Michigan is filled with incredible musicians, and it always makes me happy when someone with Michigan ties gets tapped to do something on the big stage. I mean, a state that has everyone from Eminem to Alice Cooper to Kid Rock sure knows its music.

Heavy metal band Exodus recently revealed that their current guitar player, Lee Altus, won’t be able to join them on their upcoming tour of Europe. He will, however, be present for the band’s fall tour with Testament. So, what’s a band to do? Find a replacement that fits the character of the group, of course.

Brandon Ellis of Michigan’s The Black Dahlia Murder has been selected to fill in for Altus on the upcoming run. The band shared a statement about the swap on social media, stating, “Exodus regretfully announce that Lee Altus will not be joining us on our upcoming European tour. Family concerns dictate he remain close to home and being so far away from home is not possible. Exodus stand strong with Lee and will destroy in his behalf, and he will rejoin us for the upcoming tours such as the fall leg of The Bay Strikes Back.”

They added, “We stand behind our brother in everything and he will be back! Joining us on this trek is none other than Brandon Ellis of The Black Dahlia Murder, so let’s welcome him like one of the Exodus family! Brandon is one of the sickest guitarists alive and he is going to kill it for certain! See you soon in Europe and the UK! Brandon adds, “I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to get on stage with the legendary dudes of Exodus and crush some open air fests and clubs this July and August. I wish Lee the best and will cover his stage right post with honor and respect!” Best of luck to Ellis!

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson!