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Testament Drummer Clemente To Sit Out Upcoming Tour Dates, Paul Bostaph To Fill In

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Due to medical reasons, TESTAMENT drummer Louie Clemente will be unable to perform with the band on the upcoming shows scheduled in the United States, Europe, and South Korea. Veteran drummer and good friend Paul Bostaph (EXODUS, ex-SLAYER, FORBIDDEN, SYSTEMATIC) will be filling in for Louie on the following dates in July and August:

Jul. 12 - Key Club - Hollywood, CA
Jul. 13 - Galaxy Theatre - Santa Ana, CA
Jul. 14 - Nevada Empire Ballroom - Las Vegas, NV
Jul. 15 - Venue of Scottsdale - Scottsdale, AZ
Jul. 16 - Reflections - Victorville, CA
Jul. 21 - Earthshaker Fest - Rieden, GER
Jul. 22 - Metalcamp Fest - Tolmin, SLO
Jul. 24 - Carling Academy Islington - London, UK
Jul. 25 - Bradford Rio - Bradford, UK
Jul. 26 - JB's - Dudley, UK
Jul. 28 - Metalway Festival - Jerez, SPA
Jul. 29 - Metalway Festival - Gernika, SPA
Aug. 05 - Busan Rock Festival - Busan City, KOR

TESTAMENT are tentatively planning to enter the studio in the fall to record the long-awaited follow-up to 1999's "The Gathering", due in early 2007.

In a recent interview with LivingForMetal.com, TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson stated that the upcoming CD will feature the band's original lineup. He said, "We're gonna get Louie [Clemente] to come back to do some songs. The drummer situation, we are probably gonna use a couple of drummers 'cause we've had people that are in our lives and a part of TESTAMENT so it wouldn't be fair to not have these people play on it. Probably Jon Allen from DRAGONLORD and SADUS will play on it, who's also been a part of TESTAMENT and toured with us. Just the way we do things now, we don't tour extensively so it's kind of hard to keep steady players. Like if something comes up and someone's not available we'll go, 'Let's see if this guy's available.' Yeah it's gonna be killer, the new material is sounding pretty old-school. . . Alex's [Skolnick, guitar] got some riffs that he's been sending me and they sound pretty TESTAMENT, just really cool stuff. Like that 'Apocalyptic City' kind of vibe. Good chord progressions with octaves over it."

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. Ripped 88 writes:

Who the f*** listens to TESTAMENT??

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2. Heinzonegative writes:

TESTAMENT KICKS ASS. I WISH THEY WOULD COME TO OHIO.

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3. deathbringer writes:

Testament are the sh**. They're one of the few old school bands who have stayed true to themselves and even gotten heavier rather than lighter. I just wish they were a little more active with touring and recording. I can't wait for some new material.

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4. avenger writes:

dnt care what yall say,testament blew me away with lombardo.. glad to see em with togather with the original lineup

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