Exodus’ Gary Holt Picks Up His Guitar After Months Of Recovery But Cannot Stand The Pain

Exodus and Slayer guitarist, Gary Holt, recently posted a video on his Instagram account and shared his happiness for finally getting the okay from his physical therapist to play a little guitar, and although he exclaimed ‘progress is being made,’ he also admitted that it it still hurts to bend notes.’

Gary Holt is one of the most famous guitarists in the metal scene and he achieved mainstream fame as the lead guitarist and main songwriter of Exodus, which is listed as one of the ‘big eight’ thrash metal bands, alongside Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Testament, Anthrax, Death Angel, and Overkill.

Holt’s fame increased in 2011 when he was hired by Slayer to fill in for Jeff Hanneman and was confirmed as a permanent member upon his passing. With a career that spans over 40 years, Gary has been enjoying increasing success, and it didn’t seem like he was planning to retire any time soon.

However, a couple of months ago, Gary Holt posted a photo on his Instagram account and revealed that he’s had an elbow injury which is obviously a big deal as he’s a guitarist. However, he had said that he doesn’t need surgery and that he’ll do some physical therapy and use elbow braces.

With his recent post, he shared his happiness for picking up his guitar after months. His excitement can be seen in his eyes but it is quite clear that he’s still in a lot of pain. In the caption of his post, he exclaimed that ‘progress is being made’ as his elbows are not locking up, but admitted that ‘it still hurts to bend notes‘ and that his callouses are ‘sh*t.’

Here’s what Gary Holt said in the caption of his recent post:

“Okay, today I picked up a guitar for a few minutes in months! Got the ‘okay’ from my Physical therapist to ‘air play’ as she said, which meant to just lightly run my fingers around in the motion of playing, but I couldn’t help to plug in this badass double-cutaway from Black 35 Guitars and hear that P90 sing, even out of my little Marshall Amplification code, sounds great!

That face near the end? That’s called pain, as in yes it still hurts to bend notes, and yes my callouses are shit right now! But for fucks sake, even a few minutes of guitar without elbows locking up is reason to rejoice! Progress is being made.”

You can check out the video that Gary Holt posted on his Instagram below.