“Rob has been an integral part of Anthrax for so many years, as our lead guitarist, in a production capacity, but most of all, as our close friend. His contributions to the band have been enormous. While we are sad that he is leaving, we wish him nothing but great success going forward, and hope to share the stage with him again sometime down the road.
“With the Metal Alliance Tour on the horizon, we have been considering several lead guitarist options, and will be making an announcement on that shortly.”
ANTHRAX – Charlie Benante, Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna
After a long and successful run as guitarist for the legendary thrash metal act ANTHRAX, Rob Caggiano has decided that it’s time to move on and focus on his other passion: producing records for the time being. Already an acclaimed rock and metal producer, Rob has amassed a long list of production credits working with acts such as CRADLE OF FILTH (on their Grammy-nominated classic Nymphetamine), THE DAMNED THINGS, and JESSE MALIN to name a few. Rob’s production work on the most recent Anthrax studio album Worship Music received high recognition, as the track ‘I’m Alive’ received a Grammy Nomination for Best Rock / Metal Performance.
Being a member of the mighty Anthrax for the better part of the last 12 years is something that Caggiano is of course very proud of. This was not an easy decision to make.
“I’m extremely proud of my time in Anthrax. Actually, that’s an understatement! We accomplished so many great things together over the years and I shared some of the best times of my life with these guys. As a band, we also weathered quite a few storms along the way. It’s been a wild ride (to say the least) from Day One and I wouldn’t change one single thing about the last 12 years. This is an extremely difficult and emotional decision for me to make but my heart is just steering me in a different direction right now. I’ve always been one to follow my heart in everything that I do and while this might be one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make, it feels like the right one for me at this time. Scott, Charlie, Joey, Frankie (and John Bush) will always be part of my family and this decision doesn’t change the way I feel about that in the slightest. I would also like to say thanks to all the amazing fans I’ve met and hung out with worldwide over the years. You guys always were and always will be the reason why I make music! In this day and age, being a musician isn’t always easy -also an understatement- but the fans truly make it worthwhile for me. I hope to see each and every one of you again really soon. The fact that Anthrax is at the top of their game right now and totally ‘out for blood’ after all these years is a testament to this band’s longevity and conviction! I’m truly honored to have been a part of their brilliant legacy.”
With this new direction, Caggiano very much looks forward to getting back to producing/recording/writing again in the immediate future.
“I can’t wait to get back in the recording studio again! Over the years, I’ve been blessed with the privilege of working with a wide range of great bands/artists from Anthrax and Cradle Of Filth all the way to BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, and I look forward to a hopeful continuation of that side of my career while I figure out my next move as an artist. BTW in case anyone was wondering after reading all of this, I do FULLY intend to get back out there on the road very soon in some way shape or form… it’s in my blood! Please feel free to follow me on Twitter @RobCaggiano for any and all updates on what I am up to.”
The Metal Alliance Tour is back for their third ferocious year of wrecking heads have booked and is now announcing this year’s round of dates. The Metal Alliance has become the genre’s biggest spring tour and this year is no different. Festival organizers Dan Rozenblum and Steve Seabury of High River Entertainment are proud to announce and welcome ANTHRAX, the undisputed titans of metal, as their 2013 headliner. The band will be performing their fan favorite 1987 classic Among The Living in its entirety. The album was produced by Eddie Kramer and includes the tracks “Caught In A Mosh”, “Indians” and “I am The Law”.
Ryan Waste reveals his excitement for the tour. “I grew up listening to ANTHRAX and EXODUS and they inspired me to start playing speed metal from the beginning. I’m thrilled to hit the road and rip it up along-side some the most influential ‘bangers of our time!”
“We hope to see all you die hard metalheads at these shows doing the Toxic Waltz. This is such a bad ass tour and will be one for the ages.” Adds co-organizer Seabury.
General Admission Tickets will be available on January 11th but fans can now order their VIP Tickets. There are only 50 VIP Tickets per market and will quickly sell out. Each VIP Ticket will include the following items:
General Admission Ticket
Meet & Greet 30 Minutes Before Doors
Limited Edition VIP Laminate
Limited Edition 11 x 17 Tour Poster
Metal Alliance Beer Koozie
Bottle of High River Sauce’s Hellacious Hot Sauce (The Official Hot Sauce of The Metal Alliance Tour)
Issue of Revolver Magazine
Sharing the stage each night and crushing heads on the Metal Alliance Tour will be San Francisco thrash legends EXODUS, MUNICIPAL WASTE, HOLY GRAIL and a couple of additional bands will be announce at a later date.
Date Venue City/State
3/23 House of Blues Las Vegas, NV
3/24 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ
3/25 House of Blues San Diego, CA
3/27 House of Blues West Hollywood, CA
3/28 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
3/29 The Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
3/30 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC
3/31 Showbox SoDo Seattle, WA
4/2 Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
4/4 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
4/5 House of Blues Chicago, IL
4/6 The Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI
4/7 Bogarts Cincinnati, OH
4/9 House of Blues Dallas, TX
4/10 House of Blues Houston, TX
4/12 House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL
4/13 Tremont Music Hall Charlotte, NC
4/14 The Fillmore Silver Spring, MD
4/16 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
4/18 Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
4/20 Irving Plaza New York, NY
One of the most anticipated tours of the year rolled into town as Anthrax and Motorhead make an appearance to O2 Academy Brixton to play a sold-out show. There have been talks previous to tonight about how ‘No Rock, Metal music fan can miss tonight’s performance’! Have been circulating since April and created a mass-excitement in the world heavy metal.
So we were sure not to miss tonight and to experience the loudest Rock’n’Roll show of the year and damage our hearing without a care in the world! Read the rest of this entry »
LOS ANGELES, CA – The surprise isn’t that Anthrax’s “I’m Alive” received a Grammy nomination last night for Best Rock/Metal Performance; the surprise is that it comes more than a year after the track’s September 13, 2011 release on the band’s critical smash, Worship Music, which was named was of the best metal albums of 2011 by numerous media outlets, and provided the band with the rock’n’roll comeback story of the year. This is the fourth Grammy nomination for Anthrax – Charlie Benante/drums, Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano/guitars, Frank Bello/bass, Joey Belladonna/vocals.
L-R: Ian, Benante, Bello, Belladonna, Caggiano
“I was watching The Dave Matthews Band perform when I received a text saying ‘Congrats on the Grammy nomination!’,” said Benante. “Huh? I had lost all hope of ever being nominated for another Grammy, but I guess I was wrong. We put so much hard work into ‘Worship Music,’ and I am so honored to be nominated with a group of bands that have also sustained the Test of Time like the legendary Maiden and Megadeth. Heavy Metal is a Force, it has fans that range from six to 66, and I’m so proud to be a part of this Force…it’s in all of us.”
Anthrax fans waited eight long years for Worship Music,the band’s first studio album since 2003’s We’ve Come For You All,that features the return of “classic era” vocalist Belladonna making his first Anthrax album in twenty years. Since its September 13 release and subsequent debut at #12 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, Worship Musichas received glowing praise from numerous critics and music tastemakers, including That Metal Show’s Eddie Trunk and Alexander Milas, editor of the UK’s Metal Hammer. Loudwire named it the #1 Metal Album of the Year.
The return of Belladonna and Anthrax’s remarkable renewal began in 2009 in a Cleveland hotel bar. Anthrax’s Benante and Ian, and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich were in town for the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame when Lars first brought up the idea of The Big Four – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, the four bands that served as the original architects for the “thrash/speed-metal” scene,” yet had never shared the same stage before. The first of (so far) fourteen Big Four events took place on June 16, 2010, culminating in what was Anthrax’s New York homecoming concert – The Big Four at Yankee Stadium on September 14, the day after Worship Music hit stores. “We came into The Big Four as the underdog,” said Benante. “We were the band that had the most to prove, and we’ve worked really, really hard to do that.”
Anthrax continues touring in support of Worship Music having just completed a European tour with Motorhead, and will be announcing North American plans for 2013 shortly.
Old school thrash metallers rejoice – this is a fucking great time to be a metalhead! ‘80s thrash metal is having a bit of a second renaissance now, with Big 4, the return of Joey Belladonna, Alex Skolnick, and David Ellefson to Anthrax, Testament, and Megadeth respectively, and new albums from each of these bands. This time last year, Anthrax announced they would be touring with Testament and Death Angel to support their new album, WORSHIP MUSIC. Back in 1987, Anthrax took Testament on their first European tour, so this 2011 – 2012 US tour was flashback to that classic time period. The Anthrax / Testament / Death Angel tour was so successful they added a second leg and a third leg. Tonight’s show in Atlantic City, NJ is the final show of the third leg. This is the last time to catch these thrash legends on the same bill. Read the rest of this entry »
On September 21, 2012 a great triple bill of thrash veterans had fans’ anticipation high and tickets selling so well, that the gig was moved to a larger venue. On a hot Friday night in Calgary, Alta., Anthrax, Testament and Death Angel took over MacEwan Hall. The venue usually hosts all-ages shows but this time the show remained an 18+ event and the milling crowd appreciated still being able to have their beers and enjoy the concert. Read the rest of this entry »
Mayhem is a US metal festival sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink that has been around since 2008. It usually has a mix of current popular bands and some classic ones. One of the good things about Mayhem is that it always books large venues that are nearby for me, like Toyota Pavilion in Scranton, Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, and PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. If there are bands playing that I love, I can hit multiple shows. This year’s version has metal heavyweights Slayer, Motorhead, and Anthrax, which are 3 of my all-time favorite bands. Therefore, in addition to this show in Scranton, I caught the Camden one the week before as well. Today marks my 12th Motorhead show, 9th Anthrax show, and 5th Slayer show and I intend to keep adding to those totals! Read the rest of this entry »
New Anthrax Dates Announced for September/October Tour
Bassist Frank Bello Headed for Toronto Film Festival
NASA’s Curiosity Wakes Up to a Dose of Anthrax
They are one of the bands that helped define the “metal/thrash” genre (with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth – The Big Four). Their music has been played at New York’s Yankee Stadium, in Moscow, Warsaw, Australia, Japan, and at Castle Donington in the UK. But now, thanks to NASA, Anthrax is the first metal band to ever have its music played on Mars.
“Got The Time,” from the band’s 1990 Gold-certified Persistence of Time, was one of several songs on NASA’s wake-up playlist for the Mars Rover, Curiosity, that touched down on the Red Planet August 5. “Got The Time” woke Curiosity up on Day Six, along with “Echelon” by 30 Seconds to Mars. Since Curiosity’s Mars landing, the playlist has also included The Beatles’ “Good Morning Good Morning,” the theme from “Star Wars,” and Wagner’s “The Ride of the Valkyries.”
As Anthrax’s Scott Ian put it, “Yes, there will be moshing on Mars.”
Next on Anthrax’s Planet Earth agenda is a Fall co-headline tour with Testament, with Death Angel supporting. This will be Leg Three of the Anthrax/Testament/Death Angel hat-trick, and will mark Anthrax’s first tour of Canada in support of the band’s most recent release, Worship Music, called the Metal Album of the Year by an abundance of journalists.
Added Ian, “With Testament and Death Angel before, we played sold-out shows, raging crowds and EPIC war dances, and we can’t wait to do it again, especially for our Canadian fans who have been waiting a long to time ‘worship music’ with us.”
Several new dates have been added to the thrash-fest routing, including shows in Chicago, Detroit, Hartford and Atlantic City. The complete itinerary is below.
And if that’s not enough Anthrax news for you, Anthrax’s bassist, Frank Bello, will attend the premiere of “Greetings From Tim Buckley” at next month’s Toronto Film Festival. Bello made his feature film debut in the supporting role of punk rock legend Richard Hell in the film that stars Penn Badgley of “Gossip Girl” fame. Bello auditioned for the role on a Thursday, was cast on Friday, and reported to the set the following Monday, the morning after Anthrax’s big Yankee Stadium concert last September with The Big Four.
With the new dates added, the complete itinerary for the Anthrax/Testament/Death Angel thrash-fest are as follows:
14 Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
15 Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR
16 Toyota Arena, Kennewick, WA
17 Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
19 The Showbox @ The Market, Seattle, WA
20 Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC
21 MacEwan Hall Ballroom, Calgary, AL
22 Events Center, Edmonton, AL
24 The Odeon, Saskatoon, SK
25 Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg, MB
27 Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL
28 Harpo’s Concert Theatre, Detroit, MI
29 Danforth Hall, Toronto, ON
30 Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, QC
2 Metropolis, Montreal, QC
3 State Theatre, Portland, ME
4 Webster Theatre, Hartford, CT
5 Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ
6 House of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ
For Anthrax – Scott Ian/guitar, Charlie Benante/drums, Rob Caggiano/guitar, Joey Belladonna/vocals, and Frank Bello/bass – this co-headline tour with Testament will follow the band’s summer-long slot on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival where they headlined the tour’s Jagermeister Stage, and played a special “bare bones, guerrilla” performance. The Mayhem tour, as well as these dates with Testament, are in support of 2011’s Worship Music, Anthrax’s first new album in eight years, and the first with Belladonna on vocals in twenty years. The album debuted at #12 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, has received stellar reviews and been called “the metal album of the year” by numerous critics and music tastemakers, including VH-1/That Metal Show’s Eddie Trunk, and Alexander Milas, editor of the UK’s Metal Hammer. Worship Music also landed on copious amounts of “year-end-bests” lists.
The return of Belladonna and Anthrax’s remarkable renewal began in 2009 in a Cleveland hotel bar with Anthrax’s Benante and Ian, and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, when he first brought up the idea of The Big Four – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, the four bands that served as the original architects for the “thrash/speed-metal” scene,” yet had never shared the same stage before. The first of (so far) fourteen Big Four events took place on June 16, 2010, culminating in what was Anthrax’s New York homecoming concert – The Big Four at Yankee Stadium on September 14, 2011, the day after Worship Music hit stores. “We came into The Big Four as the underdog,” said Benante. “We were the band that had the most to prove, and we’ve worked really, really hard to do that.”
Anthrax’s worldwide sales have exceeded 10-million and the band has received multiple Gold and Platinum albums, numerous Grammy nominations, and a host of other accolades from the press, industry and fans.
OVER 11,000 IN ATTENDANCE AND OVER 200,000 TUNE IN TO LIVE STREAM OF BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2012
ANTHRAX CONFIRMED AS SPECIAL GUEST FOR 2013 FESTIVAL! BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR saw its most successful year so far last weekend as over 11,000 music fans descended on CATTON PARK for four days of ferocious metal mayhem. Capturing the phenomenal main stage performances across the weekend were streaming partner Daily Motion, attracting well over 200,000 visitors across the weekend from the UK.
Festival director Vicky Gregory comments:
“To say we were totally blown away by this year is an understatement! We had the highest attendance in the festivals 12 years with an overall attendance of 11,300 and looking at the feedback from fans they were equally blown away! We had for the first time live streaming via daily motion and had over 208,000 views from the UK alone.
“The feedback we have received from all the bands that played the festival has been superb with many saying it was the best festival they have ever played and to hear that makes all the hard work worth it! Role on 2013 and a huge thanks to all that attended the festival – its good to know metal is so alive in the UK!!!!”
Wasting no time in moving forward with plans for next year’s festival – which will see an increased capacity – organisers announced the first act to join the 2013 line up in the form of special guests ANTHRAX.
Early-bird tickets for the 2013 event are already on sale at only £100 (plus booking fee) for four days of the best collection of METAL on UK soil. Buy yours now at www.bloodstock.uk.com
BLOODSTOCK 2013 August 8th – 11th CATTON PARK
Line Up So Far: ANTHRAX
Here comes a review of the great Copenhell festival that took place during two slightly rainy days in the middle of June. Acts that performed included Slayer, Anthrax, Lamb Of God, Immortal, Saxon, Gojira etc.. Lets take a closer look at what the festival had to bring…..
Despite its reputation for a tricky commute and arguably eyesore appearance (don’t confuse familiarity with satisfaction, fellow Londoners), the O2 Arena is a fantastic venue space for the Golden Gods and ample notice that metal is still as healthy as it ever was, showing no signs of bowing to austerity measures.
What would we do without this yearly event?
Well, for a start we’d probably have healthier livers and better hearing in our later years, however many would also be deprived of their chance to postpone their Download hangovers or simply be given a reason to wash off this year’s festival mud and watch some of the scene’s glitterati forget about their day jobs for an evening. Metal Hammer Magazine’s annual schmoozefest is upon us, and with it a dazzling array of leather, lip gloss & limp fringes.
ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL TO BRING THRASH-FEST EXTRAVAGANZA TO CANADA AND SELECT U.S. CITIES
LOS ANGELES, CA – May 31, 2012 — Fans in Canada and select cities in the northern part of the U.S. will finally have a chance to see what reviewers have called “The Best Metal Tour of the Year,” when co-headliners Anthrax and Testament, joined by DeathAngel, kick off a late-summer trek on September 14. Starting in Portland, OR, the bands will work their way north, cross into Canada, and play all of the major Canadian cities before wrapping up in Montclair, NJ on October 5. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 1. For more information and to purchase tickets, log onto http://anthrax.com – http.//www.testamentlegions.com or http://deathangel.us
This run will be the third leg of the Anthrax/Testament/Death Angel hat-trick; the three bands packed five weeks worth of venues coast-to-coast last Fall, marking the first time Anthrax and Testament had shared a stage in more than a decade; again, earlier this year, the line-up played another dozen dates to headbangers in cities from Las Vegas to New York.
According to Anthrax’s guitarist Scott Ian, “We played to sold-out shows, raging crowds and EPIC war dances, and we can’t wait to do it again, especially for our Canadian fans who have been waiting a long to time ‘worship music’ with us.”
“There have been very few three band bills in which the acts are so compatible and the shows so consistent that a second leg of the tour is a “no-brainer,” said Testament’s lead guitarist Alex Skolnick. “But in the case of Anthrax, Testament and Death Angel, that’s been the case. Things have gone so well, in fact, that it’s made sense to add a third leg with this exact same line up. All three bands are excited to take this show into new territory with a trek across Canada, and a few spots in the US we missed last time around. And this time, Testament will be armed with a brand new album with music that we’re eager to share with everyone. Hope to see you out there!”
“We’ve been tight with the guys in Testament for a long, long time, and had a great time touring with them before,” added Anthrax’s drummer Charlie Benante. “And all of us in Anthrax are big Death Angel fans, so this is going to be a monster of a great time, for us and for the fans.”
Said Testament’s frontman Chuck Billy, “It’s good to see that metal is alive in 2012 and the fans want a third leg of the Anthrax, Testament, Death Angel tour. Don’t fucking miss it! Metal Forever!”
With more dates to be confirmed, the Anthrax/Testament/Death Angel tour are as follows:
Hosted by Anthrax founder Scott Ian, the horror FX series joins line-up of programming on the Nerdist YouTube Channel
Los Angeles, CA, April 19, 2012 – Horror movie fans will finally have an insider’s look at the world of special FX makeup with the help of Fangoria and Nerdist Industries. The two companies are forming a diabolical new partnership to bring the DIY make-up series to the newly launched Nerdist Channel on YouTube (www.youtube.com/nerdist). Horror genre fanatic and Anthrax founder and rhythm guitarist Scott Ian will navigate the viewer’s experience. Reknowned masters of gore will teach viewers how to create horror FX makeup that is simply to die for.
“I’ve been neck-deep in blood and guts for the last 30 years playing in Anthrax,” states Scott Ian, “so I couldn’t be more excited to be hosting a show called ‘Blood & Guts’ for you horror and metal fans.”
The Nerdist Channel, a YouTube original content channel, launched on April 2, 2012 with nerd-centric content spanning comic books, video games, movies, pop culture and more. Shows on the channel feature well-known talent such as Neil Patrick Harris, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Rob Zombie, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Harry Knowles and the Nerdist himself, Chris Hardwick.
DAN AND HIS WIFE CANDI HAVE TWIN SONS WITH AUTISM WHO ARE THE SUBJECT OF A DOCUMENTARY FOR SHEKNOWS.COM
Dan Spitz, founder and former guitar player for Anthrax and current creator of Red Lamb, and his wife Candi as well as their twin four-year-old boys are raising awareness of the life-changing effects of Autism by participating in this Sunday’s Walk Now for Autism Speaks at City Commons in West Palm Beach, Fla.
“Autism is what makes our children special, we do not see it as a disability. They are beautiful, intelligent, silly and we love that they see the world differently,” explains Candi Spitz, who is also on the committee for Autism Speaks. The couple’s four-year-old twin songs Autism diagnosis has given the Spitz family a mission to do all they can for not only their children but the 1 in 110 U.S. children currently diagnosed with the disease.
The entire Spitz family will be walking at the Mar. 4 Walk Now For Autism Speaks event and will film portions of a documentary on their sons at the event. The currently untitled documentary is being produced by SheKnows.com, a prominent parenting website that won both a 2010 and 2011 OMMA Award for Excellence.
Dan Spitz formed Red Lamb in 2010 and recently released a self-titled debut album co-produced with Dave Mustaine (Megadeth). Spitz and Mustaine also co-wrote the song “Puzzle Box” for the release; a video for the track is in the works with footage from Sunday’s event being included. Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson) oversaw all programming for the album. Vrenna and Spitz are also working on a side project with more details to be announced shortly. The first video from Red Lamb is for the song “The Cage,” which can be seen here: