ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante has issued the following update: "Lemme have an iced venti americano with six pumps of vanilla and leave room for cream. This has been repeated from my mouth daily throughout the summer; how do I say this in Japanese? "I am going to Japan and Korea; I am psyched! I think everyone knows that Japan is one of my favorite places to play. If it was closer to the USA, I would move there. The people, the food, the way they package your scone (that sounds weird), the toys, the gear, the electronics, I could go on. It's an awesome place. This will be the first time playing there with Dan [Nelson, vocals] in the band, he is going to shit himself! I am very EXCITING! "We will be playing a bit of everything, old and new and a surprise or two. Dan, Frank [Bello, bass] and Rob [Caggiano, guitar] have this great samurai sword dance that they will do at the start of the show, it's very Cirque du Soleil... oh shit, that was a surprise...DAMN! "Korea will be a first for ANTHRAX; we have never played there before. I am looking forward to this. I know it's going to be a very big show, I am ready! "We're entering the studio in October to start recording. We wanted a Halloween vibe. I wanna do my drum tracks dressed like Ringo."
Former ANTHRAX guitarist Dan Spitz has posted the following update: "I had such a blast at the Cornerstone Festival. The warm reception and gracious people (John Herrin and family, Tom Lavin, and many more) that helped our family feel at home amongst so many in attendance (around 100,000) goes beyond our expectations of hospitality. This was the event I chose to announce what had been so secretly quiet since my departure from Anthrax. The new music and the people who have been quietly recording on my creations were announced. Those in attendance got to see me speak both on the Main Stage, as well as a wonderful question and answer Press Conference during the day hours. I felt such a warming embrace to those who were there to listen to what God has placed upon my heart to achieve. Creating this new kind of music brought me both closer to Christ, as well as closer to so many aspects of music creation. I do feel (as I did in the past) that I have created an entirely new sound never heard by the human ear before. Of course the biggest part of the music announcement people seem to want to know more about is my singing. Yes, I am singing on all the new music and those who have heard it are just loving it so very much. I worked so hard at perfecting my voice for this music. Who better to relay the message set forth within me, than me.... I actually really like singing and can't wait to hit the stages doing so. Some close friends, and of course record company executives there at Cornerstone, were amongst the first to be blown away by what is to come to the Christian heavy metal genre. My brother Peter Baltes, from the legendary band ACCEPT, (who has tracked all the bass on the project) stood alongside me at the festival as well. Matt Thompson from the band KING DIAMOND did some drum overdubs and will be my touring drummer, but was not available to attend. Of course I had a great time watching Brian "Head" Welch from KORN speak on the main stage as well. I can tell he is blessed in so many ways. I'm very much looking forward to the both of us bringing forth the talent we have been blessed with forthright into the community were it belongs. An uplifting and next level is about to appear in the Christian music scene and those who know, do in fact "Really" know what God has in store. Back in the studio now for more work!"
In a brand-new interview with Revolver magazine - his first since being "replaced" as the voice of ANTHRAX by his predecessor, Joey Belladonna - vocalist John Bush confirmed that the original idea for the band's current reunion trek was to bring both Belladonna and Bush on tour, as ANTHRAX had planned in 2000, but Bush wasn't interested. "At one time, I had been willing to tour with Joey, but now everything is different," Bush says. "It just wasn't in my heart. I figured I had been in this band 12 and a half years, and we felt positive about what we had done, and we all thought our last album, 'We've Come for You All', was the best record we'd made together. So I just wanted to move forward and do another album." Bush's refusal to take part in the tour complicates his relationship with the band. He's still officially a member of ANTHRAX, but he's not on retainer and hasn't been given a date to report back to duty. In addition, ANTHRAX released two albums in September, neither of which involved Bush; a double-disc collection of their studio songs with Belladonna, 'Anthrology', and a live album of the reunion tour, 'Alive 2'. In Bush's mind, that doesn't bode well. "The idea of this reunion tour was to generate a bunch of enthusiasm for the band. But if they get people excited, they're going to want a new record, so they're going to follow up with a new album with Joey," Bush says. "So for me, I look at it as it's over. The last thing I want to do is say, 'Hey, I'll be here if you want me.'" Strangely, ANTHRAX haven't actually committed to a new CD with Belladonna, which is trying for the man who rode with them to their greatest heights in the Eighties. "I can't even begin to understand how this all works," Belladonna says. "People are all worried about Bush not being here. I know for a fact he wasn't booted out. I was. I had to go. I had no choice. But the minute I start thinking about stuff like that, I'm not getting anywhere. Right now, I'm just doing the best job I can, and That's what I'm focused on. But I'm not just here for a temporary run. I'm ready for the ride."
ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has issued the following blog: "And you thought the embarrassment was over... The '80s was just a bad hair decade... Was (or is, in some cases) your hair business in front, party in the back? Feathered like a majestic bird? Did you create a hole in the Ozone Layer with reckless hairspray use? Anthrax, though never achieving the hair majesty of say POISON, DOKKEN or BON JOVI, always been one of the finest coiffed band around and we've got the pics to prove it. Do you? Then send in your pics to AnthraxPhoto@gmail.com now! Scan in your yearbook photos, party pics, mug shots - whatever you got and upload them on Photobucket.com. Whoever submits the photo voted as the absolute Worst will be crowned King or Queen Mullet! First Prize - A makeover in your town - Get a new hairdo or maybe just refine that mullet! Runnerups - Will receive Anthrax merch, always in fashion! What are you waiting for? Your mullet tips to finish bleaching? - Signup Now!" Contest Rules: 1. Upload your photos to Photobucket.com and email the image URL to AnthraxPhoto@gmail.com 2. Include your name and Myspace URL so we can notify you if you are selected as a winner 3. No sexually explicit images Contest ends February 16, 2007
The ANTHRAX Fan Club - ANTHRAX CDC has christened November "Riffage Of The Sith Month." Fan Club members may enter a trivia contest in order to win an exclusive Star Wars gift pack courtesy of Lucasfilm and Anthrax CDC. Recently, drummer Charlie Benante was profiled on www.starwars.com - He is the most powerful drummer in the universe!