Is Kerry King right? Is metal living on past success?

Kerry King of Slayer isn’t one to shy away from speaking his mind. In a recent interview. Kerry suggested that bands like Iron Maiden and Metallica are living in the past, and profiting from it.

He says, “We’re living on our history for sure, but so is everyone else, yet we’re the ones trying to push ourselves forward. I would say [Iron] Maiden and Metallica, no offense, are living on past success. Metallica has toured forever on The Black Record which a lot of people don’t like. I actually like it. Its heavy as can be. Is it Master Of Puppets? Course not, but it’s a great record. Iron Maiden for me is living off their first three records. Have they made good songs since then? Yeah, but they haven’t made great records. I like to think we’re still making great records and as much as people come out wanting to hear ‘Reign In Blood’ and ‘Angel Of Death’, they also want to hear ‘Disciple’ or even ‘Implode.'”

What do you think? Does Kerry have a point? Do we care? Let’s face it – when you pay to see Iron Maiden, Metallica or Slayer you’re hoping they’ll play hits from within their first four albums or so. Can you blame them for including a large chunk of older hits in their sets? I certainly can’t. It’s hard enough for bands to make money. If that’s what crowds want to hear – who can blame them?

However, I think he’s ignoring the fact that plenty of Iron Maiden fans are interested in their new stuff as well. Billboard reported, “Iron Maiden debuts at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart (dated Sept. 26) with The Book of Souls, notching its best sales week, 74,000 copies sold, since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991.” I seriously doubt fans wouldn’t want to hear “Speed Of Light” either.

We can’t blame metal bands for including a largely “older” set, but we still want to hear the new stuff too! I’ve got an idea, how ’bout Slayer, Iron Maiden and Metallica tour TOGETHER??


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