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Kerry King: Kevin Lyman committed business suicide

Friday, July 31, 2015 6:56 AM PT
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As he conducts interview after interview regarding Mayhem Festival, Slayer guitarist Kerry King still isn't done assailing festival co-founder Kevin Lyman. Speaking with HoustonPress this week, King said that Lyman's recent assertion that "metal got gray, bald, and fat" was tantamount to committing "business suicide":

"I didn't take what he said personally. He just definitely had a mic put in front of him and said some shit that's detrimental to this tour and any tours he has in the future — not just Mayhem, but whatever else he promotes. Because, to me, he committed business suicide.

"At the end of the day, what I think happened to Mayhem was that they waited too late in the game to get the talent they needed to pull it off correctly. Because what happens is, people get booked up so early these days that it seems like all the bands that could have made this more of a success are playing in Europe now instead of being on a U.S. festival. It just made the talent pool less than it could be."

Interestingly, however, King has not shut the door on playing Mayhem in the future:

"Under different circumstances, of course. One of the owners is a close friend of mine, and I can't wait for him to come back. Not to chew him out, just to say, 'Hey dude, I understand your partner made some shitty comments, but I don't hold that against you. You didn't say 'em, you're my bro, and somebody never should have put a mic in front of that guy. In the future you better keep a mic away from him if you want your festivals to be well-attended, because he's just fucking everything up.'"

In addition to co-founding Mayhem Fest, Lyman also founded Warped Tour, the largest and longest-running touring music festival in North America.


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