Testament vocalist Chuck Billy, his wife Tiffany Billy, and several of the band's crew members have unfortunately all tested positive for coronavirus. We wish everyone in the Testament camp all the best at this time and a speedy recovery.
As of right now, there are over 31,000 known coronavirus cases in the United States and at least 400 deaths.
**COVID-19 OFFICIAL 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 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!
Earlier this month, one of the first cancellations as a result of coronavirus, was a Testament, Exodus, Death Angel show in Milan, Italy, due to the outbreak getting serious there. The three legendary thrash bands were on tour in Europe earlier in the month as the virus was spreading, and it looks like some members of the tour may have contracted it.
Exodus guitarist Gary Holt went public earlier this week with his self-quarantine for showing all the symptoms of the disease, and Death Angel drummer Will Carroll is currently in the ICU for presumably the same ailment.