Earlier this week, former Slayer guitarist Kerry King revealed to the world that he thought the band had quit too early. This was a surprise and a bummer for many fans, who would’ve just as soon not seen Slayer quit at all. But now, in a new interview, Kerry has revealed that he actually had planned to tour in 2020 — and that he’s hard at work on his new project.
Speaking to Metal Hammer, Kerry explained that even during Slayer’s final tour in 2019, he was seeding his return to the stage. “I had picks that I threw out at those shows — The Final Campaign — at the end of the show. And in every city, I threw out two that said, ‘Reborn in 2020,’ because that was my plan — I planned on touring in 2020.
“Then the pandemic came up and we were into 2021,” he continues, “because I want everybody to get the bumps out of the road before I go out. Here we are at the end of 2021 and I’m looking at the end of 2022 now. And we’ll see what happens next year because it’s evolving. I don’t want to go out and feel stuff out, I want to go out and have a good time. I’m not being selfish, I don’t mean it like that. I mean that whatever the new rules are, I want them to be smooth before I go out.
“I’m dragging my feet on letting the world know what I’m doing,” he admits, “because there’s no rush. I have a tour that I’m considering doing, but I’m not going to announce a band, I’m not going to announce a record, I’m not going to announce anything. But you will see me in the future — it will be fucking good.”
More on this story as it unfolds, but we have to admit, we’re stoked.
Words by Chris Krovatin