Celebrities wearing Slayer shirts is not a new thing. Everybody from NBA star Russell Westbrook to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow to the Kardashian/Jenners have been spotted wearing them. Beyonce even released a line of parody pins, and last year a metal shirt was declared the look of the summer.
We've seen what guitarist Gary Holt's reaction to celebrities wearing Slayer shirts happens to be, with his now infamous "Kill The Kardashians" shirt. But, so far, Kerry King hasn't weighed in on the matter. Well, in a new interview with guitar company B.C. Rich, King isn't quite sure how to feel:
“It’s not for me to judge,” King says. “Is it weird? Yes. Is it humbling? Yes. Do I know which ones are real and which ones aren’t? Not a clue.”
King added “It’s becoming a lifestyle that is bigger than Slayer.”
If anybody understands the idea of a Slayer lifestyle, it's King, who has signed off on everything from Slayer bikes, to coffee tables to candy jars, St. Patrick's Day shirts, rings, bikinis, wine, statues, beer steins and even a car.
Elsewhere in the interview, King notes the lack of guitar heroes in modern day music:
“Seems like today, the [guitar] heroes are further and farther between. I don’t think that should discourage people from playing. I think people should do more homework and discover the heroes that I had like Ritchie Blackmore, Michael Schenker, Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhodes and my friends and contemporaries like Zakk Wylde, Dimebag and Slash,” King says. “The last 10-15 years isn’t throwing out new guitar heroes because the bands that people like don't have guitar heroes in them.”