“Slayer is a blip on the radar to me” – Kerry King excludes new material or tours with the historical thrash band

Author Benedetta Baldin - 17.5.2024

During an appearance on the May 13th episode of SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” Slayer guitarist Kerry King was asked whether he believes the band’s upcoming reunion shows will positively or negatively affect the promotional efforts for his debut solo album, “From Hell I Rise”, out now via Reigning Phoenix Music.

I see it both ways. We’ve [Slayer] been turning down [reunion] offers for the last four years. Unfortunately, when the right offer came around, this one, it was right as my project was releasing. So there’s certainly people, like my management and booking agents, who say, ‘Oh, that’s great. It’s gonna boost your solo thing.’ And I’m, like, ‘Well, I don’t know the business side of it, but it is what it is.’ And every time I talk about it to journalists and magazines and stuff, I say, ‘Listen, Slayer is not gonna make another record. Slayer is never gonna tour again.’ May Slayer do a one-off here or there? Maybe. I told my [solo] band when [the Slayer reunion shows] came up, I’m, like, ‘Listen, this is a blip on the radar to me. This isn’t a solo project that’s gonna recycle musicians every record cycle. You guys are with me till you don’t wanna be.

But what happens when the opportunity to play comes? King states:

I’m not even talking yearly. I’m, like, every two years, every three years, every five years. I don’t know. ‘Cause I’m gonna be super busy with [my solo band] once 2025 rolls around.

He apparently has not yet spoken with colleague and bass player Tom Araya.

I’ll tell you the truth, ’cause you know that’s how I roll. No, we haven’t. But you know what’s weird about that? It’s not weird. We’ll go probably rehearse off and on for a couple weeks [before the first show], ’cause even though me and Paul [Bostaph] will be sharp from playing, playing with different people, you’ve gotta get sharp together. The way I look at it, and when I tell you this, it puts it into perspective for a lot of people, I see it as three five-year anniversary shows of our last tour. I got asked for a setlist,” he said. “I’m, like, ‘Man, I haven’t even got my setlist done yet.’

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