Last night (Friday June 3rd), Slayer played at Viña del Mar, Chile for the first time - the place where 50 years ago (on June 6th), Slayer frontman Tom Araya was born.

During an official ceremony, Tom Araya received the key to the city of Viña del Mar from mayor Virginia Reginato. This event marks Chile's first official recognition of the musician, who left the country when he was five years old and moved to the US with his family. Araya also reportedly celebrated his 50th birthday at Friday's concert with a birthday cake which he shared with the fans at the show. Read the complete story here (in Spanish).



In other news, Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo revealed in an interview with Geeks of Doom there are plans for a new studio album, although no material has yet been written. Tom Araya recently told Billboard that the group will not consider any recording projects without guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who is still recovering from his injury. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt is once again replacing Hanneman on the currently ongoing South American leg of the World Painted Blood tour.


Source: latercera.com
Band profile: Slayer
Event: Slayer: World Painted Blood Tour
 
Posted: 04.06.2011 by Tetravirulence



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Carl Berg - 04.06.2011 at 17:19  
Holy shit, congrats dude!
Dominus - 04.06.2011 at 17:39  
Tom Araya, South American pride !!!
Troy Killjoy - 04.06.2011 at 17:58  
Pfft. Alex Ovechkin got a key to the city of Washington in less than five years.

In all seriousness, cool news. Good to see respect from the hometown. Don't fuck it up like LBJ.

/sports references ftw
The Galactican - 04.06.2011 at 18:20  
That is completely awesome.
Lit. - 04.06.2011 at 19:37  
Another country painted blood by Slayer!
Death To Posers - 04.06.2011 at 19:44  
Sick. Congrats, he totally deserves it.
Kwis - 04.06.2011 at 19:47  
Written by The Galactican on 04.06.2011 at 18:20

That is completely awesome.

I know, right? I mean, Gary Holt filling in again!? That is beyond awesome!!
SlaytanicGonzo - 04.06.2011 at 20:47  
I'm gonna see them live for my first time tomorrow. My favourite band, I'm so fucking psyched
Elodie Artour - 04.06.2011 at 22:45  
Now that's what I call hometown recognition, hehe.
snake? snaaaake! - 04.06.2011 at 22:55  
I've always wondered what exactly people mean by key to the city... Does he have some magical key that unlocks any lock?
wormdrink414 - 04.06.2011 at 23:18  
Written by snake? snaaaake! on 04.06.2011 at 22:55

I've always wondered what exactly people mean by key to the city... Does he have some magical key that unlocks any lock?

Well if he does, he deserves it. The magnificent bastard.
Lonniehaskel - 05.06.2011 at 00:07  
Sora Araya, Kingdom Slayer.
Black Conundrum - 05.06.2011 at 01:50  
Congrats to Tom Araya. It's interesting how his 50th birthday is coming up.
iORi - 05.06.2011 at 01:58  
Im from Chile... and this is superb...
Dark Blood - 05.06.2011 at 03:23  
Written by Lonniehaskel on 05.06.2011 at 00:07

Sora Araya, Kingdom Slayer.

Hahaha. A keyblade would be nicer than just a key.

The Simpsons always made me the impression that the key to a city would open any door from that city.

Grats to Tom. He deserves it.
LeChron James - 05.06.2011 at 04:14  
Happy birfday to Tom and congrats on getting the city's key. Even more props for sharing his birfday cake with fans hahahaha
Ace Frawley - 05.06.2011 at 05:54  
He seems like a really nice bloke - down to earth and a good sense of humour. It's great that he has been recognised in his country of birth.
farfaramir - 05.06.2011 at 07:47  
Eeeem... the ceremony was actually canceled. xD
Amatsu Mikaboshi - 05.06.2011 at 16:04  
I thought Pat O' Brien was still playing with Slayer instead of Gary Holt....

Yet on subject. All of my congrats to Tom and thats one hell of a way for a 50th.
Thryce - 05.06.2011 at 16:13  
Written by farfaramir on 05.06.2011 at 07:47

Eeeem... the ceremony was actually canceled. xD

O RLY?

Mr. Doctor - 05.06.2011 at 16:20  
LMAO at the way the man says the name at the very beginning: ESLALLER! XD
Classic chilean style, Oh how I love my homecountry.
farfaramir - 05.06.2011 at 17:59  
Written by Thryce on 05.06.2011 at 16:13

Written by farfaramir on 05.06.2011 at 07:47

Eeeem... the ceremony was actually canceled. xD

O RLY?



There was a ceremony, but they didn't give him the keys of the city.

http://www.powermetal.cl/noticias/tom-araya-no-sera-hijo-ilustre-de-vina

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