Tom Araya Doubtful About Playing in Slayer: 'Why Am I Doing This Now?'

"Kerry and I have to sit down and talk," the singer says.

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Slayer singer/bassist Tom Araya once again shared a pessimistic stance regarding the band's future, pointing out his uncertainty about having the desire to continue without late guitarist Jeff Hanneman. During a chat with Steppin' Out magazine, Araya seemingly took things a bit further, giving a somewhat stronger hint that Slayer calling it quits is a possibility. "His death has changed everything," he kicked off (via Blabbermouth). "Knowing that Jeff was on the sidelines, I was OK. It was always about, 'Jeff is going to come back.' Then he passed away and it was more like, 'Why am I doing this now?' 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." The singer then stressed that a talk about the group's future is very much inevitable. "At the end of this tour, Kerry and I are going to have to sit down and talk as far as how we want to move forward, if we want to move forward," he said. "There hasn't been time for me and Kerry to talk. We've been on the road but we haven't really sat down and talked about it. Jeff and I collaborated a lot, and he offered me the opportunity to write or to collaborate with him.

"Like I said, there are things we have to discuss to either move forward or just to figure something out,"
the singer concluded. Tom also talked about the band's latest tour, focusing on the encores during which the group placed a backdrop with Heineken logo and Hanneman's name on it. In Araya's words, "That didn't make it any easier at all. The first week or so, I had a tough time trying to sing without losing it." Meanwhile, Slayer announced a special one-off setlist for their upcoming performance at the Hollywood Palladium, the band's first show at the renowned LA venue in 25 years. As guitarist Kerry King explained, October 27 gig will be an "old-school Slayer night" and include more of the group's early tunes. But back to Araya's statement, do you think that Slayer might actually call it a day? Let us know in the comments.

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    Knowing how much of a douche Kerry has been lately he will probably replace Tom next
    Exactly my thought. Kerry will try to keep going under the name of 'SLAYER' even if he has to replace ARAYA.
    It's gonna be like Scott Ian with Anthrax.
    @Wininacan Classic lineup not original. Neil Turbin was the original singer. According to legend Eddie Trunk told Johnny Z(founder of Megaforce records) that the only thing he didn't like about Anthrax was Turbin's vocals, so he was fired. Danny Lilker was a founding member but was fired and later formed Nuclear Assault. Charlie has been on every record, Frank's been on every one since Spreading The Disease after replacing Lilker. Joey sang all the albums from Spreading to Persistence of Time and now he's back. The only one missing is Dan Spitz, and he seems content remaining a swiss watchmaker. I wish he'd come back though, no one nails those leads like him. Scott is just the one who gets the most press, and for some reason is in every documentary that has anything to do with metal.
    "and for some reason is in every documentary that has anything to do with metal. " I laughed at this. So true.
    Calling it a day would be the best course of action; let's avoid strangling as much life as we can out of the Slayer name, community and energy.
    I wouldn't be shocked if they called it a day. There's no shame in them doing it, and at this point they've earned the right to hang 'em up whenever they want.
    Yeah, they're legendary and calling it a day would keep their legacy intact, rather than releasing a shitty second rate piece of thrash and disbanding over it
    This is how I feel. It would make me sad to see Slayer go, but at this point, they're already half's probably time
    I think that Kerry would continue even without Araya. He'll be milking a dead cow forever.
    Mr_izzy doubtful about Slayer.
    Ill say it again. I believe that they should just start a supergroup with the current line up under a new monicker
    The only good thing about Slayer continuing is royalties for Jeff's family , otherwise they are a non band now , unfortunatley .
    Royalties are paid to the song writer, and if they continue on Jeff will have no part of the songwriting process. unless they use tidbits of lyrics/rifs/etc. that he left to the band, the royalties his family will most likely receive will come from his past works. I may be wrong and there may be a way to support his family if they move on, but I doubt it (which is quite sad).
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but they would probably receive royalties every time Slayer played live as long as they played songs that Jeff helped write.
    You don't get royalties from people playing your songs live. You think every time someone plays a cover live they pay the original band?
    You aren't allowed to play a cover song in a venue that isn't doesn't have a license to play or host copyright-protected music. Note that it is not YOUR responsibility to obtain the license, just the venue's. Google is a great tool for finding these things out before you open your mouth.
    That shit is ridiculous. No one can't tell what you can or can't play, unless a totalitarianism is accepted. I guess only State intervention is a no no, corporate interventionism is aight.
    Before you get too angry, look into ASCAP, SESAC, and BMI. Ultimately these guys are on your side.
    I have no idea why you have so many likes, considering you googled it yourself, because there is no way you knew that before sitting there on your ass and typing it into google! Jackass!
    Countless cover bands play countless covers and no one pays anyone for the songs being played. So before you open your mouth, think a little bit and don't use google. Maybe just common sense.
    You can collect royalties for live play if you file it correctly with the venue, but it's only 10 cents or so per song.
    Just wanted to correct all this royalty talk...You do get royalties from performing your own songs live. They are quite small, but how it works is that the Performance Rights Organizations, i.e. ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC, have tool set up online that you submit your setlist after playing a gig. Then, they submit that use into their equation of how they disburse royalties. These royalties only go to the songwriters, which may be different people than the actual band. All of the live venues have blanket licenses with these organizations, so they pay a fee to allow bands to come publicly perform their songs. The fees from such licenses are one of the ways PROs generate money to pay royalties to the songwriters.
    Either get Dave Lombardo back and keep on for a few tours or call it quits now. But a Kerry-only album (he wouldn't let Holt have much input anyway)? Nah.
    Tom just seems like one of the coolest, most down to earth dudes around. Sometimes I wonder how he plays in a band with Kerry and doesn't lose it
    I would love to see Tom making his own band, writing musics and lyrics by himself... Maybe with Gary!!
    Tom: Kerry, I'm not sure if We should continue with the band. Breaking news - Tom Araya kicked out of Slayer.
    You're ten feet away from each other on tour buses or planes, you can talk. What he really meant was, we need to schedule time with all our lawyers to all meet together.
    Nah man, being on tour is tough. You gota focus on the shows, the performance, making sure everything's running well. This kinda conversation could take hours and be very emotionally draining, I for one wouldn't wona hit the stage after that.
    Slayer just isn't slayer anymore,not just jeff's death but lombardo departure also. the band is never gonna be the same slayer so it would be just best if they called it quits now while their legendary status is still unchanged
    As a long time SLAYER fan, I cant believe I am actually saying this... But I think its time. Thanks for all the killer albums guys.
    Majin Gaara
    Tom: "I don't feel right in carrying on slayer without our brother, Jeff." Kerry: "Stop being a ****ing pussy, tom. I wrote all the best songs anyway. WHAMMY /\/\/\/\/\/\/
    The only honourable thing to do imo is for them to call it quits...if they go on they would probably ruin their reputation, I for one want to remember Slayer as one of the Thrash metal Titans not as a means for Kerry King to keep making money
    if you re really-REALLY sure about it, make another album with stuff Jeff wrote, put it out, have a world tour-not a farewell one and than end the band.eternally.that's all.