The thrash icons recently confirmed the launch of 11th album Repentless - their first without co-founder Jeff Hanneman, who died in 2013. King tells Full Metal Jackie: "I think more so now than the early days, they're more acceptable to quality music, which is cool. I used to hate to watch friends just get pummelled. I remember Alice In Chains were opening and they got destroyed by the fans - and they were awesome.
"I was out there almost every day, and it would put me out to see gallon jars of sh*t being thrown onstage. They manned up and dealt with it. That was their trial by fire."
He accepts some blame for putting AIC on the Clash Of The Titans bill. "I kind of get it for that one because it was a thrash metal fest, and they're hard rock at best," he says. "But they're a great band. It was unfortunate but they took it in their stride." Read more - here.
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