Albuquerque’s Metalhead Mayor Attends Testament, Exodus and Death Angel Concert


Albuquerque, Mayor of New Mexico Tim Keller assisted WILLlast night’s concert (Saturday April 16th) at the Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque as part of the band “The Bay Strikes Back” with EXODUS and ANGEL OF DEATH.

Earlier today, WILL shared a photo of the whole group with Kellerapparently taken behind the scenes at the venue, and included the following caption: “Thank you Mayor of Albuquerque Tim Keller @mayorkeller for coming to our show last night! We love meeting members of our thrash metal family! #metalheads #testament #testamentlegions #thebaystrikesback”.

Born and raised in Albuquerque, Keller is well known as a fan of heavy metal music and has often attended shows around town. He also featured metal bands, including ANTHRAX and TRIVIUMon the scene.

“Albuquerque has always been pretty strong on the heavy metal front,” Keller Told The New York Times Four years ago. “What can I say, it’s something I’ve been into for a long time.”

Keller say it Albuquerque Journal that his favorite heavy metal band is the Brazilian band BURIAL. “They’re awesome,” he said. “It’s the music of empowerment.”

Keller frequently sports heavy metal merchandise in public. In November 2020, he donned a MACHINE HEAD hoodie when he voted in the US presidential election. Two years earlier, he wore a PANTHER Christmas sweater for a signing of a bill granting family paid parental leave to city employees. The legislation made Albuquerque the first city in New Mexico to extend paid parental leave benefits to its municipal workforce.

Kellera Democrat, became mayor of New Mexico’s largest city in December 2017. He replaced the two-term mayor Richard Berrywho did not seek re-election.

Keller was elected for a second four-year term last November. He won with nearly 60% of the vote.

Keller and his wife, Lizhave two young children.

WILL, EXODUS and ANGEL OF DEATH launched the 2022 edition of “The Bay Strikes Back” on April 9 at the Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo, CA. The show marked WILLfirst appearance of with the drummer david lombardo since joining the group earlier this year.

Thanks to Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller @mayorkeller for coming to our show last night! ? We love meeting members of our thrash metal family! #metalheads #testament #testamentlegions #thebaystrikesback

posted by Will on Sunday, April 17, 2022

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