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Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian checked in from the group's Australian tour on the "Friday Night Rocks" show on New York's Q104.3 FM this past Friday (May 13). Several excerpts from the interview follow:
On how the reunion tour has been going so far:
"It's been going really well. It came together really quickly. We only had three days rehearsal and most of that was spent just busting each other's balls. The shows have been great. Chicago was amazing. We played a couple of shows in Europe. Specifically the show in Glasgow in Scotland was unbelievable. We've done one show here so far in Australia, in Brisbane, and tonight is Sydney, and I expect tonight to be pretty insane."
On whether same people are coming to the shows that have been seeing the band on the last few tours or if there are a lot of new faces in the crowd:
"I would say it's a combination of both. It's people who have been coming to us all these years who are obviously coming out because of the curiosity to see what it's like, as well as people who haven't seen the band in a long time who are coming out to see Joey [Belladonna, vocals] again, and as well as, I just think, new people who never had a chance… 'cause we are playing to more people and the shows have been doing really well. We've got this [New] Jersey show coming up that I believe is really close to being sold out, which we were kind of nervous, actually, thinking, 'We're only gonna have a couple of weeks to sell this show, and we're filming a DVD there and we wanna make sure it's packed,' and it's almost sold out, so the response has been really good."
On whether they are playing songs they haven't done in a long time:
"Yeah, we're playing all kinds of stuff. If we were gonna have Joey come back out and sing with us, we felt we had to do songs that people haven't seen us play since '86/'87. So, yeah, we're doing things like 'Medusa', 'Lone Justice', 'Armed and Dangerous' with the intro. We've been doing 'Gung Ho'. There's other ones, too. I think we might try the song 'Time' — not 'Got the Time', but the song 'Time', the opening song on »Persistence of Time« — we might try that tonight for the first time since like the IRON MAIDEN tour in '91. So, yeah, we're playing stuff that we haven't done in forever, which, in a weird way, makes us feel new, because even though it's reunion tour, we haven't played these songs in forever, so it keeps it really fresh for us."
On how if felt to share the stage with Joey Belladonna and Danny Spitz again after all these years:
"We did go into this with that advantage… We were a band for… this lineup was a band for eight years — from '84 until '92. That was the whole genesis of this band. So the bonds that were made at that point, it was very easy for that to come back, especially live. I mean, it's not like everyone had to study and go and had weeks' rehearsal to learn this stuff. I mean, it came back really, really fast. Really after the Detroit show, which was the first show on April 29th, that was the one… all the bugs just were out of us pretty much right after that show, 'cause going into Chicago, the two nights we did there, it was just instantly, we felt like a band, it felt like ANTHRAX. Looking over and seeing Danny [Spitz, guitar] and seeing Joey, it's strange, but at the same time, it's very normal. I don't know if that makes any sense, but it feels really good. It's a lot of fun, actually."
Anthrax, who are currently touring with their famous eighties line-up featuring Joey Belladonna (vocals), Scott Ian (guitar), Dan Spitz (guitar), Frank Bello (bass), and Charlie Benante (drums), announced plans to film a live DVD during their show in Saryeville/New Jersey on June 3.
For this event, which marks the only date on the East Coast so far, Anthrax also announced that the first 300 ticket buyers will get to hang with the band for a private soundcheck.
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following Gigantour update in the "Forums" sections of the band's official web site:
OK, now here is some dirt on the first and second stage: I wanted to have the first stage be powerful and the second stage be a glimpse into the future bands that are either influenced, fans, or friends of mine and Megadeth. I did say that I had 'this band' or 'that band' in my sights, but I have seriously narrowed down the list.
I am still interested in Dry Kill Logic, Overkill, Dead New Day, Re:Ignition, Life Of Agony, Children Of Bodom, The Agony Scene, Diecast, Symphony X, Otep, and believe it or not, Anthrax and Testament. There are a lot more bands still trying to get onboard, but I think I will just have to make a list for next year.
My dilemma is this; the West Coast run will not have The Dillinger Escape Plan on for the first several shows. I am still deciding to either fill that slot or just go on as a four band show for the main stage. I would love to have Anthrax or Overkill on the main stage with us all, but I don't want to offend Anthrax by offering them that slot unless they really want to take it, and I don't know if Overkill are available yet.
After that, there will be more shows at the end of the tour where Dream Theater will have finished and I need to fill that slot (If I do) at that time.
This tour will run from mid-July to mid-September and will also include Texas, Georgia, and Florida this time, as well as another stint across Canada at the end of the tour.
We have been made offers to go to Mexico City and Monterey, Mexico on the Gigantour run; and Santiago, Chile; and Sao Paolo, Brazil in October on our own. I will not go down to South America without playing Argentina or Columbia too, so don't worry. We just have to work out the details.
Please stay tuned so that I can give you more of the official news real soon.
Meanwhile, the first two dates have been announced for Gigantour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
08/23 - Wantagh, NY @ Tommy Hilfiger At Jones Beach Theater
08/24 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Exclusive photos from Anthrax's rehearsal sessions for their upcoming "reunion" tour have been posted online at RandallAmplifiers.com.
In a recent interview with Australia's The Metal Forge, Anthrax bassist Frank Bello spoke about his decision to leave the group last year and his eventual return in time for the reunion tour.
"For both of us, it wasn't a healthy situation. We just had differences of opinions, honestly, and just needed to separate for a while. That's as honest as I can be with that. We just needed space to tell you truth and that's really what happened with it. Well, we both needed to make a change. It was a mutual agreement. We just needed to separate for a while. It was smart to do that."
Asked if his departure was caused by the usual musical differences and personality issues, Bello said, "A little of both. Personality. Musical. Stuff like that. It was mostly business. I hate the business of music. I love music but I hate the business. It takes the life out of it — too much business. You have to play the game but when it gets to be too much, it's not good.
"I went to go jam with Helmet for a while and that was great. I did that and then I got a call about this reunion thing and it felt right. It was as easy as that. I believe that when my gut tells me to do something, I go with it, and that's what it was telling me. So it's the right thing to do at the right time."
Read the entire interview at this location.
ANTHRAX performed the first show of their "reunion" tour Friday night (April 29) at Harpo's in Detroit, Michigan. The group's setlist for the gig was as follows:
01. Blues Brothers Intro
02. Among the Living
03. Got the Time
04. Metal Thrashing Mad
05. Caught in a Mosh
07. Keep It in the Family
10. Armed and Dangerous
13. Efilnikufesin (NFL)
14. Intro to Reality/Belly of the Beast
15. I Am the Law
16. Be All, End All
17. I'm the Man
ANTHRAX's reunited classic lineup of Joey Belladonna (vocals), Dan Spitz (guitar), Frank Bello (bass), Scott Ian (guitar) and Charlie Benante (drums) will embark on an Australian tour and will make a number of European festival appearances before the band return to the U.S. for a headlining trek in the fall.
Upcoming ANTHRAX shows: More...
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian posted the following message earlier today on the band's official web site:
First day of rehearsal and it's already tight.Any worries I had as to what it would sound like were assuaged (did I spell that fancy word correctly? It's 2:14 AM and I just got back from drinking with Frankie [Bello, bass] and Izzy Z and my Washburn compatriots David and Kevin) by today's jam at Charlie's house. Spitz [Dan, guitar] plays the leads note for note. He should, right? He played them on the records. Sounds great. It's just different to hear them like that. Joey [Belladonna] sings more aggressively then he did 13 years ago. His energy is killer. We are playing songs we have never done. We're also playing stuff we did maybe once in '86 or '87. I won't give them away now. You'll know a few of them after Detroit on Friday but that's not all we've got up our sleeve. We're going to bust out the rarities all throughout the tour.
I know I've been lax on the Alpha Mail front. This break between South America and the reunion was a well needed respite and now I feel recharged and ornery. I'll keep ya'll in the loop. Loads of pics from today to post in the next few days.
I can't wait for this weekend. Detroit is going to be a crazy night. No excuse, not even Harpo's, to come out and bang your head like it's 1987... 'Cause it's going to be!!
Chicago will be sick. 'Nuff said. I hope to see some of you faithful board bangers there.
Dublin will be as good as the Guiness at the Bruxelles pub (maybe it's crap to you if you're from there, but to me it rules).
Glasgow. I have very high expectations for the Barrows. Spread the word. Manfosh rules.
Dynamo will be huge.
More U.S. dates coming soon.
After having been confirmed as supporting acts for Slayer in Austria on June 28th and 29th, Disbelief and the Duskfall will now also open a show for legendary US metallers Anthrax. The concert takes place on June 30th in Linz, Austria.
Original ANTHRAX frontman NEIL TURBIN and CAGE have been confirmed to appear on the main stage of the Sismico festival, set to be held Saturday, May 21 at the Fex (Baja California State Fairgrounds) in the city of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. Also scheduled to appear on the main stage are PLASTILINA MOSH, PUYA and other Mexican metal, punk, ska, goth and emo bands.
The festival will feature extreme sports, skateboarding events, wrestling matches, cultural events and many other activities.
Video footage of Anthrax's April 1 press conference announcing the reunion of the group's pre-1993 lineup, plus an interview with bassist Frank Bello and vocalist Joey Belladonna regarding the group's upcoming tour, are among the features included in the latest episode of the "Metal Injection" Internet "TV" show. Watch the episode at this location. (Note: The Anthrax footage begins around the 28-minute mark).
Acclaimed video director Dale Resteghini (Shadows Fall, Hatebreed, Fear Factory) will be completing the second part of his Anthrax "Reunion" DVD with a multi-high-definition-camera shoot at the Chicago House Of Blues on May 1. Previous rock and metal DVDs Resteghini has helmed include "Tattoo The Earth 2000", Fear Factory (live footage from Australia) and the recent "Taste Of Chaos".
The upcoming Anthrax DVD is expected to cover the group's "reunion" tour, from the moment the band members met again in one room for the first time in over 13 years (on March 30) to the upcoming festival appearances. A live CD is also planned. A late 2005/early 2006 release is expected.
Almost a foregone conclusion with Mudvayne in the #3 headliner spot, ANTHRAX have shot down rumors that they will be appearing at this year's Ozzfest, stating that they will be holding off their U.S. touring plans until the fall. According to guitarist Scott Ian, the band will kick off their trek with two "warm-up" shows in Chicago, to be followed by two more warm-up dates in Dublin and Glasgow and a number of festival appearances in Europe. A short Australian tour will take place in May.
In addition to the touring activities, the band are in the process of filming a documentary DVD covering the band's "reunion" tour, from the moment the bandmembers met again in one room for the first time in over 13 years to the upcoming festival appearances. A live CD is also planned. A late 2005/early 2006 release is expected.
When asked about the status of vocalist John Bush and guitarist Rob Caggiano — who were part of the band's most recent lineup — Ian said, "Rob and John are still part of the ANTHRAX family. We'll see what the future holds, I don't know..."
Confirmed ANTHRAX tour dates so far: More...
Sin's Metal News reports that MUDVAYNE have landed the coveted 'mystery' band slot on this years OZZFEST 2005, putting to rest rumors that an 'Among the Living' era ANTHRAX will be taking to the main stage. The band will be perform directly beneath IRON MAIDEN, who will be a part of the tour through August 20th, before dropping off due to previous European engagements.
TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy has issued the following statement regarding the band's upcoming "reunion" tour:
"Well, it is really happening. Alex [Skolnick], Greg [Christian], Johnny [Tempesta], Eric [Peterson], me and Louie [Clemente], we are joining together to play some shows in Europe in May and a few in the U.S. in June. We are all stoked. More...
Bassist extraordinaire Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX) has posted the following message on his official web site:
"Coming up in a few days, I leave for a one-off show in Amsterdam (The Netherlands that is) with FATES WARNING. We're headlining the Headway Festival there on April 3rd. We've got Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER) sitting in on drums for us this time. I'm really looking forward to it. We've played with Mike before when we did a song with him every night during our set on the 2003 DREAM THEATER /QUEENSRŸCHE / FATES WARNING tour. But this will be our first 90 minute set with him. It should be killer. I'm not sure who else is on the bill except for a band from the early '90s called LAST CRACK. Remember them?
"I've been home for about 2 weeks now since my last haul with FATES and ANTHRAX. Here's a (not so) brief synopsis: More...
The classic "Among the Living" lineup of speed- and thrash-metal icons Anthrax have finally regrouped, meaning for the first time in 13 years, guitarists Scott Ian and Danny Spitz, vocalist Joey Belladonna, bassist Frankie Bello and drummer Charlie Benante will once again be making brutal music together.
On Thursday morning (March 24), the influential New York band released an official statement on the reunion, confirming weeks of Internet rumblings and metal-scene gossip. But Anthrax fans have been expecting some big news ever since the Ozzfest 2005 lineup was announced. Beginning March 15, the front page of the band's Web site has featured an ominous countdown clock that continues to tick away to April 1. Just what April Fools' Day would hold for Anthrax lovers, beyond a practical joke, was unclear.
According to the Anthrax statement, the band has scheduled a press conference for April 1 at 2 p.m. at the headquarters of Sirius Satellite Radio in New York City, to formally announce their reunion, kick off the "Spreading the Anthrax Weekend" on Sirius' Hard Attack channel and "make an important statement regarding the U.S. Government and the anthrax vaccine." The release says the group wants to raise public awareness about the dangers of the vaccine, as well as the newly legislated Project BioShield Act, which explicitly allows the Food and Drug Administration to approve drugs and vaccines that have not been fully tested during times of declared emergency.
While nothing has been confirmed yet, Anthrax have been discussing possible "new music releases," and are expected to make additional touring announcements as well. For now, Anthrax have confirmed that they'll be playing two shows at the House of Blues in Chicago, on April 30 and May 1, and will head to Europe for the Dynamo Open Air Festival in Hellendoorn, Netherlands, on May 7 and the Download Festival on June 11 at England's Donington Park.
The band will also appear at other European rock fests, including the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, which runs June 9 through June 11; the Gods of Metal Festival in Bologna, Italy, taking place on June 11 and 12; the Fury Fest in Le Mans, France, running June 24 through June 26; the Metal Camp Festival in Tolmin, Slovenia, also running June 24 through June 26; and With Full Force, which takes place July 1 through July 3 in Löbnitz, Germany.
Metal musicians congratulate Anthrax on their 20th anniversary:
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine: "Anthrax is a band that I have always respected, that has always mattered and was very important to the American metal scene. As part of the 'big four' they were responsible for an enormous amount of the credit for helping establish American metal bands as serious contenders in the world of metal."
Metallica's Kirk Hammett: "Anthrax's music matters. In the pantheon of modern metal, ANTHRAX are certainly a cornerstone, and if one listens, one can hear their influence on any number of up and coming bands of the new generation."
Deftones' Abe Cunningham: "Anthrax plays a huge role in Stef and me meeting and starting to jam together; we met through a mutual friend who gave me my first copy of 'Among the Living'. Deftones started in 1988, but before that it was just the two of us in his mom's hot ass garage with the dryer on and the washing machine overflowing trying to make it through 'Indians' and 'Caught In A Mosh'. I would like to thank you guys for the inspiration, your precision, your tones, your dedication and for having the nut sacks to try shit that no one would. Happy 20th Anniversary!!! All the best."
Judas Priest's Rob Halford: "Everyone in Judas Priest congratulates our good friends from Anthrax for passing their 20th-year metal milestone. We have always been fans of the band and had the pleasure to do many shows together. Anthrax are true pioneers with their unique style, sound and heavy brand of metal. They have always and will continue to inspire and influence those around them within the metal world." More...
The 2005 edition of the Monterrey Metal Fest is to be held on Saturday, May 28th at the Auditorio Coca Cola in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
The latest act confirmed for the festival is Ignitor.
Acts confirmed for the festival now include: Danzig, Ignitor, Jag Panzer, Lupara, Motorhead, MSG, Shadowkeep, Neil Turbin (ex-Anthrax), Warcry.
More acts will be announced soon.
More acts have been confirmed for Download Festival, which takes place on 10th, 11th & 12th June, at Donington Park, Leicestershire.
New for the Main Stage on Saturday are Anthrax, Alter Bridge, and Bowling for Soup, while new for Sunday are Nightwish, and Killswitch Engage.
There's also new bands for the Snickers Stage, with the Bled added for Friday. Saturday has added Meshuggah, Unearth, and Every Time I Die, and Sunday has added DKT/MC5, Lacuna Coil, Caliban, and As I Lay Dying.
These join bands previously announced, including Feeder, Garbage, Black Sabbath, Velvet Revolver, System of a Down, Slipknot, Mortorhead, and more. Click here for the full day and stage listings (so far) - more bands will be added in the coming weeks.
Three-day tickets are on sale, priced at £105, with camping costing an extra £22.50 (and with parking thrown in). Those not camping will (if required) need to buy an extra ticket to park their car, costing £5 if bought at the same time as festival tickets, or costing £10 on the day. Click here to buy tickets.
MTV.com is reporting that they have received confirmation that ANTHRAX's classic "Among the Living" lineup — guitarists Scott Ian and Dan Spitz, vocalist Joey Belladonna, bassist Frank Bello, and drummer Charlie Benante — has reunited. However, despite persistent reports that the band would be taking part in this year's Ozzfest, no plans for a North American tour were announced at press time.
ANTHRAX's "Among the Living" lineup has scheduled the following dates:
Apr. 30 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
May 01 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
May 07 – Hellendoorn, NETH @ Dynamo Open Air
Jun. 09-11 – Sölvesborg, SWE @ Sweden Rock
Jun. 11-12 – Bologna, ITA @ Gods of Metal
Jun. 11 - Donington Park, UK @ Download
Jun. 24-26 – Le Mans, FRA @ Fury Fest
Jun. 24-16 – Tolmin, SLO @ Metal Camp
Jul. 1-3 - Löbnitz (near Leipzig), GER @ With Full Force
Original ANTHRAX vocalist Neil Turbin has joined forces with the progressive power metal twin guitar attack of Kurt James (DR. MASTERMIND, ex-STEELER, DRIVER) and Beau Simpson (ex-FAIL FOR FUN). The thunderous rhythm section is powered by the double bass drumming fury of Mikey Neil (CAGE) and menacing bassist Mike Giordano (CAGE).
The band is set to headline the second stage at the 2005 Monterrey Metal Fest on Saturday, May 28 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
Four brand new power metal songs have been penned — "Angry World", "Die to Live", "Back from Hell" and "Afterlife" — to be included on Neil Turbin's upcoming sophomore album, "Diary of a Metal Thrashing Madman", tentatively due late 2005.