Friday, July 31, 2015

Slayer's Kerry King about Mayhem Festival co-founder comment "Gray, Bald And Fat": "He committed business suicide"


Slayer's Kerry King recently talked with Houston Press about Mayhem Festival and co-founder Kevin Lyman and said that the problem with this summer's event lies not so much with the metal bands themselves but with the way the festival was booked.


Kerry King said: "I didn't take what he said personally. He just definitely had a mike put in front of him and said some shit that's detrimental to this tour and any tours he has in the future, not just Mayhem, but whatever else he promotes. Because, to me, he committed business suicide. At the end of the day, what I think happened to Mayhem was that they waited too late in the game to get the talent they needed to pull it off correctly. Because what happens is, people get booked up so early these days that it seems like all the bands that could have made this more of a success are playing in Europe now instead of being on a U.S. festival. It just made the talent pool less than it could be."

According to King, there is a certain benefit to headlining a big package like Mayhem. "The advantage, for me, is that if we're doing our own tour, we're carrying our own sound and lights, whereas if we do a big tour like this, sound and lights are provided. It lets us invest more in the show, which is why at Mayhem you always see us with fire and video screens behind us instead of a backdrop."

Despite his public war of words with Mayhem co-founder Kevin Lyman, King said that he wouldn't rule out another Mayhem stint for Slayer in the future. "Under different circumstances, of course. One of the owners is a close friend of mine, and I can't wait for him to come back. Not to chew him out, just to say, 'Hey dude, I understand your partner made some shitty comments, but I don't hold that against you. You didn't say 'em, you're my bro, and somebody never should have put a mike in front of that guy. In the future you better keep a mike away from him if you want your festivals to be well-attended, because he's just fucking everything up.'"