Tuesday, February 5, 2002 @ 9:11 AM
Exodus Promise To Play Some We
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Like true metal soldiers Exodus will carry a-rockin’ after the untimely death of original frontman Paul Baloff. According to our pals at Blabbermouth.net, former Exodus vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza will rejoin the group for two headlining performances at the Shack in Anaheim, California on February 8th and 9th and at the Hellfest in Whittier, California on March 23rd. Souza fronted the band after Baloff left following the release of 1985’s debut Bonded By Blood and was actually in the band much longer than Baloff, though Baloff remained a fan favorite.
Unfortunately, it is doubtful that the band will be able to fulfill any of their other North American touring commitments, but it is still possible that they may be able to tour South America in April for a special mini-tour that will likely mark the quintet's last-ever performances as a band.
There has been no official cancellation of the band upcoming performance at Metal Meltdown IV in Asbury Park, NJ on April 5th - 6th, though it seems unlikely the group will perform. But stay tunes for details… We will have more information on this as soon as it becomes available.
In related news, rockers have been commenting of the passing of the influential metal warrior. Most notably, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian posted a statement on their official website: “We received some bad news before the [Tampa show at Jannus Landing]. Our friend Paul Baloff from Exodus died. We've known Paul since 1984 when we played The Kabuki in [San Francisco] and [Exodus] opened the show. We should've opened for them that night. We had a ball, they trashed our dressing room. Huge food fight. The last time I saw Paul was at the Thrash Of The Titans benefit in SF [for Testament vocalist Chuck Billy] back in August. What a f.cking bummer. We had a 'moment of noise' for Paul during our show as the usual moment of silence just didn't seem right. I hope Paul is in a place where thrash rules and he's the king.”
In addition, Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor told MTV News, "I just can't believe he's dead. What's this world coming to?"