For Immediate Release
February 25, 2014
Introducing Breaking Bands LLC: Renowned Industry Veterans Join Forces in New Management Venture
Uniting the Expertise of Adrenaline PR CEO Maria Ferrero, MegaForce Records and Crazed Management Founders Jon and Marsha Zazula, and TESTAMENT Vocalist Chuck Billy
Breaking Bands LLC may be a new name on the management block, but is made up of renowned industry veterans— making the experience anything but new.
Founded by the powerhouse team of Adrenaline PR CEO Maria Ferrero, former MegaForce Records and Crazed Management owners Jon and Marsha Zazula, and Testament vocalist and co-manager Chuck Billy— these individuals have joined forces to merge their experience and bring some new, unknown bands to the forefront, as well as develop and guide the continuing careers of some of today’s most well-established artists. Combined, Chuck, Maria, Jon, and Marsha bring decades of experience to the table, from their individual beginnings at the very introduction of the heavy metal genre in the 1980’s.
Breaking Bands LLC is currently representing legendary Bay Area thrash metal band Exodus, as well as Texas heavy metal newcomers Shattered Sun and California alt pop artist Forrest Day. Breaking Bands LLC is presently accepting new submissions for prospective management clients.
To truly understand the prowess of Breaking Bands LLC, one needs to know the eminent status of the parties involved.
Chuck Billy is best known as the accomplished lead singer of legendary Billboard-charting thrash metal band Testament, one of the five original thrash metal bands to exist in the world. Testament has sold millions of albums worldwide, and boast a total of eleven studio albums, four live albums, five compilation albums, and six singles altogether. Their most recent album, Dark Roots of Earth, reached number 12 on the Billboard Top 200 charts. In 2010, Chuck Billy was recognized in the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian exhibit “Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture”, which was on display through January 2, 2011.
“After being friends and doing business for almost 30 years, we all decided that it was time to create a team that has lived and breathed the music business with all its ups and downs, adds Chuck Billy. “I feel that with all the knowledge that we’ve gained, it would be nice to work with bands and help improve and guide them in the right direction to a long and successful career. I feel this is a natural progression in my life along with focusing on my band Testament for 28+ years.”
Maria Ferrero began at MegaForce Records and Crazed Management in 1982 as the label’s first publicist and A&R representative, eventually working at labels TVT, E-magine Entertainment, and Metropolis Records, before founding her own successful boutique PR, branding, and marketing firm, Adrenaline PR. Maria Ferrero and her publicity team have represented an array of projects such as the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, Motörhead, Anthrax, Lamb of God, Five Finger Death Punch, Testament, Dethklok, Hank3, KMFDM, Tech N9ne, Machine Head, ETID, Miss May I, Louder Than Hell (book), Repo The Genetic Opera (film) and many more.
“Making a difference on the projects we are working is what it’s all about for me, personally. I would not want to take on this business venture with anyone else. I trust my partners. We’re proven,” states Maria Ferrero.
Jon and Marsha Zazula founded MegaForce Records in 1982, first signing Metallica, and then going on to sign Anthrax, Testament, Overkill and more of the era’s biggest and best bands. They also founded Crazed Management in 1982 and managed Anthrax for the first 11 years of their career, Metallica for two years, Ministry, and TAD, among others.
“Between all of us, there is over 100 years of experience and 30 years of mutual trust and respect,” states Jon Zazula. “It is a great feeling for Marsha and I to work alongside with Chuck and Maria. It feels like the dream team.”
Stay tuned for more great things coming from Breaking Bands LLC soon! To learn more about Breaking Bands LLC, visit www.breakingbandsllc.com.
For immediate release:
TESTAMENT Parts Ways with Bassist and Announce Replacement
Legendary Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT have released the following statement:
“It is with much respect that we announce our mutual parting with bassist Greg Christian. Metal fretless bass pioneer Steve Di Giorgio will be returning to TESTAMENT. Steve previously was a member of TESTAMENT on The Gathering (1999) as well as First Strike Still Deadly (2001). He will be joining TESTAMENT on their upcoming shows in Australia on the Soundwave Festival, Japan and Mexico City. Steve will also be taking part in the new TESTAMENT album. We are looking forward to continuing the momentum you, the fans, have made possible.”
Chuck and Gene will make an appearance on the Drew Pearson Show today! More details below:
Cowboys Legends Show
1003 N. Collins Street
Arlington, TX 76011
Testament Interview before their Concert (@ the Verizon Theater) with “The Coolest Guy in Dallas” Paul Salfen.
Chuck Billy will participate in an online chat, Soundwave ‘In the Ring’ with Testament set for Saturday, Oct. 19th, 11:00am AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time), which for us in California, is Today, Oct. 18th, 5:00pm PST (Pacific Standard Time – U.S.A. & Canada).
The link to the chat: http://bit.ly/TESTAMENTinthering
Chuck Billy will participate in an online chat, Soundwave ‘In the Ring’ with Testament set for Saturday, Oct. 19th, 11:00am AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time), which for us in California, is Friday, Oct. 18th, 5:00pm PST (Pacific Standard Time – U.S.A. & Canada).
The link to the chat: http://bit.ly/TESTAMENTinthering
Testament’s Chuck Billy will be making a guest appearance on 107.7 The Bone Metal Zone with Nikki Blakk this Friday, October 4th. Tune in from 10pm – 1am online at www.1077thebone.com (also available on the 107.7 The Bone app; and I Heart Radio app).
For Immediate Release: July 18, 2013
TESTAMENT TO SUPPORT LAMB OF GOD & KILLSWITCH ENGAGE ON NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
It’s been a year since TESTAMENT’s Dark Roots Of Earth debuted at #12 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and marked the highest U.S. first week sales ever for a Nuclear Blast artist. Since then, these Bay Area thrash metal legends have shown absolutely no signs of slowing down.
This fall, TESTAMENT will be direct support on the upcoming not-to-be-missed Lamb Of God and Killswitch Engage co-headlining tour through North America, which launches on Tuesday, October 22nd in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
“Been wanting to tour with Lamb Of God for a long time now,” shares TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy, “and with Killswitch also on the bill, how can this tour be anything but killer?”
Lamb Of God will be supporting 2012’s Resolution; Killswitch Engage is out promoting their latest, Disarm The Descent. California occult rockers Huntress will be opening all 28 shows. Ticket prices have been kept as low as possible to assure fans can come out during the holiday season.
Advanced tickets go on sale this Friday & Saturday, July 19th & 20th. A limited number of TESTAMENT V.I.P. packages will be available for each show, which include:
· A souvenir TESTAMENT V.I.P. Laminate
· A TESTAMENT poster
· An 8”x 10” photo of the band
· A coupon for discounted online merchandise
· Individual photo opportunities with band members
· A group photo with the entire V.I.P. group and TESTAMENT members
In addition, each V.I.P. purchaser will be entered into a raffle to win Chuck Billy’s stage vest worn throughout this tour. The winner of the vest will be personally contacted by Chuck and will also receive two (2) tickets to the next local TESTAMENT show with passes to come backstage and more!
10/22/13 Kool Haus – Toronto, ON [BUY TICKETS]
10/23/13 The Sound Academy – Toronto, ON [BUY TICKETS]
10/24/13 Metropolis – Montreal, QC – CANADA [BUY TICKETS]
10/25/13 Roseland Ballroom – New York, NY [BUY TICKETS]
10/26/13 Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre – Wallingford, CT [BUY TICKETS]
10/28/13 LC Pavilion – Columbus, OH [BUY TICKETS]
10/29/13 The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI [BUY TICKETS]
10/30/13 Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL [BUY TICKETS]
11/01/13 The Midland by AMC – Kansas City, MO [BUY TICKETS]
11/02/13 Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie – Grand Prairie, TX [BUY TICKETS]
11/03/13 Socorro Entertainment Center – Socorro, TX – FREE SHOW!
11/05/13 The Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO [BUY TICKETS]
11/07/13 Marquee Theater – Tempe, AZ [BUY TICKETS]
11/08/13 Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA [BUY TICKETS]
11/09/13 Fox Theater – Oakland, CA [BUY TICKETS]
11/11/13 ShoWare Center – Kent, WA [BUY TICKETS]
11/12/13 Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA [BUY TICKETS]
11/14/13 Shaw Conference Centre – Edmonton, AB – CANADA [BUY TICKETS]
11/15/13 Big Four – Calgary, AB – CANADA [BUY TICKETS]
11/16/13 Saskatoon Prairieland Park – Saskatoon, SK – CANADA [BUY TICKETS]
11/18/13 Myth – St. Paul, MN [BUY TICKETS]
11/19/13 Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI [BUY TICKETS]
11/20/13 Orbit Room – Grand Rapids, MI [BUY TICKETS]
11/22/13 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ [BUY TICKETS]
11/23/13 House of Blues – Boston, MA [BUY TICKETS]
11/24/13 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA [BUY TICKETS]
11/25/13 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA [BUY TICKETS]
11/26/13 The Fillmore Silver Spring – Silver Spring, MD [BUY TICKETS]
In the past year, TESTAMENT toured with Anthrax & Death Angel and headlined with Overkill & Flotsam And Jetsam to kick off promotion for Dark Roots Of Earth. Last September, TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy was featured on the cover of Decibel Magazine. Last November, the band’s “Native Blood” video won “Best Music Video” at the 2012 American Indian Film Festival. In February, TESTAMENT appeared on the ABC Morning Show “Take Five” and shot their show in Huntington, New York for their upcoming live Dark Roots Of Thrash DVD/CD to be released this fall. In April, the band received a hometown heroes reception on RECORD STORE DAY at Rasputin Music in Berkeley, California. In June, they headlined the SCION ROCK FEST in Memphis, Tennessee and Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakland) honored Chuck Billy on the California State Assembly floor. Come this September, TESTAMENT will annihilate the stage at Southern California’s BATTLE OF SAN BERNARDINO with Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Anthrax, Sabaton, and Overkill.
Dark Roots Of Earth debuted the week following its June 2012 release at #12 on the American Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, #1 on the Independent Albums chart, and #1 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart. The album roared into the #9 position on the World Sales chart – a huge accomplishment for a metal band for a chart that included pop artists such as ADELE, JUSTIN BIEBER, LINKIN PARK, JENNIFER LOPEZ and MAROON 5.
Dark Roots Of Earth‘s first-week chart positions around the globe include:
#3 United Kingdom Indie Top 40
#3 United Kingdom Rock Top 40#4 Germany Top 100
#4 Finland Top 50#10 Switzerland#12 U.S. Top 200#12 Canadian Top 200
#13 Ireland Top 20#21 Austria Top 75
#32 Netherlands Top 200
#40 Belgium Walloonia#57 United Kingdom Top 200
#62 Belgium Top 100
#86 Belgium Flanders
The album was produced, mixed, and mastered by acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap (ACCEPT, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE). Special bonus tracks were recorded, mixed, and mastered at Trident Studios by Juan Urteaga (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, TED NUGENT, NIGHT RANGER). Cover artwork was created by Eliran Kantor (ATHEIST, SIGH, ANACRUSIS, GWAR).
TESTAMENT’s latest video. TESTAMENT is:
Chuck Billy – Vocals
Eric Peterson – Guitar
Alex Skolnick – Guitar
Greg Christian – Bass
Gene Hoglan – Drums Visit