Artisan News Servicespoke withMEGADETHmainmanDave MustaineandSLAYERguitaristKerry Kingshortly beforeKingjoinedMEGADETHon stage last Thursday (October 21) at the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, California to performMEGADETH's classic"Rattlehead". You can now watch the two separate interviews below. "Not very many people know this, butKerry Kingplayed guitar inMEGADETHin the very beginning,"Mustainesaid. "David Ellefson[MEGADETHbassist] still touts [Kerry] as being the best rhythm guitar player thatMEGADETHever had, which I think is really cool." He continued, "It's funny, because whenKerryplayed with us, he would still wear hisSLAYERcolors. We didn't, so we would be there with high-tops and sneakers on andKerrywould be there with nails for days everywhere. [laughs] And I remember going to his house and he was making that thing [nail-studded wristband], man. His dad's sitting on a chair watching TV andKerry's just sitting there just hammering away, making a pentagram like it was nothing — not a big deal at all. [laughs] And we had a great time, man. He's a really smart player and he was able to learn the stuff that I wrote really quickly, which made a huge impression onDavid, 'cause he still talks about it." When asked about his appearance withMEGADETH26 years after he first played with the band,Kerrysaid, "I never in a million years thought it would happen. And [Mustaine] asked me in the midst of the first run [of dates featuringSLAYERandMEGADETH]. And I said, 'Let's not get ahead of ourselves. If we're gonna do it, let's do it in Hollywood.' And I just picked up the song two days ago. it's not like'Am I Evil?'[byDIAMOND HEAD] — I can't pick it up in 10 minutes; there's real intricate riffs I've gotta perform. So I've been working on it; this is the third day now. It sounds pretty good. So it's gonna be cool, man. I've got pictures of me playing with him, man... in '84... What was that, 26 years ago?! And now we're gonna get pictures 26 years later. It's cool." Regarding the first few shows he played withMEGADETHback in 1984,Kingsaid, "Yeah, it was after [SLAYER's] first album [came out]. I was an admirer ofMustaine, 'cause I sawMETALLICAplaywithMustaine; not many people can say that. And I was blown away by how good that kid was. And I think we didn't really know each other, but we both playedB.C. Rich[guitars], so an acquaintance brought it up, 'Hey, why don't you see ifKerrywill play with you. And [he] asked me, 'Would you be interested in playing withMustaine?' And I was a fan of his playing and admired how he played. So I [was], like, 'Yeah, man, I'll help the dude out.' So I played the first five shows. Maybe that's where the original bad blood [betweenKerryandMustaine] came when I left; I don't know. But my band's always beenSLAYER. I saw it as an opportunity when we played, 'cause we [MEGADETHandKerry] mostly played in the Bay Area — I think that's all we played. But if people saw me, they would associateSLAYERas well. I've always thought about, 'How can I makeSLAYERsomething bigger by doing something on my own?' And that was my thinking when I did [a guest appearance on] theBEASTIE BOYSalbum, too. I'm like, 'These guys will probably get a video. We're never gonna get a fucking video; we're in a metal band.' And if people see me with my nails and stuff, they'll associateSLAYERwith theBEASTIE BOYS, and they'll thinkSLAYER, so that's just how I think." Last Thursday night's Los Angeles-area concert was the final show of theJägermeister Music Tour, featuring the original"Clash Of The Titans"lineup from 1991 —SLAYER,MEGADETHandANTHRAX.