Kerry King Says He's OK With Gary Holt Permanently Joining Slayer

King discusses the possibility of guitarist Jeff Hanneman not returning to Slayer.

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It seems that thrash veterans Slayer might be on the verge of yet another drama. After firing longtime drummer Dave Lombardo from the latest Australian tour, guitarist Kerry King has recently commented on the status of his fellow axeman Jeff Hanneman. And judging by the statements, the possibility of Hanneman ending up like Lombardo doesn't look too far-fetched.

In an interview with the Metal Obsession, King has admitted not hearing with Hanneman for quite some time, calling him recluse. When asked for an update on the current situation, King started off by saying he doesn't have one.

"I don't have an update. I haven't seen Jeff in forever. He's always been a recluse, and he's even been more of a recluse since he's mot going on tour with us. But our manager talks to him from time to time and sees him in L.A. just randomly. But I'm far from L.A., so I'm not in that loop. But I guess he's just getting better. It's just one of those things where he can do anything in life. He could be hanging here having a good time with us. He can probably play 'South Of Heaven', but he's not gonna be playing 'Jihad', you know what I mean?! So it's just a muscle memory kind of thing, I guess, at this point."

The guitarist even went far enough to consider permanently hiring Gary Holt, saying he is "OK with that."

"I think Gary is in for the long haul. I haven't really discussed it with him. But he keeps his schedule free when he knows we're on tour. And I'm pretty sure, if Jeff all of a sudden came back in June, we would probably pay Gary for freeing up his time. I don't wanna treat somebody that's bailed us out for two years badly. But if Gary played with us forever? I'm OK with that. But if Jeff got better and said, 'Hey, man, I'm ready to play,' and he came to rehearsal and showed us he was good enough, that's his show."

As far as the new album recording goes, King remains hopeful the new record will see it's release by the end of the year. Whether or not Jeff Hanneman will be involved in the writing process is still unknown.

"It's just all my stuff for now. But I did that just in case, 'cause I don't know what Jeff's intentions are. So I wanted to have Slayer covered in case he doesn't come to the party. If he comes to the party, then we've got tons of songs."

Jeff Hanneman has contracted a flesh-eating disease called necrotizing fascilitis from a spider bite over two years ago and wasn't able to play ever since. The group has brought in Gary Holt of Exodus as a temporary replacement until the full recovery is reached. In the previous update of Hanneman's condition, the band has stated that they are still uncertain of him coming back.

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    'The Kerry King Project.' Not Slayer.
    I just can't get him. How can he be such an *****, first he treated Lombardo like shit and now he talks about Jeff's disease like it's common cold and not necrotizing fascitiis. I mean just type necrotizing fascitiis on google images (actually I wouldn't recommend it)
    actually i did check the ****in' thing...jezzz i believe in karma and i wouldn't step on an ant, but, man, **** them spiders, stomp these mother****ers
    Kerry King is such an ass always making things about himself. Hanneman is still recovering from a spider bite that could meant losing his arm. At least show some sincerity.
    He's really overrated as a metal guitarist too...Hanneman would show up King in a competition any day of the week.
    King is one of the worst lead players to ever live. His playing has always prevented me from enjoying Slayer.
    Did you read the article? He said CLEARLY that it'd only happen if Hanneman didn't want to return.
    It's funny, I made a video on my youtube channel basically saying a longer version of what you said. before Jeff died, most people agreed with me. After he died, a swarm of angry slayer fans came and have been leaving nasty comments.
    Do you guys realise that Slayer IS Kerry King??? He writes most of the music, he writes ALL the lyrics and plays on most of the Slayer albums except for Jeff's solos. So if he is being an ***** for defending his baby from someone who doesn't pick up a phone to call him, then **** him and **** all of you *****s for talking out of your asses. Now I am going to go hit something and jam out some Slayer!!
    If Kerry King is Slayer, can we blame him for Slayer sucking ever since they dabbled with Nu-Metal in the mid/late 90s?
    FYI Kerry, there is this amazing technology called a phone and you can talk to people far away, for example Jeff. Maybe then you could be in the loop. You can look it up on something called the internet. I hope this isn't too strenuous.
    So wait... they're "willing to pay Gary Holt for freeing up his time" but they're not willing to pay Dave Lombardo for a years worth of touring? If I were Jeff, I wouldn't want to go back either, and if I were Gary, I'd be focussing on Exodus.
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    I personally think Jeff and Dave should get together and find a new 2nd guitarist. I would say bassist and vocalist aswell but I can imagine Tom will have some free time soon, if you catch my drift.
    -Fishy handling of income from tours. -"Firing" Lombardo for Australian tour because he throws up a red flag about lost funds. -Kerry King being the sole song writer of the music for the better part of 15 years. -Talking to eachother exclusively through LAWYERS. -Hanneman having no real interest in confirming whether or not he wants to come back full time or not. This folks, is the end of Slayer.. R.I.P. Thankyou for all the great memories.
    Nah, it's just the music business. This stuff happens all the time, it's just that Slayer's troubles have been more public than usual.
    They are all past middle aged men arguing over/hiding money from eachother, as opposed to young, full of piss and vinegar hungry musicians in the 80s/90s that want to create art and make it big in the meantime. There will be a noticable lack in music with Lombardo and Jeff out of the picture. Slayer as we knew them/loved them appear to be a thing of the past.
    Err... Kerry? 1."Angel of Death" Hanneman 2."Piece by Piece" King 3."Necrophobic" Hanneman, King 4."Altar of Sacrifice" Hanneman 5."Jesus Saves" KingHanneman, King 6."Criminally Insane" Hanneman, King 7."Reborn" Hanneman 8."Epidemic" Hanneman, King 9."Postmortem" Hanneman 10."Raining Blood" Hanneman
    Exactly. I don't get where does he get the nerve to talk like that when without Jeff they wouldn't be half of the band they are.
    Thinking back to 2003/2004, who'd have thought Slayer would be such a dysfunctional mess whilst Metallica are all seemingly peachy.
    so lombardo was one of the reasons I got into slayer and most of my favorite slayer riffs were written by hanneman...kerry king is the replaceable one imo
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    Kerry King replaceable? Oh lord no! His entire job description is 'Stand there and look badass', who else could pull that off...
    I have literally lost all respect for Kerry now, I much preferred it when Slayer was just an awesome band with, seemingly, no problems..
    I'll start by saying that I'm a big fan of Gary Holt. He's actually one of my favorite guitarists in metal, and having seen Slayer twice with him in the band, I can say that he's done a fantastic job filling in for Jeff Hanneman while Slayer's been on tour. His riffs and songwriting in Exodus have all been top notch, however, I really do not want him to become a permanent member of Slayer. Jeff is such a huge part of Slayer, especially as a songwriter. It's one thing for Gary to come in, and play Slayer's songs in Jeff's place, however Gary isn't part of the creative force of Slayer. My favorite Slayer songs are primarily songs that were written by Jeff (Angel of Death, Raining Blood, War Ensemble), so to remove that from the group takes something away. Not to mention, I also really want to see Exodus put out a new album, and I would prefer Gary focus his time there. I won't even touch on the whole Dave Lombardo situation (I'm a huge Lombardo fan), as that would make this comment even more long winded than it already is...
    Screw that. King should audition for Exodus and be told "Sorry dude, but you suck."
    how does he not know about his bandmate's health? it"s 2013, he's just a phonecall away.they spent 3 decades together, jeff could lose his arm, call the ****in' guy and drink some beers, you selfish prick
    After reading all these recent articles, I checked out Slayer and I like their music. Unfortunately I waited till now to do so...
    "Kerry King Says He's OK With Gary Holt Permanently Joining Slayer" And I'm OK with him permanently leaving it.