Exodus Drummer Successfully Undergoes Full Gastrectomy


As previously reported, yesterday, July 12, Exodus drummer Tom Hunting underwent a full gastrectomy — the complete surgical removal of his entire stomach — as part of ongoing treatment for squamous cell carcinoma, a form of cancer with which he was diagnosed this past spring.

Fans will be relieved to know that, according to a social media post by Exodus guitarist Gary Holt, the surgery was a success:


“So Tom came out of surgery about 45 minutes ago, he’s still heavily sedated but everything went according to plan. Gastrectomy complete, heavily sedated but all cancer and mesothelioma nodules removed. He’s a warrior.

“I’ll give updates later as I get them, been a stress filled day, thank you to everyone for all the positive vibes . Much metal love????????❤️”

In April, Exodus announced that they would delaying the release of their new album, Persona Non Grata, from June until November in order to allow for Hunting’s treatment. They’re currently set to begin a tour with Testament and Death Angel in October, which should provide ample time for Hunting to recover from the gastrectomy.

To help Hunting pay for his medical fees, Exodus are currently auctioning off a variety of gear and memorabilia, including:

  • A five disc set containing copies of the albums Bonded by BloodPleasures of the FleshFabulous DisasterGood Friendly Violent Fun, and Another Lesson in Violence, signed by Exodus.
  • A one-of-a-kind original artwork design made with Tom in mind by renowned artist Axel Hermann.
  • Gary Holt signed and numbered figurine with Certificate of Authenticity.
  • Gary Holt signature EMG pickups.
  • An ESP guitar signed by Death Angel.
  • A brand new Jackson Warlock guitar, featuring custom A Lesson in Violence graphics, signed by Exodus, Testament’s Chuck Billy, and Death Angel members Mark Osegueda and Will Carroll.
  • Cymbals and drum heads signed by Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater), Gene Hoglan (Testament), Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall, Overkill), John Tempesta (ex-Exodus, ex-Tesament, The Cult, etc.), and Stone Sour.

You can bid here.

Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel Tour Dates

09/09/2021   Blue Ridge Rock Festival – Danville, VA ** [tickets]
10/06/2021  Fremont Theater – San Luis Obispo, CA [tickets]
10/07/2021  Aftershock Festival – Sacramento, CA ^^ [tickets]
10/08/2021  House Of Blues – San Diego, CA * [tickets]
10/10/2021  House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA * [tickets]
10/11/2021  Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ [tickets]
10/12/2021  Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM * [tickets]
10/14/2021  Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK * [tickets]
10/15/2021  Gas Monkey Bar & Grill  – Dallas, TX [tickets]
10/16/2021  Emo’s – Austin, TX * [tickets]
10/17/2021  White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX  [tickets]
10/18/2021  House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA [tickets]
10/20/2021  Masquerade – Atlanta, GA * [tickets]
10/21/2021  The Ritz – Raleigh, NC  [tickets]
10/22/2021  TLA – Philadelphia, PA * [tickets]
10/23/2021  Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ * [tickets]
10/24/2021  Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD [tickets
10/26/2021  The Paramount – Huntington, NY * [tickets]
10/27/2021  House Of Blues – Boston, MA * [tickets]
10/28/2021  Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY [tickets]
10/29/2021  Madison Theater – Cincinnati, OH [tickets]
10/30/2021  The Agora – Cleveland, OH [tickets]
11/01/2021  Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA [tickets]
11/02/2021  Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH [tickets]
11/04/2021  The Majestic – Detroit, MI [tickets]
11/05/2021  The Forge – Joliet, IL * [tickets]
11/07/2021  Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN [tickets]
11/09/2021  Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO * [tickets]
11/10/2021  The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT * [tickets]
11/11/2021  House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV ^ [tickets]
11/27/2021  The Fox – Oakland, CA [tickets]

^^ Festival 
^ No Exodus 
* Rescheduled Testament Dates
~ No Exodus or Death Angel

*Note* Tickets for the rescheduled Testament shows will be honored.

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