Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and his wife had an altercation last Friday night which led to their subsequent arrests, and now the following statement has been released from Charlie Benante's lawyer, Charlie William L. Hotopp:
"Last Friday night, Charlie Benante, drummer for the rock band Anthrax, was assaulted several times during an altercation that sent him to the emergency room with a gash at the back of his head that required several staples to close.
Mr. Benante and his six-year old daughter Mia had traveled to Elkart, IN to meet Mrs. Benante and her 17-year old son who was participating in a weekend baseball series. At some point, words were exchanged between Mr. Benante, Mrs. Benante and her male companion that led to a scuffle. Mrs. Benante hit Mr. Benante in the face, he pushed her away, and as he turned around to leave with Mia, Mrs. Benante assaulted him from behind, hitting him multiple times on the back of his head with a cell phone. Police were called, and both Mr. Benante and Mrs. Benante were detained for domestic battery in front of a child.
Mr. Benante is understandably distraught by this incident and that his daughter, who he dotes on, witnessed it. Mr. Benante will appear in Elkhart County court this Friday, August 3rd, and we expect complete vindication."
Even though Scott Ian recently stated that the band aren't going to be releasing a covers album, but the band will apparently be releasing a cover E.P. at some point. At least according to Frank Bello and Joey Belladonna. Carla Harvey of the Butcher Babies and Revolver TV recently interviewed Belladonna at a recent stop of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival
Frank Bello recently said about the covers E.P.: "Actually, what we are planning on doing is doing some covers. We’re doing some cover versions of songs and re-releasing the record in the fall with some special cover songs such as a Rush track and a Boston song. It’s gonna be great. Some really cool stuff which I think people are really going to dig. And we also have a lot more touring to do; we’re going out with Motörhead in Europe in November and then we’re on the road with Testament and Death Angel."
The following cover songs have been recorded by Anthrax for possible release:
AC/DC - T.N.T.
Boston - Smokin'
Journey - Keep On Runnin'
Rush - Anthem
Anthrax have also recorded a cover version of Black Sabbath's 'Neon Knights' to be included on the upcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute album which is being assembled by the singer's widow and longtime manager Wendy Dio.
Frank Bello will also be making his feature film debut, playing the New York punk rock legend Richard Hell in the biopic 'Greetings From Tim Buckley.' Frank Wood ('Changeling' 'The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3') plays songwriter and Jeff Buckley collaborator Gary Lucas, while Penn Badgley ('Gossip Girl') has been cast as Tim Buckley's son Jeff. Dan Algrant ("People I Know", "Naked in New York") is directing from a script he co-wrote with Emma Sheanshang and David Brendel. Bello previously had small roles in a few TV and movie projects mostly as a member of Anthrax, and he also played a rocker in an episode of 'Law & Order.'
Watch this Artisan News Report to find out more:
The busy Bello has also putting on bass clinics at various Sam Ash Music stores around the county coinciding with where Anthrax is making stops on tour. Check out this webisode featuring Bello at the Sam Ash in Cinncinnati with Jeff & Don:
Anthrax News: Drummer Charlie Benante recovering from hand surgery, Scott Ian says no new covers album, band settles lawsuit with former vocalist Dan Nelson
Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante is recovering from minor hand surgery, but the show must go on with the band, as Shadows Fall drummer Jason Bittner will be filling in for him on the the first few weeks of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which just kicked off this past Saturday (June 30) in San Bernardino, California.
Bittner is a friend of the band and has most recently filled in for Benante at two Anthrax shows in Argentina in February, when Benante and bassist Frank Bello (who is Charlie's nephew) missed several shows on the band's North American tour to spend time with Charlie's mother, who was terminally ill.
Bittner also previously joined the band on November 8, 2011 at Northern Lights in Clifton Park, New York to perform the Anthrax classic "Madhouse". He also filled in on drums for Benante for two shows in January 2006 after Charlie was forced to leave the tour early to be with his wife Sandra, who gave birth to the couple's first child, Mia Charley Benante.
Other members of Anthrax are no strangers to having fill-ins, as Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser substituted for Scott Ian in 2011 when he wife was having their baby, and Alex Skolnick and Eric Petersen from Testament, as well as members of Death Angel jumped in at a gig earlier this year when Ian fell ill.
Here's the remaining dates for the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival:
Jul. 3 - Seattle, WA - White River Ampitheatre
Jul. 4 - Boise, ID - Idaho Center Ampitheatre
Jul. 6 - Phoenix, AZ - Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
Jul. 7 - Albuquerque, NM - Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque presents The Pavilion
Jul. 8 - Denver, CO - Comfort Dental Ampitheatre
Jul. 10 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
Jul. 11 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Jul. 13 - Tampa, FL - 1-800-ASKGary Ampitheatre
Jul. 14 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Ampitheatre at Lakewood
Jul. 15 - Indianapolis, IN - Klipsch Music Center
Jul. 18 - Oklahoma City, OK - Sandstone Ampitheatre
Jul. 20 - St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre
Jul. 21 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
Jul. 22 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Jul. 24 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
Jul. 25 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
Jul. 27 - Philadelphia, PA - Susquehanna Bank Center
Jul. 28 - Pittsburgh, PA - First Niagra Pavilion
Jul. 29 - Washington, DC - Jiffy Lube Live
Jul. 31 - Saratoga, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug. 3 - Boston, MA - Comcast Center
Aug. 4 - Scranton, PA - Toyota Pavilion
Aug. 5 - Hartford, CT - The Comcast Theatre
Despite previous reports that Anthrax would be releasing an album or E.P. or cover songs to celebrate and thank fans for the success of the 'Worship Music' album, Guitarist Scott Ian has clarified that that isn't factual. "We're not working on a covers album," Ian told VH1 Classic Radio. "It's not at all what we're doing. We just always record cover songs. They just happen when we're in the studio or when we're touring, we get bored of jamming on our own songs at sound check so you end up jamming on cover songs and eventually we'll end up recording them and eventually, somehow, they end up getting released in some way, shape or form as B-sides, but we're definitely not working on a covers album."
Ian did say the band is working on new material: "We do already have two or three things kind of in the works as far as new music goes so it's just a case of if you can get into that mode to start working on them. I can't even explain why or how it happens but sometimes you'll just get into a mode and you're able to create and you're able to work on stuff and move stuff forward, new stuff, but sometimes you just can't. Sometimes you're on tour and there's just no spark, it's just not there, it's just all about what you're doing in the moment, playing those shows."
Anthrax were recently in Manhattan Federal Court to settle legal matters with their former vocalist Dan Nelson, who was in the band from 2007-2009. Nelson was part of the initial writing and recording sessions for the band’s latest album, 'Worship Music.' None of Nelson's vocals were used on the record, several songs were rewritten once the band reunited with vocalist Joey Belladonna, but Nelson still sued the band for $2.65 million.
No details have been disclosed in regards to the settlement, but even if Nelson settled for less than his lawsuit, it still obviously left a bad taste in the mouth of Anthrax’s members. The New York Post reported that bassist Frankie Bello stated, "I’ve got to put a Band-Aid on my tongue from biting it so much," after leaving the court house.
To commemorate and celebrate the success and one year anniversary (Sept. 13) of their album 'Worship Music,' Anthrax paln to release an E.P. of some of their favorite 1970's rock tracks.
Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante told Loudwire earlier the EP of cover songs will pay tribute to some of their favorite 1970's bands.
"To commemorate the first year of Worship Music being out, we’re putting together a little companion EP with some fun shit on it," said Benante. "It started out as what I call The ’70s EP. It’s made up of some cover songs from our favorite bands, consisting of Rush, Thin Lizzy, Boston, Journey...We’re still working on it now, but I think it’s gonna be really cool."
Anthrax have done many covers in the past, including 'God Save the Queen' by the Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath's 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath' and numerous KISS songs such as 'She' and 'Love Her All I Can.'
Fresh off playing some European summer festivals, Anthrax return to U. S. touring on June 30th as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2012 with Slipknot, Motörhead, Asking Alexandria, Slayer, The Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying and Whitechapel at the San Manuel Ampitheatre in Devore, CA.
Download 2012 highlights: Corey Taylor Best Download Moment Award, rocking with Steel Panther and more (video)
Download 2012 at Castle Donington in the UK took place last weekend, and Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor picking up the Best Download Moment Ever award for Slipknot’s set in 2009 was a highlight. The award was presented by Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas and Download organizer Andy Copping. Taylor gets rather emotional when receiving the award. It's some cool video. Check it out followed by more of the Panther and other interview and highlights of band performance clips.
Corey Taylor also joined Steel Panther for an kick ass version of 'Death To All But Metal.'
Here's more epic Panther video, starting off with some boobies:
Whitfield Crane and Ugly Kid Joe
Motorhead w/Whit Crane
Theory of a Deadman
Lzzy Hale and Halestorm
Black Veil Brides
Slash f/Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators
Slipknot have released a teaser video via Roadrunner Records official site today (May 29) called 'Antennas To Hell’ and now Corey Taylor has tweeted information about the band's upcoming release.
Here was the first of his tweets earlier this afternoon saying it will be a greatest-hits package, but left another item, dubbed ‘HoGaB’ a mystery.
Corey fuckin' Taylor
11 days till the meaning of HoGaB is revealed. And I believe 7.17.12 is when the Slipknot greatest hits album drops.
That date coincides with the Rockstar Mayhem Festival that Slipknot will be headlining. The tour also includes Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax and many others. In another tweet minutes later, Taylor revealed Slipknot is currently demoing new material, but not recording yet. The band is expected to hit the studio in earlier 2013 to start recording their next album.
Corey fuckin' Taylor
To anyone asking, Slipknot is not currently working on an album. Yet. We are putting together demos, but we're not recording. Yet.