October 10, 2002

HALFORD, TESTAMENT, EXODUS and VIO-LENCE are provisionally set to team up for a total of five dates at the end of the year, including the previously-announced show at House Of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, December 29th.

The tentative schedule for the trek is as follows:

Dec. 27 – TBA
Dec. 28 – TBA
Dec. 29 – Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
Dec. 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ TBA
Dec. 31 – San Diego, CA @ TBA

According to VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel, VIO-LENCE and EXODUS will rotate in the opening slot, with TESTAMENT going on third and HALFORD headlining the event in what will mark the band's first North American appearances to promote their critically-acclaimed Crucible release.

[UPDATE: HALFORD will NOT be participating in any additional West Coast dates with TESTAMENT, EXODUS and VIO-LENCE beyond the Las Vegas show. Read full story here]

In related news, John Baxter, Rob Halford's personal manager, recently dispelled rumors that HALFORD were no longer signed to Metal Is/Sanctuary Records and managed by Rod Smallwood for Sanctuary Artist Management. Baxter also addressed the reasons for the band's lack of touring activity in support of Crucible, which, by all accounts, is performing abysmally in retail.

"We are aware many of [the group's fans] are frustrated that HALFORD have not played out much this year," Baxter said. "Internally, we are all frustrated as well. Given the band released a collection of great new songs this past June (Crucible) and last April (Live Insurrection),it stands to reason we should be touring like mad. However, as many of [the fans] have speculated, there is a bit going on behind the scenes (business related),which, for the first time in his career, caused Rob to ask for time off while the confusing items were dealt with. That said, Rob is fully rested now and ready to get back to work.

"Next, because of the forthcoming holidays, and the length of promotional time we prefer to have prior to touring, the band won't begin touring the U.S. until next year (excluding the late December performance). I cannot pin down exactly which month we'll begin work, but trust I will provide that info to all when able."

(Thanks: The Exciter Page)

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