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: