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Slayer’s Kerry King on Paris Attacks: I’m Surprised it Took Terrorists This Long to Target a Rock Show

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Shortly before Slayer took the stage for their Nov. 17 gig in Brussels, Belgium, guitarist Kerry King contemplated the Paris terrorist attacks with news source Gazet van Antwerpen. Just four days after 89 were killed at Paris’ La Bataclan during an Eagles of Death Metal concert, Kerry King admitted he was “surprised that it took the terrorists this long to target a rock concert.”

Though the attacks occurred in France, there was tremendous tension in Belgium as raids took place to find those responsible. While chaos unfolded around them, Slayer continued to tour, playing Brussels during the height of the raids. With the attacks still fresh in mind, Kerry King gave his point of view.

“I am surprised that it took the terrorists this long to target a rock concert. Because they hate rock music. They hate our lifestyle. They hate our freedom and they hate that we enjoy ourselves. And, of course, it sucks. What happened makes everybody think twice about risking their lives to see a band play. But if you stop going to concerts or stop playing at them, you just do what the terrorists want you to do. It is very important to carry on and to do what you do, what you love doing. And, you know, I am not the kind of guy that goes through life worrying all the time. We took airplanes right after 9/11. We played shows right after Dimebag [Darrell] was shot. Sure, things can go wrong. But you might also step out this building here and get run over by a car. Just do what you love doing and stop worrying.”

He continues, “I have written a lot of songs about the negative influence of organized religion. What happened in Paris is once again an example of that. I don’t believe what ISIS — or ISIL or whatever you have to call them these days — believe, so therefore I must perish. That’s the most ridiculous thing I have heard in my life. People have been killing each other for centuries because of organized religion.” [translation via Blabbermouth]

King also spoke about an agreement he has with Slayer frontman Tom Araya about the continuation of the band. According to the guitarist, if either he or Araya decide to call it quits, Slayer will not continue as an active act.

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