Exodus’ Gary Holt gave an interview to Banger TV in which he revealed that Slayer has been much more careful on the stage ever since the unfortunate death of Dimebag Darrel.
Gary Holt joined Exodus in 1981, and he has remained a permanent and the most senior member of the band to this day. Holt is pretty busy nowadays because Exodus released their new album ‘Persona Non Grata’ on November 19, 2021, which was expected by the fans for more than a year. They had already released three songs from the album, and now they are in the process of promoting their latest work.
Besides being a member of Exodus, Gary Holt also played with Slayer between 2011 and 2019 after joining the band to replace Jeff Hanneman, who passed away in May 2013. Slayer decided to retire after a farewell tour that ended on November 30, 2019, and Holt has been concentrating on Exodus ever since.
As a former member of the band, Gary Holt naturally has a good grasp of what is going on in the Slayer shows. During the interview, Holt was asked about guitar tech Warren Lee maltreating an audience member during a show, and he said that this doesn’t surprise him since he has seen Lee doing this several times.
Gary Holt continued that all the Slayer members are very prepared and serious about this situation, especially after the Dimebag Darrell incident. As you may recall, Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell had been murdered by a fan on the stage in 2014, and apparently, his shocking death significantly impacted Slayer. Holt admitted they have been carrying some weapons to the shows because they are worried about experiencing a similar incident.
Holt’s words when asked about Lee’s behaviors on the show:
“That’s Warren embodied. I’ve seen that man knock out guys three feet taller than him. And he always will give you a chance, give you a chance to get out. I remember one show in France several years ago, some dude got on stage, and they’re trying to drag him off, and he’s fighting, and he won’t drag out.
And finally Warren just, like, boom, just had to bust him up. And the guy’s bleeding and shit, and he started screaming about how he knew the mayor, all this stuff. Like, ‘Whatever dude, you know the mayor of Knuckletown now, son.’
I mean, it’s not just Warren, it’s the Slayer crew, in general, are just hooligans, you know, they don’t mess around.”
Then he continued by saying:
“For years, they carried a cattle prod in the guitar vault, they come out and shock you. There are weapons in the vault, you know, cattle prods, clubs, and stuff.
Especially after the Dimebag thing, they don’t take any chances, and every one of them, Johnny Araya, even Anders Aho who checked for Kerry for a long time after Armand passed away, I’ve seen him, and he’s the most mild-mannered of all of them.
I’ve watched him run out on stage and just flatten dudes, and I’m like, ‘Did Anders just open-field tackled that dude? That was rad.’ And the whole crew are like, ‘Anders, yes!’ You don’t mess around with Warren, he’s a tough motherfucker, my brother too. I miss him so much.”
You can watch the full interview below.