Watch: EXODUS Joined On Stage By MACHINE HEAD's ROBB FLYNN, Former Guitarist RICK HUNOLT At Oakland Concert
March 7, 2022
San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS were joined by Robb Flynn (MACHINE HEAD) and their former guitarist Rick Hunolt on stage during their March 6 concert at 3rd And Castro in West Oakland, California. Fan-filmed video of the performance can be seen below.
Flynn commented: "What a night.
"Beyond honored to be asked to sing one of my favorite songs of all time 'A Lesson In Violence' with one of my favorite bands of all time. Absolutely EPIC EXODUS show [Sunday night] in the streets of Oakland as part of the Oakland Metro's street fair. Pure mayhem!
"Seeing Tom Hunting alive, cancer free, and kicking ass is one of the greatest things on earth. Watching original H-Team guitarist Rick Hunolt slay up there right alongside the mighty Lee Altus, paying tribute to Paul Baloff was amazing. Long-time scene-veteran Brian Lew has produced some Paul Baloff action figures which frankly, are simply awesome, Zetro up onstage hoisting it in the air for all to see was a fantastic sight.
"This was some dream come true shit for me. EXODUS was and always will be a more-than-words-can-express inspiration to the music I write. It was a leave-it-all-on-the-stage moment for sure
"So many friends to hang out and sing-a-long with including Sean from VIO-LENCE, Sven ex-MERCENARY, Lars from RANCID, ALL of DEATH ANGEL, Wayne from HATEBREED, Chris Kontos (sick stage dive!),and so many other friends, plus took [my son] Wyatt to his first EXODUS show to see the thrash carnage firsthand.
"Gary Holt you da man!"
EXODUS's setlist was as follows, according to Setlist.fm:
01. The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves) 02. Piranha 03. Brain Dead 04. Body Harvest 05. Clickbait 06. Deathamphetamine 07. Blacklist 08. No Love 09. Children Of A Worthless God 10. A Lesson In Violence 11. The Years Of Death And Dying 12. Only Death Decides
13. Bonded By Blood 14. The Toxic Waltz 15. Strike Of The Beast
Back in 2009, Flynn discussed his love for early EXODUS in an interview with Rock Hard magazine. He said: "I lived and died by [EXODUS's debut album, 'Bonded By Blood']. Those songs and the fact that [late EXODUS singer Paul] Baloff was a freakin' madman. I mean, we'd go see them and it was so insane; those shows were so violent. We were still kind of like gangly kids going to Ruthie's and there's all these big dudes there just beating the shit out of each other, running or climbing across people's heads. I remember one of the first times I went to Ruthie's, there was a dude running around in the pit and he had a cow's leg bone and he was just bashing people with it in the pit and I was, like, 'What the fuck?!' [Laughs] There were guys setting up chairs about fifteen feet away from the stage, then running from the rear of the club and using the chairs to launch themselves on stage, taking out the guitar player... and that was them showing affection. [Laughs]"
Hunolt — the other half of the famed EXODUS "H-Team" who is on every studio recording from 1985 through 2004 and co-wrote some of the band's best-known songs such as "A Lesson In Violence" and "Deliver Us To Evil" — left EXODUS after the band's highly acclaimed 2004 reunion album, "Tempo Of The Damned". Following his departure, Hunolt was replaced by HEATHEN guitarist Lee Altus.
Rick discussed his exit from EXODUS during a November 2021 appearance on "Put Up Your Dukes", the new podcast hosted by ex-EXODUS singer Rob Dukes. He said: "During the recording of 'Tempo', Gary [Holt, EXODUS guitarist] had just gotten clean a little while prior to that, and I was still using. But I've gotta say, Gary Holt — my hat's off to the man for… He never sweated me. Not once did Gary say, 'Dude, you're a piece of shit. I'm gonna fire you from the band if you don't get your shit together.' He never said nothing. He let it take its course, you know what I mean?
"I was a mess," Rick continued. "We all were, but everybody got better, and I didn't. I fell down the rabbit hole even worse, I think, because I was just so depressed. I couldn't stop. I don't know what was up… To the point where I was gonna lose my position in the band I'd been in for over 20 years — my best friends, my life. Yeah, it was dark as fuck.
"One day, after spending my life, giving everything that I had and the whole world to EXODUS, one day I woke up and I wasn't in EXODUS anymore," Hunolt added. "And that morning was, like… Dude, I can't even describe the emotions that I [was feeling]. I woke up and I wasn't in EXODUS anymore, dude. It damn near took me out, bro."
Rick revealed that he went through a particularly difficult period after splitting with EXODUS. "I had to reinvent myself at 40-plus years old, [with] two little kids," he said. "I ended up moving out of Oakland. I had to get the fuck out of there, 'cause we were living at the studio; it was bad. And then we moved in with my wife's mom and I got a job at the [discount chain] Dollar Tree and I ended up working there for, like, two or three years. I mean, I can go on and on and on. But long story short, I met a guy who knew who I was and offered me a job on his ranch. And the rest is history. He taught me how to live my life and make money."
Hunolt makes a guest appearance on EXODUS's new studio album, "Persona Non Grata", which was released in November via Nuclear Blast Records.
The San Francisco Bay Area thrashers' latest disc is the follow-up to 2014's "Blood In Blood Out", which was their first release since the departure of Dukes, the group's lead singer of nine years, and the return of Steve "Zetro" Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004.
The original lineup of EXODUS consisted of guitarists Kirk Hammett (now in METALLICA) and Tim Agnello, Hunting and vocalist Keith Stewart. Holt joined the band in 1981, while Kirk left two years before EXODUS's debut album, "Bonded By Blood", saw the light of day.
Rick E Hunolt sure was one sharp dressed man on stage with Exodus this evening!