Slayer Guitarist Kerry King Blasts Band’s Former Drummer

Slayer Guitarist Kerry King Blasts Band’s Former Drummer
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Slayer guitarist Kerry King released the first single from his solo band on Monday, and it’s as brutal and intense as you would expect. The song, “Idle Hands,” comes from King’s debut album, “From Hell I Rise,” due on May 17. His band consists of Death Angel singer Mark Osegueda, longtime Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph, former Hellyeah bassist Kyle Sanders and ex-Machinehead guitarist Phil Demmel. 

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, King talked about his new project and was asked if he spoke to anyone in Slayer outside of his current drummer, Paul Bostaph, specifically the band’s ex-drummer Dave Lombardo. 

“No. Lombardo is dead to me,” King said. “He went on that tirade when we were on a flight to Australia, and he knew we couldn’t retort for 14 hours, and he threw me under the bus. I was the only one keeping him in the band. Tom wanted him out before that, and Jeff  had just gotten the spider bite, so he wasn’t playing with us much. I said, ‘We need him. The fans won’t get it if we replace him right now.’ And then the Australia thing came up. He threw me under the bus, and I’m, like, ‘I’m the guy that kept you here.’ So I thought, ‘F*ck that guy.'”

When asked what caused the split, King said: “He’s super impressionable. He was listening to this woman that was his attorney at the time, and she thought we had Metallica money, which we’ve never had f*cking Metallica money. So she’s just blowing sh*t in his ear, and he thinks he should be getting more than he should be getting. It’s like, talk to somebody that actually knows the situation and isn’t just blowing sunshine up your ass to make money in your commission.”

King also said he hasn’t spoken with Slayer singer/bassist Tom Araya since the band’s final show more than four years ago. “Not even a text. Not even an e-mail,” King said. “I’ve talked to everybody else from the band on the phone, text, or e-mail. If Tom hit me up, I’d probably respond. It probably depends on what he hit me up for, but I don’t wish him dead at this moment.”

He continued: “Me and Tom have never been on the same page,” he said. “Like if I want a chocolate shake, he wants a vanilla shake. ‘Kerry, what color is the sky?’ Blue. ‘Tom, what color is the sky?’ White. We’re just different people. The further on in years we got, it just became more. Am I going to hang out with Tom? He likes tequila a little bit and I’m a big tequila-head, so I’ll have my shot with him, and we’ll part ways. We’re not going to hang out or anything because we are very different people. And together, we made great music and a great live show.”

King was also asked if Slayer might ever tour again. “I’m pretty sure that’s not going to happen,” he said. “Could Slayer play a show again? I’m sure there’s a scenario. Am I looking for it? No, I’m just getting ready to start my career. So if that happens, it happens. But I’m going to be doing this for the next 10 years at least.” 

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