Gary Holt Explains Why James Hetfield Didn’t Want Exodus To Open For Metallica Ever Again

Exodus guitarist Gary Holt opened up about the time when the band was the opening act for Metallica many years ago and overshadowed them during a recent interview therefore Metallica frontman James Hetfield did not want Exodus to open a show for Metallica for a long time.

As many of you may remember, Exodus performed as the opening act for Metallica back in 1986 for New Year’s eve in San Francisco along with two more iconic bands, Metal Church and Megadeth. That show which was more than three decades ago was the first time when Exodus opened a show for Metallica and the last.

During a recent interview with Death Angel member Ted Aguilar’s Alive & Streaming YouTube series, Gary Holt revealed the time when Exodus opened the show for Metallica, and apparently, due to the fact that Exodus acted like the main act with their outnumbering amps and riser, James Hetfield strictly stated that it would be the last time they ever opened a show for Metallica.

Here is what Holt said:

We crushed Metallica and look, I’m not gloating — we crushed ’em, and they knew it. It was their big homecoming. They just finished recording ‘Master Of Puppets,’ and we came out, and we had more amps, we had a bigger riser. We came out looking like the headliners. And we were partying hard after, and James comes up, and we were just getting wasted. ‘That’ll be the last time you guys open for us.’ And it was. We never played with Metallica again until in the recent decade, and that was, like, festivals somewhere.”

In addition to revealing that time, Gary Holt also revealed his opinions about Metallica and stated that he loves and supports every single member of the band in addition to unveiling the fact that ‘Master Of Puppets’ is the greatest metal album ever made, according to Holt.

Here is what he said:

“I love ’em to death, and I’ll always support ’em and always give them all credit where credit’s due. I consider ‘Master Of Puppets’ the greatest metal album ever made. Nobody’s ever come up with anything close to it. Maybe close would be Judas Priest ‘Stained Class.’ But I give ’em all respect.”

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