Phil Ehart of Kansas Says He’s ‘Impressed’ and ‘Flattered’ by Anthrax’s ‘Carry on’

Phil Ehart of Kansas Says He’s ‘Impressed’ and ‘Flattered’ by Anthrax’s ‘Carry on Wayward Son’ Cover

Anthrax recently covered Kansas‘ classic “Carry on Wayward Son,” which comes from the expanded edition of their latest album, For All Kings.

Almost immediately, Kansas drummer Phil Ehart, a founding member of the group, began hearing about it. “With the internet today, I’ve been sent like 500 different emails with it in there,” he tells us. “It came from everywhere.”

“I listened to it and I was very impressed,” he says. “And flattered that those guys would do that. It’s pretty cool. We’ve had a lot of covers over the years. A lot of people have covered ‘Dust in the Wind,’ and a lot of people have covered ‘Carry on Wayward Son,’ and it’s always flattering.I even got a rap version of ‘Dust in in the Wind.’ I listened to it and thought, ‘Someone put in a lot of work to do that.’ We just always appreciate people thinking our music is worth covering.”

While the New York-bred thrash metal group — no strangers to turning out killer classic-rock covers — put a harder edge on their version, they also made sure that they got the well-known musical moments in the song right.

“We always appreciate that. I mean, we always appreciate them staying somewhat close to the original,” Ehart says. “But that’s up to them. I just had a lot of fun listening to [someone else] interpret it, and man, they rocked right through it. They’re a great band, so it’s not like it would have been anything less.”

The band even went as far as to create its own version of Kansas’ iconic Leftoverture album cover, Anthrax-style, something Ehart was also a fan of. “They’ve got a sense of humor, and they’re not taking it too seriously,” he says. “That’s us all of the way.”

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Anthrax ‘Wardance’ Their Way To Brewery Mastery During NYC ‘Beer Crawl

Last night (March 28), members of Anthrax, specifically guitarists Scott Ian and Jonathan Donais, celebrated the release of their own craft beer, Wardance Pale Ale, with a special ‘beer crawl’ in New York City. Antics kicked off at 6PM at the award-winning watering hole Daddy-O on Bedford Street in the West Village. Within moments, the popular bar was packed to the brim with metalheads pounding down pints of the tasty pale ale.

Like ducks in a row, fans marched to the pub crawl’s next stops, the chic Half Pint on West 3rd Street followed by the One Mile House on the Lower East Side, where even Life of Agony bassist Alan Robert was seen joining in on the booze ceremony. Chuck Williamson, owner and head brewer of Butternuts Beer & Ale Brewery, where ‘Wardance’ was born, was on hand to mingle with and talk to bar-hoppers about the brand new brew. The party continued with custom ‘Wardance’ pint glasses filled with the delicious and smooth ale being served nonstop to thirsty patrons. Meanwhile, friends of Anthrax helped commemorate the occasion by giving away special ‘Wardance’ t-shirts and stickers to lively fans in attendance.

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NEW SONG ‘VICE OF THE PEOPLE’ FROM ‘FOR ALL KINGS’ LIMITED EDITION 7-INCH BOX SET’

DUE OUT THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 24

For All Kings’ Limited Edition 7-Inch Box Set, available exclusively in North America (Megaforce), hits stores this Friday 3/24, and the band has just made a new track from the set available, “Vice of the People,” previously released as a bonus track only in Japan.

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The week before “KillThrax,” the Anthrax/Killswitch Engage co-headline tour, kicks off in Montclair, NJ, Anthrax’s Charlie Benante will be the special guest drummer sitting in with The 8G Band, the “Late Night with Seth Meyers” house band, from Monday, March 20 through Thursday, March 23. The show airs on NBC-TV starting at 12:35AM ET and PT/11:35PM CT.

Then, the day before the “KillThrax” launch, members of Anthrax will celebrate the release of the band’s very own craft beer, Wardance, with a five-bar New York City “beer crawl” that will begin at 6PM at Daddy-O on Bedford Street in the West Village. Fans are invited to any and all of the five destinations to enjoy a few pints of the Wardance pale ale with band members. Go to http://anthrax.com/anthrax-announces-its-wardance-new-york-city-beer-crawl/ for the complete five-bar locations and times.

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Anthrax 14feb17
Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
15/2/17
Picture © Andy Buchanan 2017

Dates for “KillThrax” are as follows:

MARCH
29 The Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ
30 Express Live, Columbus, OH
31 Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL (Anthrax only)
31 The International, Knoxville, TN (KsE only)

APRIL
1 Little River Casino, Manistee, MI (Anthrax only)
1 Norva, Norfolk, VA (KsE only)
3 The Fillmore, Silver Springs, MD
4 The Dome at Oakdale, Wallingford, CT
5 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
7 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI
8 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI
9 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
11 The Ritz, Raleigh, NC
12 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
13 House of Blues, Orlando, FL
15 Texas Independence Festival @ Grizzly Hall, Austin, TX
16 Boggus Ford Events Center, Pharr, TX
17 House of Blues, Houston, TX
18 House of Blues, Dallas, TX
20 The Marquee, Phoenix, AZ
22 The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
23 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
25 Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
26 Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR
28 The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO
29 Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE
30 Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO

MAY
1 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
3 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON CANADA
5 Paramount Theatre, Huntington, NY
6 Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY
7 House of Blues, Boston, MA

ANTHRAX ANNOUNCES ITS “WARDANCE” NEW YORK CITY BEER CRAWL

Join Band Members in Celebrating the Debut of Wardance at Five City Bars on March 28

LOS ANGELES, CA – Tuesday, March 7, 2017 — New York’s born-and-bred thrash-masters Anthrax, will celebrate the release of the band’s very own craft beer, Wardance, on Tuesday, March 28 with a New York City “beer crawl” that will begin at 6:00PM at Daddy-O on Bedford Street in the West Village. Band members, along with Chuck Williamson, owner and head brewer of Butternuts Beer & Ale Brewery, will be on hand over the course of the evening at five different NYC bars to drink a few pints of the pale ale and celebrate with all in attendance.

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Entry into all five locations is free and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis with a no-host bar. Those interested should use the link below to RSVP.

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The complete schedule for Anthrax’s Wardance NYC beer crawl is below.
6:00 – 7:00PM – Daddy-O – 44 Bedford Street
7:30 – 8:30 PM – Half Pint – 76 W. 3rd Street
9:10 – 10:10PM – One Mile House – 10 Delancey Street
10:30 – 11:30PM – Top Hops – 94 Orchard Street***
11:45 – ?? – RMP Bar After Party – 266 Broome Street
***Will have Wardance available in 6-packs of cans to go

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Last year, the members of Anthrax were hanging out at Daddy-O and mentioned to owner Phil Casacelli how they’d love to have their own brand of beer. Casacelli, a long-time fan of upstate New York’s Butternuts Beer & Ale Brewery, made a call to Williamson, a metalhead and a big Anthrax fan, and everything started to fall into place for what would become Anthrax’s own craft beer, Wardance. The band was involved in the development of the pale ale and wanted a distinct taste that not only they liked, but that their fans would like as well.
Anthrax kicks off Killthrax, their co-headline tour with Killswitch Engage on Wednesday, March 29 at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. The full itinerary is below.
MARCH
29 The Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ *
30 Express Live, Columbus, OH **
31 Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL (Anthrax only)
31 The International, Knoxville, TN (KsE only)
APRIL
1 Little River Casino, Manistee, MI (Anthrax only)
1 Norva, Norfolk, VA (KsE only)
3 The Fillmore, Silver Springs, MD *
4 The Dome at Oakdale, Wallingford, CT *
5 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA **
7 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI *
8 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI **
9 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA *
11 The Ritz, Raleigh, NC **
12 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA **
13 House of Blues, Orlando, FL *
15 Texas Independence Festival @ Grizzly Hall, Austin, TX **
16 Boggus Ford Events Center, Pharr, TX **
17 House of Blues, Houston, TX *
18 House of Blues, Dallas, TX **
20 The Marquee, Phoenix, AZ *
22 The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA **
23 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA **
25 Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA *
26 Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR **
28 The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO *
29 Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE **
30 Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO *
MAY
1 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO **
3 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON CANADA **
5 Paramount Theatre, Huntington, NY **
6 Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY *
7 House of Blues, Boston, MA*
* KsE closes
** Anthrax closes

“AMONG THE KINGS” UK CONCERT CAPTURED FOR UPCOMING DVD

UK CONCERT CAPTURED FOR UPCOMING DVD

Thrash pioneers ANTHRAX, armed with an initial six dynamic SRO dates on “Among The Kings,” their first UK/European headline tour in more than a decade, over-the-top rave press reviews, and hundreds of effusive social posts from fans who attended the shows, will chronicle the frenzy with a live DVD expected to be released later this year (Megaforce).

With the energy level through the roof, Anthrax’s show was filmed last night at Glasgow’s historic venue Barrowland. Seventeen cameras, including five Go-Pros and a full-size camera crane, captured more than two hours of Anthrax favorites that were voted onto the evening’s set list by fans and included “Madhouse,” “Be All, End All,” “Breathing Lightning,” and “A.I.R.,” followed by Anthrax’s classic 1987 album Among The Living performed start to finish (“Caught In A Mosh,” “I Am the Law,” “Indians,” “N.F.L.”). In addition to the live footage, the DVD will include “fly-on-the-wall” interviews and other B-roll shot on the band’s tour bus, backstage, in hotels and elsewhere.

The DVD is being produced and directed by Paul Green of the Manchester, UK-based Paul Green Productions who has filmed concerts for Opeth, The Damned, Gary Numan, The Levellers, and many others.

02 Forum Kentish Town, London England February 10, 2017 L-R:  Jon Donais, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna, Scott Ian; at drums, Charlie Benante
02 Forum Kentish Town, London England
February 10, 2017
L-R: Jon Donais, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna, Scott Ian; at drums, Charlie Benante

Last year’s celebration of Anthrax’s 35th anniversary saw the band getting some of the best live reviews of its career, but the reception from British fans on this tour has been far more than anyone anticipated.

“I don’t know why it took us so long to come back to the UK and headline our own tour,” said Anthrax’s Joey Belladonna, “but I’m sure glad we did. These shows have been some of the best we’ve ever done, and that’s really due to the interaction with the fans, they’ve just been crazy. And that’s what we wanted to capture for this DVD.”
The first five days on the UK tour saw a 150% increase in traffic on the band’s website, and in less than a week, nearly 30,000 votes were cast by fans to help the band create the set lists for the UK and European shows.

Anthrax plays its last “Among The Kings” UK date tomorrow in Norwich and then heads to 22 European cities winding up in Paris on March 16 . Starting March 29, Anthrax will co-headline the “KillThrax” North Ameircan tour with Killswitch Engage.