all ages on May 23 for a first-come-first-serve event that’s slated to run from 3:30-7:30 p.m. The venue’s capacity is around 4,000.

There is as yet no information regarding what to expect at the public memorial, but Slayer fans are sure to descend on the Palladium en masse to celebrate the popular guitarist of the thrash-metal legends, revered as one of the “Big 4” that also includes Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax.

“For more than 30 years, Hanneman was the band member who stayed out of the spotlight, rarely did interviews,” reads the band’s Facebook dedication to the fallen guitarist. “(He) 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.”

Hanneman passed away on May 2 from liver failure at the age of 49.

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