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Rock Report May 3rd, 2013

by Otto Man

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Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman died yesterday from liver failure two years after contracting a rare skin tissue disease. He passed away near his home in Southern California. He was 49. Slayer announced Thursday: “Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure.” Hanneman had been off the road since 2011, when he contracted necrotizing fasciitis -- most likely from a spider bite. Hanneman formed Slayer in 1981, the band has released ten studio albums and two live albums, as well as a pair of EPs, selling over 4.9 million albums. Hanneman is survived by Kathy, his wife of 16 years, sister Kathy and two brothers, Michael and Larry. Funeral arrangements are pending. More and more and more and more and more

Tributes have poured in from across the rock world. Here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here

Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church has tweeted about the passing of Jeff Hanneman as well. More

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The fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods award show, was held last night in Los Angeles, California. During the ceremony, ANTHRAX were joined by ex-PANTERA members Phil Anselmoand Rex Brown for a rendition of the Pantera classic, 'This Love', dedicated to late SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman. More and more and more

Winners included last night included: Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 taking home the Best Guitarist Award, Halestorms Arejay Hale won the Best Drummer award, the Deftones took home the Best Album honor for ‘Koi No Yokan,’ Black Veil Brides, who won Song of the Year for ‘In The End.’ Device‘s David Draiman, accepted the best New Talent award, joking that he should have started a new band sooner if that’s what it took to win awards. Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor was overcome while accepting the Best Vocalist honor and was moved to tears. Before presenting the Best Live Album, Slayer’s Kerry King and Black Label Society‘s Zakk Wylde took a moment to honor Jeff Hanneman. King, attempting to quell the sadness of the night, raised two shots to the sky and asked the audience to join him in a toast, then stated that a moment of silence wasn’t appropriate considering Hanneman’s metal gifts and urged everyone to yell and cheer the guitarist’s memory. Slipknot won the award for Best Live Band and had an extended embrace with King. Other winners during the evening included Lemmy Kilmister (Best Bassist), Triple H (Most Metal Athlete), Tenacious D (Comeback of the Year), and HIM (Most Dedicated Fans). More

Black Sabbath fans down under are scoring big as the band continues their trek through Australia. Sabbath debuted another new tune titled ‘Loner’ during their gig Wednesday night in Melbourne, marking the song’s world premiere. With anticipation building for the release of their new disc ‘13,’ this is now the fourth track that the band has shared. The album will be out June 11thMore and more and more

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY has been confirmed for this year's edition of Gigantour, the festival tour founded by MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. Also scheduled to appear on the bill are headliners MEGADETH, along with HELLYEAH, DEVICE, the new bandfronted by DISTURBED singer David Draiman; NEWSTED, the new band led by former METALLICA, bassist Jason Newsted; and DEATH DIVISION, the heavy, technically aggressive and melodic band founded by bassist Jerry Montano (HELLYEAH, DANZIG, NOTHINGFACE), drummer Tim Yeung (MORBID ANGEL, DIVINE HERESY, HATE ETERNAL, NILE), vocalist/guitarist Sean De La Tour and lead guitarist Rick Di Marco. Dates include a July 19th stop in Milwaukee at the Eagles Ballroom. Tickets go on sale next Friday at The Rave.com. More and more and more

Black Sabbath, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Kings of Leon are among a large group of bands taking part in a new initiative that will allow fans to earns points through political activism to spend on concert tickets. The project, dubbed the Global Citizen Tickets Initiative, aims to promote social activism by offering tickets for the gigs of participating artists to those who engage in social issues by signing petitions, writing to politicians and raising money for charity. Through these actions, fans can earn points which can then be used to win free gig tickets. The initiative hopes to encourage thousands of music fans to take action against issues related to global poverty. More and more and more

Bon Jovi recently revealed that Richie Sambora will be sitting out the upcoming European and South African legs of their current ‘Because We Can’ tour, which kicks off on May 7. The official Bon Jovi website broke the news with a message that said: “Due to a personal matter, Richie Sambora will not be performing on the European and South African leg of the tour. All shows will go on as scheduled.” Fans and anonymous sources have been speculating about Sambora’s untimely departure since he left the tour shortly after the start of the North American run in early April. Sambora himself though has been very quiet about the details, only recently taking the time to reach out to his fans on Twitter, saying, “Hey everybody… Just want you all to know I’m all good… Thanks for all the positive vibes.” More

Today, the late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch will be honored by his former borough of Brooklyn with a playground named in his memory. More