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Slayer guitarist to miss remainder of tour

Sunday, December 02, 2018 6:16 PM PT


Slayer guitarist Gary Holt will miss the remainder of the band's current European tour as he heads home to spend time with his dying father. Former Machine Head guitar player Phil Demmel will fill in for the remainder of the trek.

Holt had the following to say:

"First things first, I want to say thank you to Berlin for the amazing show tonight! Best crowd ever! But what I've got to say has been very very hard for me these last ten days or so. My father is very near the end of his journey. I've been playing these last several shows with the heaviest of hearts. And with that heavy heart, I have to announce I am leaving the Slayer European tour. I must return home to help care for my dad in his final moments.

"Tonight ended with me in tears while finishing 'Angel Of Death'. But the crowd brought out the best in me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you all.

"And that having been said, I want each and every Slayer fan to give their biggest screams for Phil Demmel! Bay Area legend!!! My dear friend, who having just finished a tour, agreed to help me and the band out and learn an entire Slayer set in days and come out here so I can return home for my dad. Thank you, Phil. You are family, love you bro! Please give him your warmest welcome. And most of all, I gotta thank Slayer — Tom Araya, Paul Bostaph, and Kerry King. You guys are truly my family, and have had my back through all what has been the roughest time in my life on tour. And thanks to our entire crew, and Lamb Of God, Anthrax and Obituary and their crews, knowing you all have been there for me through this, family. Love all of you. To my fans, thanks from the bottom of my black heart, I'll be back in March to crush once more. And more than anything, thanks to my wife, Lisa Holt, had I been alone for this, my meltdowns would have been even greater. Love you baby. See all of you soon. Thank you. And much love to my bros in Exodus! They know what's going on, and no one has my back more. You guys are my rock."


10 comments


anonymous
11 days ago
Bach To Sheetrock

anonymous
11 days ago
Should of got Pat from Cannibal

anonymous
11 days ago
Should have gotten Cat from Pannibal

anonymous
11 days ago
Must have been a badass dad. Hope the best for their family in dealing with the inevitable loss of life. <3

anonymous
11 days ago
He made the right choice. Bad ass dude

anonymous
11 days ago
Don't let this #fakenews fool you. Gary "Snowflake" Holt got totes cucked by the ultra big-dicked Tom "Daddy Dom" Araya and had to go cry in his safe space.

anonymous
11 days ago
*refers to himself as having a black heart*

*in a band that glorifies death*

*crys thinking about death while on stage*

anonymous
11 days ago
Robb Flynn is pissed.

anonymous
10 days ago
^ Pointless comment. Do something constructive like support the advertisers here otherwise you're just a sad little freeloader unwilling to pay your share, thinking you're something special while the rest of us play by the rules.

anonymous
9 days ago
^ what in the holy god damn f*ck are you blathering about?