Slayer On Jeff Hanneman's Death: Our Interviews
Slayer is also moving forward with an upcoming U.S. tour, which will roll through the Hollywood Palladium this Sunday and Monday. The Sunday show will be a special "Old-School Slayer Night" exclusively featuring songs from the band's early years, up until 1990.
These will be the first shows the group has played in Hollywood or Los Angeles proper since a riot 25 years ago at the same venue. Fans looking to buy tickets on the day of the show -- August 12th, 1988 -- got unruly when denied entrance to the sold-out show (above).
When asked to reflect on that night, Araya recalls only being made aware of what was happening after a television news crew requested an interview.
"I normally don't do interviews after the show," Araya says. "We thought it was cool that we were going to be on the 11 o'clock news. The first thing they asked was 'What do you think about the riot outside?' We had no idea what had happened. We thought they were joking until they told us fans went crazy and started breaking windows."
Says King: "Everyone overreacted and it became Slayer's fault."
Slayer perform at the Hollywood Palladium on Sunday, October 27 and Monday, October 28
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