Guitarist Scott Ian of Anthrax was forced to miss Thursday’s (Jan. 26) Kansas City date on the Anthrax/Testament/Death Angel tour due to a bad viral infection that caused him to be hospitalized near his home in Los Angeles. He got sick on Jan. 25, received intravenous fluids and was put through multiple tests. He was allowed to go home to await the test results, but doctors told him not fly for at least 24 hours, so he missed Thursday’s show in Kansas City last night’s gig in Indianapolis. He is should rejoin the band in Fort Wayne tonight (Jan. 28).
Another Anthrax member drummer Charlie Benante is taking a short leave from the band’s concert tour to be with his mother who is terminally ill. Immediately following Thursday’s show Kansas City, Benante flew to New York to join his family at his mother’s bedside. We send best wishes out to Benante’s mother and the entire Benante family.
Thinking of the fan’s, Anthrax didn’t want to have to cancel any of the dates, so in Ian’s absence, guitarists from Testament and Death Angel stepped in to play his parts. Starting with last night’s show in Indianapolis, Testament’s drummer Gene Hoglan will fill in for Benante. Definitely a band of brothers on tour together.