SLAYER has commented on Westboro Baptist Church’s plan to picket the public memorial celebration for the band’s late guitarist Jeff Hanneman, which will be held May 23 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
The event — which will run from from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m — will be free and open to the public on a first-come, first-in basis (subject to venue capacity, which is listed at around 4,000 people). All ages are welcome, and paid parking will be available around the venue.
A new message on SLAYER’s official Facebook page states: “Message to fans: Want to really piss off the Westboro Baptist Church at Jeff’s memorial celebration? Do exactly what SLAYER members and family are going to do — totally ignore them. They don’t exist. And then come inside and celebrate Jeff’s life with us.”
In a “news release” announcing its plans to picket Hanneman’s memorial celebration, Westboro Baptist Church said: “Jeff Hanneman received his ‘talent’ from God. Indeed, his very breath of life was from God… Instead of being thankful and using his talents to glorify God, and warn the generation into which he was born to fear and obey God, Hanneman used this resource to encourage sin.