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'I still want to play': Kerry King says he reacted to Slayer calling it quits with 'anger'

'That livelihood got taken away from me,' the guitarist says

Kerry King has gone on record in the past about his feelings that Slayer, who called it quits in 2019, may have ended their legendary career “too early.”

Now, in a new interview with Metal Hammer, the guitarist backed up that sentiment, saying that his reaction to the conversation to end the band was, "Anger… what else?,” he recalled. “It was premature. The reason I say 'premature' is because my heroes from my childhood are still playing! I can still play, I still want to play, but that livelihood got taken away from me.”

He continued, "But, anyway, on to the next chapter, I guess. We were on top of the world, and there's nothing wrong with going out on top of the world, it's a good way to go out. So, bravo for that. But do I miss playing? Yeah, absolutely."

King also went on to describe Slayer's final tour as a “bummer,” saying, "We were going to all these places and all these cities where we have all this history. It's a bummer to think, 'I'm not gonna see my friends there again.' You'd get to that country and know you were going to see these people, and you'd see them yearly. I haven't seen them now in three years. That sucks.

"And the fans, too. Slayer means a lot to our fans, and they mean a lot to us. I know I will see these people again, but no Slayer leaves a big hole for a lot of people."

While Slayer might be in the rearview mirror, King is gearing up to unveil his forthcoming solo project, which will include ex-Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph. " “If you know my work, you know what it’s going to sound like,” he said in the interview.