As a solid portion of fans keeps insisting on Slayer
calling it quits being the best option after the passing of guitarist Jeff Hanneman
and drummer Dave Lombardo
's firing, Kerry King
addressed the matter, confirming that he has no intention of carrying on as somewhat of a one-man show.
Chatting on Steve Austin Show
," Kerry noted that if singer/bassist Tom Araya
was to quit the band, it would by all means mark the end of Slayer. "The only reason I would leave Slayer today is if Tom said he was done, 'cause then it's just me,"
he explained (via Blabbermouth
). "Or if I was done and it was just Tom, I don't think Tom would wanna do it. It's now just the two of us."
Ever since Slayer started talking to press after Hanneman's passing, Araya kept expressing his uncertainty
regarding the group's future in basically every interview. Tom repeated multiple times that he needs to sit down with King and discuss the future, going far enough to ask himself "Why am I doing this now?"
"His death has changed everything,"
Tom told Steppin' Out
magazine later last month. "It changed my attitude about some things. Someone said, 'It's really great that you decided to tour and move on,' but these tours were scheduled in advance."
Back to Kerry's interview, the guitarist also shared his thoughts on Lombardo's firing, explaining that the drummer basically did the whole thing by himself. "When Dave was in
[the band] this last time, I figured I'd be on the stage with him until one of us fell off the stage, dead,"
the guitarist said. "Things change. He got some bad advice and listened to some bad advice, gave us an ultimatum ten days before we went to Australia
[to do the Soundwave
"And I said, 'I can't have this over my head.' And I feel bad for Dave to this day; I really feel bad for him because he shot himself in the foot. Maybe he thought he had the upper hand, but you ain't gonna get me... Before I got home, I knew exactly what I was going to do for Australia."
Apart from stressing that Slayer is still a strong unit with massive global following and calling the decision to quit "stupid,"
King reminisced the old days and time when he first saw Metallica
"They were doing what we were doing the way we wanted to do it,"
Kerry said. "We just weren't there yet. They were probably six to eight to twelve months ahead of us, just with sh-t-togetheredness. Even back then, I look at Dave Mustaine, and to this day, I love him as a guitar player; he's one of my favorites. And then I saw him playing and it just blew me and Jeff away that he was just ripping solos and he wasn't even looking at what he was playing. And we were just like, 'Man, that's awesome.' And were just into it. Me and Jeff were six months apart in age. We were just like the same person."
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