SLAYER guitarist Kerry King spoke to Artisan News about the band's appearance at the 2015 Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival, which was held on June 11-14 in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. He said (see video below): "I thought it was gonna be a bunch of… a bunch of… not that I have anything against hippies, but I thought it was gonna be a bunch of hippies watching SLAYER in horror. [Laughs] And, dude, that place was electric when we played. We played… I don't know what stage it was, but it was like a giant shed kind of thing. It was going off."
According to Kerry, there were definitely some people at Bonnaroo who weren't familiar with SLAYER, but "I think those people were too far back. Because there was a bunch of SLAYER fans there, which I didn't expect, because it's such a diverse festival. But, man, it was awesome."
King also revealed that Bonnaroo wasn't the only festival where SLAYER was received better than originally expected.
"The other one that really surprised me was Carolina Rebellion," he said. "That one… Dude, we were the next to last band on the last day. And I expected just tired, drunk people. And they were vicious. It was amazing. I was just blown away. There was just a sea of people coming over. And I totally didn't see that one coming."
SLAYER's eleventh studio album, "Repentless", will be released on September 11 via Nuclear Blast. The highly anticipated CD is SLAYER's eleventh studio album, the first since 2009's critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated "World Painted Blood" and the first with producer Terry Date (PANTERA, SLIPKNOT, SOUNDGARDEN). The band — Tom Araya (bass, vocals), Kerry King (guitar), Paul Bostaph (drums), and Gary Holt (guitar), who recorded lead guitar parts for about a half-dozen of the album's new tracks — started recording "Repentless" in March 2014, and made the track "Implode" available as a free download in April of that year. The band and Date continued to record between September 2014 and mid-January 2015 at Henson Studios in Los Angeles. For the album, "Implode" was completely re-recorded from the ground up, and "When The Stillness Comes", used as an instrumental track in a Scion commercial, got a revamped intro and all new vocals.
As is expected from SLAYER, the band will support the release of "Repentless" with extensive touring across the globe, beginning this summer when the band headlines the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. That tour kicks off June 26 at Sleep Train Amphitheater in San Diego, California.