Slayer’s Kerry King: “We Quit Too Early…I Hate F**king Not Playing”

Photo by Tim Tronckoe

In December of 2019, Slayer played their final show, ending one of the greatest legacies that heavy metal has ever known. Since then guitarist Kerry King has told the world that he’s got more than two albums’ worth of material written for a new project. However, it seems that Kerry might have some regrets about his band’s dissolution hidden away, as he recently revealed that he believes they might have called it too early.

The quote comes from a new video in which bands from across metal send their congratulations to Machine Head, who are celebrating their 30th anniversary. Among those featured are Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo from Metallica, Jonathan Davis and Brian “Head” Welch of Korn, and Lzzy and Arejay Hale of Halestorm. But it might be Kerry King’s phone-shot footage which will result in the most raised eyebrows across metal.

“I hear congratulations are in order for my friends in Machine Head,” says Kerry. “Apparently, it’s 30 years, which is quite an achievement. Not a lot of bands get there. We did, and then we quit too early. Fuck us. I know. Fuck me. I hate fucking not playing. But! Besides the point. This is Machine Head’s celebration. And I gotta say, I don’t know if Robb knows this, I think Robb knows this, but if you don’t, there you go: the only band I ever demanded to open for Slayer was Machine Head. 1994, Burn My Eyes. Greatest thing I ever did. Cheers to my friends.”

You can check out the full video below:

From all of us at The Pit: it’s not too late, Kerry! Do it like Mötley Crüe, only instead of blowing up your contract, stuff it in the neck-hole of a severed head that you then throw into a vat of acid! We’ll be here! Ride once more! SLAYEEEEER!

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Words by Chris Krovatin