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.”





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.

Check the song out here:


and more info on the collector’s item box set are here:


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 for the complete five-bar locations and times.

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

Dates for “KillThrax” are as follows:

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)

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

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



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.



“Wardance is a beer you can drink over and over again. And I have.” — Scott Ian

LOS ANGELES, CA (Wednesday, January 25, 2017) — It’s funny how an offhanded comment can make a dream come true, but that’s exactly what happened with thrash icons Anthrax.

Last year, the members of the band were hanging out at New York’s West Village bar 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 Chuck Williamson, owner of Butternuts, a metalhead and a long-time Anthrax fan, and everything started to fall into place for what would become Anthrax’s own craft beer, Wardance. Wardance will be available in stores, bars and restaurants where craft beer is sold in New York State beginning March 27. Plans are in the works to expand the distribution to other states around the country.


Said Anthrax’s Scott Ian, “I’ve wanted to do our own beer for a long time, it was just finding the right guy to make that a reality. I am a fan of Butternuts, especially their Porkslap Pale Ale, and when I found out that Chuck was interested in doing a beer with us I immediately said yes.”

“Finding the right taste that all of us loved was really important,” Anthrax’s Charlie Benante explained, “but it was also important that the beer not leave people feeling heavy or filled up afterwards. The other thing I love about our beer is that it goes really well with a burger. It’s the one beer to have when you’re having a ‘Wardance.’”

Working closely with Williamson and his partner on the Wardance project, marketing guru David “Rev” Ciancio (who also counts Anthrax as one of his all-time personal favorites), Anthrax’s Ian, Benante, and Frank Bello wanted a distinct flavor for Wardance, one that would fit not only the band members’ personal preferences, but that their fans would enjoy as well.

“I spoke to Chuck and we talked about what we like/don’t like and what I would want from our beer,” added Ian. “It was simple, a beer that would be very drinkable yet still have flavor.”

They decided on a pale ale style with a special blend of malts and hops to give it a unique flavor, and a “first batch” was brewed. Williamson and Rev did a tasting with the band on their tour bus parked outside the St. Vitus club the night Anthrax headlined a benefit show there last September for Gilda’s Club NYC. In addition and unbenownst to the band’s fans, a keg of that “first batch” was poured at the St. Vitus show with Williamson and Rev taking feedback from the fans. Taking band and fans comments into consideration, Williamson did a little more tinkering in the beer lab with the ale’s recipe, one more Anthrax tasting which received a unanimous thumbs up from the band, and Wardance Pale Ale, available in 12 oz. cans, was inaugurated.

Wardance (5.5% abv) is brewed using a blend of both New York State and North American two-row malt barley and a blend of special malts to add color and depth of flavor. The hops are sourced through New York State and West Coast growers. A percent of the hops is added in the boil kettle and a percent post fermentation to create a unique flavor profile that balances the rich flavor and aroma of the specialty malts with the delicate aroma of the select hops. The result is a recognizable beer with a unique character that sets Wardance apart from other beers out in the market today.

For All Kings 7″ Vinyl Box Set

Limited Edition

Limited Edition
For all Kings is already being hailed as a classic album and worth of Anthrax’s best in their remarkable 35 year career now has a very special vinyl box set release featuring demo recordings and newly recorded Anthrax style covers!

Released March 24th

Box Contains:
Removable Lenticular Cover
Alex Ross Cover Art Sketch

10 pces of 7” Vinyl Containing the full For All Kings Album

Bonus Tracks:

Black Math (White Stripes Cover)
Carry On (Kansas Cover)

Breathing Lightning (Demo) Monster At The End (Demo)
Suzerain (Demo) Zero Tolerance (Demo) Blood Eagle Wings (Demo) Defend Avenge (Demo)

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