EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has posted the following statement on the group's message board regarding the rumors about a possible replacement for the band's recently departed singer Steve "Zetro" Souza:
"I just wanted to clear up rumors about who is going to be our next singer. The answer to that is I do not know. There is a lot of speculation that we've already selected John Miller [ex-WARDANCE] for the job and that is not true. While he will have every opportunity to secure the gig , as of right now he is filling in for us in South America, and in doing so is doing us a huge favor by helping us out when we were in a bind. We will be holding auditions in the near future, but in the meantime, I am going to continue writing songs for the next record.
"Some people have questioned my intentions, saying that I am looking to cash in but finding some sort of flavor of the month or something. Come on. Be real. I have no delusions about suddenly selling five hundred thousand records merely by switching vocalists. I live in the real world folks, and I am very content if I can pay my bills and buy the occasional knife or two doing what I love and still take care of me and my own. But anyway, we will be putting out contact info soon about auditions, so anyone interested stay tuned!"
In other news, Holt has issued a message to the band's South American fans assuring them that EXODUS will complete their touring commitments there despite the group's current singer-less status.
"Just want to ease any concerns our fans in South America might have about our upcoming shows," Holt wrote. "All shows are confirmed and are a go! We will be playing our full set, all the classics and the new ones as well. I guarantee we will not dissapoint! We are ready, willing and able my friends, and we will crush! I have been looking forward to returning to South America for far too long to let anything stand in the way! It has always felt like a second home to me and I wouldn't miss it for the world! See you all there!"