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In A New Video Chat Slayer's Holt & Bostaph Weigh In On Mayhem Festival Controversy

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Asked for his take on the controversy surrounding this year's edition of "Mayhem festival" Slayer's Gary Holt told the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner:

"Things were said in the media that were spun wrong and attributed to Kerry quoting me, which I didn't say, and Kerry says he never said it. Like, you know, criticizing the Victory Records stage, and some of my close young compadres are on that stage Shattered Sun, Texas natives. And they know it. You know, these guys, I do everything I can do to help them. Ask Daniel Trejo (Shattered Sun guitarist). He comes to me when he wants information and advice on endorsements, and I'm totally willing to give it. The attendance has been down. And the only thing I ever actually did say was what this tour is lacking is a genuine second stage. There's usually a record label-sponsored stage, a second and a third and a main stage. And what you have is the main stage, and then there… this time it's the Victory Records stage. The last time I did Mayhem, it was the Sumerian Records stage. Those bands are all young up-and-comers and they're awesome; we've hung out and barbecued, amongst other cannabis-related things. And then, you know, for bad blood to be started because one guy (referring to Kevin Lyman's commentabout metal becoming fat and grey) decided to throw the tour under the bus early into it, it's, like… We're all out here, working out hardest to put on the best show we can. And those guys, they're young. They're out here, you know… Like any young band, you're working for nothing. You're working to further your band's cause and to spread your name."

"And then, I can understand, people all the way up to us started feeling, like, 'What are we doing? Are we not appreciated?' And I know I can speak for Paul, we appreciate these younger bands. I mean, hell, my other band, we're still a club band. I'm more likely to go out on tour with Exodus and these younger bands on the Victory Records stage than anybody else. And if you ask any young band that's ever toured with Exodus, we treat 'em not like an opening band. We kidnap 'em, put 'em on a bus, make 'em drink vile shit and take care of 'em. But other than that, and a couple of shows which have been pretty grim, the tour's been great and I'm having hella fun. That being said, I'm glad it's almost winding down, 'cause I'm 51 fucking years old."

Check out the entire chat now below.

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