While several of the speakers got emotional and tears were shed at Thursday's Jeff Hanneman Memorial Celebration at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, Slayer guitarist Kerry King chose to keep things light and upbeat while remembering his late bandmate. King used his time onstage to share several fun stories from his history with Hanneman that showed the guitarist's spirit and good nature.
The inner workings of legendary thrash masters Slayer have been tumultuous within the past two years. Along with drummer Dave Lombardo being dismissed from Slayer's 2013 Australian tour dates, guitarist Jeff Hanneman has been recovering from a severe case of necrotising fasciitis due to a spider bite, with Exodus shredder Gary Holt having filled in for Hanneman during his absence
Slayer have been playing as part of Australia's traveling Soundwave Festival with a different drummer behind the kit. Jon Dette, who has performed with Slayer in the past, agreed to fill in after a financial dispute involving Dave Lombardo led to his current ouster from the band. Guitarist Kerry King told Soundwave TV that it was frontman Tom Araya who first pointed out that trouble was brewing.
In this next matchup, we've got arguably the two greatest chrome-domed metal musicians in history. Enter Rob Halford, the 'Metal God' and singer for Judas Priest. Halford possesses one of metal's most celebrated and versatile voices, and at the age of 61, Halford's voice remains incredible. Surely, he's a favorite among these heavy metal candidates.
It's a battle between two cue-balled members of metal royalty! Iconic Slayer guitarist Kerry King would look pretty awesome on the dollar bill, wouldn't he? Not sure how he'd feel about the whole 'In God We Trust' thing though. Reviewing the policies of Kerry King throughout his career, we're pretty certain that as President of Metal, he would support the separation of church and state. If you're unsure of said policy, please refer to the Slayer albums 'Christ Illusion' and 'God Hates Us All.'
Get Slayer's Kerry King and Anthrax's Scott Ian in front of a camera together, and all you have to do is get out of the way while two hard rock legends talk -- which is exactly what the producers at Fuse.tv did recently when King and Ian arrived in the studio to discuss their recent Metal Masters 4 concert.