Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel Announce U.S. Tour Dates


Thrash metal band Testament poses for a promo photograph.

Testament – Story by Cat Badra, photo by Stephanie Cabral

Thrash metal will untie on the upcoming “The Bay Area Strikes Back Tour” featuring Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel

All is well in the world of thrash, as three major bands from the Bay Area metal scene are coming together for a tour. Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel will bring their “The Bay Area Strikes Back Tour” this fall, with dates kicking off in October.

The famed Bay Area thrash groups headed out on the European leg of the tour back in 2020, but then, the pandemic hit, and multiple members off the involved bands came down with the virus. Testament singer Chuck Billy, Exodus guitarist Gary Holt and Death Angel drummer Will Carroll were among the band members who came down with COVID-19, and Carroll was actually hospitalized with the disease and put in a coma and on a respirator. Thankfully, all three have recovered.

Now, the band are together once again, with COVID-19, hopefully, behind them. The U.S. leg of the tour sets off Oct. 6 in San Luis Obispo, California, and hits venues across the U.S. before wrapping up Nov. 27 with a hometown gig in Oakland, California.

“Finally we are able to announce this suspended tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic!” Testament’s Eric Peterson said in a statement. “We are totally excited to get out on the road again and continue where we left off supporting our newest release ‘Titans of Creation!’”

Tickets for the shows will go on sale to the general public starting at 10 a.m. local venue time Thursday (July 1) via Tickemaster. Pre-sales start today (June 29). View the full list of tour dates and listen to Audio Ink Radio’s interview with Chuck Billy of Testament below.

Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel 2021 U.S. Tour Dates:

09/09 – Danville, VA @ Blue Ridge Rock Festival *+
10/06 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont Theater
10/07 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival *
10/08 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
10/10 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
10/11 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
10/12 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
10/14 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
10/15 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
10/16 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
10/17 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
10/18 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
10/20 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/21 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
10/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
10/23 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
10/24 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
10/26 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
10/27 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
10/28 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
10/29 – Cincinnati, OH @ Madison Theater
10/30 – Cleveland, OH @ The Agora
11/01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
11/02 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
11/04 – Detroit, MI @ The Majestic
11/05 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
11/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
11/09 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
11/10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
11/11 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues ^
11/27 – Oakland, CA @ The Fox

* = festival
+ = no Exodus and Death Angel
^ = no Exodus