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Anthrax's Scott Ian has posted a message about the band's 25th anniversary online:
25 years since Danny Lilker & I started this band. 25 years. Who does anything for 25 years? And in band years, that's like a thousand years. In all seriousness, its my proudest accomplishment. To still be doing this 25 years down the line at this level is a testament to the strength of the people that love this band. From everyone that's ever been in the band to anyone that's ever taken the time to listen, thank you. Someday I'll write the book and properly give everyone their due, until then raise a glass with me and recite my favorite toast:
"Here's to us and those like us and all the rest are cunts."
In other updates, Anthrax is playing Japan in October and have got some new merch in the works (some Hot Topic exclusives) and all the new merch from the summer tour will be available online this fall.
The latest listing of tour dates follows:
FRI 7-28 BILLINGS, MT @ SHRINE AUDITORIUM
SUN 7-30 Saskatoon, SK, Canada @ Prairieland Park
MON 7-31 Edmonton, AB, Canada @ Shaw Conference Center
TUES 8-1 Calgary, AB, Canada @ Stampede Corral
THURS 8-3 Vancouver, BC, Canada @ Pacific Coliseum
FRI 8-4 Salem, OR Salem @ Armory Auditorium
SAT 8-5 San Fransisco, CA @ The Pound
SAT 8-6 LOS ANGELES, CA @ The AVALON
10-14 JAPAN LOUDPARK, FESTIVAL
Anthrax have announced the following contest at their official website:
"In celebration of 20 years of maximum metal and their highly-anticipated summer tour with Rob Zombie, Anthrax has joined forces with Fender to give away monster bassist Frank Bello's "Be All, End All" rig! That's right, the very same Fender pro bass rig that Bello will be using to pummel audiences nationwide this summer can be yours!
One lucky contestant will win a:
FENDER FRANK BELLO SIGNATURE BASS GUITAR featuring an evil Black bound alder body with matching headstock (no pickguard), an earth-shaking combination of one Samarium Cobalt Noiseless™ Jazz Bass® pickup and one Seymour Duncan® Quarter Pound™ Basslines™ split coil pickup, a BADASS III™ bridge, a stamped "Bello" neckplate and an "Angry Man" neck logo.
Bello comments, "I am so psyched up about this contest because the winner is going to be playing the best bass guitar and bass gear on the market!!! See ya on tour!!!”
FENDER 800 PRO BASS AMPLIFIER HEAD featuring 800 Watts of truly seismic power at 4 Ohms (1,200 Watts at 2 Ohms), bass and treble controls, three-band semi-parametric EQ, room balance control, two Speakon® and two 1/4" speaker outputs, tuner output and effects loop.
FENDER 810 PRO BASS AMPLIFIER CABINET featuring a face-melting array of eight Fender Special Design Eminence® 10" cast frame speakers capable of handling 2,000 Watts (program; 1,000 Watts continuous), compression-driver high-frequency horn with attenuator, slide rails, recessed wheels and kick plate."
For more information and to enter the contest go here.
Remaining Anthrax tourdates with Rob Zombie are as follows: More...
MEGADETH drummer Shawn Drover has dismissed the rumored Gigantour 2 lineup which was published in Bass Player magazine as "so not true, it's actually funny."
As previously reported, new issue of the Bass Player magazine (see scan at this location) has named the following bands as taking part in the second installment of the Gigantour, the festival tour organized by MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine as a tour featuring "only bands whose musicianship matches their ability to melt faces with sheer volume and power":
The official Gigantour 2 lineup is expected to be announced later this month.
Just For Fun
Comedian/Actor Brian Posehn recently completed work on his first music video.
The video, for POSEHN (Brian’s metal band) track “Metal By Numbers” taken from Brian’s upcoming CD ‘Live In: Nerd Rage’, was shot on location in Los Angeles, CA with the team of director Darren Doane (DEFTONES, AFI), producer Jeremy Jackson and editor Dan Dobi. The video illustrates Brian’s view on today’s metal scene and features appearances from POSEHN members Scott Ian (ANTHRAX / DAMNOCRACY) and Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT/FATES WARNING).
The video can be viewed exclusively at Brian’s MySpace page as part of Brian's stint as the featured comedian this week (7/3 – 7/9/06) on MySpace Comedy.
'Live In: Nerd Rage' reveals the hilarious observations of a self-professed nerd and life-long fan of heavy metal. Recorded as part of Brian's appearances on the Comedians of Comedy tour, and including a sketch with Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show), 'Live In: Nerd Rage' is Brian at his funniest. 'Live In: Nerd Rage' will be released on July 11th in North America, with an international release to follow in August.
As news of the return of Gigantour becomes imminent, last year's fast and furious inaugural festival tour arrives in stores on deluxe 2-CD and 2-DVD sets August 22 and September 5, respectively, via Image Entertainment. Both configurations capture 2005's heavy metal onslaught that was hailed as the best metal bill of the year, with Revolver magazine calling it "the mother of all shred fests." Organized by MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine as a tour featuring "only bands whose musicianship matches their ability to melt faces with sheer volume and power" (Miami Herald), "Gigantour" features unforgettable performances by MEGADETH, DREAM THEATER and FEAR FACTORY as well as ANTHRAX (CD only), NEVERMORE, LIFE OF AGONY, SYMPHONY X, DRY KILL LOGIC and BOBAFLEX.
The "Gigantour" DVD set encompasses a special bonus disc with all the no-holds-barred offstage action: tour bus visits, backstage drama, practical jokes plus interviews with the people who make a national package tour happen, like tour managers, pyrotechnics experts and band members. The "Gigantour" CD contains three songs not included on the DVD. More...
ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has commented on episode three of "SuperGroup", the VH1 "reality" TV program starring Ian, Ted Nugent, former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach, ex-BIOHAZARD bassist/vocalist Evan Seinfeld and drummer Jason Bonham (BONHAM, UFO, FOREIGNER). Filming for the program commenced on February 22, with the premise being to lock several musicians in a house for 12 days and get them to write and record some new original music. In addition to the five musicians, star manager Doc McGhee (KISS) was in charge for the duration of filming/recording. The all-star band — dubbed DAMNOCRACY — also performed a headlining set at the Empire Ballroom in Las Vegas on March 5.
Commented Scott: "I thought episode 3 kicked ass. They just keep getting better. I love in episode 3 when Doc says that the song [that DAMNOCRACY wrote and demoed on the show] would be a great song in 1982 but not in 2006. I take that as a compliment. Rob Cavallo [producer] says it's dated. Dated? Hmmm, the guy that produces GREEN DAY who sound exactly like the BUZZCOCKS says we sound dated. Interesting. I guess the WHITE STRIPES sound dated as well. And PEARL JAM and JOSS STONE and everyone else that sounds like '70s music. Or bands like AVENGED SEVENFOLD that are straight out of '80s thrash. Are they dated? Why is dated a negative? I understand being objective, it's just that dated to me is not a negative. We're playing music that we love and organically created. What should we sound like? What is current? Should we have forced ourselves to sound like something we're not? That would've been the lamest and most transparent thing we could've done. They wanted us to cover a KELLY CLARKSON song. That was their idea. I actually went as far as to learn it, be open-minded and all, and quickly realized it would've been so fucking retarded for us to do that. Duh. Hey, I'm an open-minded kind of guy. That song works for her, not for DAMNOCRACY. Anyway, hopefully we will finish these demos and you'll get to hear what we did. Let us know if you want to hear it. Maybe that will light a fire under our asses."
Anthrax has announced that they will for the first time ever play their entire 1987 classic Among The Living during off-dates from this summer's tour with Rob Zombie. Many of the songs like Indians and N.F.L. have been staples forever but others such as Skeletons In The Closet, One World, Horror Of It All have not been played live very often.
Anthrax On tour With Rob Zombie (except where noted otherwise): More...
More Rob Zombie and Anthrax tour dates have been confirmed. The latest list of confirmed dates are as follows:
FRI 6-30 EL PASO, TX COUNTY COLISEUM
SAT 7-1 LUBBOCK, TX LA VILLA REAL
SUN 7-2 WICHITA FALLS, TX KAY YEAGER COLISEUM
WED 7-5 MCALLEN, TX LA VILLA REAL
FRI 7-7 N. LITTLE ROCK, AR EDGEFEST '06 NORTH SHORE PARK
SAT 7-8 SPRINGFIELD, MO JORDAN VALLEY FESTIVAL GROUNDS
SUN 7-9 WICHITA, KS KANSAS COLISEUM
TUES 7-11 COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA MID-AMERICA CENTER
WED 7-12 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK FAIRGROUNDS ARENA
FRI 7-14 GRAND RAPIDS, MI DELTAPLEX
SAT 7-15 CLEVELAND, OH TOWER CITY AMPHITHEATER
SUN 7-16 FT. WAYNE, IN ALLEN COUNTY WAR MEMORIAL COLISEUM
TUES 7-18 EVANSVILLE, IN ROBERTS STADIUM
WED 7-19 MOLINE, IL THE MARK OF THE QUAD CITIES
THURS 7-20 GREEN BAY, WI RESCH CENTER
SAT 7-22 MANKATO, MN MIDWEST WIRELESS CIVIC CENTER
SUN 7-23 FARGO, ND FARGO CIVIC MEMORIAL
MON 7-24 SIOUX FALLS, SD RAMKOTA EXHIBIT HALL
WED 7-26 RAPID CITY, SD RUSHMORE HALL
THURS 7-27 CASPER, WY CASPER EVENTS CENTER
FRI 7-28 BILLINGS, MT SHRINE AUDITORIUM
SUN 7-30 SASKATOON, SK, CANADA PRAIRIELAND PARK
MON 7-31 EDMONTON, AB, CANADA SHAW CONFERENCE CENTER
TUES 8-1 CALGARY, AB STAMPEDE CORRAL
THURS 8-3 VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA PACIFIC COLISEUM
FRI 8-4 SALEM, OR SALEM ARMORY AUDITORIUM
A few years back, metal journalists James Sherry (Metal Hammer, Kerrang!) and Neil Aldis (Rock World, Terrorizer) decided to sift through their record collections and put the best of the bunch into coffee-table-book form. That spawned "Heavy Metal Thunder," an extensive archive of the most kick-ass metal-album art of the last four decades, set to land in bookstores June 1.
According to Sherry, the book's intended to guide lifelong metalheads down memory lane — a time when you'd buy an LP based solely on the image that graced the sleeve, a time when ridiculous album covers were a genuine art form.
"We wanted the book to be entertaining for people who aren't necessarily into metal," he said. "I wanted it to appeal to people who are really heavily into the music and can look through the book and go, 'Oh, I remember that record — I had it when I was a kid.' ... But we also wanted it to appeal to people who have no interest in the music and can look through it and go, 'These covers are hilarious.' We're not afraid to poke fun at it."
The book's documents everything from the earliest days of groundbreaking bands like Black Sabbath and Judas Priest through today's current class of metallers, like Mastodon and High on Fire. The book covers all the bases, with chapters devoted to black metal, death metal, nü metal, thrash, stoner rock and glam rock. There's even a forward penned by Anthrax's Scott Ian and an interview with Derek Riggs, the man who created Iron Maiden's symbolic Eddie icon.
"We were originally going to do each chapter in a different theme," Sherry explained. "We were going to have a chapter of all covers that just featured men with swords, which there are many. It's an ongoing theme in old metal records. We wanted a whole chapter on glam-rock covers, fantasy covers, ridiculous covers — even covers with babes on them. That became way too complicated, so we decided to do it genre by genre."
Several chapters are devoted to specific bands that've become known for their album imagery. "One of the first things we decided was that we had to give Manowar their own chapter," he said. "With this book, you get a taste for the imagery of each genre. I just think that metal, more than any other music, is very visually led. As a child, I would often buy records on the strength of the album cover, on how metal the cover looked. That doesn't happen anymore. Kids can hear stuff before they buy it."
One of the more amusing chapters is the one that examines the punk-inflected thrash era. "I love the thrash covers because it's all pre-computers, and these bands would have a friend who would say, 'Hey, I could draw you a picture for your cover,' " Sherry said. "That's why there was so much drawn artwork on those sleeves, and some of it's just terrible, but brilliantly funny as well."
Several album covers were cut from the book, including Marduk's 1995 masterpiece, F--- Me Jesus, and Autopsy's 2003 album, Sh--fun.
But Sherry's favorite album cover, and one of the first that readers encounter in "Heavy Metal Thunder"? "I love the first Black Sabbath album cover, because I think that one's genuinely creepy. You kind of look at it, and it's genuinely a quite scary album cover," he said. "I like a lot of the black-metal covers, too, because there's just something a bit creepier about them that's genuinely quite scary, whereas it's hard to get too scared by men with swords."
According to Rob Zombie's Web site, Anthrax will serve as the openers for the upcoming American Witch Across America Tour, which will kick off sometime this spring. An announcement revealing the dates and cities for the run are expected this month.
ANTHRAX's concert in Gothenburg, Sweden Wednesday night (April 19) lasted only a few minutes, according to a BLABBERMOUTH.NET source that was present at the gig. Halfway through the opening song, "Among the Living", the band's amplifiers, vocalist Joey Belladonna's microphone and the monitors all went dead and the band was forced to leave the stage. The crowd was told that there was a power problem, but was asked to stay put while it was being fixed. The house PA and speakers worked as per usual, seeing as music was played while an attempt was made to fix what appeared to be "a poweramp to the backline or something like that," according to another attendee.
More than an hour later, an announcement was made that the show had to be cancelled due to "severe electrical problems." The crowd remained very civil (possibly due to the bar being open) and was surprisingly patient, despite the almost 90-minute delay before the show got called off. No one threw beers or anything at the stage, but when the announcement was finally made by one of the hosts, it was done from behind curtains (obviously to avoid being pelted with beer bottles and other similar items). Several electricians were reportedly called to the venue Trädgårn, but were unable to locate the source of the problem. The opening band, BEYOND FEAR (featuring ex-JUDAS PRIEST and current ICED EARTH frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens), performed their set without a glitch.
ANTHRAX played Sweden at last summer's Sweden Rock festival. Tonight's concert was the only stop in Sweden on the band’s current European tour and lots of people had travelled far to see the legendary thrash metal act. The audience was told to keep their tickets to get a refund. [Note: One ANTHRAX fan reportedly demonstrated his disappointment by undressing and exposing his penis.]
The following message has been posted at ANTHRAX's official web site:
"We regret to inform that tonight's gig at Trädgårn in Gothenburg, Sweden has been cancelled due to insufficient power at the venue. [Guitarist] Scott [Ian] adds, 'We are gutted. This has never happened to us ever. We tried everything to make it work but the power problem was impossible to fix. We haven't played here since 1990 and we were so looking forward to raging with our Goteborg friends. I promise we will be back!!!'"
According to a posting on Sebastian Bach's (ex-SKID ROW; vocals) official web site, the premiere date of the new VH1 reality TV show, titled "SuperGroup" — featuring the band DAMNOCRACY consisting of Bach, Ted Nugent (guitar), Evan Seinfeld (BIOHAZARD; bass), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX; guitar), and Jason Bonham (BONHAM, UFO, FOREIGNER; drums) — has been moved to Sunday, May 21 at 10:00 p.m. from the previously announced May 5.
As previously announced, the DAMNOCRACY bandmembers spent 12 days in Vegas shooting "SuperGroup". Filming for the program commenced on February 22, with the premise being to lock several musicians in a house for 10 days and get them to write and record some new original music. In addition to the five musicians, star manager Doc McGhee (KISS) was in charge and was also living in the house for the duration of filming/recording. The all-star band also performed a headlining set at the Empire Ballroom in Las Vegas on March 5. An official DAMNOCRACY promotional photo has been posted online here.
Charlie Benante, drummer of ANTHRAX, is interviewed in the latest edition of the "Metal Injection" videocast. When asked about all the Internet backlash about the reunion tour of the band's classic lineup (with vocalist Joey Belladonna and guitarist Danny Spitz), Charlie said, "There is always going to be people that love it and some that hate it. I read some of these things 'cause people send me links, and I see these things and a lot of people are misinformed. They feel like we dissed John Bush, which is not true. John was asked to be a part of this, he chose not to be part of this. Of course, I could see how the fans would think John got fucked over on this whole thing, but that's the last thing I would want to do. I love John Bush. It was our 20th anniversary, we wanted to do something special, and that was it."
The entire interview can be viewed at MetalInjection.net. The episode also features two rare ANTHRAX videos for "Who Cares Wins" and "Medusa (Live)" as well as videos from CANNIBAL CORPSE, MISERY SIGNALS, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, SWORN ENEMY and AGENTS OF MAN.
"Metal Injection" is a DIY metal show based out of Brooklyn, New York. It has been the leading source for metal videos, interviews and live footage on the Internet since 2004.
Drummer Charlie Benante of Anthrax have posted the following message on the official Anthrax website:
"I want to start a Prog Rock Band! Who’s with me???
"Last night was inspirational... I was going to see Dream Theater play here in Chicago as I've never had the chance to see them live. It always seemed that our schedules never allowed for it, but tonight it all worked out. Mike [Portnoy, Dream Theater] called and asked if I'd like to come up and do a drum duet with him (he has 2 kits up there), 'FUCK YEAH, that sounds like fun'. Mike (as you all know) is a kick ass drummer and a great guy. We've been friends for a few years now and we share the same tastes in music, movies, drums and coffee (had to get that last one in).
"He basically told me the arrangement and sent me an MP3 of his solo; we needed to decide what we were going to throw in. I thought it would be cool if he did the beginning of INDIANS as a segue and he had the idea of me playing the beginning of 6:00. I think that was my favorite part, I loved playing that tune - now I have to learn the rest of it.
"I think this ranks up there with some of my favorite performances. Mike is a very giving drummer; it wasn't about blowing the other guy away or anything like that. It was two drummers having a ball doing what they do and letting the audience be a part of it... it’s as simple as that. I had such a blast doing this with him and the band and I thank those guys once again for an AWESOME SHOW!!!
"I love the fact that D. T. do not cater to radio, MTV - they do it their own way and I admire them for it. I looked out to the sold out crowd and thought - this is amazing! This is how it should be! Don't be surprised if you see Anthrax teaming up with them sometime in the future... hahaha
"The Deftones were in town last week and fucking ruled! This band has grown so much from when they toured with us back in 1995 - they have 'it'. I was bummed that they didn't play my favorite song 'Digital Bath' but I'll get over it. I can't wait for some new shit.
What else is going on?
We're chatting on Tuesday in the CDC.
I need to order a B I G G E R drum kit from TAMA!
Arctic Monkeys rock!
Designing a signature snare drum!
MAD TOYZ RULZ!
Robot Chicken on DVD later this month, I wanna do something on that show!
"My Daughter Rocks!
21 brand-new high-quality pictures of DAMNOCRACY — Sebastian Bach (ex-SKID ROW; vocals), Evan Seinfeld (BIOHAZARD; bass), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX; guitar), Ted Nugent (guitar), and Jason Bonham (BONHAM, UFO, FOREIGNER; drums) — performing on Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 2 have been posted online at Bach's official web site.
The DAMNOCRACY bandmembers spent 12 days in Vegas shooting a new VH1 reality TV show, titled "SuperGroup". Filming for the program commenced on February 22, with the premise being to lock several musicians in a house for 10 days and get them to write and record some new original music. Originally the network wanted the group to record an album, but at this time it is understood they will settle for one song and hope for more. In addition to the five musicians, star manager Doc McGhee (KISS) was in charge and was also living in the house for the duration of filming/recording. The all-star band also performed a headlining set at the Empire Ballroom in Las Vegas on March 5.
VH1's "SuperGroup" is scheduled to premiere on Tuesday, May 18 at 10:00 p.m.
ReviewJournal.com reports: A pistol-packing Ted Nugent startled a VH1 film crew member.
Gun enthusiast Ted Nugent won a showdown with a VH1 film crew assistant director the other day.
Nugent, in town for the filming of VH1's "Supergroup" reality show, walked onto the set early this week exercising his right to bear arms.
The startled assistant director asked the rocker to remove the holstered firearm from the active set, citing safety concerns.
Nugent, 57, stuck to his guns (gun), and the AD has not been seen on the set since, I'm told.
Reached at VH1 in New York on Friday, spokeswoman Michelle Clark said Nugent "has a license to be a firearm carrier no matter where he might be. I'm sure he wasn't waving it around."
Nugent and four other veteran rockers wrap up their 12-day taping, most of it at the Parisian Palace, with a concert Sunday at the Empire Ballroom, 3765 Las Vegas Blvd. South.
Joining Nugent on the reality show is Sebastian Bach of Skid Row; drummer Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham; Scott Ian of Anthrax; and Evan Seinfeld of Biohazard.
US TV network VH1 is bringing together some of the biggest names in heavy metal to star in a new reality show.
Supergroup will bring together Ted Nugent, Anthrax's Scott Ian, Skid Row's Sebastian Bach, Evan Seinfeld (Biohazard) and Jason Bonham (Bonham, UFO) to create a new band.
The rockers will live together for two weeks in Las Vegas, Nevada and film seven episodes for the show.
VH1 executive Michael Herschorn says, "What I liked about SuperGroup was that is combined elements that have worked so well for us (before), with an organic music idea."
The musicians will endure boot-camp style training from iconic rock manager Doc McGhee, in preparation for a concert at Las Vegas nightclub Rain.
SuperGroup began filming Wednesday (Feb. 22) and will premiere 18 May.
The new band members have not committed to staying together beyond the filming of the show, but plans to record a single are being discussed
Anthrax will be kicking off their headlining European spring tour kickoff on April 7th in Glasgow, Scotland at The Academy with Beyond Fear (featuring Iced Earth frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens). Tour dates are as follows:
Apr. 07 Glasgow, UK - The Academy
Apr. 08 Sheffield, UK - Corporation
Apr. 09 Wolverhampton, UK - Wolfrun Hall
Apr. 10 London, UK - Astoria
Apr. 11 Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Apr. 12 Glasgow, UK - ABC
Apr. 14 Tilburg, Holland - 013
Apr. 15 Antwerp, Belgium - Hof Ter Lo
Apr. 16 Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie
Apr. 17 Bochum Germany - Matrix
Apr. 18 Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
Apr. 19 Gotenburg, Sweden - Tagarn
Apr. 21 Helsinki, Finland - Nosturi
Apr. 22 Tampere, Finland - Pakkahouse
Apr. 24 Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
Apr. 25 Saarbrucken, Germany - Garage
Apr. 26 Zurich, Switzerland - Rosthofflager
Apr. 27 Trevisto, Italy - New Age
Apr. 28 Milan, Italy - Live Club
Apr. 29 Reggio Emilia, Italy - Temo Rock
SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner has issued the following update:
"As some of you may know, last week I had one of my longtime dreams come true when I was asked to fill in for Charlie Benante and ANTHRAX for the last two shows of their tour! Charlie and his wife Sandra were expecting their first child (initially due Feb. 14) and lo and behold, two weeks ago on the 18th her water broke!!!! Obviously Charlie was on the first plane back to Chicago... meanwhile giving me the phone call of a lifetime! 'Hey dude, can you do me a favor?' DUHHHHH!!! Does a bear shit in the woods?? So anyhow, at this point I was in San Diego on my way to Anaheim for the NAMM show... I talked with Scott (Ian) he gave me a setlist (most of which I'd been playing in my basement since 1987)... and then he and Frankie (Bello) came to Anaheim to get together for our one rehearsal! Talk about pressure! The next day I did my NAMM signings and then my wife and I hopped on a plane to San Francisco for the first show. I got to the gig literally 90 minutes prior to going on stage. Went and moved a few little things on Charlie's kit (I wanted to keep it as ANTHRAX as possible), warmed up, and it was showtime!! From the moment I heard the intro to 'Among the Living', I was literally shaking... Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, this was an OUTSIDE gig!!! 50 degrees in January! Whose brilliant idea was that?? But I was still shaking from my nerves... something that Frankie helped me calm by feeding me shots of Crown during the show!!
"So a few mistakes here and there, nothing TOO dramatic (thankfully), but we made it through, and it rocked!!! Everyone had a great time. It was also good to share the night in San Francisco with my good friends in GOD FORBID, SWORN ENEMY, and SOILENT GREEN!! They all definitely helped me with the moral support!!! And for all you SHAD DVD owners... our good friend 'Sweetdick' Willie Gee was also teching for ANTHRAX, and I always love giving him shit!!!! CRAP!!!! CRAP!!! (For those of you who don't know, go out and pick up a copy of our DVD 'The Art of Touring' on Century Media!!)
"So then we hopped on the bus… Jeez I really didn't think I was gonna be back in a bus THIS SOON!!!! And were off to Los Angeles. All of us had signings at NAMM on Saturday, I got to the gig around 5, checked over the kit, and was ready to go. I was a LOT more relaxed for this show considering we had already gotten one out of the way.... but just in case... Frankie still made sure with that bottle of Crown again!!! This time the show was amazing... the little mistakes I made the night before were gone, and we totally crushed it... sold out, 3000 people... so many of my friends there to route me on... Paul Bostaph, John Tempesta, my web guy Ray, Chad Lee, Roy Mayorga, Yael, Dino, and most importantly my own bandmate Paul Romanko!!
"So it was back to NAMM the next day... EXHAUSTED!!! I think I'm still recuperating! But it was an experience I will NEVER forget!!
"Okay, so on to the SHAD... As of late, we've been putting the finishing touches on 'Fallout from the War' (full details on this record coming soon) which will be released on Century Media in the spring sometime!! It's coming out awesome, and we're pretty psyched about it. We just went down to NYC to freeze our asses off at an OUTDOOR photo shoot with Bryan Helm for this record. On top of a rooftop in JANUARY 2 blocks from the East River!!! If we look like we're freezing — we were!!
"In other news, we have begun the writing process for the next full-length album for Atlantic Records and we have almost two songs completed... slow and steady wins the race!!! Next week we head back out to L.A. for the Grammys... Should be interesting... And then two weeks after that, we'll see you guys back out on the road... Well, at least the fine folks here on the East Coast!!!"
SHADOWS FALL with AGNOSTIC FRONT, STILL REMAINS and BYZANTINE:
Mar. 01 - Toad's Place - New Haven, CT
Mar. 02 - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel - Providence, RI
Mar. 03 - Crocodile Rock - Allentown, PA
Mar. 04 - The Crazy Donkey - Farmingdale, NY
Mar. 05 - The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
Ryan Ogle of Live 4 Metal recently conducted an interview with ANTHRAX singer Joey Belladonna. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
Live 4 Metal: You guys toured with MEGADETH last summer.
Joey Belladonna: "Yeah we did, the Gigantour, we did five shows."
Live 4 Metal: How was that for you?
Joey Belladonna: "Awesome. We're going to do it again next year"
Live 4 Metal: Really?
Joey Belladonna: "Well, we have been asked. It depends on what we're doing"
Live 4 Metal: How would you compare the metal scene of today versus the way it was in your heyday?
Joey Belladonna: "Well, there's a whole lot of music going on now so it's hard to say it's the same, but it's pretty damn close. I still see everyone being very animated, with the excitement of being here and seeing the band and liking the music and everything. There is so much, with the Internet and stuff. Things have changed. There are a lot of new bands and a lot of new styles. But again, we stand on our own, we have our own niche, our own style. So it gives people a chance to come see a different type of band. But overall I see a lot of similarities"
Live 4 Metal: I'm sure a day doesn't go by that someone doesn't ask you this. I read recently that Scott, Frankie and Charlie have been working on new material. Have they asked you to be a part of that yet?
Joey Belladonna: "I haven't had a chance to be a part of it yet. What happened was they all met up in Chicago, for different engagements, whatever it was it was all good because they finally had time to do it because we've been busy. So for us to be able to have time to do it, it's awesome."
Live 4 Metal: So is that the plan, for this lineup to record again?
Joey Belladonna: "I hope so. I mean that's like a baby step from point A. You write, you finish. And then you think about, 'Okay, what is the song going to be, you put vocals on it. Where are you going to record it? When are you going to record it and when will you be done with it?' And then you gotta think about when you'll put it out. You can sit on a record for five months because of delays in the label or the band isn't ready to release it because of whatever. But hopefully it will be sooner and hopefully it will come into play. For me to say yes and not know for sure… It looks good. It's only a matter of time before we should do something. I'd hate to sit around and do old stuff forever. We could because we haven't really played that much."
Live 4 Metal: What would you say is your favorite ANTHRAX album?
Joey Belladonna: "I'd have to go with those first two, 'Spreading' and 'Among', because there's something about those two records. It was in the beginning, I had a chance just to do what I was gonna do and make it happen. Nobody had any idea what was going to happen. The second one comes out, really good songs. Bang, it was tight. Those were two statement records. Even thought 'Spreading' wasn't as big, but what are you gonna do. When you get songs like that are so good, I can't refuse those records. There's some other good stuff. 'State Of Euphoria' [nods to a fan waiting to get said record autographed] talk about a record. A good record, a strange record. We had some time off and we came back in and the songs weren't quite the songs we were looking for, but it was real cool. Then you have 'Persistence of Time', which was totally dark. And I liked the position we were in at that time. Of course then it was done. It was over."
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