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KERRY KING was very surprised about SLAYER reunion shows too

“Me not being in Slayer sucks. I want Slayer to exist. This is the only way I know how to do that”


In a new interview with Guitar World magazine, Kerry King spoke about the fact that SLAYER‘s upcoming reunion shows were announced just weeks after he told Rolling Stone magazine that a SLAYER comeback was unlikely. He said: “I was very surprised. I made my comments (about SLAYER being finished) based on (SLAYER bassist/vocalist Tom Araya) not wanting to play anymore. As far as I was concerned, we were done and never going to play again. To be honest, I don’t know what switched.

“We’ve been turning down offers to play shows for at least three years. So, one came up that, I guess, enticed Tom to the point where he wanted to roll the dice and try a couple. I don’t know, but that’s all it is.”

Kerry added that he would be open to more SLAYER gigs in the future.

“There could be an instance where there’s another one-off,” he said. “It just has to be the right offer at the right time, maybe someplace everybody loves to go. But touring, no, I don’t see touring. But, you know, who’s to say a one-off can’t happen again?”

King, who is currently touring with his solo band, previously told Total Guitar magazine about SLAYER‘s reunion shows: “It caught me off guard too. Do I wish the timing was different? Absolutely, but that’s completely out of my hands.”

King went on to say that fans shouldn’t get their hopes up about a full-scale SLAYER reunion.

“Everyone thinks SLAYER are getting back together, but that couldn’t be further from the truth,” he explained. “We’ve been turning down gigs ever since we stopped. This one came and I thought, ‘If we’re ever going to do one, this could be cool because it’s the five-year anniversary of our final tour.’

“We’re not going to record anymore,” he added. “That final tour was definitely our final tour. This is just a reason to have some fun the guys, play a few shows and then jump back in the coffin…”

King recently released the third part of his reflections on his first solo record ‘From Hell I Rise’, which came out this year under Reigning Phoenix Music.

Watch the previous episoded below.

Last month, Kerry spoke to Consequence about his tendency to write lyrics — with both SLAYER and his solo project — that are critical of organized religion. Asked what he sees in the real world that leads him to write songs on that topic, Kerry replied: “Well, I think it’s a farce. When I was in grade school, I couldn’t tell you what grade, but during the summer one year, my parents said, ‘Hey, you want to go to Sunday school?’ Because I did all kinds of extracurricular stuff at school. So I’m, like, ‘Yeah, I’ll check it out.’ I didn’t know what church was. And this isn’t what gave me my hatred for it, but it’s just a fun story. So I went to Sunday school, and like a week into it, I went to my parents. I’m, like, ‘I don’t think I want to go to this anymore.’ Even that little kid knew it was a bunch of dog shit.”

He continued: “It’s like politics these days. What’s said in the press is gone within 48 hours. All the things Donald Trump did as president, I remember seeing on the news how many lies he’d made in four years, and like 36 hours later, it’s like it never happened. That’s basically how religion is. You hear about all these priests around the world getting convicted for sexual assault or inappropriate conduct with minors, and a day later it’s gone. But I remember that shit, and it’s been fueling my lyrics for the last probably 40 years. So, thank you religion for keeping me occupied.”

Last month, King talked to Germany’s Moshpit Passion, about the increased prevalence of lyrics about religion and occult themes in heavy metal today compared to how it was when the band first started out more than 40 years ago. He said: “Yeah, I think people got desensitized over the decades, ’cause when we came out, it was far more taboo than it is now. And I think what I do is more like just putting opinions on the table.”

He continued: “I think a lot of people are just born into their beliefs — they come down from their parents, their friends, whatever. And I don’t believe in God or the devil — I don’t believe in anything; I’m an atheist — but I like to put options on the table for those people that may never question what they believe or why they believe it. I don’t care if you believe in God — good on you; have fun with that; that’s a good story — but I just like to throw things on the table and say, ‘Hey, have you ever thought of a different perspective? Have you ever thought of all the preachers that get arrested for fondling little boys?’ This world isn’t perfect. So I just put things out on the table and hopefully get people thinking about their own life and figure things out for themselves.”

He later added: “That’s why, first and foremost, I always say I am an atheist. I don’t believe any of it. But I don’t mind writing about it. (Laughs) I like to think of my songs as mini screenplays that give you visuals in your mind. And it just makes you think of things, makes you think like you’re watching a movie in your head. Maybe someday somebody will make up a movie based on a short story by Kerry King, and that story is my song.”

Watch the previously released ‘Residu’ and ‘Idle Hands’ below.

Due to logistical issues, the European tour will now conclude on 29th June. Refunds for the cancelled shows are available from the point of purchase.
03.06.2024 NL Tilburg – 013
04.06.2024 NL Enschede – Hertog Jan Zaal
06.06.2024 SE Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
07.06.2024 DE Nürburgring – Rock am Ring
08.06.2024 PL Gdańsk – Mystic Festival
09.06.2024 DE Nuremberg – Rock im Park
11.06.2024 DE Hamburg – Große Freiheit 36
12.06.2024 DE Berlin – Huxleys Neue Welt
13.06.2024 AT Nickelsdorf – Nova Rock
15.06.2024 CZ Hradec Králové , Rock For People
16.06.2024 UK Derby – Download Festival
18.06.2024 UK London – Electric Ballroom
20.06.2024 BE Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
21.06.2024 DK Copenhagen – Copenhell
22.06.2024 FI Nummijärvi, Nummirock Metal Festival
26.06.2024 ES Viveiro – Resurrection Fest
27.06.2024 FR Clisson – Hellfest
28.06.2024 FI Helsinki – Tuska
29.06.2024 PT Lisbon – Evil Live Festival, Altice Arena
Tickets: https://kerrykingofficial.com/#tour

King‘s debut solo album, “From Hell I Rise”, was released on May 17 via Reigning Phoenix Music. All material for the LP was written by the 60-year-old musician, who was accompanied during the recording sessions by guitarist Demmel, drummer Paul Bostaph (SLAYER), bassist Kyle Sanders (HELLYEAH) and vocalist Mark Osegueda (DEATH ANGEL). Helming the sessions at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles last year was producer Josh Wilbur, who has previously worked with KORNLAMB OF GODAVENGED SEVENFOLD and BAD RELIGION, among others.

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