Gary Holt (musician)

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Gary Holt
Ursynalia 2012, Slayer, Gary Holt 01.jpg
Gary Holt with Slayer in 2012
Background information
Birth name Gary Wayne Holt
Born (1964-05-04) May 4, 1964 (age 50)
Richmond, California, United States
Genres Thrash metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1981–present
Labels Combat, Capitol, Nuclear Blast
Associated acts Exodus, Slayer
Notable instruments
Schecter Gary Holt Signature V Model
Bernie Rico Jr. Gary Holt Signature V
Slayer and Megadeth. European Carnage Tour 2011.

Gary Wayne Holt (born May 4, 1964 in Richmond, California) is an American guitarist from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the guitarist and main songwriter for the American thrash metal band Exodus and is also the guitarist for the American thrash metal band Slayer, in which he took over duties for Jeff Hanneman who died in 2013.




Main article Exodus.

After guitarist Tim Agnello left Exodus in 1981, Gary Holt joined the band and has been the main songwriter and the most senior member of the group ever since. Following Kirk Hammett's 1983 departure from Exodus to join Metallica, Holt kept the band going and for many years, he and Rick Hunolt were referred to as the Exodus' "H-Team" guitar players. Holt is the only member of Exodus who has played on every album.


Main article Slayer.

On February 12, 2011, it was announced that Holt would be temporarily filling in for Jeff Hanneman in the band Slayer. Holt also played with Slayer for the Big 4 Concert in Indio California on April 23, 2011, as well as Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas on November 6, 2011. Holt is still touring with Slayer and agreed to fill in after Jeff Hanneman died on May 2, 2013. He will also record guitar tracks on Slayer's eleventh studio album but will not have any writing contributions on the album.[1]


In October 2008, Holt released an instructional guitar video called "A Lesson In Guitar Violence". He also produced Warbringer's second album, Waking into Nightmares.


Gary endorses ESP Guitars as of September 2014 and has a signiture version of the Eclipse model having for the longest time used guitars by Schecter Guitar Research and having had a signature model through them. He previously used Ibanez, B.C. Rich, Jackson Guitars, Bernie Rico Jr., and Yamaha guitars.

For amplification, he currently uses a Marshall DSL100H In Slayer and The Engl Savage 120 in Exodus as well as a Kemper Profiling amp. In the past, he has used a modified Marshall JCM800, Marshall JVM, Peavey Triple XXX, and Engl Savage 120. Before using the DSL100H and Marshall JVM amps with Slayer, Holt made use of Jeff Hanneman's touring rack.

Musical influences[edit]

Holt's main guitar influences are Ritchie Blackmore, Michael Schenker, Angus Young, Tony Iommi, Uli Jon Roth, Matthias Jabs and Ted Nugent.[2] His favorite bands include Venom, Motörhead, Black Sabbath, early Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Gary Holt is married to Lisa Perticone and has 2 daughters. Lisa Perticone has a teenage daughter. The two currently are living in Pinole, California.

Outside of music, Holt enjoys foreign and period films.[3] He is also an avid watcher of cable news channels,[3] pursuant to his interest in U.S. politics. According to Holt, the track "War is my Shepherd" on the album Tempo of the Damned is a treatise of America's "pro-god" and "pro-war" stance and how he feels the two beliefs are incompatible with each other.[4]

Holt endorsed Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, and stated:

"I used to have a lot of respect for McCain, but he realized after the dirty defeat that he suffered at the hands of George W. Bush in the South Carolina primary in the (2000) election that he can only get elected if he plays the Karl Rove tactic b.s. He’s doing it. It’s just one debunked lie after the other. He’s the kind of guy who will tell you the sky is red, you look up and it’s blue, and he won’t admit he’s wrong. He’s playing dirty politics. Palin is just terrifying, the thought of this lady being a heart attack away from having the nuclear codes. She’s crazy and she’s dumb."[3]

In the 2004 election, Holt vouched for John Kerry, but conceded:

"...they're all dirty crooks, all politicians. But at least (Kerry) wasn't a coward. He fought in Vietnam whereas George W. Bush Jr. was a draft dodger."[4]





  • 1990 Asylum (Demo)




Laughing Dead

  • 1990 Demo 1990 (Demo)


  • 1991 Epidemic


  • 1998 Under (EP)




  1. ^ a b "Kerry King: 'Fans Aren't Ready for Gary Holt to Contribute Music to Slayer' | Music News @". Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  2. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  3. ^ a b c "Gary Holt Interview - Exodus Interview". Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  4. ^ a b "Interview with Guitarist of EXODUS - GARY HOLT". Retrieved 2014-07-29. 

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