Slayer’s King Explains Absence From Recent Big Four Jam

Kerry King

On Sunday, while I was sleeping on my couch all day, wishing I had the answers to all of my fucking problems (i.e.; having no money, no girl to share my misery with), thousands of metal fans were gathering at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden, to see the Big Four — Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax, in that order — perform.

Towards the end of every Big Four show thus far, the show’s ended with a Big Four jam. This happened again Sunday, but Kerry King of Slayer was no where to be found.

During Metallica’s set, between “Enter Sandman” and “Damage Inc.,” members of Anthrax and Megadeth joined the biggies of the Big Four on stage for a cover of Diamond Head’s “Am I Evil?” But Kerry King was absent. Why?

“I was supposed to be there, but they changed the song at the very last minute. We were gonna play the Anti-Nowhere League’s ‘So What,’ so I had rehearsed that song,” King said after the show. “When they changed it to ‘Am I Evil?,’ I decided not to do it. I haven’t thought about that song for two months since we played it in California [at the only U.S. ‘Big Four’ show so far].”

King was probably also miffed because he “had a lot of technical problems in the beginning, but as soon as I sorted that shit out, I had a lot of fun.”

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