Gary Holt Admits Some Slayer Fans Didn’t Support Him When He Replaced Jeff Hanneman
In an interview with Alive & Streaming, Exodus guitarist Gary Holt looked back to the time he joined Slayer by replacing Jeff Hanneman and opened up about some of the Slayer fans reaction who didn’t like the idea of him taking Hanneman’s place.
The iconic thrash metal band Slayer was founded back in 1981 by Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman, Dave Lombardo, and Tom Araya. Known as one of the bands in Big Four along with Metallica, Anthrax, and Megadeth, Slayer released 12 studio albums throughout their career, one of which, ‘Reign in Blood,’ is considered as one of the heaviest thrash metal albums of all time.
Exodus guitarist Gary Holt joined Slayer back in 2011 initially for a temporary position to fill in for Jeff Hanneman who was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating virus. When Hanneman passed away on May 2, 2013, Holt announced to be a permanent member of Slayer. He became a part of the recording of the band’s 2015 album, ‘Repentless,’ and their various concerts around the world until the end of their farewell tour between 2018 and 2019.
Recently, Gary Holt joined an interview with Alive & Streaming and recalled the time Jeff Hanneman passed away and he had to replace him in Slayer. Holt also opened up about Slayer fans’ reactions and clarified whether he faced any objections about his involvement in the band. Apparently, except for a few fans, Gary was welcomed by most of the Slayer fanbase. He revealed a guy in Germany was showing him the middle finger the whole Slayer show, and they had to take the guy outside due to his rude behavior.
Here is what Gary Holt stated about if he experienced harsh reactions of the fans when he joined Slayer:
“I hadn’t. Two real hecklers the whole time I was in Slayer – and that’s a pretty fucking good ratio considering how many people played for how many shows. I had one guy, this guy in Germany with some bald skull, he was just flipping me off the whole show, and I went over to our production manager, ‘Get that motherfucker out of here,’ and he bailed.
I’m a thick-skinned guy, but – why did you even spend the money, motherfucker? And then I had a show in Milan – and this was well into my time in Slayer – and I had a guy front-row just talking shit to the point where he made me mad a little bit just because he was like right front-row.
And at the end of the show, I’ve got this subwoofer right up to him and smiled at him like, ‘We’ll continue this conversation right now,’ and he didn’t have shit to say, because he got me mad, didn’t hurt my feelings.
But like, that said – bring us a little closer together and have a conversation, because he was aggressive about it, and I’ve been in the band for fucking five years at this point, five-six years maybe, and the first one was on the first tour, and he wasn’t near as bad. Maybe I had other people fuck with me and I’d flip them back and at the end of the show- we’re smiling, just kind of playing with each other.”
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