When the “Big Four” of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax play Yankee Stadium on September 14, the concert will be a true celebration for the five New York born-and-bred members of Anthrax, who are the only New York band on the bill. It will be a busy week leading up to the “Big Four” show, as Anthrax’s hometown gig will be preceded by the September 13 release of “Worship Music”, the band’s first new album in eight years. Many music critics are already calling it “the metal album of the year”.

Drummer Charlie Benante, bassist Frank Bello, and guitarist Rob Caggiano are all from the Bronx, guitarist Scott Ian was born in Queens, and vocalist Joey Belladonna is an Oswego native.

Bello is a self-proclaimed, diehard Yankees fan who attended games at the original stadium while growing up. Ian, also a lifelong Yankees fan who frequented Yankees games as a kid, was at the stadium in ’77 when Reggie Jackson hit three home runs in Game 6 of the World Series against the L.A. Dodgers. Ian recently told Rolling Stone, “We’re a New York band, I’m a crazy Yankees fan, and we’re playing Yankee Stadium, those three things add up to a perfect storm of insanity.”

Benante’s father, who was scouted by the majors, would regale a four-year-old Charlie with all the stats and facts about the Yankee players while the two played catch in the backyard. “My dad was a huge Yankees fan,” Charlie recalls. “I remember he always had the TV or radio on, listening to every Yankees game he could. He died when I was five, so he never knew about my success as a musician, but I know he would have been so proud of me playing Yankee Stadium. I know that in some way, he’ll be there, giving me the power I’ll need to knock it out of the park.”

The Official ANTHRAX Big 4 Pre-Party will take place at the Hard Rock Café at Yankee Stadium. It all kicks off at Noon on Wednesday September 14th and  Anthrax plays at 4pm. Thy’ll be Anthrax themed drinks, contests, giveaways including an Anthrax signed guitar and Zoom recorders. Buy the new Anthrax album Worship Music at the party and get a wristband to get into the Anthrax signing at the Hard Rock after the band’s set.

US fans can pre-order Worship Music from Bestbuy.com here and gain entry into a free exclusive Anthrax show; then go to Freesecretshow.com and enter your Best Buy 12 digit order number to get your free ticket. The show will be at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square NYC on Monday September, 12th at 8 PM. Bring your ticket, bestbuy.com receipt, and photo ID the night of September 12th to get into the show.

Anthrax will also have a meet and greet session on September 7th at 8pm at the Soho Apple store in New York, NY. The band will discuss how the Mac changed everything, including their upcoming release, Worship Music.

Anthrax have also announced a live date with Testament and Death Angel on October 30 at Warehouse Live in Houston, Texas.