California thrash metal veterans SLAYER were honored with the “Kerrang! Legend Award” at this year’s Kerrang! Awards, which was held on June 13 at London, England’s Troxy Club. The award was accepted by SLAYER guitarist Kerry King, who was also interviewed by Kerrang! magazine deputy editor Simon Young after the event. Check out the chat below.
Asked what it’s like being honored with the “Kerrang! Legend Award” without founding SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who passed away last month, King told Entertainment Daily News: “Coming to something like this wasn’t really his spiel; he wasn’t an awards-show kind of guy. He wanted to be the quiet guy doing his thing at the hotel. But, you know, he’s gonna be in everybody’s thoughts for a long time. It’s unfortunate you can’t keep unfortunate things from happening. But, you know, we’re gonna carry on, and he’ll be there in spirit.”
It was announced on May 30 by SLAYER‘s Tom Araya (bass, vocals) and Kerry King (guitar) that Paul Bostaph would be behind the drum kit for the first leg of the band’s 2013 international tour. EXODUS‘ Gary Holt is continuing to fill in for fallen guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who died on May 2 from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver.
Bostaph was SLAYER‘s drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band — the gold-certified “Divine Intervention” (1994), the 1996 punk covers album “Undisputed Attitude”, “Diabolus In Musica” (1998), “God Hates Us All” (2001) that received a Grammy nomination for “Best Metal Performance”, as well as the DVD “War At The Warfield” (2001), also certified gold. In addition to SLAYER, Bostaph has been a member of FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, SYSTEMATIC and TESTAMENT.
Original SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo sat out the band’s recent Australian tour due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX).