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Slayer Guitarist Says 'Internet Breeds All Kinds Of Idiots'

03/03/2016
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(Classic Rock) Gary Holt says he hasn't suffered much negativity from Slayer fans who resented him replacing Jeff Hanneman - but he believes he wouldn't have suffered any before the internet age.

The Exodus leader first stood in for Hanneman in 2011, and he's remained since the co-founder's death in 2013, appearing on latest album Repentless. Holt tells IndyWeek: "I'm pretty much well-accepted now. In five-plus years I think I've had a grand total of four hecklers."

The band have some experience of online trolling, although guitarist Kerry King reports it's calmed down in recent years. Holt says: "You get keyboard warriors - then you'll see one guy post something like, 'All right, my metal brothers and sisters, we gotta stick together.' Now, that doesn't happen. It's so segregated. The internet breeds all kinds of idiots."

As a comparison, he recalls seeing AC/DC on their first tour after the death of Bon Scott. "I guarantee not one soul in the crowd was flipping off Brian Johnson," he says. "I went both nights, and there was not a negative vibe in the audience. But the internet just breeds that." Read more including his hecklers experiences here.

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