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Slayer's Kerry King Calls Out Mayhem Tour Organizers

07/22/2015
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Slayer's Kerry King had less than kind words about the organizers of the Mayhem Festival tour, which the thrash legends are headlining this year, saying in a new interview "whoever booked [Mayhem] made a gigantic error".

King's comments come after Mayhem Festival and Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman made headlines after saying in an interview that metal bands have become "gray, bald and fat."

The Slayer guitarist spoke with Metal Insider this past weekend and had the following to say about the organizers of the tour, "Do I know this tour wasn't booked correctly? Absolutely I know this tour wasn't booked correctly.

"Gary Holt made the comment that usually there's the Main Stage, a second stage, a third stage, and then that piece of sh*t record stage…now what they're calling a second stage is at best a fourth stage and they're wondering why people aren't showing up.

"I think they waited too long and think all the talent that could have been on this took gigs in Europe. Because there's nobody here touring. It's easy to fill these stages but I guess they wanted a different price point, take away the second and third stage which I think had a lot of value. To me a second stage headliner is Anthrax, Machine Head…Whoever booked this made a gigantic error."

King was then asked if he felt that Slayer is having to carry the tour this year and he said, "(Without the extra stages) It's basically a glorified Slayer show. Let me put it to you this way, last year Slayer, Suicidal (Tendencies), and Exodus played the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee and sold it out. Mayhem came through 10 days ago and didn't sell it out. That's what I'm going up against here."

Read the full article including King's response to Lyman's "gray, bald and fat" comments here.

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