Jeff Hanneman

Guitarist In the Thrash Metal Band Slayer
Born Oct 31, 1964

Jeffrey John "Jeff" Hanneman is a rhythm/lead guitarist and founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer. Hanneman grew up in Los Angeles in a family of war veterans, and his fascination with warfare is attributed to his upbringing. His interest in the subject of war pertains to much of his lyrical material including the song "Angel of Death".… Read More

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1964 Birth Hanneman was born January 31, 1964, in Oakland, California, and grew up in Long Beach in a family containing several war veterans: his father fought in Normandy during World War II and his brothers in Vietnam, making warfare a common conversation topic at the dinner table. … Read More


1981 17 Years Old In 1981 Hanneman, who was working as a telemarketer at the time, met Kerry King, when King was auditioning for a southern rock band called "Ledger". … Read More


1984 20 Years Old In 1984, Hanneman, Lombardo and Suicidal Tendencies guitarist Rocky George had a brief hardcore punk side project called "Pap Smear" – the band had many tracks and was due to start recording when Hanneman was advised to avoid the side project by Slayer's producer, Rick Rubin, who is quoted as saying "Ahhhh, don't do it, man – this is the kind of thing that breaks bands up!" and Hanneman took Rubin's advice. … Read More
1985 21 Years Old …  In mid 1985 he began playing B.C. Rich, notably a Rich Bich model he bought off his band colleague Kerry King, he subsequently applied various graphics to. … Read More
1986 22 Years Old He and King can both also be seen with a second set of BC Rich's around 1986-1987, which had 6-in-line headstocks, black hardware and DiMarzio pickups. … Read More
1987 23 Years Old From 1987 he was seen using a custom made BC Rich Gunslinger with similar specs as his '86-'87 era Bich, he shortly after had the pickups replaced with two active EMG-81 humbuckers.
1988 24 Years Old In 1988 he began playing the famous Jackson Soloist that he would use constantly as his main guitar for songs played in E-flat tuning until 2001. … Read More
1989 25 Years Old In 1989, Hanneman married Kathryn in Las Vegas. They had met in 1983 before the release of the debut album Show No Mercy, during a Slayer show in Buena Park, California. … Read More
1990 26 Years Old Around 1990-1991 Hanneman began using ESP guitars, he mostly used as backup for this Jackson Soloist and other tunings. … Read More


1996 32 Years Old Hanneman's major influences included hard rock and heavy metal bands like Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith and hardcore punk acts such as Wasted Youth, Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, T.S.O.L., which led to Slayer's 1996 album Undisputed Attitude. … Read More


2009 45 Years Old In a 2009 interview with Decibel magazine, he stated his father is German, but fought for the Allied side in World War II. … Read More
2011 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 2011, Hanneman contracted necrotizing fasciitis. … Read More
2013 49 Years Old 1 More Event
However, later in February 2013, Kerry King revealed continuing health problems that kept Hanneman from working.
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