SLAYER’s Kerry King has defended himself against accusations that he didn’t show enough emotion while paying tribute to his fallen bandmate, Jeff Hanneman, the day of the co-founding SLAYER guitarist’s death.
On May 2, 2013, only a few hours after Hanneman passed away from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver, King led a very metal tribute to Hanneman at the Revolver Golden Gods awards in Los Angeles, bypassing the usual moment of silence for something a bit more appropriate.
“I thought, ‘Should I do a moment of silence?’ And then I said, fuck no. This is the Golden Gods, man,” he told the crowd, according to Billboard.com (see video below). “Jeff fucking Hanneman, he played in SLAYER. He does not want a moment of fucking silence; Jeff wants a moment of fucking noise.”
The audience obliged and King added: “We’ve gotta drink-raise it up. We’ve gotta first-raise it up and tip one back to our fallen brother.”
Asked by Loudwire to go back to the day that he found out Hanneman had died, King said: “I knew he was in the hospital, I knew he was in bad shape, but nobody thought he was in that bad a shape, ’cause nobody raced to get out there. And then, you know, he was gone. And I had rehearsal that day, I had [to appear at the Revolver] Golden Gods [show in Los Angeles], where people gave me shit for not fucking blubbering on mic. But it’s a celebration, even in death.”
He continued: “I wanted people to celebrate. And they needed it. They needed somebody to say, ‘It’s okay. We’re moving on.’ Nobody wants anybody to go to the Golden Gods and just be a fucking downer. I dealt with what I had to [deal] with, I think I got the crowd up for it, and I think that’s a good memory of Jeff for them.”
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