Slayer and Exodus icon Gary Holt posted a recent Instagram photo of him and his childhood hero, Rickey Medlocke on his verified account and shared an interesting back story.

Gary reveals that Blackfoot is always the most metal southern rock band of all time ever. He also stated that they destroyed Def Leppard and The Who.

Here is the full statement:

“Okay!!! Tonight , I FINALLY met one of my hero’s, Rickey Medlocke @darkhorse1950_medlockof @officialblackfoot fame, most badass most metal southern rock band of all time, also the original drummer for @skynyrd and current guitar raging bad ass! Back story for you.

Around 91 when Exodus covered “ Good Morning” by Blackfoot, I get a call around 6 AM, and as I wake super groggy I hear a voice saying “ Wake and bake!!!, It’s your old buddy Rickey Medlocke!”. Turns out he had heard our version of his song, and he pulled his car to the side of the road to listen.

Then he got my number somehow, and made that call.! After about 20 minutes of me saying “ really, who the fuck is this?”, I realized it was, in fact, him! After that first phone meeting, I called him a couple of time while at parties and shit, but I finally got to meet him today! EPIC! TOTAL LEGEND!

Blackfoot to me we’re always THE most METAL southern rock band of all time. Give em a listen and you’ll see what I mean. Best live band ever. I saw them CRUSH The Who, destroy Def Leppard, ect. One of the best bands ever!!”

You can see the photo below:

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Okay!!! Tonight , I FINALLY met one of my hero’s, Rickey Medlocke @darkhorse1950_medlock of @officialblackfoot fame, most bad ass most metal southern rock band of all time, also the original drummer for @skynyrd and current guitar raging bad ass! Back story for you. Around 91 when Exodus covered “ Good Morning” by Blackfoot, I get a call around 6 AM, and as I wake super groggy I hear a voice saying “ Wake and bake!!!, It’s your old buddy Rickey Medlocke!”. Turns out he had heard our version of his song, and he pulled his car to the side of the road to listen. Then he got my number somehow, and made that call.! After about 20 minutes of me saying “ really, who the fuck is this?”, I realized it was, in fact, him! After that first phone meeting, I called him a couple of time while at parties and shit, but I finally got to meet him today! EPIC! TOTAL LEGEND! Blackfoot to me we’re always THE most METAL southern rock band of all time. Give em a listen and you’ll see what I mean. Best live band ever. I saw them CRUSH The Who, destroy Def Leppard, ect. One of the best bands ever!!

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