Thursday, March 29, 2012
BLAST FROM THE PAST: Old School Interview With Members Of Slayer - Read Now!
WHIPLASH: How, when, and where did SLAYER originate?
KERRY KING: SLAYER started out in about October of 1981. We all sucked terribly. I was at an audition for another shitty Los Angeles band and Jeff happened to be auditioning for the same band. Our talents and interests were similar, so that's when SLAYER started. I knew Tom from a previous band, and Dave lived down the street. That's how SLAYER's been ever since.
WHIPLASH: Personal and band influences.
JEFF HANNEMAN: Band influences are VENOM, MERCYFUL FATE, and METALLICA. That's it because that's about all we listen to.
KERRY KING: I think it's kind of obvious that we like VENOM, and METALLICA. I also think FATE's NEW album has some of the hottest riffs ever written.
WHIPLASH: Is this the original SLAYER lineup?
JEFF HANNEMAN: The SLAYER lineup has been the same since the beginning, because when bands start replacing members it fucks up the original power and energy they had, like IRON MAIDEN.
WHIPLASH: Inspiration for songs.
JEFF HANNEMAN: Kerry and I don't get inspired. I just sit down and start fucking around with a riff or chord pattern, then make it as Heavy and evil as possible.
WHIPLASH: The Los Angeles Metal scene in general (especially how it reacts to SLAYER).
KERRY KING: The Los Angeles scene is fucked, they are mostly into the wimp side of Heavy Metal. There is a select few true METAL worshipers but that's about it. We want out of Los Angeles now.
JEFF HANNEMAN: Los Angeles has got to be the poseur capital of the world. Around here QUIET RIOT, MOTLEY CRUE, and RATT are the heaviest in the world. So if that's heavy we must be molten steel. This being L.A.'s state of mind, it's obvious that SLAYER fans around here are few and far between. But those that are into us are totally hardcore.
As previously reported, SLAYER will be co-headlining the 2012 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL:
6/30 – San Bernardino, CA
7/1 – San Francisco, CA
7/3 – Seattle, WA
7/6 – Phoenix, AZ
7/7 – Albuquerque, NM
7/8 – Denver, CO
7/10 – Dallas, TX
7/11 – Houston, TX
7/13 – Tampa, FL
7/14 – Atlanta, GA
7/15 – Indianapolis, IN
7/18 – Oklahoma City, OK
7/20 – St. Louis, MO
7/21 – Chicago, IL
7/22 – Detroit, MI
7/24 – Cincinnati, OH
7/25 – Cleveland, OH
7/27 – Philadelphia, PA
7/28 – Pittsburgh, PA
7/29 – Washington, DC
7/31 – Saratoga, NY
8/1 – Buffalo, NY
8/3 – Boston, MA
8/4 – Scranton, PA
8/5 – Hartford, CT
Stay tuned for more Slayer news!
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