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Formed: 1983
From: New York City, NY, United States
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Below is our complete Anthrax news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Anthrax Announce S. American & Mexican Tour Dates

Anthrax will set off for a tour through South America and Mexico in February/March next year, check out the dates:

Feb. 25 Rio de Janeiro, BRA @ Claro Hall
Feb. 26 São Paulo, BRA @ Credicard Hall
Feb. 27 Buenos Aires, ARG @ Estádio Obras
Mar. 01 Santiago, CHL @ Estádio Victor Jara
Mar. 02 Bogotá, COL @ Palácio de los Deportes
Mar. 04 San José, COS @ Planet Mall
Mar. 05 Mexico City, MEX @ Circo Volador
Mar. 06 Chihuahua, MEX @ Herradura
Mar. 08 Monterrey, MEX @ Iguana Café

Anthrax classics album "The Greater Of Two Evils", featuring 14 newly recorded hits of the band (including songs from "Fistful Of Metal," "Spreading The Disease," "Among The Living," "State Of Euphoria" and "Persistence Of Time") with the great vocals of John Bush, will be released on November 29th.

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Heavy Metal Memorabilia To Be Auctioned Off

The first major public auction ever conducted of heavy metal music memorabilia will be held November 6 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City and online in conjunction with Julien Entertainment.

"The sale includes original album cover artwork, handwritten lyrics and musical instruments from Metallica, Anthrax and other heavy metal groups. Many of the Metallica items are from the collection of Jon Zazula, founder of Megaforce Records," said Darren Julien, President of Julien Entertainment of West Hollywood, California.

The sale contains over 100 auction lots of awards, instruments, lyrics, artwork and documents from artists such as Alice Cooper, Anthrax, Guns N' Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Kiss and many others. This historic offering gives fans an opportunity to obtain a piece of heavy metal music history from one of their favorite bands.

"Hard Rock Cafe was built on ground-breaking music, and we are thrilled to host the first-ever heavy metal memorabilia auction," said Don Bernstine, Hard Rock Cafe Manager of Acquisitions/Artist Relations. "The Hard Rock has the world's greatest collection of rock 'n' roll memorabilia, so we are a natural venue for this historic event that gives music fans the chance to own these artifacts that helped develop a new genre of music."

Auction highlights include: More...

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Anthrax: 'The Greater Of Two Evils' Cover Art Post

The cover art for Anthrax's upcoming collection of Joey Belladonna/Neil Turbin-era songs performed by the band's current lineup, entitled "The Greater of Two Evils", has been posted online at this location.

All the artwork for "The Greater Of Two Evils" was done by Shepard Fairey, the subterranean legend best known for his Andre The Giant-inspired OBEY graphics. "We wanted something different this time out," says Benante who serves not only as drummer and songwriter but as the resident art director as well. "Our last two releases we used famed painter Alex Ross who did two unbelievable covers for us (2003's critically acclaimed 'We've Come For You All' and their live DVD/CD 'Music Of Mass Destruction' which was released earlier this year.), and we wanted to go in a slightly different direction. The cover is very 'flat,' in a good way, and the colors are striking. It will work great as the cover, in posters, t-shirts, whatever, it's just a cool image."

Recorded "live" in the studio over the course of two days, "The Greater Of Two Evils" is made up of 14 classic Anthrax songs the fans demanded by way of the thousands of votes from all over the world received on the band's official web site, Anthrax.com. Based on those votes, the band entered Avatar studios in New York City one cold and snowy weekend last winter and took a trip back in time to revisit songs from their formative releases "Fistful Of Metal" (1984), "Spreading The Disease" (1985), "Among The Living" (1987), "State Of Euphoria" (1988), and "Persistence Of Time" (1990).

"The Greater of Two Evils" is scheduled for release in the U.S. on November 23 via Sanctuary. The complete track listing for the effort is as follows:

01. Deathrider
02. Metal Thrashing Mad
03. Caught In A Mosh
04. A.I.R.
05. Among The Living
06. Keep It In The Family
07. Indians
08. Madhouse
09. Panic
10. I Am The Law
11. Belly Of The Beast
12. N.F.L.
13. Be All End All
14. Gung-Ho

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Anthrax Change Title Of Upcoming CD

Anthrax have changed the title of their upcoming collection of Joey Belladonna/Neil Turbin-era songs performed by the band's current lineup to "The Greater of Two Evils" from the previously announced "Metallum Maximum Aeturnum". "What, no one speaks Latin any more?" Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian joked in a posting on the band's official web site.

With regards to the upcoming CD, Scott wrote, "I heard the first ten mixes over the weekend and I am excited. These songs sound great. There's so much energy on this record. Busting the tracks out live in two days was definitely the way to do it. What's crazy is when I listen to it it's like I'm listening to it from outside the band because it's all these old songs that we haven't played so much over the years and I really only know the studio versions so when I hear John [Bush] singing them, it's like I get to here it from your point of view, if that makes any sense. And let me tell ya, John is killing on this. It's being mastered on Wednesday [Sept. 15] and the release dates are November 8 in Europe and November 23 in the U.S. Japan is a week before Europe. I'll find out when Australia gets it. I haven't forgotten how great Australia was this year. The cover art is by Obey, www.obeygiant.com, and it's really sharp. Very striking."

Anthrax will be teaming up with Dio and Fireball Ministry for a U.S. tour beginning on September 29 in Hartford, CT. "This will be the last run of dates for a while," Ian revealed. "John's wife Tori is due first week of November and we'll be working on new material so we can get a new record out next year. I know it's disappointing that we still have not gotten to the Northwest. It's lame and I apologize but it's been out of our hands. These dates coming up end in Ft. Lauderdale. I wish we were doing the whole tour but we can't because John's gonna be a dad. You have to respect that. We still might get to San Francisco. There's a chance we will do the last three shows in S.F., L.A. and Vegas over Halloween weekend. I hope we do. Get your ass down to what is sire to be the most metal night of the year. I want to see Anthrax fans representing. No excuse, get up and get out to the shows. The first gig at the Northern Lights in Clifton Park NY is a headline warm-up show. Last time there was killer so let's top it. I'm really excited about playing the Beacon in NYC, The last time we played there was in 1987 on the 'Among the Living' tour. It's a great place to see shows and it feels good to be playing a big venue in NYC. I think these shows will be sick. Chicago, Milwaukee and Detroit, you know what’s up!!!!"

Anthrax w/ Dio, Fireball Ministry:

Sep. 28 - Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights (ANTHRAX only)
Sep. 29 - Webster Theatre - Hartford, CT (21 and over)
Oct. 01 - The Palladium - Boston, MA
Oct. 02 - Beacon Theatre - NYC, NY
Oct. 04 - Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 05 - The Odeon - Cleveland, OH
Oct. 06 - Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI
Oct. 08 - Harpo's Concert Theater - Detroit, MI
Oct. 09 - House Of Blues - Chicago, IL (18 and over)
Oct. 10 - The Surf Ballroom - Clear Lake, IA
Oct. 12 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Oct. 14 - House of Blues - Lake Buena Vista, FL
Oct. 15 - Jannus Landing - Saint Petersburg, FL
Oct. 16 - Revolution - Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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Anthrax Comments On Passing Of Ramones Legend

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has commented on the passing of Johnny Ramone, guitarist and co-founder of the seminal punk band The Ramones. Writing to the Anthrax's official web site, Ian said, "The world is a lesser place with the passing of Johnny Ramone. My heart goes out to his wife Linda and to all the family, friends and fans around the world who share in the love for this giant among men. I will always treasure my time with Johnny. Meeting and becoming friends with the man responsible for my guitar playing was a dream come true. We'll miss you Johnny."

Ramone, who had been fighting a five-year battle with prostate cancer, died in his sleep Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 15) at his Los Angeles home surrounded by friends and family. He was 55.

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Few More Anthrax, Dio Tour Dates Announced

Anthrax have announced several more dates for their upcoming tour with Dio and Fireball. The list of dates so far are as follows:

09/29 Webster Theatre - Hartford, CT (21 and over)
10/01 The Palladium - Boston, MA
10/02 Beacon Theatre - NYC, NY
10/04 Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
10/05 The Odeon - Cleveland, OH
10/06 Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI
10/08 Harpo's Concert Theater - Detroit, MI
10/09 House Of Blues - Chicago, IL (18 and over)
10/10 The Surf Ballroom - Clear Lake, IA
10/12 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
10/14 House of Blues - Lake Buena Vista, FL
10/15 Jannus Landing - Saint Petersburg, FL
10/16 Revolution - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
10/18 House of Blues - New Orleans, LA

Fireball Ministry are prepared to spread their newest message of hard rock and heavy metal to the congregation. Fireball Ministry's latest, "The Second Great Awakening," is an all-out aural assault on these ironic times where the true meaning of “rock” has long been forgotten.

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Anthrax Announce More Tour Dates

ANTHRAX have announced more tour dates as part of their upcoming trek with DIO and FIREBALL MINISTRY. Confiremd dates so far are as follows:

Sep. 28 - Northern Lights - Clifton Park, NY (ANTHRAX only)
Sep. 29 - Webster Theater - Hartford, CT
Oct. 01 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA (w/ MOTÖRHEAD)
Oct. 02 - Beacon Theatre – New York, NY
Oct. 09 - House Of Blues - Chicago, IL

ANTHRAX's upcoming collection of Joey Belladonna/Neil Turbin-era songs performed by the band's current lineup, dubbed "Metallum Maximum Aeturnum", is scheduled for release on November 8 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album's track listing, which was selected by the fans via the band's official homepage as part of ANTHRAX's 20th Anniversary Celebration, is as follows: More...

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Dio, Anthrax, Fireball Ministry To Tour Together

DIO, ANTHRAX and FIREBALL MINISTRY will be teaming up for a three-week tour of the U.S. beginning in late September. So far, only one date has been confirmed: October 1 at the Palladium in Worcester, MA (the billing for the Worcester show also includes MOTÖRHEAD). Exact cities and dates are expected to be announced later this week.

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Anthrax - Wins Kerrang! award; Scott checks in

Here's from the official ANTHRAX site, Anthrax.com:

"August 26, 2004: Comrades,
We won at the Kerrang awards! They gave us the award for "Spirit Of Rock" which is given to a band that has changed the face of music and has been a major influence on others. It was really cool. The event itself is huge. I had no idea it was so big. They had a killer video presentation showing clips of our whole career, from Madhouse to What Doesn't Die with a voiceover giving our history. Rob and I had no clue that we were getting this. It was kept secret from us the whole time. I thought we were nominated in a category with other bands so when they announced this award and said this years winners etc.etc. I realized they had picked us for the award. Rob and I went up and I gave a very excited and brief thank you speech and then we were whisked off to the press room for all kinds of TV and radio. It was really cool to be recognized by a magazine that I've been reading since before ANTHRAX. I'll have a more in-depth report in the new AM I will write on the plane home tomorrow!

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Helmet Tour and Album Pushed Back By Injury

Hard rock act Helmet has been forced to push back the start of its first tour in seven years after group leader Page Hamilton broke his collar bone in a mountain biking accident. The trek was due to kick off Sept. 17 in Atlanta but will now get underway in early October. An updated routing is still being finalized.

Hamilton's accident has also necessitated moving the release of Helmet's new Interscope album, "Size Matters," from Sept. 14 to Oct. 5. Tracks from the set can be sampled on Helmet's official Web site.

Beyond Hamilton, the new incarnation of the group features guitarist Chris Traynor, former White Zombie drummer John Tempesta and former Anthrax bassist Frank Bello.

Helmet's last album was 1997's "Aftertaste," which peaked at No. 47 on The Billboard 200 and has sold more than 132,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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Watch The Get Thrashed Documentary Trailer Online

The trailer for the forthcoming Get Thrashed documentary has been put online here. The documentary will include interviews by the following artists:


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Wacken 2004 To Be Broadcasted Over The Internet

The organizers of the Wacken Open Air festival and Armageddon Music have teamed up with Hardy TV to bring ALL 72 HOURS of this year's festivals into every discerning metalhead's home.

Starting from Thursday, August 5 at 3:00 PM CET you will be able to view the live shows from the True Metal, Black Metal, Party and Wet Stages, the Jim Beam Stage and the beer garden. Interviews, metal news and footage from the VIP and backstage areas will also be seen online. Viewers will also be offered a look at the festival grounds, the camping area, the meet & greets, and be able to accompany the bands to the stage. The latest video clips from the bands on this year's W:O:A bill will also be presented.

For more information, go here.

Be aware that costs DO apply and are broken down as follows:

24 hours – 5 Euros, $6.02 American, $8.02 Canadian (+ billing fees)
48 hours – 8 Euros, $9.64 American, $12.83 Canadian (+ billing fees)
72 hours – 10 Euros, $12.04 American, $16.03 Canadian (+ billing fees)

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Anthrax's "Metallum Maximum Aeturnum" Release Date

Anthrax singer John Bush has been in the studio finishing up the vocals for the group's upcoming collection of Joey Belladonna/Neil Turbin-era songs performed by the band's current lineup, dubbed "Metallum Maximum Aeturnum." According to guitarist Scott Ian, the band may change the title of the collection to "Old School, New School, Our School: Metallum Maximum Aeturnum" or "Metal Thrashing Mad: Metallum Maximum Aeturnum." "We'll mix it when we get home after Budapest and it's scheduled for release November 8 in Europe and November 23 in the States," he said. "Australia is in there as well. Both releases will have different extras. I think the Japanese release (a week before Europe) comes with a puppy."

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Anthrax Guitarist: Bush Was A Terrible President

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"As [the Anthrax webmaster] Brent says on the home page, 'Voting counts, opinions don't,' and I know my opinion means nothing to anyone except me. At least it shouldn't. Use your own brain. Use the Internet for something other than metal and porn for five minutes a day and find out for yourself what is going on. Make up your own opinion and then yell it at everyone as loud as you can like I do! There's an old saying, 'Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one.' Well my saying is, 'Your opinion is an asshole.'

"Seriously, don't listen to me, or Bill O'Reilly (or anyone on Fox News), or Al Franken, or Bill Maher (although I usually agree with him on political issues, he does date whores), or CNN (remember BASKET FULL OF PUPPIES?), or Rush 'My Back Is Killing Me' Limbaugh, Janeane Garofalo (especially Janeane Garofalo OY!), or even Michael Moore, whom I love and adore. Listen to yourselves. Ask questions. Demand answers.

"Why were the Bin Ladens allowed to fly out of this country two days after 9/11?
Why are we paying over two dollars a gallon for gas?
Which Olsen twin needs a cheeseburger?
The 9/11 Commission report just came out (even after Bush and his lackeys tried their Texas best to suppress it, they threw 3 million dollars at it, compared to 50 million to investigate Clinton's Whitewater deals, priorities hello!) and it says there was no link between al Qaeda and Iraq. No link. So why did we go to war with them? WMD's? They must be with the real killers that OJ is looking for. More...

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Athens Open Air Festival A Disaster?

According to unconfirmed reports, yesterday's (July 5) first day of Athens Open Air festival in Athens, Greece was a near-disaster, as only four out of the six scheduled bands performed (there was no official word on what happened to DIMMU BORGIR, one of the two acts that failed to play at the event). In addition, there was a three-hour delay and tons of sand and remarkably "poor" stage lights and sound at the festival site (Aloimos beach). The second day of the festival, which was supposed to take place today (with scheduled performers including IN FLAMES, ANTHRAX, CHILDREN OF BODOM, PAIN OF SALVATION, KATATONIA and BATTLEROAR), is unofficially said to have been cancelled. No further information is currently available.

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Anthrax Not Auditioning For Bass, Other Updates

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has posted the following message on the band's official web site (as part of his regular online column, dubbed "Alpha Mail"):

"Comrades, I've been returning emails at a feverish pace the last few days and so many of them are from Perth and New Zealand. We're coming all the way to Australia and we're not coming to Perth and we're not gonna drop down and pay a visit to Middle Earth? Why?

"Ask your local promoters. We wanted to go to Perth and New Zealand. To come all the way down to Australia and not play Perth and New Zealand is stupid. We couldn't get one offer that would at least enable us to break even. We would've gone to Auckland and maybe even Wellington if we could have at least broken even. We couldn't even pay for flights from Australia with what we were being offered. The promoters don't seem to think we would’ve sold enough tickets to warrant paying us enough to get there. That sucks. Everyone loses. Even the promoters because our Australia shows are doing great. I'm sure a show in Perth would’ve sold out as well and NZ would’ve followed suit. It blows man, I know. All I can say is let the powers that be in your area know that you want ANTHRAX to come play. Maybe next time we’ll be able to. If you can, come see us in Sydney or Melbourne or Brisbane or Adelaide. The shows are going to be great.

"Next major topic of your emails is bass auditions. Thank you for all the offers. Thank you for all the kind words of encouragement and the goodwill. Seriously, from my heart it means so much to get so many letters from you, the people that matter, the people that buy the tickets and CDs and DVDs etc. etc, thank you. For now, we've got no plans to hold auditions. If we do, you'll be the first to know.

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downset Set To Release 'Universal', Gig w/ Anthrax

downset. is geared up to unleash their 4th album, "Universal", April 20 th on Seattle-based Hawino Records. The band just completed 11 blistering new songs, and has been performing sporadically as they return to the top of the amalgamated world they created over a decade ago. Tracks like "Forever", "All Crews", "Black Glock", and "Jumpin' Off", showcase the uncompromising anger and gritty reality downset. fans have learned to expect.

downset. will unleash at the Whisky-A-Go-Go Thursday, April 8th in a one-night-only limited edition show with Anthrax. The band is expected to preview their new album live at the show.

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Anthrax Drummer And Guitarist Comment On Bello

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and guitarist Scott Ian have issued separate statements confirming the departure of bassist Frank Bello.

Charlie Benante commented:

"Hey everyone in Anthraxland, I know things are getting out of control and I wanted to speak to our friends about this situation. The story is true — we have parted ways with Frankie. This was a difficult decision to make. We didn't want things to turn out this way, but they have. I can't get into "why" this happened, all I'll say is Anthrax were going one way and Frankie was going another.

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Anthrax Officially Part With Bassist, Frank Bello

ANTHRAX manager Tim Dralle has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that bassist Frank Bello is no longer a member of ANTHRAX. The group's official statement on the matter is as follows: "Due to internal reasons, Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING) will be temporarily handling bass playing duties for ANTHRAX on their upcoming tours of Japan and Australia." More information will be made available soon.

As previously reported, ANTHRAX will be joined by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, and SOILWORK on their upcoming headlining tour of Japan and Australia. The dates are as follows: More...

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Frank Bello Leaves Anthrax

Bassist Frank Bello has quit ANTHRAX and is relocating to Los Angeles to join the reformed HELMET, according to "informed sources". The surprising move reportedly came the day after ANTHRAX finished taping the additional video footage for their much-anticipated live DVD, "Music Of Mass Destruction", due on April 6 through Sanctuary Records. Replacing Bello in ANTHRAX on a temporary basis is veteran bassist Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING). An official announcement on the matter is expected soon.

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