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Slayer frontman suffering from vertigo

By | Published on Wednesday 2 March 2011


Slayer were forced to pull out of their slot at the Sydney Soundwave festival last weekend because frontman Tom Araya was suffering from vertigo, it has been confirmed. It was originally thought Araya had contracted an ear infection.

As previously reported, Slayer’s recent live activity has been dogged by ill health, in particular Araya’s back problems. So much so that when guitarist Jeff Hanneman contracted a serious arm infection shortly before the band’s latest tour, the outfit decided to continue without him. But the band had only performed one show on that tour before Araya had to stand down. It is not yet clear how quickly they’ll get back on stage, they are due to play another date on the touring Soundwave festival later this week.

Araya’s wife Sandra said yesterday: “He was suffering from vertigo due to extreme dehydration and lack of rest. 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”.