someone else wrote:
I think GTR was being broader for any 'unfashionable' band being put infront of a big audience - be it Download, HRH etc. Testament played BOA before FoD, at the time they were playing places like JBs in Dudley and BOA was their first big show in years. Their profile was so low that they were on the 'cancelled' 2007 bill as a mid-card under Blind Guardian and were added as a 'bonus' Thursday headliner infront of a few thousand which pretty much set the ground work for where they are now, as the likes of Metal Hammer pretended they'd liked them all along.
What's this about a cancelled bill?
2005 and 2006 had two Bloodstocks - Indoor and Outdoor. 2007 was announced in the same fashion (despite rumours that it wouldn't go ahead
) with BG, Testament, Sinner, Power Quest, all confirmed for appearing at one of them. Then it went quiet and more rumours started and no communication from the organisers. Then it was announced that the indoor was cancelled
and the outdoor moved to its current August position with Lacuna Coil, In Flames etc with its usual two day arrangement on Fri/Sat, but, as Testament couldn't make it, an additional day on the Thursday was added with a limited main stage bill. BG were unavailable for the new dates. This was why there were some eyebrows raised by people with longer memories when BOA organisers put the boot into the Alt.Fest debacle.