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CHUCK BILLY from TESTAMENT Tests Positive For Coronavirus

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TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

The band said he received his test results on Saturday (March 21).

According to TESTAMENTBilly had “been feeling unwell” since returning home to the San Francisco Bay Area last week following the completion of “The Bay Strikes Back 2020”European tour with EXODUS and DEATH ANGEL.

Billy, who didn’t reveal if he had any idea how he contracted the virus, says he has been quarantined since arriving home.

TESTAMENT‘s full statement reads as follows:

“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 [his wife] 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!”

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt revealed earlier in the week that he was exhibiting all the symptoms of COVID-19.

Holt said that he and his wife underwent coronavirus testing on Friday (March 20) but added that they will have to wait “seven to 10 days” for results.

DEATH ANGEL drummer Will Carroll has been in an intensive care unit at a Northern California hospital since Wednesday (March 18) after being taken “very ill” following the completion of “The Bay Strikes Back 2020” trek.

TESTAMENTEXODUS and DEATH ANGEL canceled at least two shows on “The Bay Strikes Back 2020” tour due to the fast-spreading outbreak of the new coronavirus: February 25 in Milan, Italy; and March 11 in Hannover, Germany.

More than 329,000 coronavirus cases have been reported worldwide and more than 24,000 deaths so far, putting public health systems and emergency services under immense pressure.

The fatality rate of the new coronavirus is believed to about 1 percent. “It’s about ten times more lethal than the seasonal flu,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes Of Allergy And Infectious Disease, said in congressional testimony on March 11.

U.S. officials have repeatedly urged Americans to heed what federal, state and local officials are asking of them in order to curtail the spread and dampen the impact of the virus on the population.

California recently estimated that more than half of the state — 25.5 million people — will get the new coronavirus over the next eight weeks.

new CDC report has offered proof that younger adults are just as likely as anyone to contract the virus, with nearly 40 percent of COVID-19 cases found between the ages of 20 and 54.

“I think everyone should be paying attention to this,” Stephen Morse, PhD, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University, told The New York Times about the study. “It’s not just going to be the elderly. There will be people age 20 and up. They do have to be careful, even if they think that they’re young and healthy.”

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“Murder In The Front Row” – Epic Thrash Metal Documentary – Coming To A City Near You?

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About “Murder In The Front Row”

“Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story is a documentary about the early days of the Bay Area thrash scene featuring Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, Testament, Megadeth, Death Angel, Possessed and Anthrax.

Screening Schedule August / September 2019

8/2/2019 The Frida Theater Santa Ana, CA
8/3/2019 The Frida Theater Santa Ana, CA
8/4/2019 The Frida Theater Santa Ana, CA
8/5/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Yonkers Yonkers, NY
8/6/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Yonkers Yonkers, NY
8/7/2019 The Frida Theater Santa Ana, CA
8/7/2019 The Frida Theater Santa Ana, CA
8/8/2019 The Frida Theater Santa Ana, CA
8/8/2019 The Frida Theater Santa Ana, CA
8/10/2019 Hollywood Theatre Portland, OR
8/10/2019 Hollywood Theatre Portland, OR
8/16/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Woodbury Woodbury, MN
8/16/2019 Erie Movie House Erie, PA
8/17/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Tempe Tempe
8/21/2019 PhilaMOCA Philadelphia, PA
8/22/2019 PhilaMOCA Philadelphia, PA
8/24/2019 Ottobar Baltimore, MD
8/24/2019 Filmbar Phoenix, AZ
8/25/2019 Filmbar Phoenix, AZ
8/26/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Loudon (Northern Virginia) Ashburn, VA
8/28/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Woodbridge (Northern Virginia) Woodbridge, VA
8/29/2019 Alamo Drafthouse, Austin Austin, TX
8/29/2019 Regent Theater Arlington, MA
8/30/2019 Columbus Theatre Providence, RI
9/2/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Houston Katy, TX
9/2/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Lubbock Lubbock, TX
9/2/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – El Paso El Paso, TX
9/8/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Raleigh Raleigh, NC
9/10/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Lake Highlands (Dallas) Dallas, TX
9/10/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – San Antonio San Antonio, TX
9/10/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Brooklyn Brooklyn, NY
9/12/2019 Alamo Drafthouse, Winchester Winchester, VA
9/12/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Sf San Francisco, CA
9/13/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Sloans Lake (Denver Area) Denver, CO
9/14/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Sloans Lake (Denver Area) Denver, CO
9/14/2019 Gateway Film Center Columbus, OH
9/15/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Sloans Lake (Denver Area) Denver, CO
9/16/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Denton (Dallas area) Denton, TX
9/16/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Littleton (Denver Area) Littleton, CO
9/16/2019 Art Theatre Long Beach, CA
9/17/2019 Alamon Drafthouse – Richland Hills (Dallas Area) North Richland Hills , TX
9/17/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Sloans Lake (Denver Area) Denver, CO
9/17/2019 Art Theatre Long Beach, CA
9/18/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Sloans Lake (Denver Area) Denver, CO
9/19/2019 Athens International Film Festival Athens, GR
9/19/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Sloans Lake (Denver Area) Denver, CO
9/19/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Sloans Lake (Denver Area) Denver, CO
9/21/2019 Alamo Drafthouse -Westminster (Denver Area) Westminster, CO
9/22/2019 Grog Shop Cleveland Heights, OH
9/24/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Cedars (Dallas Area) Dallas, TX
9/26/2019 Oakland International Film Festival – Regal Jack London Oakland, CA
9/27/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – La Vista (Omaha Area) La Vista, NE
9/28/2019 Goen Cinemas Window Rock, AZ
9/30/2019 Alamo Drafthouse – Richardson (Dallas Area) Dallas, TX

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TESTAMENT – THE LEGACY 1987 LP

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The Debut Album By Thrash Veterans Testament

Prior to the album’s recording in 1986, Testament was known as Legacy. Their lineup consisted of singer Steve “Zetro” Souza, guitarists Alex and Eric Peterson, bassist Greg Christian and drummer Louie Clemente. Singer Chuck Billy was a member of another local band named Guilt. He had performed with Legacy on a few occasions and was asked to become the new singer after Souza left to join Exodus. In 1986, the band changed their name to Testament after finding out that there was a jazz band named Legacy. The Testament name was suggested by Billy Milano (from S.O.D. and M.O.D.), who was a friend of the band in the early days.

This was the only Testament album to feature songwriting contributions from Souza, who was credited as the co-writer of all the songs, except for “C.O.T.L.O.D.” and “Do or Die”, which were co-written by original Legacy singer Derrick Ramirez and Billy respectively. The closing track, “Apocalyptic City”, was written by and Peterson.

Vinyl and Album Artwork

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The album was recorded and mixed at Pyramid Sound Studios in Ithaca, New York, and mastered at Frankford Wayne Mastering Labs in New York City. (Source: Wikipedia)

Tracklisting

1.”Over the Wall”
2.”The Haunting”Souza,
3.”Burnt Offerings”
4.”Raging Waters”
5.”C.O.T.L.O.D.” (Curse of the Legions of Death)
6.”First Strike Is Deadly”
7.”Do or Die”
8.”Alone in the Dark”
9.”Apocalyptic City”

Total length:38:45

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