Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT have cancelled their previously announced dates in Italy due to "scheduling conflicts." The promoter of the Italian gigs, Debbie Bisceglia of Get Smart! Promotion & Booking Agency, has released the following statement from TESTAMENT's management regarding the cancellations:
"Due to events beyond their control, TESTAMENT are canceling two upcoming shows in Italy only, August 31 and September 1. The band wishes to express their grief in canceling these two shows.
"There has been a difficult situation recently involving band drummer Nick Barker having visa issues and due to scheduling conflicts the band are going into the studio earlier at the end of August, earlier than anticipated, to begin recording their forthcoming Nuclear Blast release.
"TESTAMENT wishes to thank the fans for their continued support as well as Debbie and the Italian promoters of these shows for being so generous with their understanding of the situation. TESTAMENT will be back in Italy soon and make it up to everyone."
The affected dates are as follows:
Aug. 31 - Velvet - Rimini, Italy
Sep. 01 - Route To Hell Fest - Palamaggio-Caserta, Italy
TESTAMENT members Chuck Billy, Alex Skolnick, Eric Peterson and Greg Christian will guest on the "Hard Files" program on Sirius Satellite Radio's Hard Attack this Thursday, August 9 at 7:00 p.m. EST. Rebroadcasts: Fridays at noon ET, Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. ET and Sundays at 6:00 p.m. ET. Hear the metal gods discuss everything from their current metallic tastes, to fashion, to their forthcoming new album set to come out next year, to medicine men who helped Chuck kick cancer. It's a true testament to the band that help shape metal today and continues to take the music to new levels.
Fan-filmed video footage of San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans TESTAMENT performing a new song, entitled "The Afterlife", on Friday, July 20 at the Earthshaker Fest in Kreuth, Germany has been posted on YouTube.
HeavyMetalSource.com recently posted a video interview with TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy, conducted on July 14, 2007 at the Sayreville, New Jersey stop of the Sounds of the Underground tour. Watch the 10-minute clip at YouTube.
Fan-filmed video footage of TESTAMENT performing at this year's edition of the Waldrock festival, which was held on July 7 in Burgum (Bergum), in the northern region of The Netherlands, has been posted at YouTube: