Slayer guitarist and songwriter Jeff Hanneman passed away on Thursday leaving one of the biggest holes in the metal community since the loss of Pantera's Darrell Abbott. Interestingly, Thursday also saw a partial reunion of Pantera, when vocalist Phil Anselmo and bass player Rex Brown joined Anthrax at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards to perform the Pantera classic, "This Love".
This is a pretty big deal for Pantera fans holding out for a reunion, which appears highly unlikely as long as Anselmo and Vinnie Paul (Pantera drummer and Darrell's brother) aren't talking. At least it was something.
The performance was dedicated to Hanneman, and once "This Love" concluded, they launched into Slayer's "Raining Blood".