EXODUS’s GARY HOLT Is Almost A Year Sober: ‘I’m Playing The Best I Ever Have’

EXODUS and SLAYER guitarist Gary Holt celebrated his 333rd day sober on Sunday, Could 15. He wrote on his Instagram web page: “Triples threes in the present day, and by no means felt higher.

“After I determined to stop consuming I questioned if I might nonetheless be capable to be a maniac on stage, would the craze diminish with out some beers to ‘loosen’ me up, to launch the animal on stage? Not within the least. I really feel fortunate I had just a few heat up one off exhibits earlier than the tour to regulate, however completely zero has modified aside from I am enjoying the perfect I ever have, my power stage by no means wains within the slightest, I’ve all of the fury within the final music as I do within the first, and I am often in mattress earlier than midnight! It is AWESOME. And I thank my spouse @lisaholt777 for supporting me on this life change. Want I might completed it years in the past. However when it is time it is time!

“Tonight, night time two in Joliet! Convey it on”.

Final fall, Holt opened up about his determination to stop consuming alcohol throughout an look on “Speaking Bollocks”, the month-to-month metallic podcast hosted by ACID REIGN frontman-turned-stand-up-comedian Howard H. Smith. On the time, the now-58-year-old musician, who resides in Northern California, stated: “Like hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide, I used to be a sufferer of the pandemic. On tour, I at all times maintained and by no means hit the hangover stage. Perhaps as soon as in a five-week tour I might get up with a bit of little bit of a headache, and that is one night time after we determined to have a disco social gathering and began cranking some funk music and drink just a few further beers. However then I might come residence and I might solely drink after I was watching some sports activities or having some individuals over — a few beers. I might exit to a present and have two beers. After which I discovered myself with nothing however idle time. I stay form of within the woods now, and I might sit outdoors — it is stunning, it is summer time, I am surrounded by oak bushes, and I would just begin consuming. [I was] consuming, like, 12, 13 beers, and I used to be consuming these double, triple IPAs [with] 10, 11 p.c alcohol. ‘Trigger I used to be at all times a beer snob; I might get out my correct glass for no matter beer I used to be consuming. And it simply obtained to the purpose the place I used to be getting depressed after I obtained drink; I wasn’t comfortable anymore. ‘Trigger my entire livelihood had been taken away from me. I am feeling the identical stress and pressure as all people else. So I figured, man, I stop smoking, I stop doing medication years in the past — nearly 20 years in the past — [so] I might stay with out the alcohol. It is no large deal. I imply, I nonetheless drink non-alcohol beers, and there are some actually good ones on the market. It is the style of beer that I’d miss; I do not miss the thrill. And it additionally has a powerful placebo impact.”

Requested if he thinks it is going to be tougher for him to remain sober as soon as he will get again on tour, Holt stated: “No, by no means. It doesn’t suggest I’ve a extra stable willpower than anybody else, however I do not crave or really feel any need for alcohol. I am a man, when he quits one thing, he simply quits it and he is simply completed with it. I am hanging out with the opposite bandmates, I had dinner twice over the weekend, and Lee [Altus, EXODUS guitarist] is having actual beers and I am having Heineken 0.0s. I by no means [think], ‘Hmm, I need what he is obtained.’ It does not enchantment to me anymore.”

Holt‘s announcement that he had given up alcohol got here seven months after his spouse Lisarevealed that she had stop consuming in 2012 after utilizing alcohol since she was 13 years previous. She additionally thanked her husband and credited him for making her “need to be a greater individual. I undoubtedly would not have him or something kick-ass in my life in the present day if I hadn’t made this alternative [to quit drinking] 8 years in the past,” she wrote.

In Wiederhorn‘s ebook “Elevating Hell (Backstage Tales From The Lives Of Metallic Legends)”, Holt reminisced in regards to the lengths he and his onetime EXODUS bandmate Kirk Hammett (now in METALLICA) would go to almost 40 years in the past so as to get free alcohol.

“Close to the place we lived, we had an area liquor retailer referred to as the Wagon Wheel that burned down,” Holt recalled. “We had nothing to do with that, however we waded by means of the burnt rubble of this condemned constructing, risking life and limb to get to the alcohol. The bottles with plastic caps had been all melted. Kirk had this previous Buick Skylark. We referred to as it the Skymobile. And we crammed his trunk with gallons of whiskey bottles with these black melted caps on them. We had been scavengers. It is a part of what made EXODUS nice, that starvation and ambition.”

EXODUS not too long ago introduced the second North American leg of “The Bay Strikes Again Tour” with TESTAMENT and DEATH ANGEL. The trek will kick off on September 9 in Phoenix, Arizona and conclude on October 15 in San Jose, California.

EXODUS, TESTAMENT and DEATH ANGEL launched the primary 2022 version of “The Bay Strikes Again Tour” on April 9 on the Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo, California.

EXODUS‘s new studio album, “Persona Non Grata”, was launched in November by way of Nuclear Blast Information. It’s the follow-up to 2014’s “Blood In Blood Out”, which was the San Francisco Bay Space thrashers’ first launch because the departure of the group’s lead singer of 9 years, Rob Dukes, and the return of Steve “Zetro” Souza, who beforehand fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004.

“Persona Non Grata” was recorded at a studio in Lake Almanor, California and was engineered by Steve Lagudi and EXODUS. It was produced by EXODUS and was blended by Andy Sneap.

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