Something tells me guitarist Gary Holt, in person, is nothing if not a stand-up, down-to-Earth dude. He just comes across that way in interviews.
Today, he came across that way in a statement, issued in the wake of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman’s passing.
Of course, Gary’s been holding down Jeff’s slot in Slayer since that spider bite, and well, his is the statement a lot of people have been waiting for.
Hanneman, 49, died of liver failure, and was allegedly on a waiting list for a transplant that would have saved him.
“I’m at a loss for words. The news yesterday of Jeff’s passing hit me like a ton of bricks,” writes Gary.
“Totally devastating sadness is all I have right now. ‘In shock’ are the best words I can come up with to describe how I’m feeling.
“Jeff, it’s been an honor, my brother, to TRY my best to honor your songs best I could.
“There is only one Jeff Hanneman. All I ever could HOPE to do was play those songs you wrote with the conviction with which you played and wrote them, ’cause there is only one of you; that mold was broken long ago,” writes the humble guitarist.
“My old friend, we had some amazing times on the greatest shows and tours I’ve ever done (Venom, Slayer, Exodus, anyone?), young and hungry thrashers out to lay waste to everything, and had the best time ever while doing it. Exactly why we all started playing in the first place.
“Much love and respect, and my deepest condolences to the Hanneman family and the whole Slayer family. Gone but NEVER forgotten and always missed. R.I.P.”
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