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ANTHRAX TO HEADLINE THE LAST METAL SHOW EVER TO PLAY THE HOUSE OF BLUES SUNSET STRIP
LOS ANGELES, CA (Friday, July 10, 2015) — ANTHRAX, six-time Grammy-nominated, Platinum-selling thrash masters, and a lifetime member of The Big Four, will provide a head banging send-off for the iconic Sunset Strip House of Blues on Wednesday, July 29. The band will headline what will be the last metal show ever to play the HOB before it shuts down on August 7 to make way for a new hotel/housing/retail complex. Tickets go on sale today at 12NOON PT through Ticketmaster, the Live Nation app, and at the HOB Box Office. Log on to http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/09004EE9D546EA1E for more details.
“Every show we’ve done at the Sunset House of Blues has been a party,” said Anthrax’s Frank Bello. “Everyone who we’re friends with who’s not on tour shows up, either to jam or drink or just hang out. And I’ll really miss that. Sunset Boulevard has lost its last great place to play.”
Charlie Benante added, “The memories that have been created will always live on for anyone who went to the HOB. I feel honored and privileged to have this last chance to blow the roof off of the HOB. The Strip will soon end up looking like a corporate strip mall, no memories there.”
While the band is still putting together ideas for the show, there will likely be some cool surprises. “You never know what we’ll come up with,” laughed Bello.
Anthrax – Joey Belladonna, Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, and Jon Donais – is currently in the final stages of recording a new album that is expected out in early 2016. The band will play a series of major U.S. festivals this summer and is confirmed to join Motorhead for several dates on Lemmy and the boys’ 40th anniversary tour, including Motorhead’s Motorboat 2015. In the fall, Anthrax will then play Loud Park 15 in Japan, and join Slayer for a six-week European tour.
Since the September, 2011 release of Worship Music, six-time Grammy-nominated Anthrax has experienced a tremendous comeback. “Classic era” vocalist Joey Belladonna rejoined the lineup in the Spring of 2010, fronting for the band on The Big Four shows across Europe – Anthrax, along with Metalllica, Slayer and Megadeth – the four bands that defined the speed/thrash metal genre. Worship Music, the band’s first studio album in eight years and the first with Belladonna since 1990, was released the day after Anthrax played a home-town concert at New York’s Yankee Stadium with The Big Four. Press and VIPs called it “the metal album of the year.” In 2012, Anthrax became the first metal band to have its music played on Mars when its “Got The Time” was chosen by NASA to wake up the Mars Rover. The band is in the final stages of recording the follow up to Worship Music that is expected out in early 2016. According to Benante, the new songs are “aggressive and thrashy. Anyone who liked ‘Worship Music’ should love the new album.”
About House of Blues
With 38 owned/operated clubs and theaters, The House of Blues Entertainment portfolio, a division of
Live Nation, is wide-ranging including the legendary Fillmore venues and the intimate House of Blues
clubs throughout the United States. House of Blues Entertainment is the country’s pre-eminent live musicvenue collection featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology in one-of-a-kind custom
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Last year, Anthrax unveiled their own brand of bourbon. “Indians” did very well, and now the band is back with a new small-batch bourbon called “The Devil You Know.”
“If we find something we really like and that we actually drink ourselves, we think maybe our fans might like it too, so we want to make it available for them,” says guitarist Scott Ian. “We really enjoyed ‘Indians,’ the bourbon we produced last year, and obviously our fans did as well as it sold out really quickly.”
This time the band members worked with Kentucky-based Knob Creek to produce two barrels of a high-end bourbon called “The Devil You Know.” The barrels were aged for nine years, a process that results in a richer and more distinctive taste.
“We had a great time sampling the different bourbons to find the one we thought was the best,” says bassist Frank Bello, ”And we hope our fans have the same good time drinking it. Responsibly, of course.”
“The Devil You Know” bourbon is priced at $59 and available now at this location. Every bottle comes with a card that’s personally autographed by the band.
ANTHRAX are joining MOTÖRHEAD for select dates on a U.S. tour this summer. These North American shows start in mid-August,before ending with the now-legendary Motörboat cruise between September 28 and October 2 from Miami, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas.
A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will take place on Wednesday, June 24 from 10:00 a.m. until Thursday, June 25 at 10:00 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code “BLABBERMOUTH” to access tickets before the general public.
We’ll update the ticket links on the tour page as soon as they are confirmed.
Sep. 11 – Chicago, IL – Riotfest
Sep. 12 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore
Sep. 15 – Wallingford, CT – Oakdale
Sep. 16 – Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach
Sep. 20 – Food Truck Fest – New Jersey
Sep. 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theatre
Sep. 23 – Charlotte, NC – Fillmore
Sep. 25 – Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
Metal Injection have some great pics from the show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in June 2015…
Check them out below!