Testament’s Chuck Billy Has Coronavirus
Testament frontman Chuck Billy, his wife, Tiffany, and “some crew members” in the band’s employ have all tested positive for COVID-19.
Says the group in a 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!”
Several other participants in the tour — including Exodus guitarist Gary Holt and Death Angel drummer Will Carroll, the latter of whom has been hospitalized and is “very ill” — are also currently experiencing symptoms of the virus, although last we heard, their test results were still pending.
Here’s hoping Chuck, Tiffany, and everyone else who contracted COVID-19 on the tour get better soon.
Testament will release a new album, Titans of Creation, on April 3. You can listen to the first two singles from the album, “Night of the Witch” and “Children of the Next Level,” below.