Anthrax are set to unleash their new live DVD, the awesomely titled ‘Chile on Hell,’ on Sept. 16. The release documents the band’s May 10, 2013, show at the Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile, and we’ve got the exclusive premiere of the explosive trailer (watch above).
‘Chile on Hell,’ which will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray, features the band playing songs from throughout their storied career, with tunes like ‘I Am the Man,’ ‘Caught in a Mosh’ and ‘The Devil You Know’ making the setlist. Adding to the experience, the concert was recorded in 5.1 Surround Sound.
We spoke with Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian in conjunction with our premiere of the ‘Chile on Hell’ trailer, so check out that conversation below. And be sure to pre-order ‘Chile on Hell’ from Amazon.
With the DVD ‘Chile on Hell’ set to come out in September, what can you tell us about the performance that made it so special?
Scott Ian: Going in, we didn’t know what our performance was going to be like. You never know, that’s the thing about doing these kind of DVD shoots. The only thing we were able to have a guarantee on was how great the crowd was going to be, that’s why we did it in Chile. That’s the point of the whole thing, the last few times we had played in Santiago, the shows were so incredible! We thought, at some point, if we do a DVD to document this ‘Worship Music’ cycle, we’re going to do it in Chile.
Knowing that going in, we at least knew how great the crowd was going to be. We didn’t have to worry about shooting a show and then thinking we could have played somewhere else. We took that whole question out of the mix because we knew how the crowd was going to be.
We haven’t done that many live DVDs, or live videos from back in the day. We did the one in 1987 and then there was ‘Live Noise’ in the early 90s, then one from the reunion tour in 2005, 2006. So, this being the fourth time we’ve ever done this, it’s by far the best representation of seeing us live. Nothing will ever replace coming to a show and being a part of the experience, but if you’re sitting in your living room watching us with the speakers cranked, it’s the closest thing you’re going to get. The energy is captured by the cameras and the mics. I’m happy with it. I think it definitely represents what we do as a live band.
We hear a lot of metal acts say there’s nothing quite like the crowds in South America. What do you think it is about those concerts that set them apart from the rest of the world?
Scott Ian: It just comes down to it being more important to them — any time you have people that are so passionate about something, whether it’s music, food, movies, whatever. It’s because they have to work harder for it and they have to sweat a little more. The point I’m making is, in South America, people don’t make as much money as people in America do. They also don’t get as many shows as a city like New York. It’s not like you know a band is going to come through three times on a tour. Bands go to South America once every few years.
These people will save their money to come see Anthrax, it’s something like — and we’re not even an expensive ticket — that might be a month’s salary to come see us. To me, that means how passionate you are to spend what comes out to be a month’s salary to go see a metal show. You’re sweating a little bit harder to go see that. I think that’s why when people come to those shows, it’s just such a release for them. Such an amount of energy being released in that room when bands are going down there.
Look at Iron Maiden on a completely different scale going down there. People saving their money for months to go see an Iron Maiden concert or saving their money to see AC/DC. Then you watch those DVDs and go, holy crap — I’ve never seen anything like it. People have to work so much harder for it. I think that passion really comes out when they come see the bands play.
Our thanks to Scott Ian for taking the time to chat with us. Once again, ‘Chile on Hell’ is available for pre-order at Amazon.com.