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Formed: 1983
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Shadows Fall Drummer Issues Update

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

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Anthrax Invited Back For Gigantour 2006

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."

Read the full article at Live4Metal.

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Anthrax Joey Belladonna Audio Interview Online

TalkingMetal.com has posted an all Anthrax episode of their “Talking Metal” podcast. The show features a 7-minute interview co-host John Ostronomy conducted with classic Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna. Interview topics include the current Anthrax tour, the Slave to the Metal Foundation, and former KISS drummer, the late Eric Carr. Hosts Mark Strigl and Ostronomy are also joined by Strigl’s Music News correspondent, Eric Bohnenstiel, who discusses his first-hand knowledge concerning the early European success of bands like Anthrax, Metallica, Megadeth, and Exodus in the mid 1980s. A video ID from Joey Belladonna, photos including a shot from an Anthrax soundcheck, and the 30-minute podcast can be downloaded at this location. iTunes users can also subscribe to "Talking Metal" for free at this location.

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Anthrax Announce UK Tour Dates

Anthrax have now announced the full schedule for their British tour. The dates are as follows:

April 8 - Sheffield Corporation
April 9- Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
April 10 - London Astoria
April 11 - Nottingham Rock City
April 12 - Glasgow ABC

Anthrax's Charlie Benante recently became a first time father and now has a daughter. Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall) filled in for a few shows while Charlie left the tour to be with his family.

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Anthrax Rocks Chicago's House Of Blues

What better way to spend Friday the 13th (January) than at an ANTHRAX show? With all the old 80’s bands coming back around, it gives us/you the chance to see them live if you have never seen them back in the day. Believe me these bands still know how to rock and Anthrax (currently on tour) is no exception.

First came, Manntis. The crowd was thin. With guitarist Adair (from MTV Fame – Battle for Ozzfest) Jake, Dan and Josh, they held there own. You will be seeing a lot more of theses guys. More...

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Anthrax Cancel Boulder, Colorado Show

Anthrax has sent the following message reporting on the cancellation of the Boulder, CO show and Charlie's wife going into labor:

"Tonight's Anthrax show at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO has been cancelled. The stork came a little early and Charlie's wife Sandra is now in labor. Charlie's rushing back to Chicago and we'll rush back to Colorado as soon as we can to make up the show, baby stroller in tow. Until then, please keep the Benantes in your thoughts and prayers."

"Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall) will fill in for Charlie for both the San Francisco and Hollywood shows."

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Anthrax's Opening Set List For 2006 Tour Unveiled

Anthrax, with their 'Among the Living'-era line up, kicked off their 2006 tour Friday night in Baltimore, MD with support coming from God Forbid, Sworn Enemy and Manntis. Here is Anthrax's set list from the show:

Among the Living
Metal Thrashing Mad
Got the Time
Caught in a Mosh
A.I.R.
Madhouse
A Skeleton in the Closet (first time ever performed according to guitarist Scott Ian)
Antisocial
Indians
N.F.L.
Aftershock
I'm the Man
I Am the Law
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Anthrax Writing New Material

ANTHRAX members Frankie Bello (bass), Charlie Benante (drums) and Scott Ian (guitar) got together in Chicago (where Benante lives with his wife) in early December to jam on new material. According to Ian, rough "skeletons" of three new songs came out of these sessions, with the band scheduled to continue writing in early 2006.

ANTHRAX will kick off a 13-date U.S. tour on January 6 in Baltimore, Maryland. Support at the shows will come from GOD FORBID, SWORN ENEMY and MANNTIS.

Commented Ian: "I'm itching to get back out on tour. The [JUDAS] PRIEST tour was great, but we were opening. Now we get to headline. More songs, more fun, more crushing, more beer, more insanity, more everything!!! This is the reason to get out of the house in freezing cold January. Come and get hot with us. This is the last run for a long time and you don't want to miss it."

ANTHRAX are expected to take a couple of months off following the U.S. tour so that Benante can spend time with his newborn child (which is due in February). A European headlining tour is tentatively planned for April 2006. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

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God Forbid To Support Anthrax On US Tour

GOD FORBID will kick off the New Year in true heavy metal fashion on tour as direct support to Anthrax with Sworn Enemy and Manntis in the support slots. The trek, which runs from January 6th through January 21st, will lead them across the U.S. and immediately into a national headlining run. The group wrapped up a highly-successful stretch on the Decibel magazine sponsored Fury of the Fall tour with Meshuggah, The Haunted and Mnemic last month and are currently on tour with The Haunted and God Dethroned in Europe through the end of the year. Their latest video, "The End of The World," shot by director Dave Brodsky (All That Remains, Fight Paris, The Red Chord), is currently in rotation on Metal Asylum and Headbangers Ball and has also been posted online at this location.

GOD FORBID recently completed a stunning new video for the track “To The Fallen Hero” with acclaimed director Shane Drake (Fall Out Boy, Hawthorne Heights) and the concept behind the clip is definitely going to catch people’s attention. Look for it to make its Fuse and MTV2 debut early next year. You can check out some photos from the shoot on Century Meida's MySpace page

The group's critically acclaimed new album, IV: Constitution of Treason, entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #119 in its first week of release, and it's the first time the group has ever appeared in the Top 200 charts.

We Put Out Records will also be reissuing the group’s Out of Misery EP on December 6th, which will feature five bonus live tracks.

GOD FORBID w/ Anthrax, Sworn Enemy, Manntis confrmed tour dates:

01/06 Rams Head Live - Baltimore, MD
01/07 Nokia Live - New York, NY
01/08 Webster Theater - Hartford, CT
01/10 Crocodile Rock - Allentown, PA
01/13 House of Blues - Chicago, IL
01/14 First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
01/21 The Avalon - Los Angeles, CA

More dates TBA

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Metal Music, Devil Worship Blamed In Teen's Murder

Imran Ali of the Trinidad & Tobago Express is reporting that heavy metal music is being blamed for sucking a young man into a world of devil worship and drug use and is being mounted as a defense in his trial for murdering his teenaged cousin.

Though two men, 21-year-old Osei Lazare and 28-year-old Marcus Daniel, are charged with the death of 16-year-old Suzette Gibson, the focus of the first day of the trial immediately shifted to Daniel yesterday (Wednesday, Nov. 23) when the claim was made by his lawyer, Pamela Elder SC.

Several witnesses admitted to her that her client — who was Gibson's cousin — regularly listened to heavy metal music, that his bedroom was decorated with skeletons and that he drank heavily.

Daniel's music collection and tattoos came under scrutiny.

One witness said Daniel listened to artists such as shock rockers MARILYN MANSON, OZZY OSBOURNE, ALICE COOPER and other metal bands such as SLIPKNOT and ANTHRAX.

He also had the tattoo of an upside down cross on one arm — which Elder called the symbol of the Antichrist.

Daniel's friend, Riaz Ali told the jury: "I recall the lyrics of one song. It went 'Devil man, devil man, you got in my head, devil man, devil man... right in my heart.'"

Read the full article at TrinidadExpress.com.

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Manntis Added To Anthrax Tour

According to a post on the official Anthrax website, Manntis has been added to their upcoming tour in January. Tour dates are as follows:

Jan. 06 Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head Live
Jan. 07 NYC, NY- Nokia Theatre
Jan. 13 Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Jan. 21 Hollywood, CA - The Avalon

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Q&A With Joey Belladona

Tartarean Desire caught up with Anthrax frontman Joey Belladonna, and asked how his second stint with the band compares to the earlier years. "Totally the same," he said. "In fact if anything, other than not knowing the future [of the reunited band recording together], or knowing where we stand [in terms of the reunion's longevity], I'm totally psyched about this whole thing because it's really neat to just pull it all back together. Plus we're one of the bands that's had the longevity and it would be a shame for us not to come out again [with another tour or a new album in this 'classic' lineup]. I think that's where everybody's coming from."

Read the full article at Tartarean Desire.

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Anthrax Presale Tickets For January Tour Dates

Anthrax just finished a successful arena tour with Judas Priest and are all now taking some well deserved time off. PRE-SALE tickets for the upcoming January 2006 tour are on sale now, however. There are a limited number of pre-sale tickets still available at ArtistArena.com for the following shows:

Fri 01/06/06 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
Sat. 01/07/06 - Nokia Theatre, New York, NY
Fri. 01/13/06 - House Of Blues, Chicago IL
Sat. 01/21/06 - The Avalon, Hollywood, CA

All pre-sale tix INCLUDE admission to that show's soundcheck. GOD FORBID & SWORN ENEMY are opening.

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Charlie Benante Promo Video Online

A video interview with Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante has been posted online at VicFirth.com. Benante promoted the band's live album 'Alive 2' and 'Anthrology' and revealed his drum stick of choice.

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Rock School Band To Open For Judas Priest

The band from the second series of the tv show Rock School - who are calling themselves No Comment - have just landed the gig as the opening act for Judas Priest in Long Beach, California as part of the 'Priest Feast' triple bill that also includes Rob Zombie and Anthrax. The band will make their national debut in front of some 8000 people October 30th at the Long Beach Arena.

Rock School, which is one of VH1's most successful shows, has become somewhat of a pop culture phenomenon as legendary Kiss bassist Gene Simmons shows fledgling musicians how to rock out, heavy-metal style!

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Bush Discusses Future w/ Anthrax, Armored Saint

On Thursday, October 13, 2005, The Dio Message Board conducted an interview with ANTHRAX and current ARMORED SAINT vocalist John Bush. A few excerpts from the question-and-answer session follow:

The Dio Message Board: First things first, John. How are you and the family? Enjoy being a dad?

John Bush: "I love being a dad. It's exceeded all of my expectations. Our child is so awesome. She's so nice!! My wife is also great and we're enjoying spending lots of time together. I help her with her business. We run a commercial casting facility. She just cast the new KORN video."

The Dio Message Board: I don't want to harp on about the current ANTHRAX situation, so I'm only going to ask one question to you on this. I find it ironic that when you first joined ANTHRAX many fans wanted Joey Belladonna to remain in the band and now he's in the band all these years later many more fans want you back in ANTHRAX! At this stage are you still available for ANTHRAX in the future or do you feel that the door is closed on this?

John Bush: "Well, I guess people are fickle, aren't they?! [Laughs] Sounds like a case of 'The grass is always greener on the other side.' I would say, 'Never say never.' But from a standpoint of how to properly live my life now, I need to think of it as over. Otherwise I'd feel stuck in the mud. Not a healthy place to be."

The Dio Message Board: "We've Come for You All" is widely regarded as ANTHRAX's best album by many. What's your favorite ANTHRAX album that you've sung on and why?

John Bush: "I like them all 'cause they're all different. 'We've Come for You All' is really strong. I think the song 'Catharsis' on 'Volume 8' is maybe the best song we ever wrote together. 'Sound of White Noise' was very important cause it showed a ton of growth by the band. No better song live than 'Only'. I'm proud of them all. 'Random Acts' on 'Stomp' is one of the heaviest things I ever sang."

The Dio Message Board: The ANTHRAX live DVD from last year was awesome and to hear you singing the old-era ANTHRAX was great too. I also enjoyed the "Greater of Two Evils" album you followed it up with. Most notably the musical change of "Deathrider". Any thoughts about this album?

John Bush: "Well... I think it's a cool record, especially the philosophy of it. Me singing those old songs on a record. I stuck my neck out there, but [I have] no regrets. Unfortunately, the reunion tour happened shortly after it came out, so I don't know if that sent the best message. But I still think it came out pretty good."

The Dio Message Board: And so to the future. What's next for John Bush? Many fans are wanting a new ARMORED SAINT album and full tour. What are the chances of that happening?

John Bush: "Don't know yet. I think time will help figure it out. Music has been my life, but sometimes a break gives you clarity and I think that's happening now. Whatever I do, I want to do it from a place of love, not need. Nothing is in the works yet. I'll let you know."

Read the full article at Dio Message Board.

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Scott Ian Can't Wait To Play Bush-Era Songs

Shawn Macomber of The Nashua Telegraph recently conducted an interview with ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian. Several excerpts from the chat follow:

On the different reactions to the reunion of the group's "classic" lineup:

"We're not U2. Everyone doesn't love us all the time. I'm not surprised by any of the reactions. Music comes down to two things: You either like it or you don't, and everybody has an opinion. It's a very volatile thing. If we spent our time listening to people outside of the band about everything we do, ANTHRAX never would have even made our first record. So I have to go with what my heart, my gut and my soul are telling me."

On touring with JUDAS PRIEST:

"The only way I can look at this tour is from the point of view of myself as a 16-year-old kid going to JUDAS PRIEST shows. That's how I feel whenever I'm around these guys, even though I've known them for years. It's a win-win situation for us. The shows are killer, and we get to hang out with our heroes."

On the relationship with his bandmates:

"Well, the only way it’s really progressing is on a personal level. We haven't really tried to move forward musically or creatively in any way. I can honestly say we're in a better place, personally, than ever before. I just basically attribute that to the fact that we've grown up. Things that seemed important 15 years ago definitely aren't as important now."

On the John Bush-era material:

"I absolutely miss those songs from 'Sound of White Noise', 'We've Come for You All' and the other records we did with John Bush. I can't wait to be able to play those songs again."

On the band's future:

"Believe me, it’s as confusing to me as anyone else. I feel like I'm living in this alternate reality where I'm somehow in two different versions of ANTHRAX at the same time. The only thing that's going to define it for me is the music we come up with, and we'll just have to take it from there."

On playing their greatest hits from their 1985-91 halcyon days in their original form rather than the shortened, altered arrangements of recent years:

"I understand why we did what we did to these songs in the '90s because we had this huge catalog to play from, all the old stuff as well as all the records we did with John Bush, so it made sense. Our attitude going into this reunion was 'Let's play these songs note for note how we played and recorded them in the '80s. Truthfully, they're so much better this way."

On the band's early days:

"People so often look back with rose-colored glasses and say those were the good old days, but back when we first signed our record contract in 1985, those really were the good old days. We've seen it go from a business run by music lovers at all these different labels to two or three corporations run by lawyers and accountants.

"In the '80s we had to fight for everything we got. Nobody knew how to market a band like ANTHRAX at Island Records in 1985. We basically learned together and had huge success together. That couldn't happen today. There is no such thing as a label giving bands a few records to develop their careers. If you don’t go gold or platinum on your first record, you're done, over. Next.

"If that had been the case in the '60s, '70s or '80s, every great band everybody loves and listens to today wouldn't exist. They never would have made it."

Read the full article at Nashua Telegraph.

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Anthrax Show Report From Jaxx in Springfield, VA

Thursday, October 6, I made it out to Springfield, VA to see Anthrax play at Jaxx. I’d been looking to catch them live since before they started touring with their reunited “classic” lineup including singer Joey Belladonna, but I thought the classic lineup would great to see as well. I was actually quite pleased that they had a headlining gig in my area since I’m not a big Priest fan and would rather Anthrax had a headliner’s time to play.

I’d read on the Internet that day before getting in my car for the hour and fifteen minute drive - due to traffic and rain – that the show was nearly sold out. It didn’t surprise me, as Jaxx is a pretty small club, holding maybe a few hundred people at most. What did surprise me was that Anthrax was playing there in the first place, but apparently they have some history with the club and/or owner.

I barely got there in time to make my interview with Joey (which will be online shortly). Just as I wrapped that up and made my way back into the club, the first local opener was just about set up and ready to play. More...

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John Bush Says He Will Not Be Rejoining Anthrax

Totalrock is reporting that vocalist John Bush told them that he will not be returning to Anthrax. After 13 years with the band, the singer had to step aside earlier this year, when his predecessor Joey Belladonna re-joined the band for a re-union tour featuring what many regard as their classic line-up. But, until now, Bush has remained silent about whether he would consider a return. Now, he's publicly stated that he will move on.

This isn't much different from his previous statement, but sounds a little more definite, leaving less doubt.

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Gigantour Report From Vancouver, BC

I went to the Gigantour show at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, BC on September 9. Because I have been busy for the past little while, I haven’t got the chance to get this done until now. As far as I know, the Montreal date has been filmed for the upcoming Gigantour DVD to feature Dream Theater and the Vancouver show was filmed for Anthrax.

Although originally scheduled to play, the Dillinger Escape Plan had to back out due to an injury suffered by guitarist Ben Weinman, which is a bit of a downer. On the bright side, DEP will be back in Vancouver in November. More...

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