Gary Holt is an American guitarist from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the lead guitarist of thrash metal band Exodus, and has also been a touring member of thrash metal band Slayer since 2011, during the medical complications of Jeff Hanneman and after his death.
After guitarist Tim Agnello left Exodus in 1981, Gary Holt joined the band and has been the main songwriter and the most senior member of the group ever since. Following Kirk Hammett's 1983 departure from Exodus to join Metallica, Holt kept the band going and during a lot of years, he and Rick Hunot were referred to as the Exodus' "H-Team" guitar players. Holt is the only member of Exodus who has played on every album.
Gary endorses guitars by Schecter Guitar Research and has a signature model through them. In October 2008, Holt released an instructional guitar video called "A Lesson In Guitar Violence". He also produced Warbringer’s second album, Waking into Nightmares.
On February 12, 2011, it was announced that Holt would be temporarily filling in for Jeff Hanneman in the band Slayer. Holt also played with Slayer for the Big 4 Concert in Indio California on April 23, 2011, as well as Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas on November 6, 2011.
Holt is still touring with Slayer and has agreed to fill in following Jeff Hanneman's death on May 2, 2013.