My Favorite Things: Slayer's Kerry King

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Slayer's Kerry King / Photo by Mark Seliger
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This week: Kerry King, the burly and tattooed guitarist for heavy metal outfit Slayer.The Huntington Park, CA, quartet are touring all summer with Rob Zombie. On September 14, King & Co. will join Anthrax, Megadeth, and Metallica for a Big Four show at Yankee Stadium.

FAVORITE SONG:
"'Becoming' by Pantera. Whenever you get asked a question like that this, the answer is whatever comes to mind first. But it's Pantera and [guitarist] Dimebag Darrell was my boy. It's one of my favorite Pantera tunes."

FAVORITE ALBUM:
"AC/DC live with Bon Scott, but I did see the movie Beyond The Thunder, and it seems like he would be a cool dude to party with!"

FAVORITE WEBSITE:
"Moreliapythons.com.Because I am a better snake breeder than I am a guitar player!"

FAVORITE TV SHOW:
"Family Guy. It's just intelligent comedy. Some of it is so fast paced, I sometimes have to rewind and figure out why it's so funny."

FAVORITE MOVIE:
"Seven. It's a real heady horror flick."

FAVORITE FOOD:
"Blue Cheese crusted Filet Mignon. Because it's delicious!"

FAVORITE RESTAURANT:
"St. Elmos in Indianapolis and Dickie Brennan in New Orleans. It's fun when you are on tour to go a place you are familiar with in any given city. It's like being home away form home."

FAVORITE DRUG:
"I don't do drugs, but I am the town drunk! Period."

FAVORITE VIDEO GAME:
"Angry Birds. It's a great tour time consumer and I play it so often I got Gary Holt hooked on it!"

FAVORITE GADGET:
"Smartphone. Without one I couldn't play Angry Birds."

FAVORITE BOOK:
"NOT the Holy Bible!"

FAVORITE STORE:
"Best Buy. I heard recently they are downsizing and I got sad! I remember when Circuit City was around, I never understood why people would shop there. I always thought Best Buy had a better selection and cheaper prices."

FAVORITE PET:
"My snakes. It's a great pet to have if you're a touring musician because they don't need daily care."

FAVORITE CELEBRITY:
"Ryan Reynolds. How can you go wrong with Van Wilder! Just watched it again last night."

FAVORITE PIECE OF MUSICAL GEAR:
"My Marshall Signature Amp. I helped design it. In the crazy world of touring if something gets stuck at customs, I can do a show with just my amp!"

FAVORITE KEEPSAKE:
"Original artwork of Christ Illusion. It was the first record that Dave did with us since he had been back and the first art we had Larry Carrol do for us since Seasons! Thought it was a cool thing to purchase."

FAVORITE ESSENTIAL ITEM FOR TOURING:
"Alcohol. Enough said."

FAVORITE WAY TO PASS TIME ON THE ROAD:
"Alcohol. Enough said."

FAVORITE MANTRA/QUOTE/PIECE OF ADVICE:
"Christians are out of their minds."

FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH:
"Australia. Because I am a reptile breeder that specializes in Carpet pythons that are from Australia. Being an island continent, their wildlife is so much better than anywhere else in the world."

FAVORITE PIECE OF CLOTHING:
"Camouflage pants or shorts. I'm always wearing them. I think it started when I was on a charter fight with Pantera years back. I had a bottle of vodka in one pocket and a bottle of orange juice in the other. I was like a walking bar!"

FAVORITE PICK-UP LINE:
"I never needed one."

FAVORITE BODY PART:
"Tits!"

FAVORITE LIE:
"Jesus died for our sins.Now that's a great ending!"

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