EXODUS To Celebrate 40th Anniversary In 2019 With San Francisco Residency
Steve "Zetro" Souza has revealed that EXODUS will mark the band's 40th anniversary next year with several special performances in its hometown. "I think that we're gonna do something in San Francisco next year; we're gonna do a residency there, back at home, for 40 years," he told Hungary's Impact metal channel (see video below). "We're talking about it right now. Maybe three or four nights at a certain place. We played there last year two nights, called The Chapel. Probably bring old members up — that sort of thing — and see what happens. It's in the talks; [it's] definitely in the works right now."
The original lineup of EXODUS consisted of guitarists Kirk Hammett and Tim Agnello, drummer/vocalist Tom Hunting, and vocalist Keith Stewart. Guitarist Gary Holt joined the band in 1981, while Kirk left in 1983 to join METALLICA, two years before EXODUS's debut album, "Bonded By Blood", saw the light of day.
In 2014, Hammett made an appearance on the latest EXODUS album, "Blood In Blood Out", delivering the solo in the song "Salt the Wound".
Souza is now on his third stint with EXODUS, having previously fronted the band from 1986 to 1993 and 2002 to 2004. A decade following his second departure, Souza returned to the fold in 2014, just in time to appear on "Blood In Blood Out".
Rob Dukes, who fronted EXODUS for nine years before Souza's most recent comeback, rejoined EXODUS on stage during the group's July 2017 concert in San Francisco. He sang several songs with the band on the second of EXODUS's two-night stint at The Chapel in what marked the group's first headlining Bay Area club shows since late 2013.
Souza has said in recent interviews that EXODUS will wait for Holt to complete his touring activities with SLAYER before they officially begin work on the follow-up to "Blood In Blood Out".