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

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Exodus Drummer Replaced For Health Reasons

Californian thrashers Exodus recently announced that health reasons forced drummer Tom Hunting to step down from the recording of the upcoming album, scheduled for a September release. He will be replaced by Paul Bostaph, who is no stranger to thrash fans: he played with Forbidden, Testament, and Slayer.

As guitarist Gary Holt posted, "Tom has fallen very ill, he's been hospitalized several times over the course of the last two months." Holt also stressed that this development "is in no way associated to drugs: Tom had conquered his addiction well over a year ago. By no means was Tom fired or nor did Tom quit Exodus, but his health must come before any obligations to the band."

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Exodus Announce New Singer

San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have announced the addition of singer Rob Dukes (pictured here with EXODUS guitarist Rick Hunolt) to the group's ranks. "[Rob] has been absolutely crushing in practice and only gets stronger every day," guitarist Gary Holt writes in the group's official forum.

"I know some of you will want details, i.e. what bands has he been in, etc., but I'll have to get back to you on that one," Holt added. "I've heard some of his old demo stuff, but he is a virtual unknown. But he is going to blow people's minds. He does incredible justice to both Paul [Baloff] and Zetro's [Souza] material, but when you hear the new shit you won't believe your ears. Totally crushing!

"To all who sent in their demos and such, I'd like to thank each and every one of you for taking the time. But now our search is over.

"Rob just happened to end up my guitar tech for the MEGADETH tour after things didn't work out with my first tech.

"Rob was referred to me by a friend at the Hollywood show and the rest is history. Divine intervention, if you will!

"We will be recording some demos of a few new songs next week and if everything stays on track we will be in the studio recording the next album in April."

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Exodus Launch Search For Vocalist

Veteran Bay Area thrashers Exodus are now actively searching for the right person to replace the recently departed Steve 'Zetro' Souza. If you think you might fit the bill, then send a CD and photo, plus a DVD or video of a live performance to: Exod1 Fairmount Avenue, Suite # 427, El Cerrito, California 94530, USA.

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Exodus Guitarist Checks In From The Road

Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has posted this tour update on the band's official website:

"Hey all, sorry about my absence here but finding internet cafes in the U.S. is so fucking difficult. I just want to let everyone know how awesome this tour has been. Dave and his band have been so generous to us, it's fucking amazing! The level of brotherhood on this tour would have to seen to be believed. The shows are all sold out through the rest of the tour and the crowds have ruled. Cold as fuck up here in Canada though.

Thanks to everyone I have had the opportunity to meet out on the road, you have all been great. To my friends at home, I'll see you all soon!"

Exodus' next show is tomorrow night at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, B.C.

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Nick Unprepared For Megadeth Shows, Earshot Leave

Megadeth's tour manager has posted the following message on the band's official website:

To All Droogies everywhere, I was there, and I was involved in the decision making process with Nick and Dave of replacing Megadeth's drummer.

Nick knew that there was not a lot of time to get prepared for the tour, but he still tried to pull it off. Sadly, he was not prepared for the physical demands of a Megadeth show, and as all Droogies know, Megadeth is not some wimpy top 40 band that walks on a stage and gives a half-assed show.

This is why Nick knew Megadeth had to make this decision. Nick was actually involved in the discussion of bringing Shawn Drover into the camp.

Dave worked very hard with Nick to make this all happen, but it just was not coming together and time was running out to get this tour off the ground, so the change was made for the band and for you the fans. Dave did the right thing.

So to all Droogies throughout the world, MEGADETH IS BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER!

In other news, Earshot has decided to drop off the Megadeth tour.

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Metal Babies Gets Thrash Acts

Exodus, Testament and Death Angel have all signed deals with Metal Babies, a clothing company that specialises in baby clothing. Each now has one item available: Exodus - 'Bonded By Bib', Testament - 'Into The Crib' and Death Angel - 'The Art Of Crying'.

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Live Megadeth & Exodus Pics Online

OnTrackMagazine.com has posted several photos of Megadeth and Exodus performing live in Anaheim, CA on October 25. Also included is a review of the show. Check it out at this location. An excerpt from the review follows: "As for [Megadeth's] current line-up they came across without a hitch. Bassist James MacDonough I'm familiar with from the kings of the metal underground Iced Earth, but I've never heard anything about the rest of the band which also features Glen Drover (King Diamond/Eidolon) on guitar and his brother Shawn Drover (Eidolon) on drums. The truth be told (no pun intended) this is quite possibly the best line-up Megadeth have had in years. There seems to be a revitalization among the players and passion for the music that has been absent for some time. Mustaine at one point expressed his joy of being back in the game and told us all that he’d missed us and it was great to be back. In regard to his ability to still play the songs to their full potential due to his injury, no one is the wiser as he played absolutely without flaw during the entire show."

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Chuck Billy Comments On Exodus Gig

Chuck Billy posted this message on Exodus' forum:

"Just letting you know that I did do the Exodus show last night and it was great and the sold out crowd seemed to enjoy it. I did the first 6 songs the best I could with 24-hour's notice. Apparently, after the first 6 songs, Steev was feeling the crowd's energy and came out and we did the last 2 songs together. Steev, the band, and I were all on stage together and we all said how we couldn't believe that this was happening. It has been many years since I have performed on stage at the Warfield, and I want to thank the fans for all the support and amazing energy that they were giving back to the band. I want to thank the Exodus guys for giving me a call and feeling confident that I could accomplish this task with such short notice."

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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!


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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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