Testament Anger Indonesian Fans After Sabotaging Local Band's Set

Soundcheck dispute leads to incident at Indonesian festival.

Testament Anger Indonesian Fans After Sabotaging Local Band's Set
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Testament appears to have caused controversy at an Indonesian festival after pulling the plug on a set by a local band.

As Lawless Jakarta notes, the incident took place at the Kukar Rockin Fest 2014 in Tenggarong, East Borneo. Reportedly motivated by a dispute over soundcheck times, Testament's road crew took to the stage during the set of local band Power Metal, and began unplugging equipment. While Power Metal stepped down and let Testament take to the stage, many members of the audience protested, sitting down during the band's set and chanting for the former band. After 10 songs, a visibly frustrated Testament left the stage to be replaced by Power Metal.

Speaking about the incident, eyewitness and Lawless Jakarta writer Sam Bram notes:

"Maybe Chuck [Billy, Testament singer] didn't know about what was happening at that moment. Maybe he didn't know about the last minute soundcheck that was causing the schedule to be late. Maybe nobody told him because the crew were too scared of him being angry or something. All we know is that Testament asked for a sudden soundcheck, but still wanted to be on stage on the original time, didn't tell the organizer nor the bands about it, and ended up forcing Power Metal to step down. I heard the communication process in the band was really bad. They didn't even bring their tour manager. A band as big as Testament having internal communication problems? Assumption is the mother of all f--k-ups. Testament was not formed yesterday. Communication shouldn't have been a problem."

You can check out video of Testament's set below:

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    strung_out1
    Good on the Indonesian crowd for standing up for their own bands
    ifc69
    Actually...they sat down. Thanks, I'll be here all week.
    RCA1186
    A crowd standing up for a local band? Where are these people in America?
    YoungFluff
    I doubt the writer's name was "Oleh Sam Bram" considering that "oleh" is the Indonesian word for "by". Simple assumptions could be brought to mind as to why such a name came about, however. But nonetheless, interesting article!
    arya.rinaldo
    well his name isn't 'Oleh Sam Bram', and he was just saying that the article was written by him
    SirBiggithBrian
    Full story rather than an excerpt. "Sunday (09/03), there were chaos at Kukar Rockin Fest 2014, Tenggarong, East Borneo. Testament’s crew wanted to do a 1-hour sudden soundcheck when the show has started. This was just before Seringai took the stage and was not on the rundown. The rundown was changed, and the show was behind about an hour to acommodate them. Testament was originally scheduled to play at 10pm, changed to 11pm. When Power Metal was on stage around 10pm, all hell broke lose. Chuck Billy, the lead singer/decission maker, was really angry why his band hasn’t played. After 2 songs, Testament’s stage crew were acting like *******s unplugging Power Metal’s cables from their amps during their third song. I saw this with my own eyes. David, one of the local event managers who was preventing this from happening, got elbowed on the chest by Testament’s crew and was hurting. Chuck appeared on stage, talking trash, making a fool out of himself. Power Metal was really upset, I would’ve been too if it was my band, but luckilly they were not throwing punches. Power Metal stepped down, gave the stage to Testament, and the event organisers begged them to play after, since the crowd were pissed off, cheering for Power Metal to continue. The crowd were sitting down, protesting to Testament. Some plastic bottles were thrown to the stage but were able to be stopped by the persuasion of the MC and organiser. When finally Testament played, only a few people in the front stood up throughout their entire set. Nothing that Chuck and the others can do that can make the crowd alive again. After around 8-10 songs Chuck looked like he lost his mood. He was leaning to the drum riser while singing. When the song ended, Chuck took a can of beer and kicked it on stage, aiming to the side of the stage. I have this on video. “You want some more?” bassist Steve DiGiorgio asked the crowd, only a few people cheered. They were ****ed, caused by their own doing. After Chuck confirmed that the crowd doesn’t want to see Testament anymore, they left the stage. Power Metal was back and the crowd went wild again. Maybe Chuck didn’t know about what was happening at that moment. Maybe he didn’t know about the last minute soundcheck that was causing the schedule to be late. Maybe nobody told him because the crew were too scared of him being angry or something. All we know is that Testament asked for a sudden soundcheck, but still wanted to be on stage on the original time, didn’t tell the organiser nor the bands about it, and ended up forcing Power Metal to step down. I heard the communication process in the band was really bad. They didn’t even bring their tour manager. A band as big as Testament having internal communication problems??? Asumption is the mother of all ****-ups. Testament was not formed yesterday. Communication shouldn’t have been a problem." http://lawlessjakarta.com/blog/testament...
    bit64
    Probably organizers messed up something,but still Testament shouldn't have acted like that.Respect to the fans for backing the local band!
    iman.sea.9
    it's the Testament who messed up everything there, not organizers. they even try to accomodate what The Testament want.
    Firewind Raging
    It could have been Testament's crew and not the band who made the demand, I've never heard ANYTHING negative about the band's behaviour in the past.
    kratos379
    I read Alex Skolnick's memoirs and there definitely have been some incidents. Chuck Billy is huge and a very easy person to be intimidated by. He can also have a bit of a temper. Either way, I don't think we'll know the full story until some of the guys from Testament speak about it. I'm going to with hold my judgement until then.
    chadmadna
    I'm pretty suprised shit didn't go down. With Indonesian crowds, it's supposed to be much worse than a mass silent treatment from the crowd.
    vikkyvik
    A band as big as Testament having internal communication problems? Assumption is the mother of all f--k-ups. Testament was not formed yesterday. Communication shouldn't have been a problem. Hey, they're just being a good thrash band and following Metallica's lead!
    chrisvasco23
    i dont think its testament's fault. mistakes happen and miscommunication happens all to often at festivals.
    Arthemesic
    What a bunch of dicks! Being "scared of angry reactions" sure is a good reason to f**k over every other person at the venue, causing much more angry reactions!
    cfhdomination
    Sucks for the local band. Glad the audience stood up for them. I'm still a huge Testament fan though.
    cfhdomination
    Testament has released a statement on Blabbermouth in case anyone is interested. What a sh*tty situation for everyone involved.
    cm-thrashing-45
    Power Metal may be a local band, but I am aware that they are HUGE in Indonesia. I know the Indonesian metal community loves their metal and has a lot of respect for their favourite artists and I can understand why they'd be pissed off. It's like another band driving Iron Maiden off stage.
    shirokame.yanda
    yeah right..let me think, the Apologize just for fans only, not for the band that they were messed the band's set?.. what a Metal Legend
    strung_out1
    Good on the Indonesian crowd for standing up for their own bands
    morbidguitar
    HAHA love this article. Any band called "Power Metal" probably sucks balls anyway. Good job Testament!
    Genrecore
    Look here, Testament's stirring shit up desperately trying to stay relevant. 80's over bitch, you had your turn, let the Indonesians have a try at metal. Exodus is probably the only decent old Thrash left.
    cfhdomination
    Seriously? Testament's last two albums are awesome. I agree that Exodus kicks ass, but Testament hasn't exactly been irrelevant. I'm sure there's more to the story.
    TheExterminator
    Look, I know Testament hasn't been good since they started making watered-down MTV Thrash in like 1988-89, and you could say they were one of the bands responsible for driving everyone to Death Metal as Thrash became increasingly overrun by banal, second-rate trash like Testament, but Exodus hasn't been good since they got that Phil Anselmo wannabe on vocals and turned into something of dime-a-dozen Groove/Thrash band.
    qrEE
    First of all you're stupid. Secondly Death Metal is better than Thrash so it's a good thing that DM got more traction in the 90's. Thirdly you're stupid.
    cfhdomination
    The New Order and Practice What You Preach were killer. They didn't release a good album until The Gathering. The Formation Of Damnation and Dark Roots Of Earth are both kickass albums and they seem to be doing well. Now that they have Steve Digiorgio and Gene Hoglan on board I'm sure their next album will be pretty awesome.
    Captain Chaos
    I saw them 6 months ago in California and some shit was going on too. They wouldn't come out so they would cut short their set and people were getting pissed.
    kikomarty
    Having their set pushed back without notice is severely unprofessional and could interfere with flights and bookings. Something you don't do to an international band. Simple answer, Don't play Indonesia again.
    iman.sea.9
    @Kiko, you need to know all shitty facts out there and then make your conclusion, [b]Moron .