Whenever a metal band gets some attention from the mainstream media without having to go on a drunken or drug-fueled rampage, we as fans definitely count it as a win for our beloved subculture. However, it's even greater when a hilarious dichotomy is created between vanilla news anchors and metal musicians, which is what happened earlier this week (Feb. 21) when Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson of Testament stopped by a Fox news program in Michigan.
Testament took the stage at Huntington, New York's Paramount Theatre Friday night (Feb. 15) with the primary goal of filming and recording the experience for an upcoming DVD and live album. In all, the band clocked in a 90-minute-plus performance and a set list from the show has now surfaced.
Testament are undoubtedly one of metal's greatest live acts. Brandishing nearly unparalleled power throughout their live shows, Testament simply cannot be ignored when they take the stage. It's been a few years since the thrash legends released a live album, the latest being 'Live at Eindhoven '87' in 2009, but after the success of the band's 2012 full-length, 'Dark Roots of Earth,' it only makes sense that Testament will be taping a new live record on Feb. 15.
Chuck Billy of Testament was the guest on Full Metal Jackie’s radio show this past weekend. The frontman spoke about the band’s tour with Overkill, as well as the pressures of creating music and his feelings on the progression of Testament’s sound . Read Full Metal Jackie’s interview with Chuck Billy below:
California is the American Mecca for thrash metal. With top thrash innovators such as Metallica, Testament, Autopsy, Exodus, Death Angel and more having risen to fame together in the early '80s, a very tight-knit brotherhood has been created between these musicians. Despite this bond, Metallica and Testament have never toured together, and during our recent chat with Testament singer Chuck Billy, he told us it's his "dream" for the two acts to share a bill.