Joey sang the national anthem at wrigley field before the Cubs game on Wednesday night 21st Sept, and an amazing job.
The boys all then went straight to the Concord Hall in Chicago and tore up the place with an awesome setlist
2 Amazing Nights 16 & 17th September 2016 At St Vitus Bar For Gilda’s Club NY
Both night sold out instantly, Superb fun. Thank you to all that were there and with us!
Belly Of The Beast Night 1
Medusa Night 2
Absolute Prime. OnFirethrax Thank you all that came out to @saintvitusbar the last 2 nights to support a great cause. @gildasclubnyc #ForAllKings ・・・ Thank you @saintvitusbar for hosting such an awesome show!! All others are now ruined as this was so on point. The crowd was amaze! The pit was what a pit is supposed to be! ❤️ #anthrax #Repost @julesandregulations
Night 1 Set List
Night 2 Set list
ANTHRAX’S “MONSTER AT THE END” TAKES A DETOUR TO THE PAST FOR AN INNOVATIVE STOP MOTION MUSIC VIDEO
Check it out at Fangoria
“Hey, it might have been a great idea,” laughed video director Jack Bennett, “but holding down the shutter button on a still camera for that long a time? All we would have ended up with were four jammed cameras!”
Shooting the entire video with Super Sharp HD video still cameras, Bennett wanted an animated, staccato-feel to the flow of the individual images. “Video shutter speeds are faster and more reliable than anything we could have done manually, and we wanted as big a pool of still images to choose from as we could get.”
In post-production, Bennett went through the footage frame by frame and hand-picked the still images he wanted to animate – hundreds of them. Rather than print the video at 24 frames per second, he animated movement of the band members using the still images, creating a jagged, crude motion. “We didn’t want fluidity, we wanted the video to have more of a comic book feel to it, like flipbook animation.”
This also allowed Bennett to hang on the band members’ individual movements to accentuate the power of their playing, such as the strength in Charlie Benante’s drum hits, or Scott Ian’s strumming or Frank Bello’s rhythm.
And then the real fun began.
Bennett and his crew went one step further, taking a cue from the legendary Walt Disney animators of the 1920s and 1930s, who used the technique of rotoscoping, the art of painstakingly hand-painting individual cels to embellish a primary image.
Employing the fundamentals of rotoscope, Bennett has peppered the video with monsters, tattoos that come alive, explosions, popping eyeballs, speech bubbles, morphed images, and nods to the influence of ‘Creepshow.’ There’s even a frame or two of The Skull King, the evil character from Anthrax’s “Blood Eagle Wings” music video that Bennett also directed. Actor Justin Michael Terry, who played The Skull King, is The Runner in “Monster At The End.”
“We used a lot of stop-motion effects as well as other special and visual effects in the same way as was done in the original ‘Exorcist’ film,” Bennett added. “We even added a little bit of grain, some dust and some scratches just to give it that analog feel.”
As the music video unfolds, the frame rate increases, giving the band members more and more fluid movements until the final chorus when the video is full-on 24-frames per second. “You could watch this video one frame at a time,” Bennett added, “and probably not find everything we did.”
“The ‘Monster at the End’ video takes us back to our love of comics and horror,” said Anthrax’s Charlie Benante. “We’ve always loved the ‘Creepshow’ movies and wanted something like that for this video. Jack is easy to work with, all we did was perform the song, he did the real work with the editing and achieving the look that we wanted.”
Bennett wraps the video with one more surprise, an unexpected ending that goes to show that in the end, there’s a little bit of the monster in all of us.
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.”