KEVIN TALLEY WANTS YOU TO KNOW HE PLAYED WITH SLAYER IN THEIR REHEARSAL SPACE ONCE
The first time I saw Kevin Talley up close and personal – by which I mean not on stage, where his incredible skills as a drummer give him the appearance of being a rock god, but in person, where you can see how diminutive the dude really is* – was outside a Chimaira concert last year, when he was playing not with Chimaira (a band he’d recently parted ways with) but with opening act Hate Eternal. He was trying to hock some DVDs, and a kid was asking him to just give him one for free. “Dude, it’s me playing with Slayer in their rehearsal space!” Talley objected. “Just gimme five bucks!”
Talley must be really proud of that DVD, ’cause the next time I saw Talley, when he was opening for DevilDriver with his new band Daath, the DVDs were being sold at the merch booth – “KEVIN TALLEY PLAYING WITH SLAYER IN THEIR REHEARSAL SPACE! $20.” Some friends of ours – who shall remain nameless, as I think they’re actually friends of Kevin’s – regaled Vince and I last night with their own stories of the skinsman’s pride in this video document (I’d recount the story for you, but, honestly, I was so high when they told it to me, I’m having trouble remembering it).
ANYWAY, you won’t have to pay Talley five bucks, ten bucks, or even twenty bucks to see what clearly represents one of the high points of his life, as someone has gone ahead and posted footage of the dude playing “War Ensemble” with Slayer – yes, in their rehearsal space – online. Enjoy.
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*Why are so many great drummers so petite? Joey Jordison, Isaac Carpenter – hell, I think Lars Ulrich is a legal midget (or “dwarf” or “little person” or “hobbit” or whatever the preferred nomenclature is these days).