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Gary Holt

Guitarist Gary Holt celebrates his birthday today.

(Photo: Antje Naumann)

Gary was born on May 4, 1964, in the San Francisco Bay Area as Gary Wayne Holt.

In 1981 he joined thrash metal band "Exodus" and served there as guitarist alongside Kirk Hammett.

After Kirk Hammett left the band and joined "Metallica", Holt continued to lead "Exodus" with a high hand and יק is the only band member to have participated in all of its studio albums.

In February 2011, "Slayer" announced that Holt would temporarily replace guitarist Jeff Hanneman after the latter was stung by a spider and the bite caused tissue inflammation that led to necrosis that nearly caused one of his hands to be amputated.

Holt was also the one who replaced Jeff Hanneman as Slayer's guitarist in "The Big Four: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria" show, held in April 2011 along with the bands "Metallica", "Megadeth" and "Anthrax".

After Hanneman's death on May 2, 2013, "Slayer" announced that Holt had joined the band on a regular basis. He recorded and released together with "Slayer" the album "Repentless" in 2015 and was part of their last tour in 2018-2019.

Beyond Holt's contribution to "Exodus" and "Slayer", he has been featured on several albums, including: "D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N." Of the German thrash metal band "Destruction", "Evolution of Chao" by the band "Heathen", "Virus" by the death metal band "Hypocrisy", "Waking into Nightmares" by the band "Warbringer", "Witchkrieg" of the Swedish band "Witchery" and he is also a member of the supergroup "Metal Allegiance".

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