Metal bands have always been strongly associated with satanic culture, blood, gore, and sacrifices. What more do you expect when their hit albums have names like Reign In Blood, Hell Awaits, and World Painted Blood. But that gory facade was put aside for an adorable kitten.
Slayer, one of the most hardcore metal bands in America, revealed its humane and soft side when one of its members not only saved a cute kitten from freezing to death, but slept beside her the entire night just to ensure she survived.
One of the lead guitarists for Slayer, Kerry King was finishing dinner at his favorite steakhouse with the band’s road crew before a gig at the Old National Centre in Indianapolis, when a homeless man offered them an abandoned and freezing kitten for a dollar. The band not only decided to accept the poor little furry creature, the band member took it upon himself to nurse it back to health, reported the Daily Mail. Speaking about the incident, Slayer’s publicist Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald said,
“Kerry [King] and some of the crew went to dinner at Kerry’s favorite steak house in Indy, St. Elmo’s Steak House. Afterwards, the assistant tour manager, Jess [Cortese] saw a homeless man on the street who offered up this little kitten for a dollar. The kitten apparently was freezing so Jess took it, slept with her in her bunk on the bus and went to the venue with her today, hanging out. One of the runners knew someone who wanted a kitten, so the little guy now has a new home where he or she currently is.”
The kitten has now become an internet sensation proving that the hardcore metal band has an unrevealed softer side and these menacing looking dudes are a big softie on the inside, reported The Independent. The Old National Centre posted this picture of the world’s most rocking kitten, now named Gypsy, photographed against a backing of the band’s kit.
The kitten has been adopted by Penny Hamilton-Riley, who has named the cat “Gypsy.” Posting the picture of Gypsy snuggled in a heated blanket in the comments section, Penny wrote,
“I gave her a bath last night then she slept for five hours on the heating pad. She’s at the vet this morning being treated for fleas and worms. Thank you Slayer for your act of kindness.”
Slayer has been one of the most successful hardcore metal bands since their formation almost 3 decades ago in 1986. Between 1991 and 2004, the band sold more than 3.5 million albums in the U.S. alone. Despite courting controversies regarding their edgy and graphic lyrics and album covers featuring anti-religious and violent imagery, the band has proven they are kind humans – underneath their tough and mean exterior.
[Image Credit | Penny Hamilton-Riley, Old National Center]