Slayer Have Sold $10 Million Worth of Merch on Their Farewell Tour
If for some reason you were worried that the members of Slayer won’t have enough money saved up to properly enjoy their forthcoming retirement, well… fret not!
The band’s management tells Pollstar that the group has already sold more than $10 million worth of merch on their farewell tour — and that tour ain’t even over yet.
And although the band — or at least Gary Holt — has been vocal about their disdain for non-metal celebs wearing their merch, Ernie Gonzalez of Rick Sales Entertainment Group (Slayer’s managers) at least partially credits those same people with helping Slayer to move so much inventory:
“You’re not supposed to see Slayer shirts on Kardashians, or basketball players rocking Slayer T-shirts as they walk into the arena on TV. That wasn’t supposed to happen. If you said that 30 years ago, nobody could have fathomed that. The awesome thing is they never had to sacrifice any artistic integrity, never tried to tone themselves down to conform or meet the standards of what the music business feels is the best path to success.”
Elsewhere in the same piece, Kristen Mulderig, also with Rick Sales Entertainment Group, promises that the future still has plenty of cool shit in store for Slayer fans:
“We’re in legacy mode, which is a lot to do, even though they won’t be making records or on the road. They still have their endorsers, there’s still merch and branding to do – sync licenses and who knows? Maybe coming up with some sort of event that is Slayer-based. This is all stuff we’re thinking about and talking about. Slayer lives on, absolutely.”
What, I wonder, would a Slayer-based event be? A festival? A fan convention? A silent auction for charity in which the winner gets to rub Kerry King’s head for good luck? There are a lot of possibilities here. It’ll be interesting to see what they come up with.