Slayer Guitarist Gary Holt To Miss Remaining European Tour Due To Dying Father

Jason Bullinger for Alternative Revolt

Slayer Guitarist Gary Holt will miss the rest of the current European tour in order to go home and be with his ill father. He will be replaced for the remaining shows on the tour by guitarist Phil Demmel.

“My father is very near the end of his journey. I’ve been playing these last several shows with the heaviest of hearts. And with that heavy heart, I have to announce I am leaving the Slayer European tour. I must return home to help care for my dad in his final moments.

“Tonight ended with me in tears while finishing ‘Angel Of Death’. But the crowd brought out the best in me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you all.