It seems that thrash metal veterans Exodus are getting sucked into the current Slayer drama these days. After the guitarist Gary Holt, who is also replacing Jeff Hanneman in Slayer at the moment, commented on being able to handle a permanent membership in both bands, Exodus suddenly cancelled their Maryland Deathfest performance, naming Holts commitments as the primary reason.
As you might have expected, this got the fans making all sorts of assumptions and conspiracy theories regarding Holt's loyalty to the band he co-founded back in the day. It turned out that the commitments the band mentioned regarded his ill father, whom he had to visit as quickly as possible. So the group decided to post an official announcement and shed some light on the whole situation, making it more than clear that Exodus is definitely not planning to quit thrashing any time soon.
"We have recently observed a whirlwind of speculation, conspiracy theories, and just plain ole dumb-a--ed comments on the internet regarding Exodus' future and that of Gary Holt's commitment to this band. The following is an attempt to shed some light on actual facts, as well as trying to clear the air. The reason we cancelled our appearance at this year's Maryland Death Fest was, in fact, due to Gary's commitment to his sudden and seriously ill father. Actually, just days prior to the start of the Metal Alliance tour, we were making arrangements to have someone fill in for Gary due to his unknown status. As things worked out, his father was able to recover to a somewhat stable condition, yet he is still not "out of the woods" and continues to be a closely monitored," the band stated via official Facebook page.
"This was obviously a private and personal matter that didn't warrant public knowledge, but it seems the press release from MDF and then the interview given by Gary about not quitting Exodus was just a random coincidence and we felt it necessary to inform people of the real story. Exodus is not disbanding! Gary will continue to perform on the current Metal Alliance tour, as well as splitting his time between Exodus & Slayer in the future. The band (with Holt) will be appearing at this year's Hell & Heaven Fest in Guadalajara Mexico as advertised on May 19th. After which, Gary will return home to support and care for his family. Our apologies to the MDF staff, as well as to the Exodus fans, who were eager to see us, and we hope everyone understands that family and loved ones come first."
Holt has been replacing Hanneman in Slayer for over two years since the guitarist contracted the flesh-eating disease called necrotizing fasciitis from a spider bite. In a recent interview with the Metal Titans, Holt has made it clear that he would never leave Exodus for Slayer, but did also admit that he "could handle both."