Over the Top Metal News is honored to be the FIRST site to report that Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio will be replacing Gary Holt in Slayer as their new lead guitarist. Holt not too long ago attempted to sublet his position in Exodus so when nobody but Scott Ian of Anthrax seemed interested, Holt decided to head back home.
“Home is where the fucking heart is” said Holt. “Exodus is my home and now that I have been able to pay off my car and condo thanks to Slayer, I can now go back actually playing real guitar solos. The hardest part will be having to actually learn how to play lead again but that aside, it will be great to be back with my Exodus bros.”
It is a shock felt around the metal world to learn that Holt’s replacement will be none other than jam band legend and Phish guitarist, Trey Anastasio.
“I’ve had my eye on Trey for a while” said Slayer bassist/vocalist Tom Araya. “Trey flew me out to a Phish show last year and after watching him play, I just knew that this guy could take Slayer into a whole new direction. We got together at my house after church one Sunday and just jammed on a few Slayer songs. He really can fucking shred it on the guitar. I think the fans are going to fucking love it!”
As for Anastasio, the love for Araya and Slayer is very much mutual.
“I’ve been a Slayer fan for years. In the early days, we would even tease “Hell Awaits” sometimes in our song “Tweezer” and it always got a great reaction from the kids”, says Anastasio. “I think being in Slayer is going to be an amazing thing and I think the fans will love it. I’ve been working with Kerry (King; guitarist) and we are really playing off of each other nicely.”
When we asked Trey about playing live with Slayer, he said, “I’m really looking forward to mixing things up live. We’ll be doing a different setlist every night and I’m really stoked about playing Seasons in the Abyss > Dead Skin Mask > Tweezer Jam > Seasons in the Abyss Reprise. I think this will really blow the fans away. I just hope the twirlers and the moshers will find a way to live in harmony while we deliver some sick metal jams. “
Look for Trey and Slayer out on the road this year.