Testament's Chuck Billy Tests Positive For Coronavirus
Testament singer Chuck Billy and some of the band's crew have tested positive for COVID-19. The test results were received on March 21st.
The news is especially concerning now that members of all three bands are now ill —Exodus' Gary Holt said he was "suffering from all the symptoms" of Coronavirus and is awaiting test results and Death Angel drummer Will Carroll is "very ill" in ICU. Neither of those members, however, have been confirmed positive for Coronavirus
The band and technical staff decided to do the tests after returning from the European tour Bay Strikes Back earlier this month.
Testament released the following statement:
"As many of you already know, after returning from the 'Bay Strikes Back' over Europe Tour last week, some of us in TESTAMENT have been feeling unwell and have made the decision along with our Doctors to be tested for the COVID-19 novel Coronavirus. As of yesterday morning, Chuck and [his wife] Tiffany Billy's tests have come back positive as well as some crew members.
"We wanted to reach out to everyone who has been supporting us and expressing concern to inform you that we are doing what's right, and what's safe, and have all been quarantining ourselves since our return home; since before we were even tested. We are of course concerned for our families, our friends, our crew, our fellow musicians, and our fans. We've reached out to support our fellow Bay Area Bands who are also being proactive in their own camps, staying quarantined and safe, and will speak on their individual situations if and when they are ready to.
"At this moment we are currently focused on staying safe and quarantined, resting, getting ourselves back to health, and of course, sending well wishes, prayers, and positive energy towards our friends who are also sick. We also want to send well wishes to all of our fans and supporters in this time of crisis. We're taking all the necessary steps to stay safe at home and we ask our friends and fans to do the same. Please take care of each other, and stay healthy so we can continue to thrash in the not so distant future!"
Testament's upcoming new album Titans Of Creation is scheduled to be released on April 3rd, via Nuclear Blast. You can stream their latest single 'Children Of The Next Level' below: