Slayer’s Kerry King: “We Don’t Know When Jeff’s Gonna Be Able To Play Guitar Again”
“If he came in, knocked on my door in five minutes and said, ‘Hey dude, I’m ready, let’s go practice’, I’d say, ‘Good, get your gear, let’s go practice.’,” says Kerry in a new interview with TheMusic. “But until that day comes, I’ve gotta cover Slayer’s butt and have his gig filled in. ‘Cause I don’t want it to be a carousel, where there’s, if Gary [Holt, Exodus] can’t do it, we get somebody else, and if he can’t do it, we get somebody else again. I want to have continuity. We told Gary when our schedule is and said, ‘Please keep it open,’ because we don’t know when Jeff’s gonna be able to play guitar. Jeff’s kind of like a wait-and-see thing.
“As usual, every time we get ready to put out a record, [Rick Rubin's] American Recordings changes distribution, so that always holds us up,” he adds of Slayer’s new album, which is due out this Summer. “So we’ve got three weeks ’til we’re done in Australia, and hopefully all their pieces fall where they need to fall, we can get some contracts done and start recording. We’ve got plenty of music; I’m taking my days off in Australia to work on lyrics, so hopefully we’ll just get closer to the end product, so we’re not going to waste a lot of time in the studio. I think it’s pretty much Slayer. As a guitar player I try to come up with things I’ve never heard us do or maybe I’ve never heard anybody else do, but still in the parameters of super heavy music. If you get a surprise, I would say chances are it’s still heavy; you’re just not used to hearing heavy in that way.”
Slayer play Bloodstock in August.