TESTAMENT, EXODUS and DEATH ANGEL kicked off the 2022 version of “The Bay Strikes Again Tour” on April 9 on the Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo, California. The present marked TESTAMENT‘s first look with drummer Dave Lombardo since he rejoined the group earlier this 12 months. Fan-filmed video of TESTAMENT‘s complete sixth efficiency of the tour, which passed off on April 16 at Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will be seen under.
An unique member of thrash steel legends SLAYER, Lombardo was the visitor drummer on TESTAMENT‘s 1999 studio album “The Gathering”, which additionally marked the primary time the band labored with then-up-and-coming British producer/engineer Andy Sneap.
The members of TESTAMENT mentioned Lombardo‘s return to the band throughout a March 1 look on SiriusXM‘s Liquid Metallic with host Jose Mangin. Requested if he needed to bodily audition for the drummer spot in TESTAMENT this time round, Dave quipped: “I simply despatched them a hyperlink to my Wikipedia. ‘I’ve executed these data, together with one in all yours. Can I come again?’ [Laughs]”
Lombardo stated that he reached out to the TESTAMENT camp the identical day that the band introduced it was splitting with its longtime drummer Gene Hoglan.
“I used to be nonetheless asleep, and my spouse, she simply stated, ‘Hey, Gene simply left TESTAMENT,'” Dave recalled. “And he or she’s been at all times telling me, ‘Man, I am unable to await you guys to get collectively for that ‘Gathering’ reunion.’ ‘Trigger we had been speaking about this two and a half, three years in the past — earlier than the pandemic. And so I instantly — I did not even get my different eye open and I used to be texting [TESTAMENT singer] Chuck [Billy]. I stated, ‘Hey, man, what is going on on?’ I do not know precisely what I discussed in my textual content, however it was quite simple, ‘Hey, what’s taking place?’ And he instantly known as me again. And I keep in mind Tiffany [Chuck‘s wife] was on the telephone; Chuck was on the telephone. We had been, like, ‘Hey.’ It was an amazing come-together second, like, ‘Hey, right here we go. That is the second we have been ready for.'”
Dave went on to say that the timing was proper for his return to TESTAMENT.
“‘The Gathering’ reunion did not should occur placing Gene out, separating Gene and saying, ‘Gene, we’re gonna go along with Dave for some time now.’ Nothing like that occurred,” he stated. “This occurred organically. And it occurred at a time the place my different bands, two of the bands that I’ve, MR. BUNGLE and DEAD CROSS, [Mike] Patton sings in them and he is attempting to get wholesome and is taking a bit hiatus. And SUICIDAL TENDENCIES hasn’t been touring a lot these days. In order that leaves me with a variety of little odd tasks right here and there that I work on in my free time. So it simply felt like the appropriate second.
“I do know it may be deceiving as a result of I am in so many alternative bands, however there’s 24 hours in a day and I solely sleep eight hours, or seven to eight hours, in order that leaves me 16 different hours,” he defined. “And I do not take Saturdays and Sundays off. So it was a no brainer.”
Chuck stated that he was shocked to listen to from Dave so rapidly after TESTAMENT made the information of its break up with Gene public.
“Proper when it occurred, it was inside minutes after the announcement,” Billy recalled. “And Dave does not keep in mind, however [his text message to me was] merely ‘Lombardo?’ That was the textual content. I am, like, ‘You are shitting me. Tiffany, Lombardo simply wrote me, ‘Lombardo?” I known as him immediately. I stated, ‘Hey, dude, what’s taking place?’ He was, like, ‘Dude, I heard the information.’ I am, like, ‘Dude, I might have known as you immediately, however I simply thought it was type of far-fetched so that you can type of jam as a result of I do know you are in all probability fairly busy with all the opposite tasks happening.’ And he was, like, ‘No. I’ve bought a giant opening and I would like to get again.’ And we talked about ‘The Gathering’, doing that once more. And right here we’re — it could possibly be a actuality to get to play ‘The Gathering’ like we spoke of.”
“The Gathering” was extensively thought-about to be an enchancment over 1997’s “Demonic”, an album that noticed Billy make use of a extra guttural type of vocals and was launched at a time when thrash acts as TESTAMENT had fallen out of favor.
Hoglan initially performed drums on “Demonic”, however did not stick round lengthy sufficient to do any touring with the band. He formally joined TESTAMENT in 2011 and performed on the group’s final three albums: 2012’s “Darkish Roots Of Earth”, 2016’s “Brotherhood Of The Snake” and 2020’s “Titans Of Creation”.
TESTAMENT, EXODUS and DEATH ANGEL performed the only 2021 date of “The Bay Strikes Again Tour” final November on the Fox Theater in Oakland, California. The gig passed off lower than two months after the three bands shared the stage on the Aftershock pageant in Sacramento.