Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Anthrax happy to be rid of Dan Nelson

Reported by Eric Wilson

In a new interview with Guitar World, Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and guitarist Scott Ian shed some light on the abrupt 2009 resignation/firing of singer Dan Nelson, after he spent less than two years with the band. At the time, the group issued a press release stating Nelson's departure was 'due to illness', and that upcoming tour dates were cancelled.

Nelson fired back online with a statement of his own: "It was the other band members’ decision to cancel the tour dates, not mine. I was ready, willing and able to do my job. After issuing the press release, the other band members decided, on their own accord, that I had 'resigned' from the band. I never resigned from the band."

Until now, Anthrax have chosen not to elaborate on what went down....

According to Ian, "(Nelson's) 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.”

“First show we did with him, backstage, big argument, big blowout,”
added Benante. “It was unbelievable. And from that moment we should have known. And all along, he just kept pulling weird s**t. 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 s**t.”

There was talk of moving forward with former singer John Bush; after he helped them fulfill contracted live dates in late 2009/early 2010, it was widely expected that he would return to the band fulltime and help them salvage the Nelson sessions - which ultimately ended up being released recently as “Worship Music,” with vocals provided by Joey Belladonna, who was asked to come back, once again.

“It was something we thought about, but it's not something John was thinking about. It's not where his head was at,” said Ian. “We were just projecting, basically. But we did a few shows with John after Dan left us hanging, and yeah, I'd be lying if I said we didn't talk about the possibility of making new music and trying to get him to be on the record. But I think it was something we all knew in the end was like trying to get milk from a horse. It wasn't meant to be. It was not the right road for us to take.”

The full Anthrax session will appear in the November 2011 issue of Guitar World.

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Anthrax – Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t
With singer Dan Nelson
Double Door – Chicago, IL – May 28, 2008

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