Testament frontman Chuck Billy has spoken of his pride at pulling together one of the most significant events in the history of thrash metal.
The legendary metallers will join forces with fellow Bay Area big hitters Exodus and Death Angel for a European and UK tour in 2020.
And Billy can’t wait to bring The Bay Strikes Back across the Atlantic next spring.
“It’s finally happening,” he said. “All of us have spoken over the years of how killer it would be to tour together and bring Bay Area Thrash Metal across the world and we are starting in Europe and the UK.
“I’m sure I can speak for all three bands in saying that we are proud of where we all came from and we are still delivering some of the best thrash metal we can to the fans. Be ready for the Bay Area Strikes Back Tour 2020.”
Gary Holt from Exodus added: “I am fired up to finally return to Europe with Exodus along with our Bay Area friends Testament and Death Angel. It will be an epic tour for the ages! I’m looking forward to crushing everyone Bay Area style! See you there – I cannot wait!”
And Death Angel’s Rob Cavestany added: “We couldn’t be more excited to announce our upcoming tour with Testament and Exodus! It’s a Bay Area Thrash Attack in full force! All three bands have been close friends for decades and our mutual respect is of the highest level.
“That said, we will surely push each other to go beyond expectations each and every night. This is a first – the three of us have never toured together in the same package…it’s about time! See you in the pit!”
Both Testament and Exodus are working on follow-ups to two critically acclaimed modern metal favourites – the former’s Brotherhood Of The Snake (2016) and the latter’s Blood In, Blood Out (2014). Death Angel will be touring in support of this year’s Rushonrock-approved Humanicide.
UK shows will go on sale this Friday 2nd August at 10am BST.
THE BAY STRIKES BACK TOUR 2020
06.02.2020 DK Copenhagen, Amager Bio
07.02.2020 SE Stockholm, Arenan Fryshuset
10.02.2020 FI Helsinki, The Circus
11.02.2020 FI Tampere, Pakkahuone
13.02.2020 DE Hamburg, Docks
14.02.2020 DE Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
15.02.2020 DE Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
16.02.2020 NL Utrecht, Tivoli
18.02.2020 DE Berlin, Huxleys
19.02.2020 PL Wroclaw, Orbita Hall
20.02.2020 AT Vienna, Arena
21.02.2020 DE Munich, Backstage
22.02.2020 DE Filderstadt, Filharmonie
25.02.2020 IT Milano, Live Club
27.02.2020 ES Barcelona, Razzmatazz
28.02.2020 ES Madrid, Palacio Vistalegre
29.02.2020 FR Toulouse, Bikini
01.03.2020 FR Paris, Elysee Montmartre
03.03.2020 UK Bristol, O2 Academy
04.03.2020 IE Dublin, National Stadium
06.03.2020 UK London, The Forum
07.03.2020 UK Manchester, Academy
08.03.2020 UK Glasgow, Barrowland
10.03.2020 BE Brussels, AB
11.03.2020 DE Hannover, Capitol