Published Mar 01, 2011Australian Slayer fans have been going through somewhat of an emotional roller coaster recently, as medical issues have threatened the band's appearance at the travelling Soundwave Festival. First, guitarist Jeff Hanneman was diagnosed with a rare flesh-eating disease and was replaced by Exodus guitarist Gary Holt. Then, Slayer frontman Tom Araya was hospitalized during the February 27 Sydney date of the tour and the band were forced to cancel. Now, Araya has said he's on the mend.
"Sorry I couldn't make the Sydney festival show. I am feeling much better and look forward to performing in Melbourne [on March 4]," Araya said in a statement.
For those wondering what actually happened, Blabbermouth has uncovered a Facebook post from Araya's wife, Sandra, who explains that he "was suffering from vertigo due to extreme dehydration and lack of rest," adding, "Our doctor is in the process of getting the results on the test that were ran (major time zone difference and being the weekend has held up those results). Hopefully there will be nothing more to add after the results are returned."
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