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.”