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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.
Randy Rhoads was born this week (Dec. 6) in 1956. He would have been 55 years old if not tragically taken from us 29 years ago.
These quotes were in a 1984 issue of Hit Parader Magazine on the 2nd anniversary of his death. I thought it was interesting looking back to see the complete reverence his contemporaries had for him, just two years since he died. His legacy has, does, and will continue to grow. R.I.P. Randy!
Edward Van Halen (Van Halen)
I have an immense amount of respect for what he did. Some people say I may have had an infIuence on his playing, but I never was able to ask him that. If it's true, I'm very honored, because I thought he was very, very good. He was also very dedicated to his playing. I think that showed in his work.
Brad Gillis (Night Ranger)
It was every guitarist's dream to replace Randy Rhoads, and I'll never forget the thrill of having that opportunity. I always considered Randy to be the best guitarist around. I followed his career for a long time even when he was playing around L.A. with Quiet Riot, and I was always amazed by what he could do. I used to get really annoyed after watching him, because he was doing things that I hadn't even thought of trying. He was in a class by himself.
Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot)
Of course I had known Randy a long time. I was playing in some other L.A. area bands when he was playing the club scene with Quiet Riot. He was a big influence on everyone who saw him. ,He had so much talent and so much charisma - it was just unbelievable! He was one of the few guitarist I've ever seen who could literally mesmerize you on-stage. You'd find yourself watching him and just forgetting about everyone and everything else.
Angus Young (AC/DC)
I've heard him play on the radio and he sounded very good. I admire anyone who can play the guitar with a style that is easily identifiable, and that's what he was able to do. Everybody says there's nothing new that can be done with a guitar, but when people like Randy come along, they realize they're wrong.
"Fast" Eddie Clarke (Fastway)
I was lucky enough to see Randy perform many times while I was in Motorhead. We toured the country with Ozzy when Randy was still alive, and I used to go out and watch him quite often. It's a shame that his talent wasn't fully appreciated until after his death. But that's the way it is in rock and roll, sometimes. He was very special - he had "star quality" written all over him. If you're able to go on stage with someone like Ozzy and hold your own, you know youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re special.
Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)
To me, Randy Rhoads had a classic "American" guitar sound. There's a difference between the way a British guitarist plays and the way an American plays. They're both equally good, it's just that people like Blackmore and Page have had the biggest impact on English guitarists while perhaps Eddie Van Halen has had the biggest impact on the guys in the States. Randy Rhoads seemed to pick up on some of Van Halen's ideas and expand them. He was absolutely terrific, and his work with Osbourne is astounding at times.
Neal Schon (Journey)
He was very interesting. I make it a habit to watch other guitarists and listen to their work. I'm not that big on Ozzy's music, so I don't often put his albums on at home, but I recognize Rhoads as a very talented guitarist.
Paul Stanley (Kiss)
I've seen just about everybody who's come down the pike over the last ten years, and quite honestly, most of 'em weren't worth remembering. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see Rhoads that many times, but he was a very impressive guitarist. He obviously had studied the instrument, and he had a natural feel that separated him from most other players. To me, that's the key - if you have a feel, a quality that nobody can teach you, that's when you're special.
Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
Obviously, I've always had a bit of interest in the guitarists Ozzy has worked with. After having worked with somebody for so long, you can't dismiss their musical activities very easily. Ozzy once told me that one of the things which first attracted him to Randy was that he was the exact opposite of me. He looked different, and his style was very unique. I favor certain chord structures, while Randy had his own way of expressing himself. I admire what he did, though I wish Ozzy had given him a little more freedom to express himself on his albums.
Rik Emmett (Triumph)
I'm a big guitar fan. I love listening to everything from jazz to heavy metal, and one of the guys who really caught my ear was Randy. he just stood out head and shoulders above other young guitarists. I don't know exactly what he did that was so special, but he was able to mix together a number of styles and influences, and emerge with a special sound. Most guitarists are clones of other famous musicians. Randy had a bit of that element in him, but because of his talent, he was able to rise above that.
K. K. Downing (Judas Priest)
I listened to his playing on Osbourne's albums. He had the potential to become one of the best guitarists ever. Considering he was so young, it's amazing to consider what he accomplished.
Phil Collin (Def Leppard)
When I was getting into the guitar, there were people like Ritchie Blackmore who were so good that when you saw them on-stage they inspired you to go out and buy a guitar. That's what I imagine Randy Rhoads was like for a lot of younger kids. He had such presence on-stage, and he was so talented, that when you saw him you naturally had to be totally impressed by his talent.
I know I have many limitations as a guitarist. That's why I admire somebody like Rhoads so much. He was the type of player that a guitarist like me would like to be. I keep dreaming someday ... someday ...
Here's a great article from KPCC, making a trip to Randy's gravesite: www.scpr.org
Tomorrow (Dec. 8 ) will mark seven years since Pantera and Damageplan guitarist Dimebag Darrell was killed onstage. Revolvermagazine.com will be posting remembrances of him over the next few days. Today, Anthrax bassist Frank Bello looks back fondly on his time with Dimebag.
Dimebag recorded solos for Anthrax’s 'Stomp 442, Volume 8', and 'We’ve Come for You All' albums. Anthrax's latest album 'Worship Music,' also features the song “In the End,” paying tribute to Dimebag and Ronnie James Dio. The 100th issue of Revolver, available here and on newsstands on December 13, features a free pull-out poster of Dimebag.
“We were so close to him. He was one of us. Dimebag was the sixth member of Anthrax, because he played on the last few records. I thought paying tribute to him in song was a great idea.
“I lost a brother 13 years ago. He was murdered. And then to have Dimebag go in such a bad, traumatic way—he’s one of our brothers. Dimebag was like a brother to me.
“We had a lot of good times. That Anthrax-Pantera tour [in 1997], that was a scary tour. The shows were great. But on that tour, I brought a parasite home with me from Mexico in my stomach. So I couldn’t hold anything in my stomach including liquor. Now imagine being on a Pantera tour without drinking liquor. At one point, it was so bad because everything I put in my body, it was like a funnel–it came right out of my body. So I would have to run from these guys and hide. Because Dime’s chasing me with this Black Tooth [Grin, Dime’s signature drink, which was a shot of Crown Royal or Seagrams 7 with a splash of Coke]. He’d be yelling, ‘Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go!’ So I’m shooting this thing with a beer right after it.
“Dude, I swear to God, as soon as it went in my system, I was right on the bowl. So I laugh at that now, because I remember Dime laughing at me. As soon as I shot the Black Tooth, he’d go, ‘You’ve gotta go now, right?’ And he’d laugh. It was a great time. Of course it was painful for me, but it was a great thing for Dimebag. Those are the things you remember. It’s a time in your life I’ll never forget. I love them and I miss them. Only the good die young.”
The New York Post has reported that former Anthrax frontman Dan Nelson, (who's stint in the band was from late 2007 until July 2009) has filed suit over the fallout from his departure from the veteran metal group. Nelson says drummer Charlie Benante, bassist Frank Bello and guitarist Scott Ian falsely stated in "numerous interviews" that he had "abruptly resigned" after getting sick, forcing a cancelation of a tour. The $2.65-million suit also alleges that Benante last month told BLABBERMOUTH.NET that Nelson "was a bully."
Nelson says his ex-bandmates' "intentional defamation" has caused loss of income and damaged his reputation. The federal court filing in Manhattan further charges that Nelson co-wrote the tunes on the band's latest album, "Worship Music", but hasn't gotten his fair share of the profits.
Nelson and Anthrax split in July 2009, after he had already recorded some vocal parts for what eventually became "Worship Music". In a press release issued by Anthrax, the band claims that the singer's illness left him unable to perform with the rest of the band at a series of festival shows across Europe and that he subsequently left the band. Nelson publicly responded that the allegations were patently untrue and that he had been unceremoniously fired from Anthrax.
In Guitar World's November 2011 issue, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian said about Nelson, "He quit the band, dude. I will stick by the statement I made back in the summer of 2009. He quit. He e-mailed management and he quit the band." When asked if he believes Dan was sick at the time, Ian said, "Physically sick? I have no idea. But his words were, 'I quit. I'm not doing this. Don't come to my house. Don't try and talk me out of this.' Again. Because that wasn't the first time he had quit Anthrax; it was the third time. But that was his M.O. He would quit, and then he would make a bunch of demands on us, and we would cave and he would come back." Drummer Charlie Benante added, "First show we did with him, backstage, big argument, big blowout. It was unbelievable. And from that moment we should have known. And all along, he just kept pulling weird shit. Like, he would call me and not tell the other guys, or call one of them and not tell the rest of us, and just talk shit. At one point he caused a major issue in the band between some of the members. But at the end of the day, it was like, "You didn't say that? What? It was a fucking weird time. But he's a bully and he tried to bully us. And at first we let it happen. . . I think there was a point where we were just so vulnerable, we were on this emotional rollercoaster. So at the end of the day it was more like, 'Just give him what he wants. Can we move on?'"
Regarding his split with Anthrax in July 2009, Nelson told The Metal Den, "I never live my life with any regrets and never look back and wish I did something different. I chose instead to look forward to the future. We did some great things in the time we wrote and performed together, and I am very proud of that."
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett joined Anthrax onstage at The Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, CA. on Sunday night, (October 23). Hammett came onstage for “I Am The Law” and later played guitar on an short cover of Metallica‘s “Whiplash“.
Here's Anthrax performing a brand new song, "In The End", on October 16, 2011 at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
"Worship Music", the new studio album from Anthrax, sold 28,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 12 on The Billboard 200 chart.