Gary Holt Won't Try To Copy Slayer's Jeff Hanneman (A Top Story)

On Monday Gary Holt Won't Try To Copy Slayer's Jeff Hanneman was a top story. Here is the recap: (Classic Rock) Slayer stand-in guitarist Gary Holt resists pressure to play just like Jeff Hanneman would have done - because he doesn't believe it's the best way to respect his memory.

Hanneman died two years ago this week (May 2) after Exodus leader Holt had already spent two years covering for him due to illness. He'll make his first album appearance when the thrash icons release their 11th album later this year.

Holt tells Loudwire: "Some people say I should play Jeff's solos the way Jeff did. But I don't think that's doing him justice, trying to copy him. From the riffs to the solos, they were uniquely him.

"I keep little signatures and melodies, particularly in their early songs. But I always say, if you want someone to play them exactly, there's a million guys in Slayer tribute bands who'd do a better job than I am."

Slayer and Exodus became friends during the thrash movement's formative days - and Holt recalls the night the bands met in the early 1980s. "We just destroyed their hotel room," he says."With their permission, of course. The cops came in and we scattered like cockroaches.

"We told them they couldn't wear the eyeliner. It wouldn't go over well with the hardcore people who came to all our shows. They never wore it again and they've been friends ever since." Read more and watch the video - here.

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