In a recent interview with EMP Rock Invasion, SLAYER axeman Kerry King said frontman Tom Araya‘s future plans with the band remain “unclear.”
“He’s very unclear. That’s just how he is. I don’t know if he likes holding his cards in his pocket or what.”
He continued: “I mean, I don’t have an answer. I’m holding off a lot of things I wanna do at home, just ’cause I don’t know if I’m gonna be working in two years. I’m gonna be working, hopefully in SLAYER. Yeah, dude. What else am I gonna do? I came out of high school and f*cking went on tour. [Laughs]”
Pressed about whether there is any end in sight for SLAYER, King said: “Not for me. Not for me, man — especially on such a good record [last year’s ‘Repentless’].”
When the interviewer said that he is looking forward to another 35 years of SLAYER, Kerry said: “Well, I don’t know about that. I’ll take another record or two.”
You can watch entire interview below.
In an interview with Loudwire earlier this year, Tom talked about his possible retirement:
He said: “At 35 years, it’s time to collect my pension. [Laughs] This is a career move.”
He continued: “I’m grateful that we’ve been around for 35 years; that’s a really long time. So, yeah, to me, it is. Because when we started off, everything was great, because you’re young and invincible. And then there came a time where I became a family man, and I had a tough time flying back and forth. And now, at this stage, at the level we’re at now, I can do that; I can fly home when I want to, on days off, and spend some time with my family, which is something I wasn’t able to do when [my kids] were growing up. Now they’re both older and mature. So now I take advantage of that.”
Araya added: “Yeah, it just gets harder and harder to come back out on the road. 35 years is a long time.”
SLAYER‘s latest album, “Repentless”, was released on September 11, 2015, and is the first Slayer album to feature guitarist Gary Holt ofEXODUS and the first to feature drummer Paul Bostaph since 2001’s God Hates Us All. Repentless is alsoSLAYER‘s first album following the death of Jeff Hanneman in 2013, and the band’s first album to be released on Nuclear Blast.