First Dibs: Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Dies

Also in today’s First Dibs: Justin Timberlake has been cast in a ’70s-era biopic, Lance Bass figures One Direction probably has a gay member, and Tame Impala hits us with one of the dopest covers ever.

  • Jeff Hanneman, guitarist and co-founder of the legendary thrash metal band Slayer, has died. He wrote both songs and compositions for all of the bands 11 albums, beginning with 1983’s Show No Mercy. He was 49. [MTV]
  • Justin Timberlake is set to star as famed music executive Neil Bogart in an upcoming film. Bogart, who signed acts from Donna Summer to Kiss, was known for his excessive hard-partying lifestyle and died at 39 in 1982. Wondering if we’ll get to see JT act out a coke binge on the big screen. [The Guardian]
  • Former *NSync member Lance Bass hid his homosexuality for years in fear of ruining his group’s success. Now, he’s saying that, “statistically speaking,” one of the guys in One Direction might doing the same. Good to know he’s employing probability to arrive at an unfounded conclusion. [Daily Mail]
  • Tame Impala are currently carrying the torch for psychedelic rock, but during an interview at an Australian radio station, they evoked the sounds of psychedelic funk. The band covered Outkast’s “Prototype” in a live session and it will probably be the most amazing thing you hear all day. [Gorilla vs. Bear]