Chuck Billy (vocals) and Eric Peterson (guitar) of Bay Area thrash metal veterans TESTAMENT have checked in to let the U.K. fans know just how excited they are about their upcoming tour.
"We're very excited to play more than just 1 or 2 shows in the U.K.," says Peterson. "The last time we did an extensive tour was with BLACK SABBATH on 'The Ritual' tour in '93 - '94. At that time, we weren't playing the songs we're playing now, so we're excited to be on top of our game and to play in front of one of our favorite countries. God Save The Queen... we mean it man!"
Billy is equally enthused: "We haven't done a proper U.K. tour in I can't remember how long. Everybody's looking forward to getting back to the markets we haven't played in the last ten years. England's always been a good touring circuit for us, and we're also looking forward to get back and play the Wembley Arena again. We're excited to be playing all of 'The Legacy' and 'The New Order' at our special London show at the end of the tour. TESTAMENT is looking forward to seeing all the English metalheads!"
Catch TESTAMENT at the following shows:
With JUDAS PRIEST, MEGADETH:
Feb. 10 - Dublin, IRE - O2
Feb. 11 - Belfast, IRE - Odyssey Arena
Feb. 13 - Sheffield, UK - Arena
Feb. 14 - Birmingham, UK - LG Arena
Feb. 16 - Glasgow, UK - SECC Hall 4
Feb. 17 - Manchester, UK - Apollo
Feb. 18 - Newcastle, UK - Academy **
Feb. 19 - Oxford, UK - Academy **
Feb. 20 - Cardiff, UK - International Arena
Feb. 21 - London, UK - Wembley Arena
Feb. 22 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms (TESTAMENT only)
The band will also be doing a special show where they will perform their first two albums in full — March 25 at London's Islington Academy.
Professionally filmed video footage of TESTAMENT's September 21, 2008 performance at Club Citta in Kawasaki, Japan can be viewed below. The band was in Japan taking part in the two-night Thrash Domination 2008 event alongside FORBIDDEN and VOIVOD.