TESTAMENT was joined by EXODUS frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza for its efficiency of the track “Over The Wall” on Might 2 on the Home Of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts. The live performance was a part of the 2 bands’ joint U.S. tour, “The Bay Strikes Again”, additionally that includes DEATH ANGEL.
Souza fronted the pre-TESTAMENT band LEGACY and carried out “Over The Wall” stay with the latter group earlier than leaving to affix EXODUS because the substitute for Paul Baloff. Billy joined TESTAMENT in 1986, simply after that they had modified their identify from LEGACY following Souza‘s departure.
Concerning how he got here to affix TESTAMENT, Billy advised Metallic Hammer in a 2020 interview: “Zet was my youthful brother’s greatest pal, so I went to see their gig in Alameda. It was Eric [Peterson] and his brother Derek on guitar, they usually all wore priest collars. It was very entertaining. Like, ‘Wow, these guys are fairly good.’ Shortly after that, Alex [Skolnick, guitar] joined the band and did the demo, and that is when Zet performed me the demo with three songs. I used to be, like, ‘Wow, these are actually mature songs for these youngsters I noticed enjoying not too way back.’
“When Zet determined to depart to affix EXODUS, he type of handed me the baton: ‘Name Alex. They want a singer now.’ At that time, I used to be, like, ‘Okay, I am gonna discover a band that I am gonna be part of and be part of it.’ And I walked proper into that band. The timing was excellent.”
Recalling his TESTAMENT audition, Chuck stated: “These guys had been carrying leather-based jackets and into SLAYER and MERCYFUL FATE. They had been, like, ‘I do not learn about this man. He wears spandex and he is received a streak in his hair.’ They had been so towards me not being the singer. However I received the audition.
“I went down there however the room was so small that each one of us could not match within the room. I simply put my PA audio system within the room and I stood within the hallway trying within the door, and I did the three songs that they’d carried out on the demo, and I believed I killed it. They stated, ‘Okay, you’ve got received it however you have to costume completely different. You have gotta put on Levi’s and a leather-based jacket and a T-shirt. No extra spandex.’ That was a turning level in my life.”
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.
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 Bay Strikes Again Tour” was initially scheduled to happen final October and November earlier than being postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
When “The Bay Strikes Again Tour” was postponed from its unique time-frame, Peterson stated in an announcement: “We had been actually on the fence with this determination. However seeing different bands make it by with a couple of gentle circumstances and different greater bands simply canceling their total excursions, we felt it’s in our greatest curiosity to postpone these reveals to ’22.”