TESTAMENT’s Alex Skolnick On EXODUS’ Steve Souza - “He's Almost Part Of The Band Still"
April 16, 2019, 3 days ago
In a new interview with Billboard, Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick spoke about the new thrash metal documentary, Murder In The Front Row.
Looking back at the relationships amongst the bands, Skolnick recounted, “To really go into all the details of the personal dynamics would require an HBO miniseries. (Laughs.) It was complex. Just to use one small example that isn’t really brought up in the film: When Testament started, the singer was Steve Souza. He’s a brother and we love doing shows with Exodus, and he and Chuck [Billy, Testament’s frontman] will work on lyrics together, so he’s almost part of the band still. It all seems hunky-dory, but flash back to [when Souza left Testament to join Exodus], and we were like, ‘Exodus poached our singer!’ At the time, it was a big shock, and there was some real... not-warm feelings … Yeah, relationships were affected. There was a sense of, I would say, mild rivalry. But now that everybody’s adults, things have come full circle.”
In two weeks, Metal Allegiance are heading up the west coast to perform at four special shows to celebrate their 5 year anniversary as band. The final date which will take place in San Francisco on April 20th and will feature a screening of Murder In The Front Row's documentary earlier in the day followed by a night of epic performances celebrating several anniversaries.
Murder In the Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story will be premiered at the AMC Kabuki Theatre. The film which shares the same title as the 2012 book chronicles the rise of the Bay Area thrash scene in the 80's. The film highlights interviews from Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth, Exodus, Possessed, Death Angel and many more.
Following the screening, Metal Allegiance will perform at The Fillmore and will feature special appearances by members of Bay Area thrash legends, Exodus. The night will see the return of the H-team of Holt and Hunolt as well as Tom Hunting and Steve "Zetro" Souza who will share the stage with members of Metal Allegiance. Don't miss your chance to witness these legendary performances.
Watch the trailer below:
For Metal Allegiance's four shows, fans will be able to purchase an upgrade VIP package. Below is a list of items included in the package which can be purchasedhere.
- Early access into the venue
- Exclusive pre-show Meet & Greet with members of Metal Allegiance
- Personal photograph & autograph signing with members of Metal Allegiance
- Collectible Metal Allegiance 5th Anniversary poster (which they'll happily sign for you)
- Metal Allegiance Exclusive 5th Anniversary T-Shirt (sizing from Small to 3XL)
- Metal Allegiance Embroidered Logo Two Patch Set (red logo patch and white logo patch)
- Official Meet & Greet VIP Laminate
- Crowd-free access to the merch booth
Metal Allegiance's 5th anniversary dates are as follows:
17 - The Van Buren - Phoenix, AZ
18 - The Belasco Theater - Los Angeles, CA
19 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
20 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
For the 5 year anniversary trek, attendees are able to purchase a very limited guitar lesson with Alex Skolnick. Each of the four shows will offer 4 guitarists the chance to spend 40 minutes learning from Alex and the package will include an IK Multimedia iRig Micro Amp, IK Multimedia iRig 2 as well as Metal Allegiance memorabilia and a personal photograph & autograph signing with Alex Skolnick after the lesson.
For more information on the classes, head here.