The Jeff Hanneman Memorial took place on May 23, 2013 at the Hollywood Palladuim in Hollywood, California. This gathering was open to the public, giving Slayer fans a chance to pay their respects to one of the greats of metal.
The stage was set-up with all of Jeff Hanneman’s guitars, his baseball shin guards, Marshall stacks and a black box with the remains of the legend.
Special guest speakers where Brian Slagle (Metal Blade), Kerry King (SLAYER), Roberto Trujillo ( Metallica), Nick Boycott (Ex-Grim Reaper), Chavo (System of a Down) and a few other people from Slayer’s management company. Spotted outside the venue were Chuck Billy (Testament), Gary Holt (Exodus), Dave Navarro (Janes Addiction) and Gene Hologan (Testament).
It was very cool to hear stories about Jeff Hanneman, especially the one told about how after all the surgeries he had on his arm, he became very insecure about how his arm looked and started to wear long sleeves to cover it up. Then came the Big 4 concert in Indio, California and when Jeff decided he wanted to come out and play the encore with SLAYER… right before he took the stage, he ripped off the sleeve of his shirt and said “fuck it!”… that’s what you see in the iconic photo of Jeff’s last performance with SLAYER, the one sleeve photo.
Here are a few more photos of the memorial. R.I.P. Jeff
Southern California is home to Suicidal Tendencies and an adoring crowd welcomed them back at the Fox Theater in Pomona, California on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
In support of their new album “13”, S.T. is on ‘The Slam City Tour’ and they blasted through a set that included ‘Can’t Bring Me Down’, ‘Cyco Vision’, and the 80′s classic ‘Institutionalized’. Lead singer Mike Muir whipped the fans into a frenzy and the huge mosh pit didn’t let up the entire show.
Near the end, Suicidal Tendencies jumped into ‘Pledge Your Allegiances’ and invited the crowd on stage. I was able to make it up there and got a couple of cool photos.
I want to thank Arielle Rosselli at Adrenaline PR for the tickets and photo pass… YOU ROCK!!!! Dont forget to check out Suicidal Tendencies new music online and look for them on tour. It’s a Kick Ass Show you don’t want to miss.
Back in 1986 when I was a 14 year old kid, I was a roadie for a friend’s band in the L.A. area and one night while driving to a gig in the equipment van, my good friend Art Rodriguez put on SLAYER’s ‘Reign in Blood’ on the stereo and I will never forget my reaction and my immediate question for Art…. who is that!!!????
I was hooked instantly and the next day I went out and bought the album and poured through the words to all the songs. I was amazed by the lyrics and also curious as to who was writing such great songs.
JEFF HANNEMAN was the name noted under music and lyrics. He wrote music that no one even thought about writing back in the 80′s and along with Kerry King, had since kept SLAYER relevant in the metal industry for over 30 years.
SLAYER has been part of my life since that fateful day in 1986 and I was lucky enough to have seen the band and Jeff play live so many times I lost track.
The music Jeff wrote got me through rough times in my life. From 1994 to 1998, I was in prison for drugs and SLAYER music got me through a lot of my down time. I would just sit in my cell tuned to any rock station and just to listen to any Metal and SLAYER. I also remember watching the video for ‘Seasons In The Abyss’ in the day room in Springfield, Missouri on a Saturday night on MTV’s ‘Headbangers Ball’ and couldn’t wait to get out to see SLAYER live again.
After being released from jail, a family member working at The Palace (Avalon) in Hollywood, California told me SLAYER was going to be playing there and he asked if I wanted to go? Of course! I told him and he was able to get me and my buddy comp tickets to the sold out show.
In January 2011, I was lucky enough to meet Jeff at NAMM and took a photo with him. A month later, it was reported that Jeff had been bitten by a spider and was in a hospital recovering. Then came the ‘Big 4′ concert in Indio, California where Jeff made a two-song special appearance and that was the last time he ever performed with SLAYER
I want to send out my condolences to the Hanneman family and just know that Jeff touched a lot of people with his music and his talent. He was one of the best guitar players in metal music and certainly left his mark on the genre. He is a legend and will never be forgotten. R.I.P. Jeff. We will miss you. -Ralph
Once again, METAL SHOP Rocks was invited to be part of a taping of ‘That Metal Show’ season 12. Guests for the taping included Dave Mustaine from Megadeth, Carmine Appice from King Kobra, Todd La Torre and Scott Rockenfield from Queensrÿche and a one hour session with former Metallica bassist, Jason Newsted.
The cast and crew as always were very cool and allowed us to get some cool photos of the event. The new season of ‘That Metal Show’ begins June 1st on VH1 Classic.
METAL SHOP Rocks attended the announcement of the 2013 Revolver Golden Gods Awards nominees at The Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood in Los Angeles, California.
This will be the fifth year of the award show and it will take place on Thursday, May 2 at Club Nokia in Downtown L.A. The Golden Gods will be broadcast live on X Box Live and will also stream live on Revolver Magazine’s Facebook page.
To announce the nominees, host Chris Jericho was on hand, along with Sebastian Bach, Scott Ian (Anthrax), Zakk Wylde and others. Halestorm performed a special live set, including a guest appearance by Sebastian Bach on a cover of the Skid Row classic “Slave to the Grind.”
Fans everywhere can cast their vote to decide who will take home the awards for “Best Guitarist” (presented by Epiphone®), “Best Drummer” (presented by Drum Workshop®), “Best Vocalist” (presented by Rockstar Energy Drink®), “Album of the Year” (presented by Orange Amplification®), “Song of the Year,” “Best Live Band” (presented by Samson®/Zoom®), “Best New Talent,” “Most Metal Athlete” (presented by Roadrunner Records®), “Comeback of the Year,” “Paul Gray Best Bassist” (presented by Dean Markley®) and “Most Dedicated Fans” (presented by Xbox LIVE®). Voting is currently open at GoldenGodsAwards.com and ends on April 15.
The Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award (presented by Ernie Ball®) will go to hard-rock and metal icons METALLICA, who will release the 3D movie Through the Never in August. (Previous honorees include RUSH, MÖTLEY CRÜE, Lemmy Kilmister of MOTÖRHEAD and Ozzy Osbourne.) Metallica’s Lars Ulrich commented, “Since the Revolver Golden Gods Awards is fast becoming THE most rocking awards ceremony in the hard rock world, we are beyond psyched to be at the receiving end of this shout out and in the distinguished company of Rush, Lemmy, Ozzy and Motley Crue. I was hanging out and presenting at the shenanigans two years ago and the energy in the room and the vibe backstage was beyond fucking cool, so Metallica is chomping at the bit to partake in this year’s event. Once again, we are honored to be recognized as achievers (!!) and we can’t wait to get up and jam onstage and sweat for and on everybody gathered.”
The Riff Lord Award (presented by EMG Pickups®) is given each year to a legendary guitarist in the field of hard rock & heavy metal. This year it’s going to none other than Black Sabbath axeman, Tony Iommi, who had this to say about the honor, “What a great honour to receive the Golden Gods Riff Lord Award for 2013, especially with our new Sabbath album coming out. I hope there will be some new favorite riffs in these songs.” Slash of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver won the award last year.
Adding to the celebration, the 2013 REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS SHOW will feature one-of-a-kind special performances and collaborations that honor both the past, present and future of heavy music. The night’s hard-rocking musical performances will include sets by Metallica and Anthrax, with more performers to be announced in the coming weeks.
Returning as well is the “Black Carpet” pre-show that will be hosted by legendary heavy-metal frontmen Sebastian Bach and Dee Snider. Bach and Snider will be interviewing all the nominees, honorees and performers on the Revolver Black Carpet before show time for the special, which will air on both AXS TV and Xbox LIVE.
Looking forward to the show in May… in the meantime Click Here for the nominees and to cast your vote. Below are a few photos of the presser. -Ralph.