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, California, in a family containing several war veterans: his father fought in Normandy during World War II and his brothers in Vietnam; so warfare was a common conversation topic at the dinner table. … Read More


1981 17 Years Old Hanneman approached Kerry King in 1981, when King was auditioning for a band. … Read More


1984 20 Years Old In 1984, Hanneman, Dave Lombardo and Suicidal Tendencies's guitarist Rocky George had a brief punk side project called "Pap Smear" - the band 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!" Hanneman took Rubin's advice, and later used two of the songs on Slayer's 1996 album Undisputed Attitude.
1986 22 Years Old In Slayer's early days, Hanneman used a black Gibson Les Paul during the Show No Mercy and Hell Awaits era. In 1986 he began playing B.C. Rich, notably a Rich Bich model with various graphics on it. … Read More
1990 26 Years Old In 1990 he began playing the famous Jackson Soloist that he would use constantly over the next decade.


1997 33 Years Old In 1997 Hanneman married Kathryn, whom he had met in the early 1980s. … Read More
2000 36 Years Old Around 2000/2001 Jeff switched to ESP guitars and had his own signature model made, based on his Jackson Soloist. … Read More


2009 45 Years Old In a 2009 interview with Decibel Magazine, he states his father is German, but fought for the allied side in World War II. … Read More
2011 47 Years Old In early 2011, Hanneman contracted necrotizing fasciitis. … Read More
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