Slayer’s Kerry King: ‘I am surprised that it took the terrorists this long to target a rock concert’

Talking of the Paris Bataclan attacks, King says: 'it is very important to carry on and to do what you do'

Slayer‘s Kerry King has spoken about the terrorist attacks at Paris venue Le Bataclan that left 90 dead on November 13, arguing that the lifestyle around rock music makes concerts a target.

Talking with Belgian website (with quotes translated into English by Blabbermouth), King airs his thoughts on the tragedy, including on how his band’s lyrics address organized religion.

“I am suprised that it took the terrorists this long to target a rock concert. Because they hate rock music,” King said. “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.”


King adds: “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.”

He also talked of Slayer’s new album, saying that the band already have seven songs for the album, and that fans won’t be waiting another six years for the follow up to ‘Repentless’.


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