GARY HOLT Agrees With KERRY KING That SLAYER Called It Quits Too Soon: ‘We Were Totally Killing It’
Written by megarock on October 30, 2021
EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt says that he agrees with Kerry King that SLAYER called it quits too soon.
Earlier this month, Kerry made headlines in the metal world when he said that SLAYER retired “too early.” While recording a short video message to congratulate MACHINE HEAD on the San Francisco Bay Area act’s 30th anniversary, SLAYER‘s founding guitarist said: “So, I hear congratulations are in order for my friends in MACHINE HEAD. Apparently, it’s 30 years, which is quite an achievement. Not a lot of bands get there. We did, and then we quit too early. Fuck us. Fuck me. I hate fucking not playing.”
Holt, who spent almost nine years touring with SLAYER, was asked about Kerry‘s comment in a new interview with Metal Hammer. He said: “I’d have to agree. We were still playing at the top of our game, we were totally killing it. The band had a lot of years left in it, but I guess when it’s time, it’s time. When you decide to walk away from something, walk away. I can’t tell anybody they made the wrong decision. Better to go out on top than go out unable to play your own songs, and this shit isn’t easy. Playing ‘Angel Of Death’ at 70 years old would be fucking hard. But it was time for me to come back, let’s put it that way. I was really missing my first family.”
Holt began filling in for SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman at live shows in 2011, and became the band’s full-time co-guitarist as of 2013, while remaining a member of EXODUS. Holt played on SLAYER‘s final album, “Repentless”, which came out in 2015.