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Slayer’s Tom Araya Hospitalised Down Under

Wednesday, 2nd Mar 2011

The Band, Due to Play the UK in July, Cancel Show in Sydney

Various sources are reporting that Tom Araya, the vocalist and bassist of Slayer, suffered a serious ear infection on Sunday 27th February and as a result the band was forced to pull out of a show in Sydney. The illness was so severe that Araya had to be hospitalised and whilst test results are still to return – according to his wife, speaking on Facebook – he is said to be feeling better and will be returning to the band shortly. It means that fans in the UK need not worry about the band honouring their touring commitments in July; where they are due to perform at Knebworth House in Stevenage.

Slayer are in Australia to perform at various events down under, with the illness forcing them to pull out of a set at Sydney Soundwave. They are next due onstage at the Melbourne leg of Soundwave and organisers have assured fans that they will be able to make it to the stage.

It isn’t the first time that a band member’s health has affected Slayer’s touring schedule. Early last year Araya’s back surgery meant that they had to cancel touring and they are currently playing without Jeff Hanneman, whose arm infection has lead to concert tickets holders witnessing Gary Holt in his place.

Slayer are an enormously famous American thrash metal band that have been around since the early 1980s and have been in the spotlight since the release of their third album in 1986. Originally founded by Hanneman and Kerry King, they also feature Araya and Dave Lombardo as part of their line-up, with songs such as “Raining Blood”, “Angel of Death”, “Seasons of the Abyss” and “Eyes of the Insane” to their name.

Their latest album was 2009’s “World Painted Blood”, their eleventh studio release over a career that has spanned almost thirty years. As a seasoned thrash outfit they regularly sell an abundance of rock tickets wherever they go.

Slayer are due back in the UK in July and play Kebworth House in Stevenage in July 2011 as part of the Sonisphere Festival.

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