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Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman has died at the age of 49, according to a statement released by the band today (May 2). He was with the group since their formation in 1981, and appeared on each of their studio albums, most recently 2009′s ‘World Painted Blood.’
The guitarist has largely been absent from the legendary metal band’s live shows since contracting necrotizing fasciitis, most likely from a spider bite, in 2011. However there is no confirmation that this condition was responsible for his death, with the press release instead citing liver failure as the cause. The full statement reads:
Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.
Hanneman’s loss is obviously a huge one to the metal community, and we send our thoughts to his family and loved ones. His friends and peers immediately flooded Twitter with a series of fond tributes to the guitarist.
Three Of The Most Impressive Pieces Of Feces Ever
A new, very strange laxative ad campaign, via Thailand. Bisolax is a laxative brand common in Thailand.
"Shit" was not my first thought upon seeing this ad.By BuzzFeed.Com
RICHIE HAVENS, LEGENDARY FOLK SINGER, DEAD AT 72
Richie Havens, the folk singer who famously opened the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, has died at the age of 72.
Jambase is reporting that he passed away today (April 22) from an undisclosed illness. However, he had retired from touring in 2012 after complications from kidney surgery. Up to that point, Havens had been a tireless performer and activist for the previous 45 years.
Born in 1941, Havens learned to sing doo-wop on the streets of Brooklyn, and became a mainstay of the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early-1960s. He became known for soulful singing and his singular style of guitar playing, which involved fretting the notes on an open-tuned acoustic guitar with his thumb slung over the neck, and strumming with furious intensity.
He was known primarily as an interpreter of songs, most famously Bob Dylan‘s ‘Just Like a Woman’ and George Harrison‘s ‘Here Comes the Sun,’ the latter of which reached No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. Of his original songs, his best known are the anti-war song ‘Handsome Johnny’ from his ‘Verve’ debut, and ‘Freedom,’ which was improvised at Woodstock.
According to the story, he was originally supposed to have only a 20-minute slot, but because of the problems in getting other acts to the location due to the traffic, organizers told him to keep playing. When he ran out of songs, he wrote it on the spot, incorporating elements of the Negro spiritual, ‘Motherless Child.’
He was also known for his environmental activism. He co-founded the Northwind Undersea Institute in the mid-1970s, as well as an organization called the Natural Guard, both of which were committed to teaching children about the roles they can play in saving the environment.
“From Woodstock to The Isle of Wight to Glastonbury to the Fillmore Auditorium to Royal Albert Hall to Carnegie Hall,” read a statement from his booking agency. “Richie played the most legendary music festivals that ever were, and most of the world’s greatest concert venues. But even when performing in a Greenwich Village coffeehouse or a small club or regional theater, he was eternally grateful that people in any number turned up each time to hear him sing. More than anything, he feels incredibly blessed to have met so many of you along the way.”
Watch Richie Havens Perform ‘Freedom’ at Woodstock
Aerosmith fans who wind up in the movie theaters this May to check out the new 3D flick ‘Epic’ are in for a little surprise. One of the film’s star characters, the old wise caterpillar of the forest named Nim Galuu, is voiced by none other than frontman Steven Tyler. While Tyler is often referred to as one heck of an animated performer, this brings a whole new meaning to the word.
In a newly released clip seen above, Tyler admits that landing the role was a dream come true for him. “My whole life I wanted to be in one of these animated movies,” he explains. “I got my wish.” In addition to voicing the animated insect, Tyler also gets to break out in song during the movie too, providing the perfect combination of song and dance from the demon of screaming.
In true rock star fashion, the clip closes out to a scene of the ‘Epic’ characters jumping from mushroom to mushroom in their fantasy forest with Tyler providing some comic relief, saying, “Having survived the 70’s, I saw those guys all the time, so it was nothing new to me.”
Tyler joins an all-star cast of voices for the movie including Colin Farrell, Beyonce, Jason Sudeikis and Amanda Seyfried.
The film hits theaters on May 22 and as Tyler promises, it’s “certainly so going to be ‘Epic.’”
Discarded Lottery Tickets Turned Into Extravagant Items
There are millions a stake, but ultimately millions upon millions never win – that’s the reality of playing the lottery.
In fact, it has been said that playing the lottery is for people who are bad at mathematics,your chances of winning are no greater than 1 in 176,000,000.
In fact, you have more likelihood of getting being killed by vending machine (1 in 122 million) than getting your hands on all that cash. Still there here is always hope right? And hey, someone, somewhere has to win! When some incredibly lucky individual does win lotto, you often here tales of ridiculously extravagant purchases and luxury items bought with reckless abandon. That was the inspiration behind ‘Ghosts Of A Dream’ (GhostofaDream.com) by visual artists Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was.
Together they tried to imagine an outrageously expensive vehicle a wealthy individual might buy and then add their own spin to it. Choosing the Hummer H3, they amusingly pulled together $39,000 worth of losing lottery tickets (the cost of the Hummer itself) and used those discarded tickets to cover it.
They’ve made countless other stylish and amusing creations design to highlight the sheer excess and absurdity of those with extreme wealth. You know what they say, money might buy you a lot of things, but it doesn’t buy you class.