Kerry King Reveals The Bands That Made It Difficult For Slayer To Get Gigs

If you live among the wolves, you must act like a wolf. This saying can be applied to many things, but in this case, it’s especially true when you are just trying to get gigs and have performances as an up-and-coming band. There are always other more prominent bands with a broader audience and more experience in the scene.

However, this didn’t deter Slayer from pursuing their band to the end, even though it was hard for them to have shows when the venues preferred household names. In a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Kerry King shared, “It was the land of Van Halen and Mötley Crüe and W.A.S.P. We tried the strips a few times, and we would play the deadliners spot after the headliners when everyone was leaving.”

When the bigger names were taking over the scene, Slayer had to push harder. King added, “We actually played after W.A.S.P. once when they had this raw meat, the girl on the rack, and all of this stuff. We were a bit like, ‘OK… this is interesting, how’s this going to work?’, and when we came on, no one left! We thought, ‘Hmm, something’s happening here!’”

After a while, some fans stuck around and came to their shows to see them as Slayer, and before they knew it, they were on national tours. The guitarist continued, “But it never really became a Hollywood thing. We bypassed those clubs, went to the Bay Area, and then on full U.S. tours.”

Some bands get the chance to make a name for themselves in the industry without going through a rough patch. Still, many others had to put in the work and try to make room in the scene amid such big names like Van Halen and Mötley Crüe, and W.A.S.P. So hats off to Slayer for pushing through and not giving up!