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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.
Some Ozzfest 2005 dates have been confirmed while others are still rumoured.
The confirmed dates so far:
July. 31 - Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Music Center
Aug. 2 - Columbus, OH @ Germain Ampitheater
Aug. 18 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion
Subject to change:
Aug. 4 - Tinley Park, IL @ Tweeter Center
Aug. 6 - East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Confirmed bands for Ozzfest 2005: More...
While the band themselves remain resolutely silent, an increasing number of European festivals have announced that the classic 'Among The Living' line-up will be appearing this Summer. The latest is Germany's With Full Force, which happens from July 1-3 in Lobnitz. This would see Joey Belladonna (vocals), Dan Spitz (guitar) and Frank Bello (bass) re-unite with guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Charlie Benante. Aside from Anthrax, Will Full Force is also to feature Iron Maiden, Slayer, Motorhead, Misfits, Fear Factory, In Flames, Killswitch Engage and Suicidal Tendencies.
ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"I'm on a short bus somewhere between Sao Paulo and Rio emailing El Brento [ANTHRAX webmaster]. This Blackberry gizmo is quite handy. Thanks technology!
"Last Wednesday night we played the benefit for Dime at the Aragon in Chicago. It was incredible. The audience was on another level even for Chicago. It was an amazing experience celebrating, yes, celebrating an amazing man's life. Everyone there was touched in some way by Dime in their life and the outpouring of love was electric. I wish we could've played for you all night. I was so charged up with emotion and adrenaline that it went by in a flash. The moment when Vinnie [Paul, PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer] got up behind the drums was the most emotional I have ever felt on stage. That experience will be burned in my mind. It was a serious moment and the crowd, no pun intended, rose up to a new level with us. My blood was on fire.
"Thank you so much for being a part of this. Your love keeps his memory alive. We flew to Brazil at 7 AM the next morning.
"Last night we played Sao Paulo to 5000 or so raging zombies who only wanted to be fed metal. They sing so loud here and not just the words. They sing the guitar solos as well! Sick. A great start to this tour. More soon."
Century Media recording artists Shadows Fall and the Haunted have secured slots at this year's Ozzfest. Shadows Fall are expected to appear on the main stage while the Haunted are said to be in the mix for the smaller second stage, which will apparently feature more non-rotating slots this summer compared to the last couple of years. Other acts believed to have been selected for the 10-year-anniversary edition of Ozzfest are Black Label Society, Rob Zombie, Killswitch Engage and Mudvayne. Iron Maiden are strongly rumored to have nabbed the co-headlining slot alongside Black Sabbath, who will make a series of European live appearances in June/July prior to the Ozzfest U.S. kick-off. Also expected to perform on the main stage is the "Among the Living" lineup of Anthrax, who have yet to officially confirm their "reunion" plans despite having already been announced for four European festival appearances this spring/summer (Holland's Dynamo Open Air on May 7, Sweden's Sweden Rock on June 9-11, Italy's Gods of Metal on June 11-12 and France's Fury Fest on June 24-26).
Last year's Ozzfest was one of the heaviest in the tour's history, featuring Sabbath, a reunited Judas Priest, Slayer, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Dimmu Borgir, Hatebreed and others.
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has posted the following statement with regards to the death of author Hunter S. Thompson, who committed suicide on February 20th:
"We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold." I can't think of a better opening line to a book. Especially when you were reading it at 17 in a small apartment in the middle of a NYC winter. Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas" changed my life. It made me realize that there was more to books than my limited world of silver age Marvel Comics and vampires named Barlow. The man was legend. He lived life larger than I thought possible.
He is the most influential journalist in my lifetime. I was lucky enough to get my copy of "Fear And Loathing" signed. Here's what he wrote (exactly):
To Scott Ian,
Love Jesus, stay humble & lay off the fat young boys.
Slayer, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir and Suicidal Tendencies are among the latest confirmations for the 2005 edition of the Fury Fest, set to take place June 24-26 in Le Mans, France. The list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...
Megaforce Records will re-release Anthrax's classic albums, "Fistful of Metal" and also "Armed And Dangerous" on one CD February 22, 2005.
Like Metallica and Megadeth, Anthrax was responsible for the emergence of speed and thrash metal; combining the speed and fury of hardcore with the guitars and vocals of heavy metal, they helped create a new sub-genre of heavy metal. Unlike Metallica, they had the good sense to temper their often serious music with a healthy dose of humor and realism.
Their first album, "Fistful of Metal," included original singer Neil Turbin and featured the now classic song, "Metal Thrashing Mad." It also introduced fans to this new brutal style of metal. Their second album, "Armed And Dangerous," saw singer Joey Belladonna and bassist Frank Bello join the lineup. Belladonna helped take the band farther away from conventional metal cliches and was a catalyst in making Anthrax arguably become the leaders of speed metal.
Fans can now have these first two Anthrax albums in one package featuring new artwork and liner notes from the band. Anthrax is a band that has sold over 10 million records worldwide.
Legendary American power metal band Jag Panzer and the new up and coming American death metal band Lupara have been confirmed as the latest acts to take part in the line-up of the 2005 Monterrey Metal Fest to be held on Saturday May 28, 2005 at the Auditorio Coca Cola in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
Jag Panzer will be playing their 1st ever show in Mexico. They will make the trip south of the border in support of their latest cd "Casting The Stones" released via Century Media in October 2004.
Lupara is the new band fronted by guitarist Jeremy Wagner (Ex-Broken Hope) who will be releasing their new 3 song self titled EP in March 2005.
The festival line-up to date is the following, with more bands to be announced in the coming days: More...
Word has it that BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and ROB ZOMBIE have both secured slots on the 10-year-anniversary edition of Ozzfest, with Zakk Wylde's troupe slated to kick off the proceedings on the main stage. Meanwhile, ZOMBIE, MUDVAYNE and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE are said to be in the mix for the smaller second stage, which is expected to feature more non-rotating slots this summer compared to the last couple of years.
As previously reported, IRON MAIDEN are set to co-headline the entire event with BLACK SABBATH, although recent reports indicate that OZZY OSBOURNE (with Zakk Wylde on guitar) may attempt to stage a solo performance at this year's festival. Also expected to perform on the main stage is the "Among the Living" lineup of ANTHRAX, which has already been confirmed for three European festivals this spring/summer (Holland's Dynamo Open Air on May 7, Sweden's Sweden Rock on June 9-11 and Italy's Gods of Metal on June 11-12) prior to their appearance at Ozzfest.
While there's still no official word from the band, European festivals continue to announce that the band will be appearing with the classic line-up of vocalist Joey Belladonna, guitarists Scott Ian/Dan Spitz, bassist Frank Bello and drummer Charlie Benante. The latest is Sweden Rock, which happens in Solvesborg from June 9-11.
DANZIG has been confirmed as the co-headliner alongside MOTORHEAD on the Main Stage of the 2005 MONTERREY METAL FEST to be held on Saturday May 28, 2005 at the Auditorio Coca Cola in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. NEIL TURBIN (original ANTHRAX vocalist) is the confirmed headliner on the 2nd Stage.
The remaining festival line-up will be confirmed next week. You can visit the official festival website here
Blabbermouth is reporting that "informed sources" (read: still unconfirmed) tell them that BLACK SABBATH and IRON MAIDEN will headline the 10th anniversary edition of Ozzfest. In addition, ANTHRAX's "Among the Living" lineup — featuring vocalist Joey Belladonna, guitarist Dan Spitz and bassist Frank Bello — is said to have secured a slot on the main stage at the festival, which is expected to kick off in mid-July.
According to unconfirmed reports, the Ozzfest 2005 shows will start later than the previous 9:00 a.m. kick-off time and will include more non-rotating slots on the second stage.
Prior to headlining the 2005 edition of Ozzfest, BLACK SABBATH will embark on a short European tour, which will include an appearance at the U.K.'s Download festival (where they will headline the "Ozzfest" day on June 11).
No further mention was made of Megadeth who are also highly rumored to play the main stage this year.