EXODUS' GARY HOLT: 'Living In The Past Is For Losers'

October 4, 2002

Even though EXODUS are best known for their classic late '80s recorded output, guitarist Gary Holt refuses to live in the past, insisting that the Bay Area thrash veterans' decision to continue performing their earliest material has nothing to do with nostalgia.

"Living in the past in for losers and assholes," Holt told Metal Rules. "I play those songs like it the first time I ever played them and like the last time I've ever going to play them. The minute we start getting nostalgic for it is... we will be overcome with nostalgia. The next thing you know we will be out on tour, doing these fucking tours. Uhhh. LYNYRD SKYNYRD, NIGHT RANGER, WARRANT and PAT TRAVERS BAND — bands I worshipped in their day, but it is all nostalgia. You know — dusting off the classic oldies. Fuck that. I'm going to hit it, I'm gonna hit it hard, I'm gonna fuck shit up on stage, harder than any motherfucker half my age. It's just, as they are done shaking my hand and telling me that we can still deliver this shit hard, he takes off grinding down a handrail on his skateboard and I'm looking for aspirin and a walker. I'm not living in the past. I play those songs because I love to play them, not because of any sense of misty-eyed sentimentality, which I think is all crap anyway. I just wanna see people hurt each other. That's all. Please, please, give me what I want."

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