TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy has issued the following statement regarding the band's upcoming "reunion" tour:
"Well, it is really happening. Alex [Skolnick], Greg [Christian], Johnny [Tempesta], Eric [Peterson], me and Louie [Clemente], we are joining together to play some shows in Europe in May and a few in the U.S. in June. We are all stoked.
"It's funny how things work out. One day I was talking to the promoter of the Dynamo Festival in the Netherlands and he told me he had the original ANTHRAX lineup doing the show this year. I said TESTAMENT has to play the show. He asked 'What are the chances of the original TESTAMENT playing?' I said 'Hummm... That would be cool. Let me give everyone a call and ask. So I did.
"I called Alex first he said 'That [sounds] cool but let me check my schedule.' Then I [saw] Greg and asked him. He said, 'I think we can work something out.' Next call was Johnny he said 'That sounds killer,' but he had to check his tour schedule with HELMET. After all the calls, I said 'Holy shit, this really might happen.' So I'm thinking I have to call Louie. Me and Lou have kept in contact over the years and we have talked about this day so I called and he was pumped, he said he was going to start working on the songs immediately.
"If you're wondering 'Why two drummers?', it's because when this came about we knew Lou hasn't played for a while so he would need time to get his chops back for a few songs. Lou has been working hard and said things are feeling pretty good. Johnny, of course, kicks ass on our stuff, so it's always a pleasure to get to play live with Johnny.
"It's funny how things work out. In 1987 all of us were going to perform at the Dynamo festival this was our first time to ever play outside the U.S. we were very excited about the event. It was our first tour in Europe with ANTHRAX now here we are 18 years later getting all fired up about going to play the Dynamo with the guys who were there in ANTHRAX in 1987. This is going to be a very special gathering..."