Slayer help rescue a homeless kitten before gig

The US metal band have named the kitten 'Gypsy'

US metal band Slayer have played their part in rescuing a homeless kitten.

As local website Nuvo report, the incident took place before a show in Indianapolis earlier this week.

A statement from the band reads: “Kerry [King, guitarist] and some of the crew went to dinner at Kerry’s favorite steak house in Indy, St. Elmo’s Steak House. Afterwards, the assistant tour manager, Jess [Cortese] saw a homeless man on the street who offered up this little kitten for a dollar. The kitten apparently was freezing so Jess took it, slept with her in her bunk on the bus and went to the venue with her today, hanging out. One of the runners knew someone who wanted a kitten, so the little guy now has a new home where he or she currently is.”

The report also revealed that the kitten (pictured below) has been named Gypsy.

In April, Slayer revealed new song ‘Implode’, their first new material since the death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman last year. Hanneman died in May last year at the age of 49 from cirrhosis of the liver. His stand-in Gary Holt continues to play and record with the band.

‘Implode’ was recorded in Los Angeles and is likely to feature on the band’s next album, due for release in 2015. The new album is set to be released on the band’s own label through Nuclear Blast, marking the end of their relationship with Rick Rubin’s American Recordings.

“Rick has played a huge role in our career [and] we’ve made some great albums with him,” frontman Tom Araya said in a statement. “But today is a new day, record companies don’t play the kind of role they once did, and we really like the idea of going out on our own, connecting directly with our fans, and Nuclear Blast is fired up about taking on that challenge with us.”