Watch: When Kerry King Butchered a Slayer Song Live On Stage at Madison Square Garden

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Former Slayer member Kerry King is one of the best guitarists in heavy metal, but even the greats are known to mess up from time to time.

Back in 2019 while Slayer was on the road, a fan captured some footage of the guitarist struggling to perform the intro to their song “When the Stillness Comes” (a track from their 2015 studio album Repentless).

Per this fan-capture footage, King is seen playing the intro to the song, but at one point, he goofs up. He makes a gesture acknowledging his mistake and starts over; however, he then ends up making another mistake and acknowledges this as well.

King eventually gets so frustrated with making mistakes that he walks away for a minute, only to return and finally perform the song correctly.

While this moment seems to have gotten to the former Slayer guitarist, it is cool to see how chill and encouraging the audience is while he is attempting to play the song.

If you are interested in checking out this moment for yourself, tune in to the 14:59 minute mark via the video below.

Speaking of Slayer, former band drummer Dave Lombardo recently commented on whether he would be down to join the band if they decide to reunite. If you want to know the drummer’s feelings on a theoretical band reunion and if he would join his former bandmates, follow this link here.

Also, have you checked out our ranking of Slayer’s albums? We went through the band’s discography and ranked each of their albums from worst to best. Below we have provided an excerpt from that feature pertaining to our feelings on Repentless; if you want to find out where that record is ranked though, follow the link below.

“A necessary testament of pure vitriol, Repentless earned the Biblical allusion that the name implies. Fears that the tragic death of Jeff Hanneman might kneecap Slayer’s songwriting prowess were instantly put to rest by some of Kerry King’s most furious riffage. The axe work of legendary thrash juggernaut Gary Holt weaves seamlessly with King’s acrobatics, making for a fitting tribute to a fallen hero.”

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