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SLAYER guitarist Kerry King has made it clear that SLAYER has not gotten back together

Speaking with Total Guitar magazine, Kerry King discussed how SLAYER’s upcoming reunion shows were announced just days after revealing the details of his new solo project and album, “From Hell I Rise”. He said: “It caught me off guard too. Do I wish the timing was different? Absolutely, but that’s completely out of my hands.”

King also made it clear that fans shouldn’t be expecting a full-on SLAYER reunion aside from the upcoming announced festival appearances

“Everyone thinks SLAYER are getting back together, but that couldn’t be further from the truth,” he explained. “We’ve been turning down gigs ever since we stopped. This one came and I thought, ‘If we’re ever going to do one, this could be cool because it’s the five-year anniversary of our final tour.’

“We’re not going to record anymore,” he added. “That final tour was definitely our final tour. This is just a reason to have some fun the guys, play a few shows and then jump back in the coffin…”

Kerry also recently discussed SLAYER‘s return last month in an interview with ClassicRockHistory.com. When he was asked about the forthcoming reunion shows, he said: “It’s not really much different at all. It’s the same heads, same cabs, same pedals, same guitars. You know, there will be a lot of fire when SLAYER plays, and I think, yeah, those shows will just be fun. It’ll be fun to play with Gary Holt [guitarist] for a few gigs; I haven’t seen him in almost five years, so that will be cool. And it’ll be cool to get together with Tom Araya [bassist/vocalist] and spit some hate out at people, but don’t get used to this being a yearly event.”

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King and his SLAYER bandmates – vocalist Tom Araya, guitarist Gary Holt (also of EXODUS), and drummer Paul Bostaph (also of King‘s solo project) – are ripping back onto the scene for a limited run of festival appearances. Catch them tearing down the stages at Aftershock, Riot Fest, and Louder Than Life this September and October.

This reunion features the same lineup that delivered SLAYER‘s pulverizing riffs and scorching vocals during their 2019 farewell tour.

In a statement confirming SLAYER‘s return, Tom Araya said: “Nothing compares to the 90 minutes when we’re on stage playing live, sharing that intense energy with our fans, and to be honest, we have missed that.” King added: “Have I missed playing live? Absolutely. SLAYER means a lot to our fans; they mean a lot to us. It will be five years since we have seen them.”

The same day that the iconic thrash metal band‘s comeback was announced, guitarist Gary Holt‘s wife Lisa Holt posted the following to her social media: “Yes, it’s true..and an exciting adventure for the band and fans!

“To all the people saying ‘they are liars’ ‘they must have ran out of money’ ‘its not SLAYER without so and so’ ..I have an idea for you all…DON’T GO.. and for all the people who did go to the final tour dates and enjoyed it…awesome!!

“This isn’t a ‘TOUR’ it’s some dates..and GREAT NEWS!!!” she added. “And everyone that thinks they know all the inside info..you can’t possibly know. so just enjoy the fact that this amazing band will play some amazing shows this year…go or don’t..nobody cares!!!!!”

In a final farewell spanning 18 months, SLAYER embarked on a world tour unlike any other. Their mission: to ensure as many fans as possible could witness a piece of the iconic thrash metal band’s history and bid a thunderous goodbye. From its May 10th, 2018 kickoff to the emotional finale at The Forum in Los Angeles, the band crisscrossed the globe, conquering seven extensive tour legs and scorching the stages of major summer festivals. By the curtain call, the band had delivered over 140 bone-crushing performances in 30 countries and 40 U.S. states, leaving an indelible mark on fans worldwide.

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