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KERRY KING: “never in a million years did I wanna call my new band KERRY KING”

Kerry King in Metropool, Enschede-4 juni 2024


In a new interview with Sweden RockSLAYER guitarist Kerry King was asked what it feels like to be touring with his new eponymously named solo band. He responded: “A little fish out of water, like. We’re still feeling it out. I mean, I was in the same band for 40 years of my life, roughly, so other than Paul (BostaphSLAYER and KERRY KING drummer) being there, it’s new being around the other guys. I don’t mean it to sound weird, but just getting our feet wet, figuring out what to do with each other. I’ve never been on stage with four people in the front; there’s only been three. So, it’s logistical — knowing when to go to stage right, knowing when those guys come to stage left. And it’s only, like, our sixth show (at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 6), so we’re still figuring it out.”

Asked about the decision to call his new band KERRY KING, the guitarist said: “I hate it. (Laughs) Every time I came up with a possible band name, it would get all the way to the trademark attorneys and they would say, ‘You don’t wanna do this.’ And I’d be, like, ‘Why? Can’t we buy it?’ If it’s just a little tiny company or something. And a couple of times it just had too many uses. And I said, ‘Well…’ It came time to announce those American festivals, and we had to go with something, so we went with my name. Never in a million years did I wanna do that. But here we are.”

Pressed to reveal some of the other names that were initially considered for his new project, Kerry said: “Um, the earliest one — the Internet was right — the earliest one was BLOOD REIGN. The next one was KING’S REIGN, which I would have been okay with. And the band loved it. “Cause I kept trying to say, ‘I don’t wanna use my name. I don’t wanna use my name,’ ’cause I’m not a vain dude; I’m not like that. And that one got blown out of the water too.”

He added: “It’s extremely difficult to come up with a good name these days. I’m still trying. (Laughs)”

SLAYER guitarist Kerry King celebrated his 60th birthday by kicking off the European leg of his “From Hell I Rise” solo tour Monday night (June 3) at Poppodium 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands. New fan filmed footage is now available.

Watch the fan filmed footage below.

As was the case with the first three U.S. shows Kerry played with his solo band, the setlist for the Tilburg gig included SLAYER tracks as well as several of the 13 songs that appear on King‘s debut solo album, “From Hell I Rise”, which came out on May 17 via Reigning Phoenix Music.

The setlist for the concert was as follows:

01. Where I Reign
02. Trophies Of The Tyrant
03. Toxic
04. Repentless (SLAYER song)
05. Two Fists
06. Tension
07. Everything I Hate About You
08. Chemical Warfare (SLAYER song)
09. Idle Hands
10. Rage
11. Hate Worldwide (SLAYER song)
12. Residue
13. Disciple (SLAYER song)
14. Crucifixation
15. Shrapnel
16. Raining Blood (SLAYER song)
17. Black Magic (SLAYER song)
18. Payback (SLAYER song)
19. From Hell I Rise

(Source Setlist.fm)

On May 17, Kerry King released his solo debut album, “From Hell I Rise” via Reigning Phoenix Music, and released the project’s video Toxic’, which has been co-directed by Jim Louvau and his partner Tony Aguilera.

Watch Toxic’ below.

Jim Louvau admits: “We’re at a point where political fatigue has set in and become an issue for most people who live in our country no matter what side of the coin they land on. The lyrics and energy of the song showcase that sentiment, so I wanted to create something visually that almost feels like a trailer for what we are about to experience. I also wanted to address PTSD for people who have serviced in the military and how the increased political landscape affects their mental health which often goes unnoticed”.

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.

KERRY KING will be special guest on the upcoming LAMB OF GOD/MASTODON North American “Ashes Of Leviathan” co-headline tour. The six-week run will launch on July 19 in Grand Prairie, Texas and will wrap on August 31 in Omaha, Nebraska. KERRY KING will make the band’s 2024 concert debut in May, first at the Welcome To Rockville festival (May 9), followed by Sonic Temple Arts & Music Festival (May 16). They are also confirmed for Hellfest, in France, this Summer. 

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