When you want to follow an artist on Instagram, chances are you have to wade through a lot of imitators and fan accounts to get there. This is especially true for artists with long legacies and artists who’ve passed away, because there’s a feeling that any social media account celebrating their history is a fitting tribute (even when some of these accounts exists to fool users and gain followers). Now, fans of Slayer can officially bypass this rigamarole, as an official Jeff Hanneman account has been created by his widow Kathryn.
The account is @officialjeffhanneman, and features professional and candid shots of Jeff from throughout his career.
Though the account only has four photos up so far, it has already accrued over 21,000 followers, due in part to Slayer guitarist and Jeff’s replacement Gary Holt posting a confirmation of the account, and urging people to follow it.
If you want to see Jeff’s legacy through the eyes of someone who knew him and cared for him deeply, you can follow the account on Instagram.
While Jeff is forever lost to the world, his bandmate Kerry King is still alive and kicking. According to a recent interview, Kerry may no longer have Slayer to play in, but he’s got a buttload of material for a new project in the wings.
“I’ve been very, very lucky with riffs in 2020,” said Kerry in a recent interview on Dean Guitars’ YouTube. “Maybe because I can’t go anywhere — I don’t know — but riffs have certainly not been a problem. And looking forward into the future, what that means for me is I’m gonna be able to cherrypick the best stuff. And it’s good stuff. I’ve got more than two records’ worth of music, but to be able to go through that and cherrypick the best 11 or 12 [songs]… That first record should be smoking.
“Right now, I’m the only lyricist, because I’m the only one writing music, because I’m not positive who everybody is that’s gonna be playing with me,” he continued. “So it’s all on me at the moment. So, actually, I’ve actually gotta cherrypick those songs, pick my 10 or 12 favorites and actually start trying to put lyrics on them, just to move the process forward.”
Words by Chris Krovatin