GARY HOLT On SLAYER Reunion: ‘To My Knowledge, It’ll Never Happen Again’

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During a recent appearance on Australia’s “Scars And Guitars” podcast, EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt, who spent almost nine years touring with SLAYER, discussed the possibility of the latter band coming back.

When asked what the most enjoyable part was of being part of SLAYER‘s final tour, Holt responded: “Just the amount of people that came out to see it, especially the amount of people who flew in for the final two shows was epic. And it was emotional. Tears were shed while playing ‘Angel Of Death,’ and who would have ever thought that would happen? Who plays ‘Angel Of Death’ [while] trying to keep the tears at bay for the last f*cking time? But it was an awesome, awesome, moving thing — an amazing part of my life.”

As for the possibility of SLAYER ever returning for more live shows, Gary said: “I highly doubt it… To my knowledge, it’ll never happen again. To my knowledge, I don’t know at the same time. Maybe someday someone just offers so much money that it changes people’s minds. But the band went out on a f*cking super-high note, on top, and why sully that? I mean, we’ve already outlasted MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s retirement. [Laughs] Well, theirs has gone a little longer because of the pandemic, but it took them — what? — a year to decide they’d tour again.”

In a recent interview with Metal Hammer magazine, SLAYER guitarist Kerry King discussed his new music he’s working on in the two years since SLAYER completed its farewell tour.

“I had picks that I threw out at those shows — ‘The Final Campaign’ — at the end of the show. And in every city, I threw out two that said, ‘Reborn in 2020,’ because that was my plan — I planned on touring in 2020,” King said. “Then the pandemic came up and we were into 2021, because I want everybody to get the bumps out of the road before I go out.

“Here we are at the end of 2021 and I’m looking at the end of 2022 now. And we’ll see what happens next year because it’s evolving. I don’t want to go out and feel stuff out, I want to go out and have a good time. I’m not being selfish, I don’t mean it like that. I mean that whatever the new rules are, I want them to be smooth before I go out.”

When asked as for why he hasn’t said more about his future plans yet, King responded: “I’m dragging my feet on letting the world know what I’m doing because there’s no rush. I have a tour that I’m considering doing, but I’m not going to announce a band, I’m not going to announce a record, I’m not going to announce anything. But you will see me in the future — it will be f*cking good.”

In a previous interview with Australia’s Riff CrewSLAYER drummer Paul Bostaph has confirmed to be working on a new musical project with Kerry King.

Kerry King‘s post-SLAYER project has been rumored to feature SLAYER drummer Paul BostaphSLAYER/EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt and former PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo.

SLAYER played its final show of their farewell tour in November 2019 at the Forum in Los Angeles. One day later, Kerry King‘s wife, Ayesha King, said that there is “not a chance in hell” that the thrash metal icons will reunite for more shows.