Slayer rep says Kardashians didn’t aid in $10M merch revenue this year

Slayer have commented yet again about fashion and the Kardashians after Kendall Jenner was photographed wearing one of the band’s t-shirts. 

Slayer have a history of talking about the Kardashians wearing metal tees that started back in 2017. 

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That year, Kendall and Kylie Jennerlaunched a line of vintage tees featuring their mugs emblazoned across music icons such as the Doors, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne and more.

At the time,  Metallica’s James Hetfield, Sharon Osbourne and Slayer/Exodus member Gary Holt sounded off on the items. 

Then, earlier this year, Holt criticized Kim Kardashian after she posted a series of tweets that criticized companies stealing husband Kanye West’s designs. 

Kardashian West began addressing the alleged rip offs on Twitter, which you can see below.

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Then,  Holt shared a screenshot of an outlet covering Kardashian West’s tweets with a headline that reads, “Kim Kardashian goes off on fake knockoffs of her dress in fiery Twitter rant: ‘I can no longer sit silent.’”

The guitarist famously wore a “Kill The Kardashians” shirt back in 2015 (prior to the vintage tee debacle). He brought the phrase back in the midst of his caption, which you can see below. 


Now, the famous family and the band are crossing paths again. The band’s publicist Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald shut down any idea that Jenner being photographed in one of the band’s shirts has helped merch sales. Slayer are boasting a $10 million merch haul on their farewell tour this year, but they said the Kardashians are not to thank for that. 

“As this is Slayer’s final tour, more fans likely want something to remember the experience, so more merch is sold, and this is a very extensive itinerary, even for Slayer,” Robinson-Fitzgerald told CNBC.

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A representative from band’s managing company Rick Sales Entertainment Group also made a comment about the fashion moment by Jenner exceeding expectations of the band and the genre’s potential reach. 

“You’re not supposed to see Slayer shirts on the Kardashians, or basketball players rocking Slayer t-shirts as they walk into the arena on TV,” Ernie Gonzalez of Rick Sales said. “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 music business feels is the best path to success.” 

Slayer is currently on their farewell tour that wraps up at the end of November. The remaining dates are below.


11/2 – Asheville, NC @ Explore Asheville Arena
11/3 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PNC Arena
11/5 – Salem, VA @ Salem Civic Center
11/6 – Hershey, PA @ Giant Center
11/8 – Springfield, MA @ Mass Mutual Center

11/9 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
11/11 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum Center
11/12 – Columbus, OH  @ Nationwide Arena
11/14 – Moline, IL.@ TaxSlayer Arena
11/15 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Center
11/17 – Fargo, ND @ Fargodome
11/18 – Omaha, NE @ CHI Health Center

11/20 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Broadmore Arena
11/22 – Billings, MT @ Rimrock Arena
11/24 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
11/26 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
11/27 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Arena
11/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
11/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum

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