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Happy birthday, Gary Holt!

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Gary Holt of Slayer at 2017 Copenhell

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Gary and I both grew up in the East Bay. Ironically, even though I’ve seen him twice, I’ve never seen him play in the USA. I saw him in Copenhagen, with Exodus, in 2008 and then again with Slayer last year (also in Copenhagen). At the end of next month I’ll see him again in Copenhagen, playing guitar for Exodus.

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Last summer I saw Gary with Slayer at Copenhell. This summer I’ll see him with Exodus at Copenhell. Even though Gary and I both grew up in the same era in the same East Bay, the only three times I’ve seen him play live are in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Jeff Hanneman (1964-2013)

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Jeff Hanneman of Slayer in his Tyrone Wheatley jersey in Japan in 2009

One of Slayer’s guitarists died a couple days ago. I can’t say that I’m all that surprised. While a flesh-eating bacteria, apparently contracted by a spider bite in 2011, is being partially blamed for Jeff Hanneman’s liver failure, the last time I saw him in 2009 he didn’t look very healthy. He looked great when I saw him in the 1980s and 1990s, but it didn’t seem to me in 2009 that he would continue for long.

I’m sorry to see him go. He wrote some of my favorite Slayer tunes.

Slayer in Tokyo, Japan – Part 3

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This entry will wrap up the Slayer series. I will probably have another post or two on other Loud Park 2009 acts in the future.

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Tom does a fine job of singing the most morbid lyrics with a smile on his face.

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Kerry didn’t have spiked arms on this evening, like he has when I have seen Slayer in the past, but he looked great anyway.

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World Painted Blood was still a couple of weeks from being released when Slayer played at Loud Park in October of 2009. Tom didn’t have the lyrics down for the new songs so he looked down at cue cards when they played about three new tunes.

Slayer @ Loudpark – Part 2

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More Slayer photos and video can be found in my prior entry.

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The above picture is obviously a mistake. I must have been hit at the moment I took it. But I like the results. A photo like this conveys Slayer more clearly than a sharp image.

Dave Lombardo has been back with the band for a while now. I thought his stuff with Grip Inc. was also very good. For some strange reason, they scheduled his signing session at the same time as Children of Bodom‘s live set so I didn’t get to meet him.

Here is the other video of Slayer that I captured, “Seasons in the Abyss.” Enjoy!

Slayer @ Loud Park

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Slayer was the headliner for day two (Sunday) of Loud Park.

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Tom Araya, Slayer’s bassist and vocalist, didn’t speak very much, which made sense given that most of the crowd wouldn’t understand him anyway. Some others (Rob Zombie for instance) seemed completely clueless to the fact that everyone in the world can’t understand English.

The above photo was taken at the moment when Tom said oyasuminasai (お休みなさい) at the end of the show. He, and the Children of Bodom keyboardist Janne Wirman, were the only non-Japanese artists to go beyond arigato in Japanese.

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I have seen Jeff Hanneman live in the 80s, 90s, and now at Loud Park in 2009. He is not aging well (unlike Megadeth members who look better now than they did twenty years ago). As someone appearing on a stage in front of thousands, more than a hundred nights a year, he should really take better care of himself. He can barely waddle from one side of the stage to the other. If I ever see Slayer again I won’t be surprised to see him come out in a muumuu next time, instead of an XXXL jersey, at the rate he is going.

My favorite part of the above photo is the guy’s foot in the air. When I was in the front row for Outrage it was fun to see the crowd surfers once they made it to the stage. They would bow to security before heading to the side and back into the crowd. Within a few minutes the same guys would be bowing once again to the security guards.

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Slayer bids farewell to the Tokyo crowd in the above photo. Hanneman appears to have already made a quick exit to get first dibs on the post-show buffet.

I believe the only song Tom gave any kind of description of before playing was “Mandatory Suicide” which you can see in the video I shot below. This was not an easy video to take as the crowd was going nuts around me. Luckily I was a foot taller than most of them. 😉 If you look closely you can spot Hanneman’s Heineken logo guitar. The guitar actually says Hanneman instead of Heineken though. A light beer should sponsor a weight loss program for Jeff and then give him a guitar with their logo on it. Sorry, enough of the Hanneman being fat comments and on to the video…

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