Monday, July 27, 2015

Slayer's Kerry King on Mayhem Festival: "You need talent to make people feel like spending that much money"


Slayer guitarist Kerry King was recently interviewed by Louder Noise and talked about Mayhem Festival, you can read some excerpts below.

King said: "I heard my crew saying stuff that's going on at the other stage. And people just get… They take my word like gospel. It's, like, dude, I have an opinion, and my opinion's fine, it's not fucking the end of the day. At the end of the day, is that a fourth stage? Absolutely, that's a fourth stage, and I've got nothing against any bands on that stage. The problem is, the problem with this tour is, Mayhem thought that the brand Mayhem would sell tickets, and it doesn't. You need talent to make people feel like spending that much money."

He continued: "We played the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, Wisconsin last year with Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus and sold it out. We did it on Mayhem this year and didn't sell it out. That's what I'm telling you. I think Mayhem, they tried to reinvent themselves this year and didn't put enough thought into it. They tried to downsize by taking away the second and third stage, and even though they charge less for the tickets, it's still not value for what people are getting from this, I don't think."