In a new interview with Machine Head’s Rob Flynn, Exodus mastermind Gary Holt recalled initial days with Metallica and Lars Ulrich’s sh*tty remark.
When Rob asked him:
I was listening to a podcast you did, and you told a funny story about the first time that you and Metallica played and years later Lars said that you guys were very sloppy and they were very professional, and you had an issue about that…
“I read an interview – I think Metal Mania – and he’s asking about Exodus, and he goes, ‘Yeah, they’re awesome.’ He didn’t say we’re sloppy; he said, ‘They’re awesome, like-minded band, but they’re not as professional as us yet.’
“And I’m like, ‘Wait a minute, that very show you’re talking about, [early Metallica guitarist and Megadeth leader] Dave Mustaine broke a string and did not have a backup.’ They stopped the show while he restrung his BC Rich; that’s not what I call professional, doing a show without a f*cking backup guitar.
“If I broke a string, I’d snatch the next one and just keep going, so he was kind of full of sh*t there. I did have two guitars with me, I brought John Marshall’s Les Paul all the time when we did shows.
“Because I just had the Hondo Strat, we always loaned each other’s stuff back then; it’s how we put together Marshall walls. I’d call every friend I know who had a stack and gave them free tickets, and I’d do the same for them.
“We didn’t rent any of that sh*t, so I borrowed his Les Paul all the time, and I even have a couple of photos when I play that thing.”