Slayer frontman: 'I miss headbanging'

Slayer frontman Tom Araya confesses he yearns to headbang after being forced to stop following back surgery.

Surgery to mend fused vertebrae in his back means Araya is unable to headbang – an action he says he loved and sorely misses.

He tells Loudwire: “There’s things that have gone on in my life that’s made me change how I play.

“I had surgery – I can’t headbang any more. That was a big part of what I enjoyed. I liked knowing I was one badass headbanger.

“Now I’m grooving with the music and the feel of the songs, which is cool. The physical connection was a big part for me.”

In the past Araya has also reflected on the tiring schedule of touring admitting he finds it harder to motivate himself to go out on the road.

“When we started off everything was great, because you’re young and invincible. Then I became a family man, and I had a tough time flying back and forth,” he said previously.

“Now, at this stage, at the level we’re at now, I can fly home when I want to and spend some time with my family, which is something I wasn’t able to do when they were growing up.

“I take advantage of that. But it’s getting harder and harder to come back out on the road.”