Last weekend, we brought you the news that Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman is recovering from an emergency surgery on his right arm after contracting necrotizing fasciitis (commonly known as flesh-eating disease), possibly caused by a spider bite.

The injury will keep the guitarist sidelined from the band's upcoming live shows in the Australian Soundwave Festival tour, that is set to kick off on February 26.

None other than Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has now stepped in to replace Hanneman on this tour.

[Also thanks to Megad3th for the scoop!]

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Posted: 16.02.2011 by __SpOO__


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Captain Obvious - 16.02.2011 at 19:41  
I think Slayer hit the jackpot with this one...
Angelic Storm - 16.02.2011 at 19:45  

I totally never saw this coming! Really, I can't think of a better choice Slayer could have made. Im sure Gary will do Jeffy proud.
BitterCOld - 16.02.2011 at 19:49  
Nice, just in time to plunder the land down under.

so our marsupial metalstormers can start warming up their pipes for the mandatory "SLAY-ER! SLAY-ER!" chants. Or as they say in Australian,

Phantom Lord - 16.02.2011 at 20:36  
Nice Pick
Huntteri - 16.02.2011 at 20:47  
Super nice
Tapyoh - 16.02.2011 at 21:12  
Truly great news.
Yojimbo - 16.02.2011 at 21:25  
That was an obvious choice.
Death To Posers - 16.02.2011 at 21:32  
Written by Angelic Storm on 16.02.2011 at 19:45


I totally never saw this coming! Really, I can't think of a better choice Slayer could have made. Im sure Gary will do Jeffy proud.

Hell yeah!
regmighty - 16.02.2011 at 21:58  
OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!
Troy Killjoy - 16.02.2011 at 22:06  
Bad-fucking-ass! ... Not that I'll see any of their shows, but man. Slayer fans are lucky, and Exodus/Slayer fans will be even more excited.
RafaRata - 16.02.2011 at 22:30  
Cool!!! actually Gary kicks more ass than Jeff.
sq_xeper - 16.02.2011 at 22:33  
This is definetely something worth watching, I hope someone tapes this show and uploads it to youtube
Lit. Metalhead - 16.02.2011 at 22:37  
Life is good.
SlaytanicGonzo - 16.02.2011 at 22:39  
Kerry King and Gary Holt, the two best thrash rhythm guitarrist together. Fucking amazing.
ZaP2012 - 16.02.2011 at 23:05  
Well this might make the big 4 even more interesting, best wishes to Jeff.
DoomGuard - 17.02.2011 at 00:26  
That's pretty awesome, great choice
Void Eater - 17.02.2011 at 02:05  
Couldn't think of a better choice. Well, except Jeff getting better, but this is the next best thing.
Mr. Sizzle - 17.02.2011 at 02:27  
Gary Holt... this is gonna be really awesome, but somewhat conflicting...
BenWasHere - 17.02.2011 at 03:40  
Necrotizing fasciitis can be some serious shit yo
I hope they got it early
Thrash666 - 17.02.2011 at 19:26  
Fucking awesome choice. Best wishes to Jeff for a speedy recovery.
Kurty Wurty - 17.02.2011 at 21:59  
Those ticket holders are currently the most luckiest bastards on the planet....
Daggon - 17.02.2011 at 22:21  
Great Fucking Choice. Amazing, my favorite Thrash metal guitar player touring with my favorite Thrash metal band... awesome!
-Morbid- - 18.02.2011 at 13:27  
Not who I expected at all, but a very good choice. Too bad I won't be able to see it.

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