In many places the world has returned to some modicum of normality including bands and artists rescheduling tours and returning to live performances. However, the journey hasn’t always been a smooth one.

Some artists have returned to the stage only to find that they had to postpone or cancel tour dates due to an outbreak of the Covid virus.

Rockers Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel have decided that they will postpone their Bay Strikes Back tour until next spring all in the name of safety.

Testament guitarist Eric Peterson spoke on the decision saying, “we were really on the fence with this decision. But seeing other bands make it through with a few mild cases and other bigger bands just cancelling their entire tours, we felt it is in our best interest to postpone these shows to ’22.”

While the North American dates have been postponed, the appearance at the Aftershock Festival on October 7 and the Fox Theatre show in Oakland on November 27 will go on.

Guitarist Alex Skonick added, “it gives none of us any pleasure to be the bearers of bad news yet again, but here we are. Although Bay Strikes Back is a top tour package for theaters, the reality is this: It can’t afford to take the risks that top grossing larger venue tours have been taking. The type of disruptions Kiss and other large outdoor venue tours have experienced could cause our shows to be permanently cancelled – a lose/lose for everyone. The fact that a lower budget tour such as ours is limited to indoor venues with tight backstage space only adds to the risk. It should go without saying that calling off these dates was a ‘last resort’ decision, and everyone involved would much rather this weren’t the case. However, this is the new reality we’re all in. All we can do is hope for everyone’s understanding, which we ask for sincerely.”

Exodus guitarist Gary Holt also spoke on the decision saying, “we are saddened to announce that the Bay Strikes Back tour is being postponed, but the risk of cancelled shows due to positive tests leading to tour personnel being quarantined and isolated is just too great at this time. We want to feel safe, enjoy the tour and be able to hang out with our close friends. The silver lining in this is that Tom Hunting no longer needs chemo and will have more time to work his way back to doing a full tour. He will make his return behind the drums at Aftershock but a full tour requires more preparation, so that is the good part.”

Saying that normally when he makes an announcement about something, it’s something he is very excited about, Death Angel vocalist Mark Osegueda added his thoughts on the postponed dates saying, “I’m gutted… It pains me to announce that The Bay Strikes Back U.S. Tour is being postpone. No one was looking forward to this more than me. But, on the brighter side of things, the tour is in fact going to happen – just at a later time. And I can assure you that the already ravenous to play live members of Death Angel promise to provide a crushing set during a crushing tour. The Bay WILL Strike Back!”

Bay Strikes Back new tour dates…including some new additions:
April 9 at the Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo
April 10 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA
April 12 at the House of Blues in San Diego, CA
April 13 at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV
April 15 at the Rialto Theatre in Tucson, AZ
April 16 at the Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, NM
April 19 at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City, OK
April 20 at the White Oak Music Hall in Houston, TX
April 21 at Emo’s in Austin, TX
April 22 at the Amplified Live in Dallas, TX
April 23 at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA
April 26 at The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA
April 27 at the Ritz in Raleigh, NC
April 30 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ
May 1 at the Soundstage in Baltimore, MD
May 2 at the House of Blues in Boston, MA
May 3 at the Theater of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA
May 5 at The Paramount in Huntington, NY
May 6 at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY
May 7 at the Madison Theater in Cincinnati, OH
May 9 at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA
May 10 at The Agora in Cleveland, OH
May 11 at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH
May 12 at The Majestic Theatre in Detroit, MI
May 14 & 15 at The Forge in Joilet, IL
May 17 at the Skyway Theatre in Minneapolis, MN
May 19 at the Summitt in Denver, CO
May 20 at The Depot in Salt Lake City, UT