Legendary thrash drummer Tom Hunting (EXIT) released a music video for “Love in the Jungle”his cover of MAURICE DAY AND THE WEATHER a classic from the movie “Purple Rain”. Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (EXECUTE-DMC) actually wrote original texts on his part and And Lorenzo (HADES, DOCUMENTARY) came up with the guitar parts to go with it DMCis vocal.
“Love in the Jungle” is taken from Huntingthe first solo EP of “Hunting Squad”which includes covers of some of his favorite songs.
The group includes a guitarist C. Will Harden and a drummer Gator McClusky.
Jack Gibson (EXIT) lends his bass to “East and Down”joining his bandmate for this classic from Jerry Reed. Jacklove to Smokey and the Bandit helped bring an authentic tone to this heavy remake, the official music video for which can be seen below.
Lorenzo plays bass on Stevie Wonder classic “You have done nothing”plus the guitar parts in the back DMC On “Love in the Jungle”adding to this crushing original part of the track.
Johnny Rod (RETURN TO DARKNESS) takes the killer solo for “East and Down”, staying true to the classics. He also kills it on bass “Love in the Jungle” and “The Boys Are Back In Town” from THE BUSBOYSfrom the movie “48 hours.”.
James Arthur (STEERING WHEEL CABINET) closes the album with his vocal tribute via “East and Down”.
Tom works closely with the drummer Gator McCluskywho also produced and engineered the album to make sure everything represented these classics at their best.
The music video for “The Boys Are Back In Town”featuring Chuck Billy (COVENANT) and Steve “Zetro” Souza (EXIT) on backing vocals, can also be seen below. The clip was created by Craig Cefola.
“Hunting Squad” EP Track List:
01. you haven’t done anything
02. The boys return to town
03. Love in the jungle
04. East and down
Hunting underwent a successful total gastrectomy in July 2021 in his battle with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the stomach.
A GoFundMe relief campaign Hunting with medical expenses has previously raised more than $111,000 — including $5,000 from Tomis a former EXIT teammate, present METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammettand $1,500 from FOZI singer and wrestling superstar Chris Jericho.
The 58-year-old rejoined him EXIT bandmates on stage in October 2021 c Aftershock festival in Sacramento, California.
In January 2022 Hunting was asked by Niklas Müller-Hansen on RockSweden whether his battle with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the stomach changed his outlook on life. He replied, “Well, I definitely don’t sweat the small stuff anymore. I think it gives you a new perspective as far as it goes. The things that used to stress me out, I’m just, like, Meh. These are things that will happen to some of us. I’m lucky – very lucky – that they were able to take a bad situation and make it right. I walk, I eat, I breathe, I play the drums. I am the lucky one and science is amazing as what they can do. They’ve done a lot of tests and they can’t find cancer in me right now, so that’s a good thing. I may have dodged a few bullets there. [Laughs]”
Hunting said there was a short period after the surgery when he was unable to play the drums. “They didn’t let me do anything for about five weeks,” he said. “Then I started doing push-ups. Before the surgery, I was getting chemotherapy doses, like four of them, and they were pretty big. I was playing the drums a little bit, but I wasn’t feeling so good. I thought I was going to be in the agony of getting four more final doses of chemotherapy, but they don’t. It is not necessary. I am currently receiving immunotherapy which has virtually no side effects. I get small doses of it once every three weeks, but I basically have no restrictions on playing or anything. They said, “Just resume your life. Celebrate and resume your life.” And that’s kind of what I’m doing.”