King On Mustaine: ‘He’s Still A Big Hypocrite’
Slayer guitarist Kerry King spoke openly about his current relationship with Dave Mustaine during a press conference in Paris on August 31.
Talking about their long-running feud and the recent Slayer/Megadeth tour, King said:
“I think it’s cool for the fans, you know. Everybody’s all worried about the beef with me and Dave — and I admit we don’t really get along. But I don’t really have anything against him. I think he’s a great guitar player.
“When we had that Canada thing pop up [the two bands' recent tour] I just said, I’m gonna go, and if I see Dave, I’ll be cordial. I’ll say, ‘Hey, Dave. What’s up?!’ But if he’s a dick to me, I’m gonna be a bigger dick to him. And that’s how the [Slayer/Megadeth tour of] Australia is gonna be, and that’s how the next Canadian tour [with Megadeth] is gonna be.
“I think maybe he’s grown up a bit, because I think he’s a little pompous and I think he’s a big hypocrite — that’s my problem with him, personally — but I could never take anything away from his guitar playing; I think he’s great.”