Kerry King’s band made their live debut last night – watch footage and see which Slayer songs they played

Kerry King and Mark Osegueda onstage in 2024
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Slayer guitarist Kerry King’s solo band made their live debut last night (May 8) at Reggies in Chicago, Illinois.

The guitarist – joined by vocalist Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), co-guitarist Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head), bassist Kyle Sanders (ex-Hellyeah) and drummer Paul Bostaph (Slayer) – played a 17-song set mixing Slayer covers with material from King’s upcoming debut album From Hell I Rise.

See the full setlist below.

The covers of King’s seminal thrash band played on the night were Repentless (from the 2015 album of the same name), Hate Worldwide (World Painted Blood, 2009), Chemical Warfare (Haunting The Chapel, 1984), Disciple (God Hates Us All, 2001), Raining Blood (Reign In Blood, 1986) and Black Magic (Show No Mercy, 1983).

Watch live footage of Raining Blood and Black Magic via the video players below.

In a new interview with Metal Hammer, King explained his choices when it came to which Slayer songs to cover with his solo band.

“For this coming summer in Europe we’re gonna do like nine or 10 tracks from the album and depending on set length fill it with stuff I’ve done – something I wrote in Slayer or co-wrote," he said.

“So nobody can say ‘he’s playing Jeff [Hanneman, late Slayer guitarist] songs!’ because although I love Jeff songs and he was such a big part of my life, I don’t want to rely on it this year, this album cycle.

“At some point, I will play Angel Of Death but there’s so many fucking faceless haters on the internet I don’t want to give them ammunition.”

King is also active in the reunited Slayer, who came back after five years apart earlier this year to play a handful of US festival dates.

Talking exclusively in this month’s issue of Metal Hammer, where he is the cover star, King revealed the Slayer return won’t lead to new music or extensive touring.

“For me, it's three shows marking five years since our final shows, a fun, ‘Hey, remember us from before the pandemic?' celebration,” he said. 

King will release From Hell I Rise on May 17 via Reigning Phoenix Music.

Catch his solo band on tour in North America and Europe this year by buying tickets on his website.

Kerry King setlist: Reggies, Chicago – May 7, 2024

1. Where I Reign
2. Toxic
3. Rage
4. Repentless
5. Two Fists
6. Residue
7. Hate Worldwide
8. Idle Hands
9. Trophies Of The Tyrant
10. Chemical Warfare
11. Everything I Hate About You
12. Disciple
13. Shrapnel
14. Crucifixation
15. Raining Blood
16. Black Magic
17. From Hell I Rise

Matt Mills
Contributing Editor, Metal Hammer

Louder’s resident Gojira obsessive was still at uni when he joined the team in 2017. Since then, Matt’s become a regular in Prog and Metal Hammer, at his happiest when interviewing the most forward-thinking artists heavy music can muster. He’s got bylines in The Guardian, The Telegraph, NME, Guitar and many others, too. When he’s not writing, you’ll probably find him skydiving, scuba diving or coasteering.