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Video: Slayer Frontman Araya Gets Key To City

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Tom Araya
I don’t speak Spanish. Given the demographics of my ‘hood, you’d think I’d learn. But I don’t know the language. This became more obvious to me this weekend, when I hung out with one of my oldest and closest friends and met his lovely lady, who speaks Spanish. I understand it better than I can speak it, but in the following video of Slayer’s Tom Araya being honored by officials from his birth city, I didn’t understand a bloody thing.

Araya was born in Viña del Mar, Chile, and returned to his birthplace on Friday (June 3) to receive the key to the city from Mayor Virginia Reginato. It was Chile’s first official recognition of the musician, who left the country when he was five, relocating with his family to the U.S.

You can watch the video after the jump, at the end of this post. If you know Spanish, maybe you could give us some sort of idea of what’s being said in the comments section, mayhaps?

When asked about the honor, Araya said, “I think it’s awesome. I’m kind of speechless; I don’t what to say. They’re probably gonna change the locks when they give me the key. It’s an honor. I think it’s great. I don’t have a reply. I’m more speechless than anything. It’s not something I expected. That’s never happened before. You see other people receive rewards like that, but it’s usually people of political status or someone that’s really done something for the community or done something important. I’m excited. I don’t know what to expect. . . All I can say is: thank you. That’s about it.”

Also, a happy birthday to Tom. Today is the day. Have a great one, dude.