The Bay Strikes Back Tour, featuring Testament, Exodus and Death Angel, has been postponed until 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The trek was set to kick off next week in on Oct. 6 in San Luis Obispo, Calif. and end in late November.
Testament guitarist Eric Peterson said in a press release: "We were really on the fence with this decision. But seeing other bands make it through with a few mild cases and other bigger bands just cancelling their entire tours, we felt it is in our best interest to postpone these shows to '22." Alex Skolnick added: "It gives none of us any pleasure to be the bearers of bad news yet again, but here we are. Although Bay Strikes Back is a top tour package for theaters, the reality is this: It can’t afford to take the risks that top grossing larger venue tours have been taking. The type of disruptions KISS and other large outdoor venue tours have experienced could cause our shows to be permanently cancelled - a lose/lose for everyone."
All three bands will still play Aftershock Festival's Thursday night kickoff on Oct. 7 in Sacramento, Calif., and also their November 27 hometown show in Oakland, California.
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