EXODUS Announces 'Persona Non Grata' European Tour 2022March 4, 2022
San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans EXODUS have announced their "Persona Non Grata" European tour 2022, which will take place in July and August and will feature a slew of club shows as well as appearances at a variety of Europe's most renowned summer festivals. Some of the dates will also feature EXODUS's peers and labelmates TESTAMENT.
EXODUS will be touring in support of its latest album, "Persona Non Grata", which was released last November via Nuclear Blast Records. The LP is the follow-up to 2014's "Blood In Blood Out", which was the San Francisco Bay Area thrashers' first release since the departure of the group's lead singer of nine years, Rob Dukes, and the return of Steve "Zetro" Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004.
"Persona Non Grata" 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 Sneap. For the third time in the band's history, they returned to Swedish artist Pär Olofsson to create the album artwork.
Last July, EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting underwent a successful total gastrectomy in his battle with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the stomach. He rejoined his bandmates on stage in October at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento, California.
EXODUS tapped John Tempesta to play drums for the band at Psycho Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada in August and at Full Terror Assault in Cave In Rock, Illinois in September while Hunting was recovering from surgery. Tempesta was a member of EXODUS from 1989 until 1993 and played on the band's albums "Impact Is Imminent" (1990) and "Force Of Habit" (1992).
A GoFundMe campaign to help Hunting with medical expenses had previously raised more than $114,000 — including $5,000 from Tom's former EXODUS bandmate, current METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett, and $1,500 from FOZZY singer and wrestling superstar Chris Jericho.
EXODUS 2022 European tour dates
Jul. 09 - Germany - Ballenstedt - Rockharz Open Air 2022
Jul. 10 - Czech Republic - Vizovice - Masters of Rock
Jul. 11 - Poland - Krakow - Studio
Jul. 12 - Slovakia - Bratislava - Refinery Gallery
Jul. 13 - Germany - Berlin - Hole 44
Jul. 14 - Sweden - Gavle - Gefle Metal Festival
Jul. 16 - Austria - Leoben - AREA 53 Open Air 2022
Jul. 17 - Italy - Cremona - Luppolo Rock
Jul. 19 - Italy - Roma - Rock in Roma
Jul. 20 - Switzerland - Zurich - Dynamo
Jul. 21 - Germany - Fritzlar - Rock am Stück
Jul. 22 - Germany - Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
Jul. 23 - Germany - Hamburg - Knust
Jul. 24 - Germany - Essen - Turock
Jul. 25 - Germany - Aachen - Musikbunker
Jul. 26 - Germany - Karlsruhe - Jubez
Jul. 29 - Portugal - Vagos - Vagos Metal Fest
Jul. 30 - Spain - Burgos - Anden 56
Jul. 31 - Spain - Pamplona - Totem
Aug. 02 - Spain - València - Rock City (Valencia)
Aug 03 - Spain - Malaga - Paris 15
Aug 04 - Spain - Villena - Leyendas del Rock
Aug 05 - Spain - Madrid - Riviera
Aug 06 - Spain - Barcelona - Razzmatazz
Aug 07 - France - Saint Maurice de Gourdans - Sylak Open Air
Aug 09 - France - Bordeaux - Rocher de Palmer
Aug 12 - United Kingdom - Walton-on-Trent - Bloodstock Open Air
Aug 13 - Belgium - Courtrai - Alcatraz Festival
Aug 14 - Germany - Saarbrücken - Garage
Aug 16 - Austria - Innsbruck - Music Hall
Aug 17 - Germany - Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze Open Air
Aug 18 - Germany - Cham - LA
Aug 19 - Germany - Sulingen - Reload Festival
Aug 20 - Netherlands - Eindhoven - Dynamo Metalfest
Aug 21 - France - Saint Nolff - Motocultor
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