Anthrax Confirms No Ozzfest 2005 Appearance
Almost a foregone conclusion with Mudvayne in the #3 headliner spot, ANTHRAX have shot down rumors that they will be appearing at this year's Ozzfest, stating that they will be holding off their U.S. touring plans until the fall. According to guitarist Scott Ian, the band will kick off their trek with two "warm-up" shows in Chicago, to be followed by two more warm-up dates in Dublin and Glasgow and a number of festival appearances in Europe. A short Australian tour will take place in May.
In addition to the touring activities, the band are in the process of filming a documentary DVD covering the band's "reunion" tour, from the moment the bandmembers met again in one room for the first time in over 13 years to the upcoming festival appearances. A live CD is also planned. A late 2005/early 2006 release is expected.
When asked about the status of vocalist John Bush and guitarist Rob Caggiano — who were part of the band's most recent lineup — Ian said, "Rob and John are still part of the ANTHRAX family. We'll see what the future holds, I don't know..."
Confirmed ANTHRAX tour dates so far:
Apr. 30 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
May 01 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
May 04 - Dublin, IRE @ Ambassador Theater
May 05 - Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
May 07 - Nijmegen, NETH @ Dynamo Festival
May 12 - Brisbane, AUS @ Arena
May 14 - Sydney, AUS @ Roundhouse
May 15 - Melbourne, AUS @ Palace
May 16 - Adelaide, AUS @ Heavan
May 18 - Perth, AUS @ Lookout
Jun. 09 - Sövelsborg, SWE @ Sweden Rock
Jun. 11 - Nottingham, UK @ Download
Jun. 12 - Monza, ITA @ Gods Of Metal
Jun. 24 - Le mans, FRA @ Fury Fest
Jun. 25 - Dessel, BEL @ Graspop
Jun. 26 - Tolmin, SLO @ Metal Camp Fest
Jul. 02 - Löbnitz (near Leipzig), GER @ With Full Force
Jul. 09 - Athens, GRE @ Rockwave
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