Guitarist joined former line-up to commemorate ex-bandmate's death
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett joined his former Exodus bandmates on stage on Saturday at a special concert in Oakland, California.
Hammett, alongside former guitarist Rick Hunolt and original bassist Jeff Andrews joined Exodus’ current line-up at the Oakland Metro to mark the 10 years since the band’s former singer Paul Baloff died. The concert, dubbed ‘Bonded By Baloff: A Decade Of Remembrance’, also featured performances from Possessed, Forbidden and Heathen among others.
Hammett joined the band to perform early demos ‘Whipping Queen’ and ‘Impaler’.
Paul Baloff died in early 2002 after suffering a major stroke a week earlier. After the incident, he was taken to hospital where he was later declared brain dead, with doctors turning off his life support on February 2, 2002.
The band’s guitarist Gary Holt said: “With February 2 being the 10-year anniversary of Paul’s passing, the band knew it was high time we do something special to remember the legend of Paul Baloff, so we decided to put together a show the Bay Area will not soon forget.
“We’ve pulled some of the Bay’s finest for this, bands who knew and shared many a stage and drink with Pavel. There are some nice surprises in store as well! It will be 10 years and two days since the thrash world lost one of its greatest frontmen ever, and we will always make sure his memory lives on and is never forgotten. Long live The Destroyer!”
‘Let There Be Blood’, the controversial re-recording of Exodus’ 1985 debut album, ‘Bonded By Blood’, was released in October 2008.
Regarding the band’s decision to re-record ‘Bonded By Blood’, Holt said: “It is our way of paying homage to Paul Baloff by showing how relevant these songs we had written together still are. We aren’t trying to replace the original; that’s impossible anyway.”