Bay Area thrash legends TESTAMENT have recruited guitarist Glen Drover (ex-MEGADETH, KING DIAMOND) to fill in for Alex Skolnick on their upcoming Mexican tour dates with JUDAS PRIEST.Due to Alex's prior commitment to the TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, the band sought out Glen Drover to fill in. The band rehearsed together all week and sounds sharper than ever! Glen says, "I am really looking forward to playing these four upcoming shows in Mexico with my buddies in TESTAMENT, along with JUDAS PRIEST. We are totally going to crush!"
He added, "This is something I am very happy about, as I have not played live since leaving MEGADETH one year ago, so I am grateful to play live again — four shows total in a country I have yet to play in. I rehearsed with the guys last week, and I have to say it really sounded killer. For those of you who will be in attendance at these shows, I hope you enjoy yourselves half as much as I will." Alex Skolnick commented on his (temporary) replacement: "I regret that I'll be unable to perform at TESTAMENT's upcoming shows in Mexico this month. As many know, I've been touring with TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA since 2000, and it's been a blessing to be a part of both projects since reuniting with TESTAMENT in '05. I respect the TESTAMENT guys' decision to accept some gigs during this period, and I'm super happy to have Glen Drover filling in for me. I recommended him personally, respect his playing and know he'll do a great job. I apologize to any TESTAMENT fans for not being able to make it this time around but we have a lot of shows lined up in 2009 so far, all of which I'm on. Thanks for understanding, and I look forward to seeing everyone all over the world with TESTAMENT in 2009!" Guitarist Eric Peterson commented: "I've known Glen since he played with KING DIAMOND, and if anyone can jump in, Glen can. Plus, Alex is happy with our choice." TESTAMENT will be traveling to Mexico this week to play a string of dates with JUDAS PRIEST. See below for tour dates. The band is coming off a successful headlining run with SOILENT GREEN, to support their first studio album in nine years, "The Formation of Damnation". TESTAMENT in Mexico with JUDAS PRIEST: Oct. 27 - Monterrey, Mexico - Arena Monterrey
Oct. 29 - Guadalajara, Mexico - VFG Arena
Oct. 30 - Puebla, Mexico - Auditorio Siglo XXI
Oct. 31 - Mexico City, Mexico - Sports Palace