Former Exodus guitarist Rick Hunolt joined the Put Up Your Dukes podcast for an interview. During the conversation, he stated that he was never threatened to be fired from the band by Gary Holt.
After Kirk Hammett left Exodus in 1983 to join Metallica, Rick Hunolt joined the band as his replacement. In the following years, he and Gary Holt became referred to as Exodus’ H-Team’ guitar players. Moreover, the pair have built up a close friendship throughout the years.
Between the years 1985 and 2004, Hunolt contributed greatly to Exodus’ success by being on every studio recording of the band. Besides, he co-wrote some of the band’s most popular songs like ‘A Lesson In Violence’ and ‘Deliver Us To Evil.’ In 2004, Hunolt left Exodus and Lee Altus took his place.
During his appearance on the Put Up Your Dukes podcast, Rick Hunolt talked about his departure from Exodus. He said that while they were recording ‘Tempo Of The Damned,’ Gary Holt became clean from using drugs, but he was still using. Following that, he stated Holt never put pressure on him.
According to Rick Hunolt, Holt never told him he is a mess and he is going to fire him if he does not pull himself together. The guitarist said that Holt never said anything about this issue and let things slide.
In the interview on the Put Up Your Dukes podcast, Rick Hunolt said:
“During the recording of ‘Tempo [Of The Damned]’, Gary Holt had just gotten clean a little while prior to that, and I was still using. But I’ve gotta say, Gary Holt — my hat’s off to the man for… He never sweated me.
Not once did Gary say, ‘Dude, you’re a piece of shit. I’m gonna fire you from the band if you don’t get your shit together.’ He never said anything. He let it take its course, you know what I mean?”
You can watch the rest of the interview below.