Monday, August 31, 2015

Slayer's Tom Araya about Jeff Hanneman: "I knew he was seriously ill, but I didn't think he'd fuckin' die"

Slayer's Tom Araya was recently interviewed by Crack magazine, you can read some excerpts below.

About if the loss of the band's guitarist Jeff Hanneman has made the remaining members more conscious of their own mortality, Araya said: "I started changing the way I live a long time ago, I learned a long time ago that… You know, we were pretty fuckin' crazy! There were several things that made me change how I lived my life. I had a one-man car wreck on the freeway because of drinking and driving; that's where it began. We all approach life differently, and that's what I chose to do."

He continued: "Jeff passing wasn't something that I expected. I knew he had problems, I knew he was seriously ill, but I didn't think he'd fuckin' die. I thought he'd pull through, I thought he'd get better. I was at a point where I needed him back in the band for it to work. I didn't care to what extent his abilities were at their best, I just needed him back. So I was reaching out to him, leaving messages, but he wouldn't return my calls. He'd decided he wanted to disappear. That was really hard."

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