Metal Stars Honor Late Slayer Guitarist With 'Moment of Noise'
Guitarist Jeff Hanneman died on May 2, hours before the Revolver Golden Gods Awards kicked off in Los Angeles.
Slayer guitarist Kerry King led a very metal tribute to his "fallen brother" Jeff Hanneman at the Revolver Golden Gods awards Thursday night, bypassing the usual moment of silence for something a bit more appropriate.
"I thought 'should I do a moment of silence?' F--- no. This is the Golden Gods man," he told the crowd. "Jeff f---ing Hanneman, he played in Slayer. He does not want a f---ing moment of silence, he wants a moment of f---ing noise."
The audience obliged and King added, "We've gotta fist-raise it up. Drink -- raise it up and tip one back to our fallen brother."
Zakk Wylde, who joined King on stage because they were presenting the best live band award, started the chant of "Slayer, Slayer, Slayer."
Hanneman died earlier in the day of liver failure, two years after he contracted necrotizing fasciitis -- most likely from a spider bite -- a quick-progressing disease that literally eats away at skin tissue.
There were other tributes at the Golden Gods, most notably from another member of the Big Four of thrash metal -- Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax. The latter brought Pantera's Phil Anselmo on stage to perform his band's "This Love" but tagged it with the intro to Slayer's "Raining Blood."
"I'd like to dedicate this song to Jeff Hanneman," Anselmo said before launching into the medley with Scott Ian and company. "In a token in the spirit that it's given."