February 2nd marks the 10 year anniversary of the death of Paul Baloff. Considered the original singer of Exodus by most, Baloff recorded one Exodus’ debut album Bonded By Blood and was also on the live album Another Lesson in Violence. Although Exodus has had a pretty revolving door of members over the years, the hardcore fans worshiped Baloff and their first album. In case you are not in the know, Baloff was fired in 1986 for reasons that we’ll probably never truly know. They say it was personal and musical differences, but sometimes that is just a cover up for the truth that it might have been something much deeper. In 1997 the band (Holt and Hunting) asked him back and he gladly took the seat. Those years were kind of rocky, mainly doing local gigs in the San-Fran bay area, but talks of a new album were being murmured. Unfortunately a great turn of events prevented that from happening. Baloff suffered a stroke at the age of 41. The stroke left him in a short coma until he was taken off of life support by his doctors and he passed on the 2nd day of February. A lot of people thought this was the end of Exodus, but it was obviously not, but I’m not going to go further into an Exodus history lesson because this is about Paul. Anyway, ten years later and the band [Exodus] along with nine other bands, including the legendary Possessed and thrash veterans, Heathen, are taking the stage in a tribute to Paul at the Oakland metro Operahouse. The presser and information where you can buy tickets to this event are after the fold. The king is dead. Long live the king!
For those who were either born too late or living in the wrong part of the world while music which has now become legendary was exploding from the Bay Area’s thrash metal scene in the early-to-mid 1980s, here’s your second chance to re-live history.
With a very special All Ages show marking the 10-year anniversary of former EXODUS singer Paul “Pavel” Baloff’s passing, “Bonded By Baloff: A Decade Of Remembrance” will take place at the Oakland Metro Operahouse on Saturday, February 4th, 2012 and features the evening’s headliners EXODUS plus POSSESSED, FORBIDDEN, HEATHEN, and MAD AT SAM on the Main Stage. Playing the Second Stage are ANGERHEAD, MUDFACE, THE VENTING MACHINE, HELLFIRE, and HYSTERIA.
The evening is well on its way to being a SOLD-OUT event and may very well turn into the second installment of the recent Bazillion Points book Murder in the Front Row (which can be purchased here), so don’t miss out!
Of the event, EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has previously stated:
“[We] knew it was high time we do something special to remember the legend of Paul Baloff, so we decided to put together a show the Bay Area will not soon forget. There are some nice surprises in store as well! It will be ten years and two days since the thrash world lost one of its greatest frontmen ever, and we will always make sure his memory lives on and is never forgotten. Long live The Destroyer!”
Advanced tickets for “Bonded By Baloff: A Decade Of Remembrance” can be purchased at this location.