Kerry King

Kerry King
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Background information
Birth nameKerry Ray King
Born (1964-06-03) June 3, 1964 (age 55)[1]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresThrash metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, piano
Years active1981–present
LabelsDef Jam, American, Metal Blade, Nuclear Blast
Associated acts

Kerry Ray King (born June 3, 1964) is an American musician, best known as a guitarist and songwriter for the American thrash metal band Slayer. He co-founded the band with Jeff Hanneman in 1981 and has been a member ever since.


King was born in Los Angeles, California. His father was an aircraft parts inspector, and his mother worked for the telephone company.[1] King attended Warren High School in Downey, California, and started learning guitar at Calvano's Music in South Gate.

In school, King was a good student who excelled in math. However, his grades slowly declined after he "discovered" girls as a teenager. He said it worked out in the end because he did not plan to go to college. King confesses that he is an experienced drinker, but claims he has never used drugs in his entire life.[2]

In 1981, King was at an audition trying out for the position of guitarist in a band that King described as turning out to be more of a Southern rock-type band. Afterwards, King approached Jeff Hanneman, who was playing guitar at the reception desk, and said they should jam together and see if they liked playing together. [3] King and Hanneman subsequently decided to start their own band, which would soon evolve into Slayer.[4]

King has a trademark personal appearance and extensive tattoos all over his arms and head. His tattoo was praised to such a degree by Blender Magazine that they once produced a tour of his body ink.[5] King's abbreviation, KFK, was revealed to mean "Kerry Fuckin' King" in the January 2007 Issue of Guitar World.[6] King currently resides in Corona, California.[7]

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