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Jeff Hanneman 2The Jeff Hanneman Memorial Celebration will take place on Thursday, May 23 at the Palladium in from 3:30 – 7:30PM.  Hanneman passed away on May 2 at the age of 9.

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 - sound as well as an entire genre of music.  His riffs of and punk- attitude were heard in the songs he wrote, including  classics  “ of Death,” “Raining Blood,” “South of Heaven” and “War Ensemble.”  Hanneman co-founded with fellow-guitarist Kerry King, bassist and drummer in Huntington Park, in 1981.  For more than 30 years, Hanneman was the member who stayed out of the spotlight, rarely did interviews, amassed an impressive collection of World War 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 too late into any December as Christmas was his favorite holiday, and, from the time he was about 12 years old, woke every, single day with thing on his mind:  playing the guitar.

It was once suggested to that if they would write “just 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 with 1993’s “Enter Sandman.”  Jeff was to draw a line of integrity in the sand, replying, “We’re going to make a record.  If you can get it on the radio, fine, if not, then it.”

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