Drum legend Dave Lombardo returns to Testament

Back in January, California thrash metal veterans Testament officially parted way with drummer Gene Hoglan. Today, the band have announced that they have officially recruited Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, Mr. Bungle, Dead Cross, Misfits, etc.) to once again fill in on drumming duties. Lombardo performed with the band from 1998-1999 during the release of their eighth studio album ‘The Gathering.’

Here’s more info from a presser, “This drummer is key in making Testament’s mark in metal history. The band is very excited to welcome back one of the greatest drummers in heavy metal…Take your pick, one in one hundred, I don’t care who you have on that list, there is only one drummer who is the best, Dave Lombardo!

Singer Chuck Billy comments, “I’ll state the obvious, We are more than overwhelmed to welcome back Dave Lombardo to play drums with Testament. We are so excited to share the stage again with Lombardo. Dave added immense power when he joined the band for The Gathering (release), and we are ecstatic to see what new flavor he will bring back to Testament.”

Lombardo stated, “This is a long-awaited reunion that was bound to happen. Once upon a time, we created a thrash masterpiece. I have no doubt that our musical chemistry will pick up exactly where we left off. I love the Testament family and am very excited to be joining them once again. Pure brutality awaits.”

Guitarist Eric Peterson adds, “Having Dave Lombardo join us again feels like we are picking up where unfinished business had left off. There is a silver lining to every cloud and working again with Dave calls for us to celebrate with our horns held high!

Testament’s ‘Bay Strikes Back’ U.S. tour with Exodus and Death Angel was recently postponed and rescheduled for April and May — see all upcoming dates below.

Bay Strikes Back 2022 dates:
4/9/2022 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theater
4/10/2022 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues [TIX]
4/12/2022 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues [TIX]
4/13/2022 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues [TIX]
4/15/2022 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre [TIX]
4/16/2022 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
4/19/2022 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
4/20/2022 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
4/21/2022 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
4/22/2022 – Dallas, TX -Amplified Live
4/23/2022 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues [TIX]
4/26/2022 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade [TIX]
4/27/2022 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz [TIX]
4/30/2022 – Sayreville, NJ -Starland Ballroom
5/1/2022 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage [TIX]
5/2/2022 – Boston, MA – House of Blues [TIX]
5/3/2022 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts [TIX]
5/5/2022 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount [TIX]
5/6/2022 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
5/7/2022 – Cincinnati, OH – Madison Theater [TIX]
5/9/2022 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
5/10/2022 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora
5/11/2022 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
5/12/2022 – Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theatre [TIX]
5/14/2022 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
5/15/2022 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
5/17/2022 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
5/19/2022 – Denver, CO – Summit [TIX]
5/20/2022 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot [TIX]
*More dates to be added

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