From Kendrick Lamar to Slayer, this year is definitely one of the best.
Bonnaroo is in full swing and while we've seen some pretty impressive acts so far, the musical forecast shows things are not going to get quieter anytime soon. One of America's biggest and most diverse summer events, fans flock in their thousands to Tennessee this weekend to welcome some of the world's top entertainers.
Friday's line-up is a particularly mixed bag; where you've got music veterans the likes of 80s new wave legends Tears For Fears and 70s R&B band Earth Wind & Fire, you also got newer names such as LA duo Mini Mansions, who recently won acclaim for their second album 'The Great Pretenders', and Brit award winning UK chart toppers Royal Blood. Making some noise on the main What Stage throughout though are house producer Deadmau5, 'To Pimp a Butterfly' rapper Kendrick Lamar and roots rock collective Alabama Shakes.
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D'angelo & The Vanguard, Kacey Musgraves and Songhoy Blues join headliners Billy Joel and Mumford & Sons.
More additions have been announced for Bonnaroo 2015 as the June event draws ever closer. D'angelo & The Vanguard, Kacey Musgraves and Songhoy Blues join an already stellar line-up for this 10-stage bonanza, while the full late night sets are also announced.
Adding to a line-up headlined by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Billy Joel and London Grammy winners Mumford And Sons are soul collective D'angelo & The Vanguard, young country star Kacey Musgraves and Mali four-piece Songhoy Blues. As usual, the epic festival - which is set to play host to a massive 85,000 music lovers - presents one of the world's most diverse line-ups as it prepares to hit Manchester, Tennessee this summer from June 11th to 14th.
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Head to the continent for a festival experience of a lifetime with Spain's Primavera Sound, Denmark's Roskilde Festival and France's Rock En Seine to name a few.
We've been seriously pushing US and UK music festivals this year but, it has to be said, there's nowhere quite like Europe.
The continent is home to some of the most unique music events in the world and, looking at what's on offer this year, it seems that the festival season is the best time to experience cultural diversity to the nth degree. Whether its sun or snow you're after, rock or dance music, indoor or outdoor, Europe has it all and with the summer quickly approaching, it's time to get on a plane and take the best vacation of your lives as we guide you to the most exciting countries you can hope to visit this year.
- Pukkelpop (August 14th - 16th): This Belgian weekend remains seriously cool having first began in 1985 and always playing host to some of the world's best alternative music with early performers including Ramones, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Iggy Pop. Nearly 30 years on, Pukkelpop maintains its excellence with 2014 seeing the likes of Clean Bandit, Gogol Bordello and Die Antwoord on the bill.
- Tomorrowland (July 18th - 20th and July 25th - 27th): If you want to feel like you've entered a fantasy world for a weekend (or two), Tomorrowland is definitely for you. Taking place in the town of Boom, you'll be rocking out against a backdrop of incredible art installations of gargantuan proportions - it really isn't a sight to be missed.
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Slayer Christmas sweater - You'll certainly be rocking around the Christmas tree in these festive little numbers. Here is a diverse selection of Christmas jumpers from bands and artists such as One Direction, Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age and even the notoriously grumpy Morrissey. - Monday 17th December 2012
Condolences have been flooding in from all over the world of rock and metal.
Over a week after Jeff Hannemann’s death on May 2, his bandmates from Slayer remember the late guitarist in statements, published on the band’s website. On Thursday, the band’s other members, Tom Arraya and Kerry King recalled some of the good times they’d had with Hannemann, who died at 49 of alcohol-related cirrhosis.
"When we first formed Slayer, we used to rehearse all the time, religiously, 24/7," Araya explained in his statement. “Jeff and I spent a lot of time hanging out together, he lived in my father's garage which was also our rehearsal space."
He added, "When he got his own apartment, he had an 8-track and I would go there to record songs I'd written, not Slayer songs, other stuff I'd written. At a certain point, you still have the band but you start your own lives outside of the band, so that 24/7 falls to the side, you don't spend as much time together as you once did. I miss those early days."
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New insights about Jeff Hannemann's death have revealed the actual cause.
The coroner’s report has revealed some new information about the death of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman. Namely, it wasn’t the flesh-eating disease he got from a spider bite a couple years back that killed him. It was alcohol-related liver cirrhosis. Hannemann’s bandmates confimed this on the slayer website, in a statement that reads: “We've just learned that the official cause of Jeff's death was alcohol related cirrhosis. While he had his health struggles over the years, including the recent Necrotizing fasciitis infection that devastated his well-being, Jeff and those close to him were not aware of the true extent of his liver condition until the last days of his life.”
It added: “Contrary to some reports, Jeff was not on a transplant list at the time of his passing, or at any time prior to that. In fact, by all accounts, it appeared that he had been improving – he was excited and looking forward to working on a new record.”
Unfortunately, he never got to see that record started. Fans of the band and of Hanneman have flocked to Slayer’s website and to social networks to express their condolences. Hannemann’s bandmates also shared some of their memories of Slayer’s founder on their website.Fellow guitarist Kerry King said: “When we first formed Slayer, we used to rehearse all the time, religiously, 24/7. Jeff and I spent a lot of time hanging out together, he lived in my father's garage which was also our rehearsal space.” Bassist Tom Araya called Hanneman “a lifeline of Slayer” adding “he wrote so many of the songs that the band will always be known for. He had a good heart, he was a good guy."
Following the untimely death of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, we try to trace what may have been the reason behind his death earlier this week.
Metal legend, neigh God, Jeff Hannenman inexplicably died earlier this week after succumbing to complications with his liver, but what was was really behind his untimely demise? The answer is actually as metal as you'd expect as coroners are tracing his death back to a spider bite he received nearly two years ago and the flesh-eating bacteria that developed over time and nearly cost him his arm before it began to affect his liver and eventually took his life.
Currently, neither doctors nor any of Hanneman's family have been able to discuss the exact cause of death, however Slayer spokesperson Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald said Hanneman was on the mend from necrotizing fasciitis, a rare flesh-eating infection that affects the deeper layers of skin and the immediate tissues below it. For those unwilling to check out Wikipedia, the infection can develop from a minor cut or scratch and spread at an alarming rate; Robinson-Fitzgerald blamed the spider bite, for which he failed to seek immediate treatment for when he receiving it whilst in a friends hot tub two years ago.
Jeff Hanneman will not be forgotten soon.
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Slayer guitarist had been suffering from possible spider infection
Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman has died, aged just 49. Hanneman was one of the founding members of the game-changing heavy metal group and his death has been marked with an outpouring of tributes from the music world, from musicians, fans and others in the industry.
A simple statement from Slayer themselves read "Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 - 2013)." It added "Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11am this morning near his Southern California home.” Tragically Hanneman was suffering from necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease that he may have contracted from a spider bite. The BBC reports that he was being treated in hospital when he suffered liver failure.
Among those paying tribute was former Guns N’ Roses man Slash, who wrote on his Twitter "Tragic and shocking news about Jeff Hanneman. He is going to missed by so many. What a sad day for Metal. RIP man". The Recording Academy also commented on the sad passing, writing that Hanneman was "an intense and powerful guitarist and a force to be reckoned with on stage". President Neil Portnow said: "The music industry has lost a true trailblazer, and our deepest sympathies go out to his family, his band mates and fans around the world who mourn his untimely passing."
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Tributes have been pouring in for Jeff Hanneman, of Slayer.
Slayer guitarist and songwriter Jeff Hanneman is dead at 49 after suffering liver failure. The revered musician died on Thursday (May 2, 2013) at the Hemet Valley Medical Center near his home in South California's Inland Empire area, according to Billboard.com. Slayer made the news public, announcing their devastation at the loss of their band-mate and brother. Tributes began pouring in immediately, with MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine tweeting, "Tonight one less star will be shining and sadly, the stage got just a little bit darker. Jeff Hanneman 1964-2013."
"RIP TO A TITAN OF METAL," said Disturbed/Device frontman David Draiman, while drummer Mike Portnoy said, "WOW...I'm in shock...RIP Jeff Hanneman." The news hit the metal world harder given that most of the luminaries of the genre were attending the Annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards show at Club Nokia when news began filtering through. A spokesperson for "Blood" producer Rick Rubin told Billboard he was "very sad" and "shocked" by the death.
It had been a rough couple of years for Hanneman who ceased touring in early 2011 when he contracted necrotizing fasciitis, reportedly from a spider bite. The disease literally eats away at the flesh from deep layers of skin and tissues. Exodus musician Gary Holt stood in for Hanneman from 2011 while Pat O'Brien joined later in the year. Throughout the ordeal, Hanneman's Slayer band-mates expressed optimism that he would one day return to the group full-time.
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Hannerman passed away at age 49.
Jeff Hannerman, the guitarist for legendary metal band Slayer, died yesterday, May 2, at Hemet Valley Medical Center, near his home in Southern California. The reported cause of death was liver failure, according to Billboard. Hannerman had been struggling with a rare skin tissue disease for several years, but it is not yet known whether that was what took his life in the end. Slayer announced the news late in the afternoon, with Hannerman’s bandmates saying that the guitarist was their “brother”. This prompted a slew of grief and sympathetic messages from fans and fellow musicians on twitter.
Disturbed/Device frontman David Draiman was among the very first, posting "RIP TO A TITAN OF METAL," while drummer Mike Portnoy wrote, "WOW...I'm in shock...RIP Jeff Hanneman."
The guitarist formed Slayer in 1982, after meeting guitarist Kerry King mixing heavy metal and punk influences and signing with Metal Blade Records for Slayer's first two albums, "Show No Mercy" in 1983 and "Hell Awaits" in 1985. With several his father being a World War II veteran, Hannerman became fascinated with themes of war and destruction – which he would bring into Slayer’s music. In 1986 the band made the controversial move of transferring to hip hop label Def Jam, for their cover album “Undisputed Attitude” and their iconic album “Reign in Blood”.
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