Jeff Hanneman, pioneering guitarist who helped form the metal band Slayer, has died. He was struck down by liver failure, exacerbated by a flesh-eating disease that affected his arm, perhaps caused by a spider bite.
That’s kind of a metal way to go.
Slayer is hard to classify, in part because they’ve been around long enough that they’re a genre all to themselves. Thrash/speed metal, maybe. Their fans have a reputation for being fanatical in their devotion to the band. Being the opening act for Slayer is a rough gig, because the fans aren’t shy in letting you know that you’re not Slayer.
Well, at Hanneman’s funeral, Fred Phelps has volunteered to be the opening act.
*wince* This is gonna get ugly.