The guitarist and co-founder of the thrash metal band Slayer, Kerry King has revealed that he got extremely delighted when he saw the Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford wore a Slayer t-shirt as he called Halford his idol.
During a recent interview King gave to Dean Guitars, he talked about the moment of utmost joy for him, related to Rob Halford, and disclosed his favorite band other than his own. Kerry King was asked within the Q&A session who he would like to come on stage with the most.
King said that he would love to perform with his idol, Rob Halford, a lot. Calling him a metal god, King revealed that he couldn’t believe seeing him with a Slayer shirt last week. Knowing that his idol loves and supports his band, he gets really proud.
King was also asked what is his favorite band and he, as might be expected, pointed out the Judas Priest. Though they had a questionable period, Halford has always been his hero and favorite singer ever, Kerry said.
Here is what Kerry King said when asked who would he like to come on stage with:
“My idol, who is still alive – Rob Halford. A good friend of mine – and he is the fucking metal god. Somebody sent me last week a picture on his Instagram of him: Rob Halford, wearing a Slayer shirt.
I’m like, ‘Man, that is…’ If you told me that was gonna happen when I got ‘British Steel,’ I would’ve said, ‘What are you talking about?’ My idol loves my band and he supports it, how can anything be better than that?
You can’t just stop there, though. I mean, I was lucky enough to play on stage with Dime a number of times, but dude, I would love to play on stage with Dio, I never got the opportunity to do that.”
He also answered the question about what is his favorite band and said:
“Judas Priest. Yeah, they had a questionable period or two, but I mean, Halford is my hero – he’s still my favorite singer ever, and he still belts it out.
They came back with Firepower and showed everybody that they weren’t done with that, and beyond that, I think mine and Paul’s [Bostaph, drums], I think both of ours favorite Priest record is [1978’s] ‘Stained Class.’
‘Sad Wings,’ ‘Hell Bent for Leather’ – untouchable shit back then. Then they got some popularity and ‘Defenders of the Faith,’ it’s one of my favorite albums and I kind-of wrote it off back then because it wasn’t as heavy as I’d like their stuff to be.
But when I got reintroduced to it, I went, ‘You know, this is a great record.’ ‘Painkiller‘ is a great record, ‘Firepower‘ shocked the shit out of me – I wanted it to be great – I didn’t expect it to be great, but I think it’s pretty great.”
You can check out the rest of the interview below.