It’s hard to believe that it’s been ten years since Exodus singer Paul Baloff’s passing. To mark the anniversary of his death, as well as to celebrate his legacy, Exodus held and headlined the Bonded By Baloff: A Decade Of Remembrance at the Oakland Metro Operahouse last Saturday night (February 4). While the event also included sets from Possessed, Forbidden, Heathen and many others, the night was also filled with surprise guests from Exodus’ past members.
The biggest guest appearance, though, came from Metallica’s Kirk Hammett. As you may know, Hammett was a member of Exodus’ original lineup before replacing Dave Mustaine in 1983. In fact, Hammett was supposedly not only the person who came up with the band’s name, but also the first from the band to meet Baloff and brought him into the group. Thus, it’s only fitting that the Metallica guitarist joined Exodus onstage to pay tribute to the fallen singer.
Hammett, along with former guitarist Rick Hunolt and bassist Jeff Andrews, joined Exodus onstage to perform early demo tunes “Whipping Queen” and “Impaler” during the show. You can watch fan filmed footage of them performing “Whipping Queen” together above, while more clips can be seen after the jump.