Slayer's Tom Araya Reveals His Favorite Bass Players
This summer, Slayer will burn a path of hellfire across the country with Rob Zombie as part of the Hell on Earth tour, and will end up at New York's Yankee Stadium in September to play the East Coast stop of their Big 4 tour with three other bands you might have heard of: Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. (You can still pick up Revolver's Big Four special issue right here.) Looking ahead to both events, we went to Slayer’s vocalist-bassist Tom Araya to ask about his favorite fellow four-string badasses.
Les Claypool of Primus
"He’s the first one I can think of, because he’s just a tremendous bass player. I’ve had the privelege to see him play on Ozzfest '99. It was amazing."
Troy Sanders of Mastodon
"I’m not too up on a lot of the modern bass players, but he’s great. He’s also a good bass player and singer, which is, of course, something I appreciate."
"He’s a fantastic bass player. He’s someone who Rocky George from Suicidal Tendencies introduced me to."
Billy Sheehan of Mr. Big and Steve Vai
"A really amazing bass player. He and Steve Vai playing together, man—amazing."