A date has been announced for a fan-friendly memorial service for Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who died of liver failure due to alcohol-related cirrhosis on May 2. The event will be held on Thursday, May 23 at the Hollywood Palladium in California. It will be open to the public on a first-come-first-serve basis with the venue having a capacity of 4,000. All ages are welcome to the event and it will run from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
Westboro Baptist Church has decided to attempt to picket Hanneman’s memorial service, just like the many other rock acts they’ve attended throughout the years. The radical Christian group has announced that they will be performing their cover of Ozzy Ozbourne’s “Crazy Train” at the memorial. Maybe they’re actually closet metalheads, who knows?
Upon hearing that Westboro Baptist Church would be attending the Hanneman funeral, Slayer fans have banned together to form a counter-picket to the fundamentalist group, although a more appropriate name for it may be a counter ass-kicking. Some fans are even planning on bringing balloons full of red paint to throw at the WBC Members.
Slayer. Ozzy. Fights. Paint. Rock fans. Cranky old people that don’t like noise. Sounds like a good old rock show to me.