Testament, Exodus, & Death Angel Postpone U.S. Tour To Spring 2022

Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel have postponed their upcoming U.S. tour until 2022. Despite this, the three bands will still be performing at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA on November 27 and at the 2021 Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, CA.

2022 Tour Dates:

04/09 San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theater
04/10 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
04/12 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
04/13 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
04/15 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
04/16 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
04/19 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
04/20 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
04/21 Austin, TX – Emo’s
04/22 Dallas, TX -Amplified Live
04/23 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
04/26 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
04/27 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
04/30 Sayreville, NJ -Starland Ballroom
05/01 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
05/02 Boston, MA – House of Blues
05/03 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts
05/05 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
05/06 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
05/07 Cincinnati, OH – Madison Theater
05/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
05/10 Cleveland, OH – The Agora
05/11 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
05/12 Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theatre
05/14 Joliet, IL – The Forge
05/15 Joliet, IL – The Forge
05/17 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
05/19 Denver, CO – Summit
05/20 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot

Several members of the bands commented:

Testament guitarist Eric Peterson:

“We were really on the fence with this decision. But seeing other bands make it through with a few mild cases and other bigger bands just cancelling their entire tours, we felt it is in our best interest to postpone these shows to ’22.”

Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick:

“It gives none of us any pleasure to be the bearers of bad news yet again, but here we are. Although Bay Strikes Back is a top tour package for theaters, the reality is this: It can’t afford to take the risks that top grossing larger venue tours have been taking. The type of disruptions Kiss and other large outdoor venue tours have experienced could cause our shows to be permanently cancelled – a lose/lose for everyone.

The fact that a lower budget tour such as ours is limited to indoor venues with tight backstage space only adds to the risk. It should go without saying that calling off these dates was a ‘last resort’ decision, and everyone involved would much rather this weren’t the case. However, this is the new reality we’re all in. All we can do is hope for everyone’s understanding, which we ask for sincerely.”

Exodus guitarist Gary Holt:

“We are saddened to announce that the Bay Strikes Back tour is being postponed, but the risk of cancelled shows due to positive tests leading to tour personnel being quarantined and isolated is just too great at this time. We want to feel safe, enjoy the tour and be able to hang out with our close friends. The silver lining in this is that Tom Hunting no longer needs chemo and will have more time to work his way back to doing a full tour. He will make his return behind the drums at Aftershock but a full tour requires more preparation, so that is the good part.”

Death Angel vocalist Mark Osegueda:

“Usually when I’m asked to contribute a quote to an announcement it pertains to something I’m extremely excited about. In this case I’m gutted… It pains me to announce that The Bay Strikes Back U.S. Tour is being postpone. No one was looking forward to this more than me. But, on the brighter side of things, the tour is in fact going to happen – just at a later time. And I can assure you that the already ravenous to play live members of Death Angel promise to provide a crushing set during a crushing tour. The Bay WILL Strike Back!”

Testament Frontman Chuck Billy’s Voice Featured In New Episode Of Marvel’s “What If…?”

Testament’s Chuck Billy was featured in a new episode of Marvel’s “What If…?,” titled “What If… Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead Of His Hands?.” The frontman was said to have provided “additional voices” to the Disney+ series.

Billy discussed the experience during a recent appearance on Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta’s “The Jasta Show”:

“That was an experience, because the producer was actually a TESTAMENT fan, and he actually seeked [sic] me out. And it was so great and made it so easy. I’d never done that for a movie and action part. So when you go in there, they got this — it’s like a barricade you stand in front of, a padded barricade, and there’s the screen and the microphone. So you can use the barricade to kind of move and get into character. And I was doing a lot of flying and yelling and fighting and shit like that. So it was great, ’cause the producer was, like, ‘All right, so on this part, do the ‘Demonic’ voice.’ And I’m, like, ‘Oh, okay.’ So I’d do that. ‘Okay, on this one, do the ‘Practice What You Preach’ voice.’ It was so cool that he could give me direction like that. It was the easiest thing. And I had a blast. And it was right the middle of COVID.”

He also added:

“It’s gonna be out on the Disney network channel, so I went down to Disney in L.A. Total protocol. At least I got to go in there and do my own thing with them. But it was really cool. And if it goes well, I’m gonna get second season. So that’s something I’m looking forward to. It was badass. I think people are gonna dig it when this comes out.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Testament’s Chuck Billy To Fans Attending “The Bay Strikes Back” Tour: “If You’re Not Vaccinated, Wear A Mask”

Testament’s Chuck Billy has shared a new video message for fans planning to attend the band’s “Bay Strikes Back” tour with Exodus and Death Angel. The frontman is asking everyone to get vaccinated or at least wear a mask, so the show can stay on the road.

Billy said the following:

“We’re getting ready to get back on tour [in the U.S.], October [and] November, with ‘The Bay Strikes Back’, with TESTAMENT, EXODUS [and] DEATH ANGEL. A killer package.

I just wanna talk about a little bit… Of course, you guys know we came off ‘The Bay Strikes Back’ in Europe [in March 2020]. I think everybody in the bands — all three bands — were sick with COVID. So we’re getting ready to go out on this tour, and we’ve gotta kind of approach things a little different. First of all, we wanna be able to put on a performance and a show for everybody that’s been stuck at home for so long dying to get some music, shows under the belt. So we’re gonna do things a little different as far as… We do wanna offer a meet-and-greet with our fans, but we’re gonna do things a little bit different and offer a soundcheck so we actually don’t really have to touch each other and be that close to each other to spread a virus if someone does carry it. Because if one person gets sick on this tour, the tour is over. So, we’re trying to do everything we can to keep the fans safe, to keep the bands safe and keep us working so the tour doesn’t end. So I wanna apologize, ’cause I know I like to come out after the show and hang out with some fans, sign things, talk to everybody. And it’s gonna be a little different this time. So I wanna apologize in advance to those of you who’ve been hanging out after the shows and I visit with. You’re gonna have to wait a little longer — maybe until next summer, when the tour comes through. But I wanted to make everybody aware of that.

We’re all gonna have to do this together, do our part. Either be vaccinated. And if you’re not vaccinated and you wanna come see the show, do everybody else a favor — wear a mask. I mean, that’s your choice. We’re just trying to do everything we can to keep this tour going, keep fans entertained, and, most of all, keep us and the crews working. I would hate to get out there and start a tour and then, in the middle of it, somebody gets sick and the whole tour’s done. So, we’re all in it together.

We’re looking forward to ‘The Bay Strikes Back’. It’s gonna be a kick-ass tour. Get your tickets, if you haven’t. They’re selling really good — some sold-out shows already. So we’re looking forward to it. It’s been a year and a half since we got to perform [last] — a little over a year and a half. So, here we come. We’ll see everybody real soon.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Testament, Exodus, & Death Angel Announce Fall U.S. Tour

Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel have announced a fall U.S. tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

09/09 Danville, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Festival (Testament only)
10/06 San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theater
10/07 Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival (no Death Angel)
10/08 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
10/10 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
10/11 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
10/12 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
10/14 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
10/15 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
10/16 Austin, TX – Emo’s
10/17 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
10/18 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
10/20 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
10/21 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
10/22 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
10/23 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
10/24 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
10/26 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
10/27 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
10/28 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
10/29 Cincinnati, OH – Madison Theater
10/30 Cleveland, OH – The Agora
11/01 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
11/02 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
11/04 Detroit, MI – The Majestic
11/05 Joliet, IL – The Forge
11/07 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
11/09 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
11/10 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
11/11 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues (no Exodus)
11/27 Oakland, CA – The Fox

Testament guitarist Eric Peterson commented:

“Finally we are able to announce this suspended tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic! We are totally excited to get out on the road again and continue where we left off supporting our newest release ‘Titans of Creation!’ Along with our brothers of thrash Exodus and Death Angel! Get your tickets now! Horns up!!!!!”

Exodus guitarist Gary Holt continued:

“YES!! Finally back on the road! This time we are bringing the ‘Bay Strikes Back‘ to our own shores with our good friend’s Testament and Death Angel! To say this is awesome would be an understatement! Cannot wait!!”

Death Angel added:

“At last the wait is over! We couldn’t be more pleased to announce the continuation of ‘The Bay Strikes Back Tour‘ with our brothers Testament and Exodus! This leg takes us across the United States to bring our brand of Bay Area Thrash to live onstage, coming soon to a theater near you. Join us for a long-overdue release of some serious pent-up energy! We’re gonna blow the roof off these joints! Come be a part of these explosive performances. See you soon!”

Testament’s Eric Peterson Plans To Work On New Music Until Pandemic Subsides

During a recent appearance on Dean Delray’s “Let There Be Talk” podcast, Testament’s Eric Peterson discussed what he has been doing during the coronavirus pandemic. The guitarist says he has been using the downtime to work on new music.

Peterson said the following:

“For me, my plan is to have some music — in case summer’s canceled. ‘All right, let’s jam. I’ve got a bunch of new riffs.’ I’ve got some stuff now, but I’m just kind of putting that hat on, like, ‘Okay.’ It’s perfect weather, too — it’s raining out, and my backyard’s really woodsy. [So I can] sit out here. I’ve got everything downstairs. I’ve done the last DRAGONLORD record and the last two TESTAMENT records in this room. I have Logic and a DI — I just do it all there, e-mail everything over to the producer, reamps and all. I wake up, just get some coffee, come down here and start jamming. I don’t have to drive from [my hometown of] Sac [Sacramento] all the way to Oakland. It’s a lot better to do.”

Testament’s Chuck Billy also discussed new material during an interview with Rocking With Jam Man:

“I haven’t heard anything yet. It all starts with Eric, so I just kind of wait. He’s gotta be in the right mood. And probably, being stuck at home with the pandemic, I would think he would be jamming and writing some stuff. So I think we’ll probably at least have a couple of new songs. ‘Cause it makes sense — if we write a couple of new songs, maybe we can do a repackage of the [latest TESTAMENT album, ‘Titans Of Creation’]. We’re talking about possibly writing a song called ‘Titans Of Creation’, ’cause there is no title track. So, we could have a song called ‘Titans Of Creation’ and maybe re-push it out there with the record again. [That would be] more of a marketing thing. I think that’s kind of what the talk is [that] might happen.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Testament Postpone North American Tour With The Black Dahlia Murder, Municipal Waste, & Meshiaak

Testament have postponed their North American tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, Municipal Waste, and Meshiaak due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek will be rescheduled at a later date.

Testament said the following:

“Hi everyone! We unfortunately are going to have to reschedule our upcoming North American spring tour. Please bear with us while we work to get the new dates together with our team. Please hold onto your tickets as they will be honored for the newly scheduled dates. We hope everyone is staying safe, staying home, and we look forward to rocking out with you soon.”

The Black Dahlia Murder also commented:

“It is with heavy hearts that we acknowledge the elephant in the room aka the rescheduling of our big US tour with Testament and Municipal Waste, as well as our headlining off dates to, from, and between the scheduled Testament shows. Our new album “Verminous” is still coming out April 17th on Metal Blade Records. Standby for more live info soon!”

Testament Premiere Animated Video For “Children Of The Next Level”

Testament have premiered an animated video for their song “Children Of The Next Level.” This track is from the band’s new album “Titans Of Creation,” which was released today (April 3).

Chuck Billy said the following about the Balázs Gróf-created clip:

“Being so busy with touring, we weren’t able to schedule a video shoot and thought we’d try something different and came up with a killer animated video for the song ‘Children Of The Next Level’. With the song being about the Heavens Gate cult, we thought it would make for a good visual story. It takes a lot of time and effort to make animated video and it was really cool to watch the process as it came to life. i think it came out awesome.”

Eric Peterson added:

“Watching clips as it was being put together was exciting, but after seeing it for the first time from beginning to end, its hilarious as hell and lots of fun to watch. It sticks to the story board of lyrics while remaining very entertaining to watch and much more, I think even non metal fans will love this too!”

Testament Bassist Steve DiGiorgio Tests Positive For COVID-19

Testament bassist Steve DiGiorgio has officially tested positive for COVID-19. Frontman Chuck Billy confirmed the news to Joshua Toomey of “Diabolus In Podcastica.”

Billy said the following when asked about him and his wife going public with their own COVID-19 diagnosis:

“It was kind of almost our duty to say something. Fortunately, we got home off the road and were isolated right away. So we didn’t really see anybody. But it’s definitely a nasty sickness and illness. I mean, we’re starting to feel better, but I wouldn’t say I’m a hundred percent. So I don’t know — am I contagious still? I don’t know.

“Steve, our bass player, just tested on Thursday, he got his results back, and they’re positive. And that’s after a couple of weeks of being sick. So it made us think, ‘Are we still contagious?’, even though the doctors and the CDC [Centers For Disease Control And Prevention] told us that, ‘Go ahead and go to the store. Go out. Wear a mask.’ But you just don’t know. We don’t know if we’re ill or not.”

Billy and DiGiorgio both tested positive for COVID-19 after their European tour with Exodus and Death Angel. As previously reported, Exodus’ Gary Holt and Death Angel’s Will Carroll both tested positive as well.

[via Blabbermouth]

Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus) On Will Carroll (Death Angel): “I Heard He’s Doing A Lot Better, But The News Is Very Vague”

Upon returning from “The Bay Strikes Back” tour in Europe, Testament’s Chuck Billy tested positive for COVID-19, Exodus’ Gary Holt started exhibiting symptoms of the disease, and Death Angel’s Will Carroll ended up in the hospital. Now, Exodus’ Steve “Zetro” Souza has offered an update on all of his peers in the below video:

Souza said the following:

“You’ve gotta understand that [we were] meeting fans and [we were] meeting different people and [we were] all using the same facilities and the same catering and [we were] all around each other constantly, so it makes good sense why so many people from the tour caught it”

He went on to say that he personally feels “great”:

“If I have [the disease], I don’t have any symptoms of it. I don’t feel bad at all. I am sleeping really well. I feel strong as an ox. I wish the gyms weren’t closed; I’d be there every day, unfortunately.

“The only one from our camp who seems to be sick is Gary, who showed signs of it. But his test won’t come back for quite some time now — seven to 10 days, I believe. Why that is, I don’t know. But him and his wife were tested. Now, I spoke to him this morning, and he feels better, although he still has a little bit of the symptoms sometimes, but he says he feels much better on that.

“Obviously, everybody knows, yesterday, Chuck Billy and his wife Tiffany had went on the Internet and told everybody that they have contracted it as well, which means now more people, it looks like. And I believe there’s two of their techs in their camp, that worked for them, have contracted it as well.

“I don’t even know if Will [has tested] positive. Will Carroll is very sick. He’s in the ICU right now. I heard he’s doing a lot better, but the news is very vague.

“We’re doing all right in the EXODUS camp. Really, Gary’s the only one that’s sick as far as the techs. And the rest of the band, everybody’s doing good. A couple of guys in DEATH ANGEL are not feeling too well but getting better. Chuck and his wife and a couple of their techs not feeling too well, but they’re getting better. So just keep your fingers crossed.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Testament’s Chuck Billy Tests Positive For COVID-19

Testament’s Chuck Billy has tested positive for COVID-19. The band confirmed the news on Facebook and also revealed that Billy’s wife Tiffany and some of their crew members have tested positive as well.

Testament commented:

“As many of you already know, after returning from the BAY STRIKES BACK over Europe Tour last week, some of us in TESTAMENT have been feeling unwell and have made the decision along with our Doctors to be tested for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. As of yesterday morning, Chuck and Tiffany Billy’s tests have come back positive as well as some crew members.

We wanted to reach out to everyone who has been supporting us and expressing concern to inform you that we are doing what’s right, and what’s safe, and have all been quarantining ourselves since our return home; since before we were even tested. We are of course concerned for our families, our friends, our crew, our fellow musicians, and our fans. We’ve reached out to support our fellow Bay Area Bands who are also being proactive in their own camps, staying quarantined and safe, and will speak on their individual situations if and when they are ready to.

At this moment we are currently focused on staying safe and quarantined, resting, getting ourselves back to health, and of course, sending well wishes, prayers, and positive energy towards our friends who are also sick. We also want to send well wishes to all of our fans and supporters in this time of crisis. We’re taking all the necessary steps to stay safe at home and we ask our friends and fans to do the same. Please take care of each other, and stay healthy so we can continue to thrash in the not so distant future!

-TESTAMENT”

This news comes after Exodus’ Gary Holt started exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and after Death Angel’s Will Carroll was hospitalized following their European tour with Testament.