Kerry King: Slayer retired ‘too early’

KERRY KING: SLAYER 'Too Early' Retired

Kerry King says that KILLER retired “too early”.

The 57-year-old guitarist touched on his band’s decision to quit while recording a short video message congratulating him MACHINE HEAD on the 30th anniversary of the San Francisco Bay Area act.

“So I hear congratulations are in order for my friends in MACHINE HEADking says in the clip. “Apparently it’s 30 years, which is quite an achievement. Not many bands are coming. We did, and then we stopped too early. Fuck us. Fuck me. I fucking hate not playing.”

king went on to say that MACHINE HEAD is “the only band” he ever “asked to open for” KILLER.” The two groups first shared the stage in 1994 when MACHINE HEAD had just released his debut album, “burn my eyes”.

KILLER played the final show of his farewell tour in November 2019 at the Forum in Los Angeles. One day later, Kerryhis wife Ayesha King said there’s “no chance in hell” the thrash metal icons will reunite for more live performances. In August 2020, she shot down her husband’s and bassist/vocalist’s opportunity again Tom Araya share the stage among the KILLER banner.

After Ayesha shared three photos of Kerry keep their cat in slideshow type Instagram post, one fan wrote: “No Tom, New SLAYER Kerry. stop thinking KILLER without @tomarayaofficial”. Ayesha then replied “don’t worry they never will be” KILLER again! You can rest assured.”

That same month, KILLER drummer Paul Bostaphu confirmed that he is involved in a brand new project led by Kerry King. The duo have spent much of the past year and a half working on music in hopes of recording it properly once the coronavirus pandemic has subsided.

Bostapha told Australia’s Riff Crew that the new band “will sound like” KILLER without it being KILLER – but not on purpose. I mean, Kerryhas written songs in KILLER his whole career, and he’s got a style,” he explained. “And that style, as a songwriter, you just don’t change style because your band is done… So all I can say is if you like heavy music and you like KILLER, you’ll like this.”

Just a few days before, Kerry told Dean Guitars that he had plenty of musical ideas for his upcoming project. “I’ve been very, very lucky with riffs in 2020,” he said. “Maybe because I have nowhere to go – I don’t know – but riffs certainly haven’t been a problem. And looking ahead to the future means to me that I’ll be able to pick the best stuff. And it’s good stuff. Me have more than two records of music but to go through that and pick the best 11 or 12 [songs]… That first record has to be smoking.”

When KILLER first announced it was embarking on its final tour in January 2018, Ayesha assured fans that they would “always get music” from her husband.

king has said in previous interviews that his post-KILLER musical endeavors wouldn’t be much different from the sound fans have become accustomed to hearing from him.

“If someone quits, I won’t go around with a made-up” KILLER,” he told back in 2010. “But my next band would sound like… KILLER“That’s all I know.”

KILLERThe latest world tour kicked off on May 10, 2018 with the band’s intention to play in as many places as possible, to make it easy for fans to see one last time. KILLER show and say goodbye. By the time the Forum’s 18-month trek concluded, the band had completed seven tours plus a series of one-off major summer festivals, with more than 140 shows in 30 countries and 40 US states.

intervene spoke about his possible retirement in a 2016 interview with Loudwire. He said: “After 35 years it is time to collect my pension. [Laughs] This is a career move.” He continued, “I’m grateful that we’ve been around for 35 years; that’s really long. So yes, for me it is. Because when we started, everything was great, because you’re young and invincible. And then there came a time when I became a family man and I had a hard time flying back and forth. And now, at this stage, at the level where we are now, I can do that; I can fly home whenever I want, on days off, and spend some time with my family, something I couldn’t do back then [my kids] were growing up. Now they are both older and mature. So I’m taking advantage of that now.” intervene added: “Yeah, it just gets harder and harder to get back on the road. 35 years is a long time.”

Tom also revealed another reason for his diminished enjoyment of the touring life. He said: “Things have happened in my life that have changed the way I play as a bassist. I had neck surgery so I can’t head bang anymore. And that was a big part of what I loved doing what i do – singing and headbanging i liked knowing i was one of the fucking badass headbangers that played a big part now i just go with the music which is cool coz i groove with the music and the feel of the songs, so that’s changed a bit for me.”

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