FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 6, 2013
Assemblyman Jim Frazier Honors Chuck Billy of Thrash Metal Band Testament
Sacramento, CA – Today Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) honored musician Chuck Billy of Antioch on the State Assembly floor for the positive influence he has made in the Native American community and on the general public.
On January 14, 2013, Chuck Billy earned the distinction as the first Native American entertainer to be permanently featured in the memorabilia display at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Chuck was also among those recognized in the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian’s exhibit, Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture.
“The world of music is inhabited by creative and talented individuals whose work enhances the quality of life for all who are fortunate enough to have entered their sphere of influence,” said Jim Frazier. “Not only does Chuck Billy embody all of these admirable qualities, he also personifies the strength and enduring spirit of Native Americans.”
Chuck Billy, a descendent of the Pomo Native Americans, was born in Oakland and spent much of his youth on the Hopland Indian Reservation north of San Francisco. He is best known as the vocalist for Testament, where he plays several songs including Trail of Tears, Allegiance, and Native Blood, in honor of his ancestral lineage.
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6-6-13 Chuck Billy Press Release
Testament: More European Tour Dates Announced!
Bay area thrash legend’s TESTAMENT have announced several European tour dates planned for this November/December. The appearances include re-booked shows that had to be rescheduled due to drummer Gene Hoglan’s commitments with his other band DETHKLOK. “The LAMB OF GOD and DETHKLOK U.S. tour had to be canceled and DETHKLOK re-booked some shows. This has caused some conflicts with a few previously scheduled TESTAMENT dates since Gene couldn’t participate in them,” said the band. “Mark Hernandez (ex-FORBIDDEN) will be helping us out but he wasn’t available until November the 25th. So various shows will be staying the same but others may be moved to 2013.”
All refunds for cancelled shows are available at point of purchase. Confirmed appearances as of now are as follows:
11/27 Garage – Glasgow, Scotland
11/28 Wulfrun Hall – Wolverhampton, UK
11/29 Ritz – Manchester, UK
11/30 Koko – London, UK
12/01 Hard Rock Hell Festival – Prestatyn, Wales
12/03 Dynamo – Eindhoven, Netherlands (original tickets purchased remain valid)
12/05 KKZ – Moscow, Russia
12/06 Za Ozhidaniya – St. Petersburg, Russia
Stay tuned for more European performances in 2013 to be announced soon.
The Native American Film Institute will be holding the 37th annual American Indian Film Festival this November 2 – 10 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA. The event will include a screening of TESTAMENT’s “Native Blood” music video. Attendees can catch the showing on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased here for the event.
The American Indian Film Festival recognizes outstanding Indian cinematic accomplishments, and will recognize Native media makers and talent via its American Indian Motion Picture Awards Show. The Festival also provides an opportunity for filmmakers, tribes, media and public audiences to come together and share in the creative experience and celebrate cinematic accomplishment. For more information visit http://aifisf.com.
“Native Blood”, whose lyrics are about vocalist Chuck Billy’s Native American heritage, was filmed at the Hopland Indian Reservation in Hopland, CA. The clip was directed by Mike Sloat (MACHINE HEAD, STAIND).
TESTAMENT recently wrapped up a co-headlining North American tour with fellow American thrash metal greats, ANTHRAX, and label mates DEATH ANGEL.TESTAMENT scanned 20,720 copies of their new album Dark Roots of Earth in its first week of sales in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album debuted at No. 12 on the US Billboard Top 200 chart, making it their highest first week sales since the inception of SoundScan. This also marks the highest first week sales for a Nuclear Blast artist yet.