It was a bit of a bummer to hear that Jeff Hanneman would have to sit out Slayer's upcoming touring commitments after getting a spider bite infection. It almost felt like it shouldn't happen without Jeff, but I think the band has found a more than suitable replacement.
The band has enlisted founding Exodus guitarist Gary Holt, one of the true OGs of the Bay Area thrash scene to fill in for Hanneman. This situation has just went from negative to must-see. Gary will be playing five dates with the band in Australia starting February 26th.
If you live anywhere near one of these dates, go, take a camera with you and share your footage, you selfish bastard! Here are the dates:
Saturday 26th February – Brisbane
Sunday 27th February – Sydney
Friday 4th March – Melbourne
Saturday 5th March – Adelaide
Monday 7th March – Perth