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Friday, July 27, 2012

Gene Hoglan Will Be Touring With TESTAMENT Following The DETHKLOK/LAMB OF GOD Tour Cancellation!

Yesterday (July 26), TESTAMENT announced that they had recruited drummer Mark Hernandez (FORBIDDEN, HEATHEN, DEFIANCE, VIO-LENCE) for their upcoming two-week European tour, which kicks off on July 31 at the Total Metal Festival in Toritto, Italy.
Well, if there is one good thing about the DETHKLOK/LAMB OF GOD tour cancellation (More about this story HERE!) is that drummer Gene Hoglan (Gene Hoglan (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DEATH, DETHKLOK, FEAR FACTORY)) WILL be joining TESTAMENT on the European run (starts next week).

In a series of tweets, TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick explained, "As some of you know, there's been a sub-drummer lined up for this tour, Mark Hernandez (ex-FORBIDDEN), subbing for Gene Hoglan, who was booked.

"So we find out Gene is available now (due to last-minute LAMB OF GOD/DETHKLOK tour cancellation). Calls were made and it's worked out: Gene is coming [out with us].

"Mark Hernandez took it very well; [he was a] total pro! Agreed it's best to have Gene if he's now available. But [the other] guys [in TESTAMENT] didn't tell me!!

"So I show up [to rehearsal] and they tell me [Mark] doesn't know and ask me to break the news to him. I take him outside and tell him. He acts devastated! Eric [Peterson, guitar] films it from afar. I told him please not to take it hard, it's just like being an understudy on Broadway! He tells me he's crushed, he's been working so hard, etc. And then, I said a line that everyone's now quoting and probably will for years. That's when they all came out and everyone started laughing.

"The quote of the year... Here's what I said, while looking this dude straight in the eye: 'It sucks to be the understudy.'"

A complete list of tour dates can be seen below.

In anticipation of the release of TESTAMENT's NEW album 'The Dark Roots Of Earth' (out today in Europe, Tuesday in North America), Skolnick has been busy spreading the word about the bands 10th studio album. We recently had the chance to chat with him at the "meet and greet" that was hosted in New York City. Here is what went down!

Video by: Zulie Alvarez (www.zuliephotographierocks.com/)


July/August 2012

European Tour Dates:

7/31 – Toritto, Italy – Total Metal Fest
8/02 – Székesfehérvár, Hungary – Fezen Fest
8/03 – Lucerne, Switzerland – Konzerthaus Schuur
8/04 – Wacken, Germany – Wacken Fest
8/06 – Tolmin, Slovenia – Metalcamp
8/09 – Vasteras, Sweden – Sigurdsgatan 25
8/10 – Rejmyre, Sweden – Skogsrojet
8/11 – Derbyshire, UK – Bloodstock Fest
8/12 – Brussels, Belgium – Alcatraz Fest
8/13 – Istanbul, Turkey – Venue 2012

September/October 2012

U.S./Canada Tour Dates:

09/14 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
09/15 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
09/16 – Kennewick, WA @ Toyota Center
09/17 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
09/19 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
09/20 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theater
09/21 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
09/22 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Event Centre
09/24 – Saskatoon, SK @ Odeon Event Center
09/25 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
09/29 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
09/30 – Quebec City, QC @ Capitole du Quebec

10/02 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
10/03 – Portland, ME @ State Theater
10/05 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre

Related Links:
Official Site of Testament

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