Thursday, April 29, 2021

Anthrax announce 40th anniversary celebrations

Anthrax have announced plans for a series of 40th anniversary celebrations as the thrash outfit marks a new milestone in their career.

Formed by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker in Queens, New York on July 18, 1981, Anthrax was one of the first thrash metal bands to emerge from the East Coast and quickly became regarded as a leader in the genre alongside Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth.

Active over the past five decades, Anthrax has released 11 studio albums, been awarded multiple gold and platinum certifications, received six Grammy nominations, toured the world since 1984 playing thousands of shows, including headlining Madison Square Garden and playing Yankee Stadium with the "Big Four". The band has built a strong reputation with fans as well as the record industry.

With the lineup including Ian, bassist Frank Bello, drummer Charlie Benante, singer Joey Belladonna and guitarist Jon Donais, the band is being feted on their 40th anniversary by a wide range of friends and music contemporaries.

Each week beginning May 3, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and wrapping on the band's official founding anniversary of July 18, Anthrax's social media accounts will offer a series of video testimonials sent in by former bandmembers, fellow musicians, colleagues, and industry veterans sharing behind-the-scenes stories of working with the band and what Anthrax's legacy has meant all these years on. These videos will honor each album in chronological order beginning with the original release, "Fistful Of Metal."

The 11-week series will include video contributions from Chuck D, Corey Taylor, Dave Grohl, Dave Mustaine, Gary Holt, Gene Simmons, Henry Rollins, John Carpenter, Kerry King, Mike Patton, Nergal, Norman Reedus, Michael Poulsen, Rob Zombie, Robert Trujillo, Roger Miret, Darryl McDaniels (RUN DMC), Slash, Tom Morello and more; there will also be video clips from former Anthrax band members Dan Lilker, Dan Spitz, John Bush, Neil Turbin and Rob Caggiano.

The finale will come as a very special livestream performance from Anthrax on Friday, July 16, featuring a deep cuts set that will pull from the band's entire career-spanning catalog. All details including ticketing information will be announced shortly.

40th anniversary

2021 video series

May 03 - "Fistful Of Metal"
May 10 - "Spreading The Disease"
May 17 - "Among The Living"
May 24 - "State Of Euphoria"
May 31 - "Persistence Of Time"
Jun 07 - "Sound Of White Noise"
Jun 14 - "Stomp 442"
Jun 21 - "Volume 8"
Jun 28 - "We’ve Come For You All"
Jul 05 - "Worship Music"
Jul 12 - "For All Kings"

See also:

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Search Anthrax at hennemusic