Slayer announce temporary replacement for Jeff Hanneman

Hanneman is recovering from flesh-eating disease

Slayer have announced their temporary replacement for stricken guitarist Jeff Hanneman.

The metal band announced on Monday (February 14) that Hanneman would not be touring as he’d contracted a flesh-eating disease.

Gary Holt, guitarist with San Francisco metal band Exodus, will join the band for the duration of the their Australian tour and continue until Hanneman recovers.

Exodus, who formed in 1980 and originally included Metallica’s Kirk Hammett in their line-up, toured with Slayer in 2005.

Hanneman has been diagnosed with necrotising fasciitis, a rare disease which destroys skin, fat and tissue from below the surface of the body. He is believed to have caught the disease from a spider bite and will undergo surgery on his right arm shortly.

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