Gary Holt: Kirk Hammett Taught Me How to Play Guitar, I Owe It All to Him


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Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer) sang praises of early Exodus bandmate Kirk Hammett, telling UG interviewer Jusin Beckner:

“Oh it was awesome [playing with Kirk back in the day] – he taught me how to play.

“He showed me my first chords, my first licks, and six months later he asked me to join the band.

“I owe it all to him.

“Obviously, I worked on it on my own to make it happen, but we hit it off as friends right away.

“We became really close and he wanted me in the band enough to take his own time to teach me how to play guitar. I just took it from there.

“Those were good times. We were just kids playing the kind of metal we wanted to hear.”

Kirk co-founded Exodus back in 1979 alongside drummer Tom Hunting, who is still a member of the fold. Gary joined the gang in 1981, while Kirk left in ’83 to join Metallica, two years before Exodus’ debut “Bonded By Blood” saw the light of day.

In 2014, Hammett made an appearance on the latest Exodus album “Blood In, Blood Out,” delivering the solo for “Salt the Wound.”

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