Frank Bello says the band are on top of their game after the release of 11th album For All Kings.
It launched in February this year, and Bello says he, vocalist Joey Belladonna, drummer Charlie Benante, along with guitarists Scott Ian and Jon Donais, have “tapped into” something special throughout 2016.
Bello tells Kaaos TV: “I feel very fortunate. I think Anthrax is at the top of its game. I think we’re in a good way of writing. We tapped into something really good of how to work with each other writing, and it’s really paying off and connecting with people.
“Every time we think we can take a break, we’re asked to do another tour – which is great to be wanted because it’s a tough business, and we know that.”
He continues: “The only way you get your music out now is to play out there and really to make people understand you have a new record and create the buzz. And so far it’s been nothing but amazing.”
Earlier this week, an animated video was released featuring Ian reflecting on the Big Four superjam, when he and members of Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer covered Diamond Head’s Am I Evil? in Poland in 2010.
Anthrax will head out on the road again next month for two festival dates, including an appearance at the UK’s Bloodstock. They’ll then tour North America with Slayer and Death Angel starting in September.
TODAY’S THE DAY – ANTHRAX CELEBRATES ITS 35TH ANNIVERSARY
ANTHRAX·MONDAY, JULY 18,
Thirty-five years ago today (July 18, 1981), the then New York-based thrash/metal band Anthrax was formed and started on the road to help change the history of music.
David Taylor, Anthrax fan, compiled this video of the 1988 classic “Antisocial” over the past three-plus decades, as a celebratory gift for the band and their 35th anniversary.
Said co-founder Scott Ian,
“Thirty-five years have passed since that day and my life has changed profoundly. I am a husband, I am a father. I am a long way from the 17-year-old soon-to-be-college dropout who co-founded a heavy metal band. The only thing that hasn’t changed in 35 years, the one constant, is that I am still the rhythm guitar player in Anthrax. It’s what I GET to do. I GET to play in a band and I never take that for granted.”
So, with all those years, all those experiences, all those memories, what’s the one big takeaway experience that stands out for the guys? Was it when legendary author Stephen King included the band in one of his “Dark Tower” series books?
Or in 2012 when Anthrax became the first metal band to have its music played on Mars, when NASA played “Got The Time” to wake up the Mars Rover, Curiosity? Or how about in 1991 when they received their first Grammy nomination? Maybe it was when the band was caught up in the 2001 U.S. anthrax attacks and considered changing their name due to the PR nightmare that was caused. Or possibly it was when Anthrax made a cameo appearance on the popular 1992 TV series, “Married…with Children.”
Remembers Charlie Benante, the band’s drummer since 1983,
“We had such a ball doing that show. We taped the episode twice, once in the afternoon then another one in the evening, which was done with rewrites. They changed some of our lines, but we got bigger laughs the second time so it was all worth it. After the show, we went to a sit-down dinner with the entire cast and crew at a restaurant in Hollywood. Here I am sitting next to Al Bundy [played by Ed O’Neill), and I look over at the booth across from us, and there are Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman having dinner. Al said, ‘hey, let’s go talk to Clint and Morgan,’ and I went ‘whaaaaa???’ He took us over there and introduced us to them – and I’m thinking ‘where am I? Am I here right now? This is actually happening?’ It was just surreal. That stands out as one of the highlights. It wasn’t really a musical thing, but music got us to that. I’m just a guy in a band making music…what am I doing here with these stars?”
Then there is newest member, lead guitarist Jonathan Donais who has a completely different take on his “best Anthrax moment.”
“It was probably 1989 or ’90, whenever the ‘Anti Social’ video blew up at Dial MTV,” he remembers. “It was the first time I’d ever heard Anthrax, and I immediately fell in love with the band.” Donais’ “best Anthrax memory” now happens like Groundhog Day: “I brought a tape of the Dial MTV performance to my guitar teacher and told him I wanted to learn how to play it. Now I get to play every night with the band!”
The most memorable time as a member of Anthrax could have been on September 14, 2011 as it was named “Anthrax Day” in the Bronx. Or June 22, 2010 when The Big Four played together on the same stage for the first time ever in Sofia, Bulgaria.
For Anthrax’s Ian, it was a different occasion. “My ONE thing of thousands of things I’ve done in Anthrax that stands out the most in the world would be playing Yankee Stadium,” he said, referencing The Big Four’s second of only two U.S. concerts, held on September 14, 2011. “For me that is the pinnacle. My mecca. The most NY thing a NY band could ever do. I got to play on stage on the field, in the building where so many of my heroes since I was a child played. It was surreal and overwhelming and I was in tears almost the entire first song, I had so much emotion pouring out of me. Like the words to the song say, I was ‘King of the hill, top of the heap.’
“So, to quote the Scottish poet Robbie Burns,” Ian adds,”‘Here’s to us; who is as good as us? Damn few, and they’re all dead.’ Thank you my friends…35 and counting.”
CONGRATULATIONS ANTHRAX!! Winners of the Inspiration Award Metal Hammer #goldengods – Thank you all who voted!
‘The fans themselves voted for the night’s winners, The Inspiration award, went to Anthrax, who, in their three-decade career, helped kick-start the thrash metal movement and are currently riding high on the brilliance of their current album, For All Kings…
ANTHRAX, Slayer AND Death Angel FORM MIGHTY TRIUMVIRATE FOR FALL 2016 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Slayer, with Special Guest Anthrax and Death Angel, will join forces this fall for a seven week North American beat down. The dates start in Cleveland on September 9 and will hit both major and secondary markets across the continent. Confirmed dates are below. General on-sale begins this Friday, May 13 at 10:00AM local time. Tix avail through Anthrax.com/tour with VIP package details to follow shortly
“We are very excited to tour again with our fellow Kings Slayer on a thrash/metal extravaganza,” said Anthrax’s Charlie Benante Fan Page. “Two of the Big Four – now that’s a night of metal for all the Kings and Queens!”
Said Slayer’s Kerry King, “It’s always super fun for us to tour with Anthrax. Frank is one of my best friends in the biz!! Put that together with Death Angel, and fans will probably see the best package this year. See you there!”
With more dates to be announced, here is the confirmed itinerary:
9 Jacob’s Pavilion, Cleveland, OH
10 Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI
12 Sound Academy, Toronto, ON
15 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
17/18 Rock Allegiance, Chester, PA*
20 Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
22 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
27 Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
28 Fillmore, Miami, FL
30 Horseshoe Casino Tunica, Tunica, MS
3 Norva, Norfolk, VA
5 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
7 Gas Monkey Live, Dallas, TX
8 ACL at the Moody Theatre, Austin, TX
10 Fillmore, Denver, CO
11 The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT
13 The Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT
17 ENMAX Center, Lethbridge, AB
19 South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC
20 Abbotsford Centre, Abbotsford, BC
23 Reno Events Center, Reno, NV
27 El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, TX
* Slayer, Anthrax and Death Angel are all on this bill