San Francisco Bay Area-based guitarist Craig Locicero (FORBIDDEN, MANMADE GOD, SPIRALARMS) will take part in Hannemania, a tribute to SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman, on Saturday, July 13 at the Oakland Metro Operahouse in Oakland, California. The event will be headlined by as HANNEMAN LECTER, an "all-star" band which is said to feature surprise guest appearances.
Hannemania is being organized by Iron Fist Circle Productions, which has previously staged Bonded By Baloff and Holty Matrimony shows, also featuring surprise guests such as Kirk Hammett of METALLICA and a secret performance by a band calling itself THE RELENTLESS REVOLUTIONARIES, which turned out to be a headlining set by DEATH ANGEL. The promoter, Ken Raider, is being very tight-lipped regarding the HANNEMAN LECTER lineup or guest appearances, stating: I am honestly unsure exactly who may be showing up; we may all be surprised."
Hannemania tickets can be purchased at this location.
Members of SLAYER released a statement on May 9 saying that Hanneman died of alcohol-related cirrhosis. He is credited for writing many of the band's classic songs, including "Angel Of Death" and "South Of Heaven".
The guitarist, who passed away in Los Angeles on May 2, had actually not been playing with SLAYER for more than two years since he contracted necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating disease, from a spider bite in his backyard in January 2011. The infection ravaged the flesh and tissues of Hanneman's arm, leading to numerous surgeries, skin grafts and intense periods of rehab that forced him into semi-retirement and left him near death at several points.
Hanneman's last appearance with SLAYER was in April 2011, when he played an encore with the band at the "Big Four" concert in Indio, California.