TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy says that his former bandmate Greg Christian is "delusional" with regards to the bassist's recent complaints about the way was treated while he was a member of the group.
Christian — whose acrimonious January 2014 exit from TESTAMENT was well publicized on these pages — has been critical of his former bandmates for much of the past two years, claiming in various social-media posts that he was "fully taken advantage" of by TESTAMENT because he was "shit broke and struggling" while he was a member of the group and explaining that he only continued playing with them because he needed to pay his bills.
Addressing his former bandmates in a recent Facebook message, Greg wrote: "Truth is, all I ever wanted to do was play music — but truth also is both [singer Chuck Billy and Eric] have been living off my investment along with [their] own, while I've been starved out. That's polluted the energy of TESTAMENT. It can be fixed, but only by actual corrective action."
He added in a separate post: "I wasted my fucking life working for and investing my time and energy building something only to be ass out after all these years. At the time when I should be doing OK. It's not like I didn't earn it. And to have one of the two people that've been living off my investment smile and act like they give a shit. Wow.
"I don't hate. I just don't care. Obviously it's mutual. Talk is just hot air and lip service. In the real world, I made a real investment. The only way to make things right is with real money. Until then. I don't care."
He went on to say: "If I had it to do again — [I] would've done something different with my life. Not that. Not with those people. It wasn't worth it and it was a huge mistake… I love playing on stage and put everything I have into it. But I still think I made a bad life choice here."
Asked by Eonmusic to comment on Greg's online rants, Billy said: "We shot our [new] video last weekend. We're actually documenting some of the history of [1987's] 'The Legacy' record, and we'll hopefully put out a thirty-year-anniversary edition or something [next year], and we invited Greg to come down [to do an interview about the album]. Even with all the stuff that he has said [in the past], we still thought it was the right thing to do to invite him, because he was a part of it. He came down, and he said, 'I'm not going to bring any negativity; it's all going to be positive.' So he came down, did his thing, and we all said hi, smoked a joint together, and he was off on his way — no big deal. I don't know what happened by the time that he got home, but by the evening, he just went on a rant again. I can't quite figure out what's going on or why, but his accusations are very delusional."
TESTAMENT's twelfth album, "Brotherhood Of The Snake", will be released on October 28 via Nuclear Blast.