During an appearance on “Put On Your Dukes”the new podcast hosted by the ex-EXODUS singer Rob Dukesrunning EXODUS leader Steve “Zetro” Souza was asked to name the worst show he had ever performed in his life. He replied (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I remember we were on the “Ball of the Headbangers” to visit [with ANTHRAX and HELLOWEEN in 1989] and we were in New Orleans. And I love Slurpees – not so much because of my transformation lately, but I love Slurpees. And we got to the French Quarter, and hurricanes are like slurpees with booze in them. So I was drinking them, and I didn’t really taste the alcohol and they are high alcohol drinks. And I drank like five. And on those tours, we were on stage at, like, 7:30 or something like that, eight o’clock. It was an arena tour, so it’s listed early. HELLO continued, then we. So we were [scheduled to go on at] 7:30 a.m. And I got on stage, and I had to be the worst because I was so damn it; I couldn’t even remember the words and I was spinning. And it was just awful. Gary [Holt, EXODUS guitarist] wasn’t too happy with me.”
He continued: “I had never been to the French Quarter before, so our manager was there with us, Tony [Isabella], and she’s all, ‘Oh, let’s take a cab and let’s go.’ And I walk. I’m, like, ‘Wait a minute. They have pubs right across the street? I’m all, ‘Fuck me.’ I’m all, ‘What kind of tastes like a Slurpee?’ They’re all, ‘I have a hurricane.’ I’m, like, ‘Okay. Costs.’ I am everything, ‘It Is the taste of a Slurpee.’ I [had] five of them – five of them. And now, if I drank half of it, I would vomit, not to mention five. But I was 26 at the time, and we were partying at the time, so that doesn’t mean my body wasn’t like an athlete, physically ready for it. But it was probably the worst moment on stage. Although I will say – and without being arrogant – I try never to have bad shows, no matter how much I need to prepare for it.”
EXODUS released their new album, “Persona non grata”November 19 via Nuclear Explosion Records. The LP was recorded at a studio in Lake Almanor, California and was engineered by Steve Lagudi and EXODUS. It was produced by EXODUS and was mixed by Andy Snap. For the third time in the history of the group, they return to the Swedish artist By Olofsson to create the album cover.
“Persona non grata” is the sequel to 2014 “Blood in Blood”which was the San Francisco Bay Area thrashers’ first outing since leaving Dukesand the return of Souzawho previously led EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004.
EXODUS WILL and ANGEL OF DEATH played the only 2021 date of “The Bay Strikes Back” on November 27 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California. The concert took place less than two months after the three bands shared the stage at the replica party in Sacramento.
“The Bay Strikes Back” was originally scheduled to debut October 6, 2021 at the Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and make stops in Austin, New York, and Detroit before wrapping in Oakland. The tour has since been postponed to take place in April and May 2022.
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