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Formed: 1980
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Exodus news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Megadeth Adds More Tour Dates

Megadeth has added more dates to his tour, according to Pollstar.com. The dates so far are as follows:

Oct. 23 Reno, NV @ Reno Hilton
Oct. 24 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel - The Joint
Oct. 25 Anaheim, CA @ The Grove Of Anaheim
Oct. 26 San Diego, CA @ 4th & B
Oct. 28 San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
Oct. 29 Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
Oct. 30 Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre
Oct. 31 Tucson, AZ @ Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre
Nov. 02 Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
Nov. 04 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave / Eagles Club
Nov. 05 Sauget, IL @ Pop's
Nov. 06 Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere's
Nov. 07 Cleveland, OH @ Odeon Concert Club
Nov. 09 Washington, DC @ Nation
Nov. 10 New York, NY @ Roseland
Nov. 12 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Nov. 13 Boston, MA @ Avalon
Nov. 14 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Nov. 16 Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus (formerly Warehouse)
Nov. 17 Detroit, MI @ State Theatre
Nov. 18 Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
Nov. 19 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Nov. 21 Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Th. For Perf. Arts
Nov. 22 Regina, SK @ Doris Knight Hall
Nov. 23 Edmonton, AB @ Red's
Nov. 26 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Nov. 27 Seattle, WA @ The Premier
Nov. 28 Spokane, WA @ Big Easy
Nov. 29 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Nov. 01 Mexico City, MEX @ Palacio De Los Deportes

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Exodus Added To More Megadeth Shows

EXODUS has been added to the entire MEDADETH tour except for Reno, NV and Las Vegas, NV shows.

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Steev of Skinlab Set To Do Exodus Vocals on Tour

Following the firing of Exodus vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza and the subsequent addition of Exodus to the Megadeth tour (replacing 12 Stones), it appears Steev Esquivel of SKINLAB / RE:IGNITION will be handling all vocal duties for the Bay Area's EXODUS on the bands forthcoming tour in support of MEGADETH. Also appearing on the bill with EXODUS will be nu-rockers EARSHOT.

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12 Stones Drop Off Megadeth's Tour

Christian hard rockers 12 Stones have officially dropped off Megadeth's "Blackmail The Universe Tour", which is scheduled to kick off on October 23 in Reno, NV. Previously announced openers Earshot will act as support for the entire trek except for six West Coast dates, which will feature San Francisco thrashers Exodus. The dates are as follows:

Oct. 23 - Reno, NV @ Reno Hilton *
Oct. 24 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint *
Oct. 25 - Anaheim, CA @ The Grove **
Oct. 26 - San Diego, CA @ 4th and B **
Oct. 28 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield **
Oct. 29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium **
Oct. 30 - Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre **
Oct. 31 - Tucson, AZ @ Casino Anselmo **
Nov. 02 - Denver, CO @ Filmore *
Nov. 04 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave *
Nov. 05 - St. Louis, MO @ Pops *
Nov. 06 - Ft. Wayne, IN @ Pierres *
Nov. 07 - Cleveland, OH @ Odeon *
Nov. 09 - Washington, DC @ Nation *
Nov. 10 - New York City, NY @ Roseland *
Nov. 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory *
Nov. 13 - Boston, MA @ Avalon Ballroom *
Nov. 14 - Montreal, QB @ Metropolis *
Nov. 16 - Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus *
Nov. 17 - Detroit, MI @ State Theatre *
Nov. 18 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Orbit Room *
Nov. 19 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre *

* w/ Earshot
** w/ Exodus

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Exodus To Open For Megadeth

Bay Area Thrash legend Exodus has been confirmed to play six US-shows together with Megadeth! Check out the dates here.

As singer Steve "Zetro" Souza left the band about one month ago, Skinlab singer Steev Esquivel will help out Exodus on vocals.

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Zetro Tells His Side About Leaving Exodus

Former Exodus frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza has broken his silence with regards to his departure from the group. In the following statement, Zetro explains his reasons for leaving Exodus on the eve of their South American tour and offers kind words for his former bandmates, who have recently announced their decision to carry on without him:

To all concerned,

I would like to say first of all, that leaving Exodus was a very hard decision to make. I really wanted everything to work out in the long run. But lots of things came between us. Back when Paul [Baloff] died, I stepped in as a favor to the band, who had prior commitments and shows already booked. At that point in time, I was willing to play these shows, but was still reluctant to rejoin the band on a full-time basis. After these shows, I realized that I still really enjoyed performing and playing the live shows. I then decided to give Exodus a second go at it. We recorded the album and it was a great record. I thought it was my best performance and work of my entire career.

Now came the touring, and juggling a family, a full-time job, and Exodus… It was never easy on me. In fact, while being on tour, I loved playing live on stage to our great fans around the world. But that was only a small part of being on the road, for it's a long day, every day out there. Too much time in between shows to think about my family back home. I have three wonderful kids and a great wife, which were miles away from me. And I still had many social and financial worries, with way too much time to think about everything while away from home during the downtime in between shows on the road.
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Exodus Postpone South American Tour

There are two reports circulating regarding Exodus' postponement of their South American tour. The first is diplomatic and comes from Nuclear Blast Records:

As recently released Exodus have had quite a major line-up change with the firing of lead singer, Steve “Zetro” Souza and due to complications with replacement singers Exodus have had no choice but to postpone the current dates until they can return to South America in late October with touring singer, Steve Esquivel, of Skinlab.

Top Link Productions did a phenomenal job creating a successful tour for Exodus fulfilling all of their obligations and providing the band with a great run of dates. Therefore Exodus would like to extend their deepest apologies to Top Link Productions, local promoters, booking agents and all Exodus fans planning to attend.

Please keep checking Exodus' website www.ExodusAttack.com for the rescheduled dates. Below are the dates that are currently postponed.

09/17 - Buenos Aires / Argentina - Replica Cromañon
09/18 - São Paulo / Brazil - Via Funchal (Bonded By Blood Thrash Fest)
09/19 - Recife / Brazil - Clube Internacional do Recife
09/24 - Ribeirão Preto / Brazil – Apoteose
09/25 - Belo Horizonte / Brazil - Lapa Multishow

The second statement comes from the band itself and is as follows:

The tour has ben postponed until October due to the fact that John Miller is an insane idiot and had one of his mental breakdowns the day before we were to leave. We knew he has a history of this kind of shit but we never knew it would happen this quickly. It usually takes him longer to shoot himself in the foot. It had nothing to do with Zetro not going. All shows were on until John self-destructed. I will be updating everyone soon on the details of the South American tour. But please don't blame the promoters, there were just too many changes to make to try to pull this off and we had no intention of going down there and embarassing ourselves with John Miller, so my apologies to our fans in South America. We will return soon.

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Exodus Guitarist Clears Up Vocalist Rumors

Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has posted this message on the band's official website regarding rumors going around about the replacement for recently departed vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza:

I just wanted to clear up rumours about who is going to be our next singer. The answer to that is I do not know. There is a lot of speculation that we've already selected John Miller for the job and that is not true. While he will have every opportunity to secure the gig , as of right now he is filling in for us in South America, and in doing so is doing us a huge favor by helping us out when we were in a bind.

We will be holding auditions in the near future but in the meantime I am going to continue writing songs for the next record. Some people have questioned my intentions, saying that I am looking to cash in but finding some sort of flavor of the month or something. Come on. Be real. I have no delusions about suddenly selling five hundred thousand records merely by switching vocalist. I live in the real world folks, and I am very content if I can pay my bills and buy the occasional knife or two doing what I love and still take care of me and my own.

But anyway, we will be putting out contact info soon about auditions, so anyone interested stay tuned!

Holt has also sent this message to the band's South American fans, assuring them that Exodus will complete their touring commitments:

Just want to ease any concerns our fans in South America might have about our upcoming shows. All shows are confirmed and are a go! We will be playing our full set, all the classics and the new ones as well. I guarantee we will not disappoint! We are ready, willing and able my friends, and we will crush! I have been looking forward to returning to South America for far too long to let anything stand in the way! It has always felt like a second home to me and I wouldn't miss it for the world! See you all there!

Gary.

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Exhumed Frontman: Singing For Exodus Was An Honor

Exhumed frontman Matt Harvey has commented on his one-off stint as the lead singer for Exodus at their headlining gig in Mexico City last weekend. Writing to Exodus' official message board, Harvey said, "I don't usually post on boards and what-not, but I wanted to make some kind of statement about the weekend I just had.

"To say I was honored to even be considered to fill in for the show in Mexico would be a HUGE understatement. I've been a fan of Exodus since I bought 'Pleasures of the Flesh' in 1987 when I was 11 or 12 years old. The first metal show I ever attended was the 'Headbangers Ball' tour in '89 with Anthrax/Exodus and Hellween. Exodus is one of my favorite bands off all time and even though I've been mostly involved with the death metal and grind scenes for the past 12 years in Exhumed, my love of thrash and of Exodus has never faltered.

"I just want to thank Gary, Rick, Tom, and Jack for giving me the opportunity to front one of the greatest bands of all time on Saturday. I will never forget it as long as I live and I never would have thought that it would happen in my wildest 'heavy metal fantasy' (as Herr doktor Schnuggles would say). I also want to extend a massive thanks to all the Exobangers in Mexico City for making me feel welcome!

"I know that a lot of people were disappointed that Zetro didn't make it (myself included) but I know that the band didn't want to let the promoters and people involved, and most of all the fans, down. I hope that I didn't let you guys down up there — I did the best I could considering that we had only 5 songs' worth of rehearsal that day at soundcheck. I guess all those years of singing along with the albums finally paid off!

"Thanks so much for being an amazing crowd and making me feel at home, because I would be lying if I said that I wasn't really nervous up there! If anyone has any pictures or video, or audio for that matter I would love to see it.

"Thanks again to the Exodudes and their management and crew for making me feel welcome and especially to everyone at the show!"

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Exodus Guitarist Apologizes

Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has apologized for his "personal" attack against the group's former singer, Steve "Zetro" Souza, over the circumstances that led to Zetro's departure from the group. Writing to the band's official message board, Holt said, "I would just like to take a moment to apologize to all on this board for, as one already said, taking the low road here. While I stand by everything I said as the gospel truth I would also like to apologize for my personal attacks on Steve Souza. We have many of the same personal close friends and it's not fair of me to have maybe dragged them into the middle of this and as I am very fond of his family I regret possibly putting them in the middle of this as well. I am still VERY angry over this whole mess but I could have handled it in a more profesional manner.

"I do not think Steve will be easy to replace but it has to be done. A band cannot continue when you have a cancer in its midst. " More...

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Exodus Recruits Singer For South American Tour

Exodus will likely be utilizing the services of singer John Miller for their South American tour, which scheduled to kick off Friday (Sept. 17) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Miller is a local Bay Area singer who had previously played with Exodus guitarist Gary Holt and drummer Tom Hunting in Wardance, the ill-fated mid-'90s act that recorded a four-song demo and played several live shows before calling it a day.

Although Exodus performed a gig in Mexico City over the weekend with Exhumed's Matt Harvey filling in for the now-departed Steve "Zetro" Souza, Harvey is reportedly unable to take time off work to complete the tour, resulting in Miller's late addition to the group's current touring lineup.

A dynamic live performer whose stage presence has previously been compared — perhaps unfairly — to that of Philip Anselmo, Miller should have a relatively easy time picking up the Exodus material, having previously rehearsed several times with the group in early 2003 at the time of Zetro's last departure from the band. Miller was also responsible for penning the lyrics to the Exodus track "Throwing Down" (off their latest album, "Tempo of the Damned") — a reworked version of a song originally written for and demoed by Wardance.

Exodus first studio album since 1992's "Force of Habit", "Tempo of the Damned" (2004) has sold 14,382 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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Exodus Singer Fired

San Francisco Bay Area thrashers Exodus have confirmed the departure of singer Steve "Zetro" Souza from the group's ranks. "Zetro is out of the band for sure!" Asked about the reports that Zetro left the band of his own accord, Exodus manager Steve Warner replied, "He did not quit, he was fired!"

Guitarist Gary Holt has slammed singer Steve "Zetro" Souza over the circumstances that led to his departure from the group, calling the singer "human crap" and vowing to carry on with a replacement vocalist.

In a posting to the band's official forum, Holt writes:

Okay people, the word has leaked, so I'm here to give you a brief rundown. Let me give you an idea of what we've had to deal with as far as that fat motherfuckin' shit brick is concerned. He pulled out of going to Mexico City only about twenty-four hours before were ready to leave, saying, "I'm not getting on the plane, you'll see me on Thursday to go to South America." He lied to our manager, saying that he had talked to me already about this, which was a total lie. He then ducked every fuckin' phone call and just hid out. The promoter had already paid a non-refundable 8 thousand dollars for the room and it would have been a disaster to have cancelled. None of this mattered to that miserable piece of shit. The only thing he cares about is himself and money.
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Watch The Get Thrashed Documentary Trailer Online

The trailer for the forthcoming Get Thrashed documentary has been put online here. The documentary will include interviews by the following artists:

METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, EXODUS, GODSMACK, DISTURBED, SEVENDUST, TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, DEATH ANGEL, SHADOWS FALL, MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, STONE SOUR, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, LAMB OF GOD, VIO-LENCE, KREATOR, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, VOIVOD, CHIMAIRA, BIOHAZARD, FOZZY/WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, SEPULTURA, KITTIE, THE HAUNTED, D.R.I., SOILWORK, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, HEATHEN, Brian Slagel, Jon & Marsha Zazula, authors Ian Christe (Sound of the Beast) and Steven Blush (American Hardcore), NY metal radio DJ Eddie Trunk, Rampage Radio's Ron Quintana and featuring the music of unsigned bands: EXIT TO ETERNITY, OSMIUM, CONCRETE COFFIN, VISCID, NOCTURNAL FEAR, KAOS, RESPONSE NEGATIVE, ULYSSES SIREN

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First Exodus US Tour Dates Leaked

The first dates have been leaked for EXODUS' forthcoming U.S. headlining tour, which is scheduled to kick off in early April. They are as follows:

Apr. 10 - Colorado Springs, CO @ 32 Bleu
Apr. 11 – Lakewood, CO @ Whiskey Bill's
Apr. 14 - Minneapolis, MN @ Quest Club
Apr. 16 - Chicago Heights, IL @ Oasis One Sixty
Apr. 19 - Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa

EXODUS' new album, "Tempo of the Damned", was released in the U.S. last Tuesday through Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Prairie Sun and Tsunami studios in Northern California with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, SKINLAB, ARCH ENEMY) and marks the group's first studio release since 1992's "Force Of Habit".

EXODUS will kick off a European headlining tour in late May. Support at all dates will come from Danish thrashers HATESPHERE and Portugal's RE:AKTOR.

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Exodus To Play 2 Hour Record Release Party

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has posted the following message regarding their upcoming record release party:

"Okay, here's the scoop on the record release party. There is NO opening band. First band on is us, EXODUS. We are going to play for roughly two hours! EVERYTHING off of the new record and lots of the classics as well. Our set will be followed by the MERCYFUL FATE tribute band (We just finally got a hold of Jonathan and he's pumped, he just has to talk to the rest of the boys) HAIL SATAN. We are doing it like this so it will be like a party and everyone will not have already gone home when we get off stage. We want to party with everybody too!"

The show/release party will be on March 11th at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco, CA.

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Exodus' 'War Is My Shepherd' Video Online

Nuclear Blast have thrown up a video of EXODUS' video for the song 'War Is My Shepherd' off their latest CD 'Tempo of th Damned'. You can check it out here.

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