Slayerin Kerry King kertoo ”Chasing Death”-kappaleen olleen kirjoitettu Jeff Hannemannin herättämiseksi

Slayer 2015Yhdysvaltalaisen thrash metal -yhtye Slayerin kitaristi on antanut Illinois Rekisterille hiljattain haastattelun, jossa paljastaa yhtyeen tulevan ”Repentless” -nimisen albumin kappaleen ”Chasing Deathin” olleen kirjoitettu osittain siksi, että se pelastaisi yhtyeen edesmenneen kitaristin Jeff Hannemannin alkoholismilta. Kerry Kingin mukaan Jeff kärsi pahasta alkoholismista ja hänen tarkoituksenaan kappaleella oli saada Jeff heräämään asiaan ja hakeutumaan hoitoon. Jeff ei kuitenkaan Kerryn mukaan halunnut parantua ja tämän seurauksena hän menehtyikin sairaalassa maksan petettyä vuonna 2013 ollessaan 49 vuotias. Voit lukea Kerry Kingin ajatuksia kappaleesta sekä Jeff Hannemannin alkoholismista tästä:

”There were some wake-up calls in there,” King said. ”You know, we were trying to get Jeff on board. And he had literally cheated death when he had that arm injury. I don’t think people know it was as bad as it was, but the doctor told him when he went in to work on him, ’First, I’m going to try to save your life.’ We didn’t know if he was going to live. And Jeff, he just… he got out of the hospital, and he lived clean for a while. I’m, like, ’Dude, you just cheated death. You got another shot at doing this all over again. Let’s fucking get you back on board, playing some shows.'”

”I knew when [Jeff] went into the hospital that last time, I knew it was bad, but I didn’t know it was that bad. Nobody expected that call … I didn’t know if he was ever going to come out of that particular episode, but I didn’t think it was going to be that quick.

”You can’t make an addicted person get better if they don’t want to. We did everything we were supposed to do, but that kind of personality, man. If they’re not strong enough to outwit it, then it’s gonna happen how it happened.”

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