Members of the thrash-metal band Testament and their crew have examined optimistic for COVID-19. After feeling unwell, members of the group — which lately returned from the Bay Strikes Back tour of Europe earlier this month — determined to get examined for the coronavirus. “As of yesterday morning, [lead singer] Chuck [Billy] and [his wife] Tiffany Billy’s tests have come back positive as well as some crew members,” the band mentioned in a bunch assertion on Facebook. The group didn’t specify which crew members had been affected or what number of contracted the virus.
“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,” the band mentioned in an announcement. “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.”
Several members of the bands on the Bay Strikes Back tour, which featured Testament enjoying alongside fellow San Francisco–space thrash teams Exodus and Death Angel, have reported feeling sick since returning to the U.S.
Exodus’ guitarist Gary Holt, who additionally performs in Slayer, reported on Instagram that he and his spouse, Lisa, had been “suffering from all the symptoms of Corona, without the beer.” “[We’re] mildly sick, better today after repeatedly waking up soaked in sweat last night,” he wrote on Wednesday. “[I’m] self-monitoring with my better half, and unfortunately, won’t be able to visit my grandkids until I’m symptom-free for seven days.” He followed up on Friday, saying that he and his spouse had been examined for the virus and must wait seven to 10 days for outcomes.
Meanwhile, Will Carroll, the drummer for Death Angel, has been hospitalized for an undisclosed sickness. His fiancée, Leeshawn Navarro, posted on social media, “Need even more healing vibes, candles, prayers, love, everything you have for Will.” Holt additionally posted about Carroll on Saturday that Carroll “is in need of some massive positive vibes.”
“Will is in the ICU,” Holt wrote. “[It’s] WAY worse that anything I’m dealing with, by a long shot. Not even close. He is very ill. There are several of us that have symptoms and are waiting for test results. Will needs some healing vibes from everyone.”
Death Angel posted final Sunday that they might not be capable of play a live performance in Mexico City due to “half of our band/crew being sick.” In their assertion, Testament mentioned they had been quarantining themselves and getting relaxation. “We’re taking all the necessary steps to stay safe at home and we ask our friends and fans to do the same,” they wrote.
Testament’s Full Statement on Coronavirus
As a lot of you already know, after getting back from the BAY STRIKES BACK over Europe Tour final week, a few of us in TESTAMENT have been feeling unwell and have made the choice together with our Doctors to be examined for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. As of yesterday morning, Chuck and Tiffany Billy’s exams have come again optimistic in addition to some crew members.
We needed to succeed in out to everybody who has been supporting us and expressing concern to tell you that we’re doing what’s proper, and what’s protected, and have all been quarantining ourselves since our return house; since earlier than we had been even examined. We are after all involved for our households, our buddies, our crew, our fellow musicians, and our followers. We’ve reached out to assist our fellow Bay Area Bands who’re additionally being proactive in their very own camps, staying quarantined and protected, and can communicate on their particular person conditions if and when they’re able to.
At this second we’re at the moment centered on staying protected and quarantined, resting, getting ourselves again to well being, and naturally, sending effectively needs, prayers, and optimistic power in direction of our buddies who’re additionally sick. We additionally wish to ship effectively needs to all of our followers and supporters on this time of disaster. We’re taking all the mandatory steps to remain protected at house and we ask our buddies and followers to do the identical. Please handle one another, and keep wholesome so we are able to proceed to thrash within the not so distant future!