Exodus Drummer Tom Hunting Says “It’s Presumptuous To Say” He Is “Cancer Free At This Point”

As previously reported, Exodus guitarist Gary Holt recently said that his bandmate, drummer Tom Hunting, is officially cancer free after undergoing a full gastrectomy. However, Hunting has since clarified Holt’s comments, saying that “it’s presumptuous to say cancer free at this point.”

Hunting said the following:

“Hello Y’all

I just wanted to thank everyone for taking part in the Blind Illusion show. I’m blown away by all the love and support from everyone in this community! It really propels me in this fight!

So I had a full gastrectomy on July 12th. I’ve been healing up good, relearning my relationship with food, smaller portions more spaced out, lotsa proteins, etc… The science of all this continues to blow my mind on a daily basis. Like how can someone even be out walking around 2 weeks after the surgery?? HAHA!! Anyway, I’m super thankful!! I’ve learned that so many people don’t even get a surgical option. The doctors had a good plan, they went in, and they’ve told me they got it all!! Fuck Yesss, sounds good to me!!

But it’s presumptious to say CANCER FREE at this point. I really hope to make that statement myself soon down the road. But let’s not jinx it! I’m still in the middle of this fight. The hardest part is over with still 4 outro chemo treatments pending. After that, I’ll have another scan that’ll hopefully show that Cancers Ass has been evicted from my body and kicked down the road!!

I can’t wait to see you all soon and play some of the new Exodus music live!!! Much Love!!!!

Tom Hunting”

Holt added:

“I MAY have in my excitement jumped the gun on the cancer free YET, but let’s get to that point where it’s kicked to the curb! Some good news in the midst of three straight days of shit news”

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Joey Jordison (Ex-Slipknot)

As previously reported, Joey Jordison (ex-Slipknot) has sadly passed away at the age of 46. A number of musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary drummer. You can see some of their posts below:

Slipknot:

Metallica:

Wednesday 13 (Murderdolls):

Kyle Konkiel (Vimic, Bad Wolves)

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Papa Roach:

Matt Heafy (Trivium):

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides):

Michael Amott (Arch Enemy):

Mark Hunter (Chimaira):

The Agonist:

Sinsaenum:

Rob Zombie:

John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.):

Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

Serj Tankian (System Of A Down):

Daron Malakian (System Of A Down):

Gary Holt (Exodus):

Mushroomhead:

Pantera:

Brian Fair (Shadows Fall):

Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction):

Otep:

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer):

Ben Thatcher (Royal Blood):

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater):

Richard Shaw (Cradle Of Filth):

Al Jourgensen (Ministry):

Watch The Boneless Ones Perform Exodus’ “A Lesson In Violence” With Gary Holt, Rick Hunolt, Etc.

The Boneless Ones, who currently feature Craig Locicero (ex-Forbidden) and Chris Kontos (ex-Machine Head) amongst their lineup, were joined onstage by Gary Holt (Exodus), Katon W. De Pena (Hirax), and Rick Hunolt (ex-Exodus) during their July 17 set at Holy Diver in Sacramento, CA. You can see footage of the group performing Exodus’ “A Lesson In Violence” below. The aforementioned concert served as benefit for Tom Hunting (Exodus), who recently underwent a total gastrectomy amid his battle with cancer.

[via Blabbermouth]

Exodus Drummer Tom Hunting Undergoes Successful Gastrectomy

Earlier today (July 12), Exodus’ Tom Hunting underwent a full gastrectomy amid his battle with cancer. His bandmate Gary Holt shared the following update on Instagram:

“GREAT NEWS!!So Tom came out of surgery about 45 minutes ago, he’s still heavily sedated but everything went according to plan. Gastrectomy complete, heavily sedated but all cancer and mesothelioma nodules removed . He’s a warrior. I’ll give updates later as I get them, been a stress filled day, thank you to everyone for all the positive vibes . Much metal love🤘🏻❤️”

He also shared a video message from Hunting that was recorded before the operation:

[via The PRP]

Generation Kill Premiere Video For New Song “Never Relent” Featuring Exodus’ Gary Holt

Generation Kill, the band featuring ex-Exodus vocalist Rob Dukes, have premiered a new video for their new song “Never Relent.” This track features Exodus guitarist Gary Holt and it will appear on the band’s new album “MK-Ultra.”

Dukes commented:

“I’m really proud of ‘Never Relent‘. I was inspired to write the lyrics after reading about certain tyrannical leaders in history like Vlad the Impaler and Genghis Khan. It turned out to be one of the most brutal tracks on the album, which is why it made sense to have Gary play on it with us.”

Holt added:

“I’m super fired up to have been able to contribute a solo to the new Generation Kill song ‘Never Relent‘! The song is ripping on its own, to be able to contribute a solo to it was super kick ass! Crushing song! Check it out ASAP!”

[via Outburn]

Generation Kill Tease New Song “Never Relent” Featuring Exodus’ Gary Holt

Generation Kill, the band featuring ex-Exodus vocalist Rob Dukes, have shared a teaser for their new song “Never Relent.” The full track, which features Exodus guitarist Gary Holt, will be released on May 28.

GoFundMe Campaign Launched For Exodus Drummer Tom Hunting Following Cancer Diagnosis

As previously reported, Exodus drummer Tom Hunting was recently diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the stomach. Now, guitarist Gary Holt has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help him out with medical bills.

Holt commented:

“I’ve started a gofund me page for Tom Hunting, who as you may well know, is currently in the beginning phase of his battle against cancer , and you can imagine how the bills are going to stack up, co pays as well as home.

Some people will think “oh rock dudes with albums, must be rich” and shit, but Tom, like many others , worked during this pandemic and global shut down of the music industry. Some shill merch and memorabilia ( yours truly) while Tom, with a life time of experience working with his hands, is a builder. He does construction work on the side.

He can’t now and so let’s help keep him above water during this fight! I dropped a grand to get started( well, someone named Chris was first! Thanks Chris for giving before it was even posted! You rule!👊🏻) If you can help out, as well as share the link, that would be greatly appreciated! Much love from Tom and the Exodus camp🤘🏻”

Beloved Ghouls (Sepultura, Ex-Slayer, Etc.) Premiere New Song “Terrorized”

Beloved Ghouls, the project featuring Derrick Green (Sepultura), Dave Lombardo (Suicidal Tendencies, ex-Slayer, etc.), and Gary Holt (Exodus, ex-Slayer), have premiered a new song titled “Terrorized.” The track, which was produced by Ross Robinson, features Touché Amore‘s Jeremy Bolm and proceeds from it will go towards Save Our Stages to benefit independent venues that are suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Holt said the following:

“So everyone, check this out! Eight full years ago, myself, Dave Lombardo and Derrick Green got together with Ross Robinson and made some music. It sat in the can this entire time, and was never used for its original purpose, but here it is!!

Beloved Ghouls are proud to release this song, ‘Terrorized‘ crushing spooky and the only time the four of us have released ANYTHING together!! And ALL proceeds go to save our stages! Check this shit out!! It’s bad ass, and for a great cause!!!!”

Robinson also commented:

“Beloved Ghouls are all lifers who live to give back to the music that gave us all so much. Hopefully this track resonates for you like it did for each of us while making it. Just laughing and being fully stoked while swimming in our thrash metal roots… we are all excited to donate to Save Our Stages, it’s such an important cause. We must work to keep our music venues alive.”

Green added:

“It brought me an over whelming amount of joy to collaborate with friends and colleagues who I have great admiration for to create such a kick ass song. Truly a remarkable experience that I’m thankful to be a part of.”

[via Loudwire]

Former Exodus Guitarist Rick Hunolt To Guest On The Band’s New Album

Former Exodus guitarist Rick Hunolt has contributed a guest solo to the band’s new album. Guitarist Gary Holt said the following about that:

“Rick Hunolt laying down a SICK guest solo on this record! And by the way, MY TRACKS ARE DONE!!!!!”

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Eddie Van Halen

As previously reported, Van Halen’s Eddie Van Halen has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary guitarist and some of the various posts can be found below:

David Lee Roth (Van Halen):

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What a Long Great Trip It’s Been..

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Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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No words…Heartbroken, my love to the family💔

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Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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Heartbroken and speechless. My love to the family.

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Metallica:

AC/DC:

Gene Simmons (KISS):

Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler:

Pantera:

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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RIP #EddieVanHalen

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Brian May (Queen):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.):

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

Nickelback:

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Vernon Reid (Living Colour):

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee:

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Gary Holt (Exodus, etc.):

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I am CRUSHED. Loss of words. RIP. One of my hero’s. FUCK 2020

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Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head, etc.):

Bret Michaels (Poison):

Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers):