Saturday, September 12, 2015

Slayer's Tom Araya: "Mayhem Festival co-founder was an idiot"

Slayer's Tom Araya was recently interviewed by VH1, you can read some excerpts below.

About Mayhem Festival's co-founder comments "metal got gray, bald and fat" and if he agreed with Kerry King's sentiments on the Mayhem Festival, Araya said: "I talked to Kerry about it and he told me how he felt, and I kind of just felt the same way. The guy [Kevin Lyman] was an idiot. You know, you want to self-promote, you don't want to put an end to your career. So I was upset. I couldn't believe he said what he said. By all accounts, I wasn't really happy with how they handled the the negotiating process to the festival."

He continued: "In all honesty, when they first came to us and approached us with the festival and who they had as a lineup, we said no. Then they came back to us and said, 'Well how about this, and this is what we'll do.' And we're like, 'Okay, that's cool. That sounds reasonable.' So it wasn't us going, 'We want to headline your festival!' 'You guys suck.' First we said no, and then they came back to us. And, I'll use this phrase loosely, they came back to us with a better offer. We thought everything was great, and then before the tour started, they were unsure about how things were going with ticket sales, and this and that, And we're, like, 'Hey, we can pull the plug. We don't have an issue with that.' So, it moved forward, and then they started making adjustments to the stage, to the lights, to sound, to venues. They made a bunch of arrangements and changes. And that was on them. We never said anything other than, 'Okay, if you need to do that, that's fine.' So Kerry had a lot on his mind, and he said a lot less than he could have. It sounded more like he was whining and griping about stuff."

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