Exodus’ Gary Holt Speaks About Playing With Slayer
Exodus guitarist Gary Holt recently spoke with Guitar World about filling in for Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman, as the latter heals up from his necrotizing fasciitis infection. Read an excerpt below and read the rest here. For more on the Big Four, check revolvermag.com and guitarworld.com regularly as we count down the Big Four Weeks leading up to Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax’s concert at Yankee Stadium on September 14.
GUITAR WORLD How were you approached initially about filling in for Jeff? Was your reaction an immediate “yes” or did you take time to think about it?
GARY HOLT Kerry called me right after we returned from the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise and told me what was up and asked if I was down. I said sure, told him I had a gig in Chile with Iron Maiden that I couldn’t miss, and they’d have to get someone else for the last few shows, and we went from there. I planned on taking it easy anyway this year, select gigs and song writing. Year’s been a bit busier than I thought it was going to be, but it’s been awesome.
Were you invited to take part in the Big Four “jam” at the Indio show? If so, was there a reason you didn’t take part? Have you taken part in one since?
I could have, but I had my fiancee and two of my daughters there, and I was just kind of hanging with friends and stuff, so I skipped that one, but it was awesome when we did do the jam in the end.