KERRY KING Unveils His Initial Choice For Solo Band Name, Which Ultimately Couldn’t Be Used

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Photo credit: Metal Addicts / Nathan Zucker

During a recent appearance on Full Metal Jackie‘s weekend radio show, Kerry King was asked if he could afford a clean canvas in terms of where he could steer his new music, given that his solo band is using his name as a name of the project.

“The funny part about that is it was never supposed to be,” he responded. “It was never supposed to have my name on it and I was adamantly against it. But let me tell you something. You try to make up a metal band name, right, and see how far you get.

“I worked on that for four years, and every time I land on something, we’d start running down the copyright trail and there was always a roadblock,” he continued. “So what happened was the festivals we’re going to be playing on were getting ready to announce and they had to announce something, so my name got attached to it and here we are.

“So, yeah, no, it didn’t have any bearing on the music.”

When asked if he had “a whiteboard or a notebook that had a bunch of potential band names and logos that you were working on,” King responded: “Oh, I’ve got probably a list of 40 to 50 names on my phone. Just anything that would conjure an idea of another idea that would come from that. And that’s where the logo came from.

“It was gonna be KING’S REIGN. And I can’t remember why we couldn’t use that, but we couldn’t use that. So then, we just … Kerry King. That’s my name.”

King released his debut solo album, From Hell I Rise, on May 17. In addition to King, the album features DEATH ANGEL vocalist Mark Osegueda, longtime SLAYER drummer Paul Bostaph, former HELLYEAH bassist Kyle Sanders, and ex–MACHINE HEAD and ex-VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel.

This month, the band performed their first live show, totally sold out, at Reggies in Chicago.  The concert was described as “dark, packed, and exceptionally loud,” everything you could ask for at such a landmark show as this one… a truly once in a lifetime experience. In the days following, the band went from playing an intimate venue to performing at the huge US festivals Welcome to Rockville (FL) and Sonic temple (OH), treating the audience to an incredible experience of pure metal firepower.

Now the band is ready to embark on a European tour that will start on June 3rd – on Kerry King‘s birthday: “Can’t wait to be back in Europe and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday. Let’s f**king rage!”.

The tour will combine headline shows in the UK, The Netherlands and Germany, and also festival appearances such as Rock Am Ring, Hellfest, Tuska, Graspop, Download, Sweden Rock Festival & many more!

Due to logistical issues, the European tour will now conclude on 29th June. Refunds for the cancelled shows are available from the point of purchase.
03.06.2024 NL Tilburg – 013
04.06.2024 NL Enschede – Hertog Jan Zaal
06.06.2024 SE Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
07.06.2024 DE Nürburgring – Rock am Ring
08.06.2024 PL Gdańsk – Mystic Festival
09.06.2024 DE Nuremberg – Rock im Park
11.06.2024 DE Hamburg – Große Freiheit 36
12.06.2024 DE Berlin – Huxleys Neue Welt
13.06.2024 AT Nickelsdorf – Nova Rock
15.06.2024 CZ Hradec Králové , Rock For People
16.06.2024 UK Derby – Download Festival
18.06.2024 UK London – Electric Ballroom
20.06.2024 BE Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
21.06.2024 DK Copenhagen – Copenhell
22.06.2024 FI Nummijärvi, Nummirock Metal Festival
26.06.2024 ES Viveiro – Resurrection Fest
27.06.2024 FR Clisson – Hellfest
28.06.2024 FI Helsinki – Tuska
29.06.2024 PT Lisbon – Evil Live Festival, Altice Arena