BIG 4 Announces East Coast date at Yankee Stadium.
April 29, 2011
THE BIG 4, the tour package featuring the "Big 4" of 80's Thrash - Metallica
, and Anthrax
, has announced another US date on the East Coast, September 14th at Yankee Stadium. Tickets go on sale May 4th. The "BIG 4" played their first, sold-out, US date last weekend in Indio, CA.
For more info: www.metallica.com
The 'Big Four' DVD Due Out November 2nd
September 25, 2010
When the "Big Four," Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, shared a stage together on June 22nd, 2010, in Sofia, Bulgaria, it was the moment their fans had waited decades for. That monumental show was beamed live into over 1000 theatres worldwide via satellite in a special HD cinematic event.
On November 2nd, 2010, this legendary concert will be available on DVD through Warner Bros. Records. 'The Big Four Live From Sofia' includes full shows from all four bands on a two-disc set as well as behind the scenes and interview footage.
In addition to the two DVD set and the corresponding Blu-Ray, there will be a limited edition "Super Deluxe" Box Set including the 2 DVD set, five CD's with ALL 5 HOURS of music, a 24 page booklet, a two-sided poster, photos of each band, and a collectable Big 4 guitar pick.
These four acts broke out of the underground thrash movement in the 1980's to dominate the metal world, selling millions of records and packing arenas across the globe. Despite huge demand, these musical giants had never shared the same stage. The legendary June 22nd, 2010, concert from the tour's stop of the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria aired the same day in 79 movie theaters in the U.K, over 450 theaters in over 140 markets in the U.S., as well as being beamed into theaters in Europe, Canada, Latin America, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.
In December 2009, the bands announced that they would be joining forces to take part in the traveling Sonisphere Festival for only 7 shows across Europe. This one-time only event, from the Sofia show, made it possible for fans far and wide to participate in what otherwise was a very limited run of dates.
Lars Ulrich of Metallica says of this historic show, "Who would have thought that more than 25 years after its inception, thrash metal's Big Four would not only still be around, be more popular than ever, playing shows together at stadiums all over Europe, and on top of that, coming to a movie theater near you in High Definition (for better or worse??!!). Bring it on!"
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian says, "Damn, as if this Big 4 tour wasn't exciting enough now we get to be on the big screen worldwide! Metal at the movies, two big horns up! It is unbelievably gratifying that this means so much to the metal community around the globe. Get your tix, grab some popcorn and get ready to bang your head!"
Declares Slayer's Kerry King, "I can't believe someone didn't make this happen 15 years ago! The fans finally get what they want. I think it's awesome!"
Says Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, "The magnitude of this event hasn't really sunk in yet, and I am thrilled to know that people around the planet will be able to walk into a movie theatre and experience the greatest line up of Heavy Metal in the history of the world!"
The full tracklisting is:
Anthrax [DVD 1/CD1 - 1 Hour Approx]:
1. Caught In A Mosh 6:07
2. Got The Time 3:41
3. Madhouse 4:39
4. Be All, End All 7:44
5. Antisocial 6:55
6. Indians / Heaven & Hell 9:48
7. Medusa 5:54
8. Only 6:44
9. Metal Thrashing Mad 2:44
10. I Am The Law 7:13
Megadeth [DVD1/CD2 - 1 Hour Approx]:
1. Holy Wars... Â¦ The Punishment Due 5:49
2. Hangar 18 5:39
3. Wake Up Dead 3:39
4. Head Crusher 3:49
5. In My Darkest Hour 4:59
6. Skin O' My Teeth 3:14
7. A Tout Le Monde 4:24
8. Hook In Mouth 4:39
9. Trust 5:09
10. Sweating Bullets 4:59
11. Symphony Of Destruction 4:09
12. Peace Sells / Holy Wars Reprise 9:40
Slayer [DVD1/CD3 - 1 Hour Approx]:
1. World Painted Blood 6:27
2. Jihad 4:29
3. War Ensemble 5:11
4. Hate Worldwide 3:09
5. Seasons In The Abyss 6:24
6. Angel Of Death 5:29
7. Beauty Through Order 5:14
8. Disciple 5:04
9. Mandatory Suicide 4:24
10. Chemical Warfare 5:39
11. South Of Heaven 4:19
12. Raining Blood 5:00
Metallica [DVD2/CD4/CD5 - 2 Hours Approx]:
1. Creeping Death 6:24
2. For Whom The Bell Tolls 4:29
3. Fuel 4:19
4. Harvester Of Sorrow 6:44
5. Fade To Black 7:39
6. That Was Just Your Life 6:46
7. Cyanide 6:27
8. Sad But True 7:44
9. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) 6:04
10. All Nightmare Long 9:04
11. One 7:04
12. Master Of Puppets 8:37
13. Blackened 7:57
14. Nothing Else Matters 5:24
15. Enter Sandman 6:33
16. Am I Evil? 7:07
17. Hit The Lights 3:28
18. Seek And Destroy 7:44
Easily The Worst News To Start The Week With...
May 11, 2010
The info contained in the press release I received this morning is the exact reason why Anthrax has fallen off so bad over the years while Metallica 'killed em all', and Megadeth and Slayer (and hell, even Testament) destroyed them in regards to longevity and maintaining a loyal fanbase... and that is their ability to be the absolute best at being predictable opportunists (i.e. playing into bullshit for the sake of 'nostalgia' and the opportunity to play bigger shows and make more money than they ever would otherwise). Having said that, here's the deets of the press release from this morning:
With rumors swirling since Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and bassist Frank Bello were seen together with former Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna late last month in New York, the band - Benante, Bello, and guitarists Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano - is elated to announce that Belladonna has officially rejoined the band. In his once and current capacity, Belladonna will make his first appearance with Anthrax this summer when the band joins Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth - The Big Four founding bands of the thrash genre - to co-headline a series of Sonisphere Festivals in ten European cities, as well as playing a handful of Anthrax-headlined shows (itinerary is below).
"I am super excited about this," said Scott Ian. "Joey and the rest of the band came to see me play at a club in New York, I hadn't seen Joey for years, since the end of the reunion tour. Joey taps me on the shoulder, instant big hug, it felt like no time had gone by. The band dynamic is an interesting one - in Anthrax, Joey and I spent so many years of our lives together, we grew up together, we know each other so well, so it was like no time was lost."
Belladonna, an essential part of Anthrax's lineup from 1985 to 1992, sang on some of the band's most popular albums including 'Spreading the Disease', 'Among the Living' and 'Persistence of Time'. He had reunited with original members of Anthrax for the 2005 - 2007 "Among the Living Tour," but this situation is different. Explained Belladonna, "I had been in touch with Charlie and Frank, then I got a call from their manager who said that everyone wanted me back in the band. I thought, 'are you guys for real? You want me up there, fronting the band like it was before?' I was thrilled. We've already started to reconnect with the old ways of having conversations. Everything is easy going and feels really good."
"We're going to do these summer shows and gel as a band," explained Charlie Benante, "get comfortable playing with each other again, and the energy from that should go right into making new music."
Immediately following the final Sonisphere festival in early August, the band will fly back to the U.S. and begin writing and rehearsing for a new album that's expected to be out in early 2011.
"We've got an unusual luxury of hindsight," added Ian. "We finished an album a year ago, we've lived with those 12 songs since then, and we can look back on them and see what we really love and what we can make even better, especially with Joey back in the fold."
Added Benante, "There are five or six songs from a year ago that we don't want to change, we love them the way they are, other than having Joey making them his own with his vocals. Then there's another five or six that we may want to rework, and then there are a bunch of other tunes that are still in the early stages, that we want to finish.
"The band has been on an emotional roller coaster since last summer," Benante continued, "but I think everything that we've had to deal with during that time was pushing us toward this, to Joey being back in Anthrax, and the timing couldn't be more perfect or appropriate. To have Joey with us playing these shows with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth is the way it should be - as Anthrax's vocalist from '85 to '92, he was part of 'The Big Four.'"
"John was a real stand up guy about the situation," said Ian, about John Bush, Anthrax's vocalist from '92 - '05. "He knew we wanted to move forward at full speed, that we needed a total commitment to Anthrax, and he knew that wasn't what he wanted. We certainly wish John well. We've had so many great times with him, and we appreciate his stepping in last summer at the last minute, and performing with us since then. He will always be an integral part of the Anthrax family."
With worldwide sales in excess of 10-million, Anthrax is about to celebrate its 29th year as a band. Over its career, Anthrax has received multiple Gold and Platinum albums, multiple Grammy nominations, and a host of other accolades from the press, industry and fans.
Complete dates for Anthrax - with Joey Belladonna on vocals - are as follows:
6/16 - Sonisphere Festival - Warsaw, Poland
6/18 - Sonisphere Festival - Wil, Switzerland
6/19 - Sonisphere Festival - Prague, Czech Republic
6/20 - Arena Wien - Vienna, Austria
6/22 - Sonisphere Festival - Sofia, Bulgaria
6/24 - Sonisphere Festival - Athens, Greece
6/26 - Sonisphere Festival - Bucharest, Romania
6/27 - Sonisphere Festival - Istanbul, Turkey
7/31 - Sonisphere Festival - Knebworth, UK
8/01 - Lokerse Feesten Festival - Lokerse, Belgium
8/03 - Metropol - Hengelo, Netherlands
8/05 - B1 - Moscow, Russia
8/07 - Sonisphere Festival - Stockholm, Sweden
8/08 - Sonisphere Festival - Pori, Finland
The 'Big 4' Will Finally Share The Stage In 2010
December 16, 2009
The world wide web has been abound with speculation on a possible 'BIG FOUR'
tour for several months. Now, the UK/European Sonisphere
can exclusively reveal that Metallica
will play together for the first time in history, in a move that will have metalheads across the globe frenzied with excitement.
Says Lars Ulrich/Metallica
of this historic announcement: "Who would have thought that more than 25 years after its inception, thrash metal's big 4 would not only still be around and more popular than ever, but will now play together for the first time...what a mindfuck! Bring it on!"
"It's about fucking time this happened," says Slayer's Kerry King
, "and about time the fans finally get what they want. This is fucking awesome."
guitarist Scott Ian
agrees, commenting on the enormity of the announcement.
"People have been talking about these four bands playing together since 1984. That's twenty-six years of expectation!! And the thing is, I believe not only will we live up to the expectations, we will shatter them! No other four bands as influential as the four of us have ever done this. Imagine if The Beatles
, the Who
had done shows? Or Sabbath
? Well, I may be getting into some rarified air here but as a fan, that's how big I feel this is."
These four legendary acts broke out of the underground thrash movement to dominate the metal world in the 1980s, selling millions of records and packing arenas across the globe. The metal giants have never before all shared the same stage, despite huge demand. But on June 16, 2010, Metallica
will take to the Sonisphere
stage at Bemowo Airport, Poland, to make the dreams of headbangers the world over become a reality. A second Big Four
appearance is planned for Sonisphere Czech Republic
three days later, with more Sonisphere
shows featuring the awesome combo to be announced in the coming days and weeks.
"This is a 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunity for heavy metal fans to see the four greatest heavy metal bands in American history back together on one stage," concludes Megadeth
main man Dave Mustaine
. "If there are any heads left at the end of this festival that haven't banged, they don't belong there."
Tickets are available from www.sonispherefestivals.com
Jerry Cantrell, Scott Ian To Launch Dead Man's Hand
October 15, 2009
Two icons of rock have joined forces to create a new rock bar and performance space in Las Vegas. Alice in Chains guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell and Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian plan to launch the venue, Dead Man's Hand, in November.
The bar will feature none of the trendy dĂ©cor, snobby attitude and outlandish prices so prevalent in Vegas. Instead, Dead Man's Hand will favor grit over glitz, providing customers great music, cool atmosphere and affordable drinks all year long.
"We want this to be a place that we would want to hang out in," Ian says. "There's a huge segment of the music audience that likes to go out but doesn't want to go to places that only play Lil Wayne and Lady Gaga and charge $750 for a bottle of vodka. We want to be the opposite of that."
"I always wanted to have a cool joint with some friends that would be a great place to go at night," adds Cantrell, "It's close to Los Angeles, and a lot of cool bands and people hit Vegas. We wanted to make a fun place for everybody to hang."
Cantrell came up with the name Dead Man's Hand, and as soon as he mentioned it to Ian, the guitarist was sold. The two logos for the club -- a skeleton's hand holding the dead man's poker hand atop a flaming Ace of Spades, and a skull-embossed Ace of Spades atop the dead man's hand -- were designed by award-winning artist Shepard Fairey from Obey. "Scott and I are both into poker, and the dead man's hand -- two aces and two eights -- was the hand Wild Bill Hickok was supposedly holding when he was shot," Cantrell says. "And we both really like the show 'Deadwood,' so it seemed like a cool name."
Dead Man's Hand will feature a long, semicircle-shaped bar that seats 30, a stage, and a raised back area featuring booths directly across from the stage. Total capacity is about 200. The bar will showcase DJs and live music, with a top-notch PA, state-of-the art lighting system and a backline donated by Ian and Cantrell's respective gear companies.
"We'd like to have a couple of house bands, maybe once or twice a month," Cantrell says. "And we'll have some cool bands come in and play. "We're planning to leave a bunch of gear on the stage so it's functional for anybody that wants to just get up and go for it."
"We're also putting together the Dead Man's Band, which will be Jerry and I and probably some other sub-partners who are also in well-known bands," adds Ian. "Obviously, we won't play once a week or anything because of our schedules, but when we're all around we'll get up and jam out a bunch of covers."
The sub-partners for Dead Man's Hand will be announced in the weeks ahead. The third equal partner in Dead Man's Hand is Michael Politz, owner of Food and Beverage magazine." Jerry and I have talked for years about having a bar, and Michael really helped make it possible," Ian says. "He's very tied into the Vegas scene and was very excited about pitching this idea around. It just feels like all the planets finally aligned."
The bar will offer several signature drinks, including the Dead Man's Hand (whisky and spicy ginger ale) and, of course the Black Tooth Grin (Crown Royal with a splash of Coca-Cola), the late-guitar legend Dimebag Darrell's beverage of choice. "We want to tie that into a drink special," Ian says. "So, every night at midnight or something, we'll crank 'Ace of Spades' by Motorhead and everyone HAS to do a shot."
The venue's first event will be a November 7th party for Bluff Magazine. The party coincides with the World Series of Poker final table on November 9th.
Dead Man's Hand will be located at 3525 W. Russell Road Las Vegas NV (I-15 exit Russell Road, one block west) right next to the Vegas Alliance strip club Crazy Horse III in a complex called The Playground. For more info: 702-673-1700 or email email@example.com.
About Jerry Cantrell:
As the guitarist, vocalist and chief songwriter for multi-platinum rock band Alice In Chains, Jerry Cantrell has garnered multiple Grammy nominations, sold more than 17 million albums worldwide and written and recorded 11 top 10 hit singles. Alice In Chains recently released 'Black Gives Way To Blue', their first new album in more than 10 years. Among the album's many highlights is hit single "Check My Brain," which hit No. 1 on Billboard's Modern Rock, Top Rock Songs and Alternative Charts.
About Scott Ian:
In a career spanning three decades, Anthrax founding member Scott Ian helped create the"New Wave of American Heavy Metal" in the mid-80's. Three time Grammy nominated, MTV VMA nominees and multi-platinum and gold-awarded music veterans, Anthrax has sold over 10,000,000 records worldwide and performed on over fifty tours spanning the globe. Scott is currently in the studio recording what will be the tenth studio album by Anthrax scheduled for a spring 2010 release. Scott recently completed a 2-issue prestige format series for the DC Comics character Lobo. Book one of Lobo: Highway To Hell is due out on November 4 2009. In 2008 Scott also signed with Ultimate Bet, the third largest internet gaming site in the world as one of their online professional players. Scott joins poker superstars Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke as one of Ultimate Bets star pros. He recently won Ultimate Bet's premier Sunday 200K tournament and he cashed in this years WSOP main event by finishing 634th out of 6494 players.
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YEAR FORMED: 1981
HOME TOWN: New York
Joey Belladonna: Lead Vocals
Frank Bello: Bass Guitar
Charlie Benante: Drums
Scott Ian: Rhythm Guitar
Daniel Spitz: Lead Guitar
Creation and destruction. They’re fundamental building blocks of life, shaping all we have and determining all we know. You can sugarcoat it all you want, but the results are all the same—Life is created, life is destroyed, and the world goes on. In between? We live, we love, we laugh, we cry, we mourn. Life takes us on flights of uninhibited fancy, and life sends us down roads of unrelenting turmoil. Through the creation, through the destruction, and through the bittersweet ironies that consume us in the process… In the midst of it all, there is heavy metal.
And in the midst of the metal, there is Anthrax.
When their peers zigged, Anthrax zagged. Not to be contrary, but to be honest. What is life, if it can’t be lived with honesty, integrity, and a fundamental appreciation for where we came from, and where we’re going? And what is metal, if it isn’t honest?
“Anthrax? The cover of "Fistful of Metal" says it all. I bought that fucker when it came out in 84, without hearing even so much as a note. They haven't disappointed me since. Unmistakable riffs, mindfuck drumming and classic songs – they've opened too many doors to mention. Badasses. They are better than your band." — Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters
Anthrax are pioneers of the American metal scene, and patriots in music’s new world order. They fought for liberation before the music industry even knew it was shackled, breaking down barriers that, at the time, few of us even knew existed. In the ‘80s, Anthrax were amongst the leaders of the heavy metal insurgence. In the ‘90’s, they were among the few survivors of heavy metal’s apocalypse. And with the dawning of a new millennium, they’ve remained as unabashedly potent as they’d ever been.
“In the pantheon of modern metal, Anthrax are certainly a cornerstone, and if one listens, one can hear their influence on any number of up-and-coming bands of the new generation.” — Kirk Hammett, Metallica
In the summer of 2005, for the first time in over twenty years, that very cornerstone will once again tremble the very foundation of heavy metal as we know it. The evolution of metal’s revolution has been televised, but now it’s time to experience the resurgence in real time. Anthrax may have never gone away, but they’re about to reunite in a way many never thought possible — the classic lineup. The classic songs. Timeless metal, from a timeless band.
Joey Belladonna, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, Scott Ian and Daniel Spitz… Among the living once again. Metal thrashing mad and spreading the disease.
“It’s time to go out onstage and stand with Charlie, Scott, Joey and Dan and create that vibe again,” says Frank Bello, who left Anthrax little more than a year ago, and in the short time since has been leaving his indelible mark as bassist in the seminal aggro-outfit Helmet. “This is gut-check time, and something in my gut tells me the time is right. There’s a magic with the five of us, an energy that can’t be touched. It’s a powerful, powerful buzz. We have something to finish, and a younger generation needs to see it… This is about completing unfinished business.”
“Anthrax is one of the most kick-ass American metal bands of all time. They have outlasted every trend to come along in the last twenty years, and are still relevant today.” — Vinnie Paul, Pantera/Damageplan
“I see a wah-wah pedal, and I’m like a kid again. I’m on fire,” says guitarist Daniel Spitz, who has spent the last decade in self-imposed isolation since his departure from Anthrax more than ten years ago. Not only did Spitz leave the band, but he left music in his past and didn’t turn back, tearing the stereos out of his cars, removing the music from his house, giving his guitars away, and going back to school, where he went from shredding through “Got The Time,” to mending time, becoming one of the world’s most coveted master watch makers. “The same passion that I used to have in Anthrax, I had about watch making. Now again, I have the same passion about getting onstage and pummeling people. It’s time to fire up the Spitz arsenal and destroy people once again — Anthrax is back.”
That’s not to say that Anthrax ever went anywhere.
Through the mid-‘80s to early-‘90s, Anthrax reigned as heavy metal hierarchy, their thrash metal tendencies crashing head-on with an uncanny ability to fuse molten rhythms, infectious melodies, and unbridled metal into damn-near perfect songs. After parting ways with frontman Joey Belladonna in 1992, they returned with Armored Saint frontman John Bush at the helm for the epic Sound Of White Noise in 1993. It was a new twist in a story that had no intention of ending.
“We’re still making records, we’re still touring, and we’re still relevant after twenty years,” says guitarist Scott Ian, the only founding member of Anthrax to be with the band throughout their entire career. “Even this reunion, though, is organic — We just celebrated our 20th Anniversary as a band, we’re all alive, and we can do this. What better reason is there?”
How many reasons do you need? Anthrax have sold more than 10 million records worldwide, been nominated for three Grammy Awards, crossed the globe on more than fifty tours spanning 32 countries on five continents, released ten studio albums, and have left an indelible mark on the music industry. They said rap and metal could never mix, but Anthrax made it happen first, their 1991 collaboration with Public Enemy on the rappers’ “Bring The Noise” toppling social barriers between styles that few thought could co-exist. By the end of the decade, Anthrax could be credited with breaking ground on a whole new genre in the world of hard rock and heavy metal.
Yet, through it all, they never took themselves too seriously.
While their contemporaries seemed to be in competition amongst themselves to be the baddest band in the land, Anthrax defied the trends by stepping onstage in the same clothes they walked the streets in.
“It was never an idea of wanting to be different, it was just what we looked like,” says Ian of the band’s onstage fashion. “We’re the same as our audience, regular guys. It wasn’t about leather, bullet belts and spikes, it was about shorts, sneakers and t-shirts. That’s who we were, and that’s what we wore—Why should we look any different onstage? It was never about putting on a band face, it was just about being ourselves.”
“The world of music, to me, is about pioneers and groundbreakers doing bold and daring things in the face of critics and nay-sayers, only to have everybody snatch credit when that innovation is overstood as the fabric of the terrain. There is no question in my mind regarding my friends Anthrax in this regard, dragging me along in the process of making history. They pushed the envelope, and they set a high bar on killer shows and max-throttled songs that have not only entertained, but inspired, as well.” — Chuck D, Public Enemy
It was 1987, and Anthrax were fresh off the success of their Among The Living breakthrough when they blew the roof off metal convention with their Rodney Dangerfield-inspired rap send-off “I’m The Man.” It was a far cry from “Madhouse” and “Indians,” and Joey Belladonna remembers it well.
“I remember thinking, ‘What are you guys doing?!? Did I walk into the wrong room?” Raised on a diet of classic rock — Belladonna auditioned for Anthrax with an a capella rendition of Journey, and was hired on the spot — the frontman admittedly didn’t share the band’s love for the sounds of the inner cities (he was, after all, upstate New York, to their Big Apple roots), but the magic of the moment was hardly lost in the translation. “Everybody talks about it as the big rap thing, but the fact of the matter is, they pulled it off, and it gave us a bit of a sense of humor, and I think that was very important. We were just enjoying ourselves, and I like that. I can only hope that continues to come through today.”
“We were one of the first, if not the first, to come out wearing shorts, playing aggressive music, and smiling while we were doing it,” says drummer Charlie Benante, whose tenure in the band is second only to Ian.
Without hesitation, Benante credits his decision to reunite, in a large part, to the recent murder of longtime friend and Anthrax fan and Pantera/Damageplan guitarist Dimebag Darrell. “When Dime was killed, that really changed the way I thought about things. Dealing with that, having to face mortality, it was a very emotional time… They always say that with the bad, comes good — Is it just how life goes, and you’re supposed to meet up with these people again? Does it take a tragedy to bring people back together? I don’t know, but who knows when we’ll have the chance to do this again…”
“Anthrax is, to me, one of the most influential bands of my generation, albeit one of the most underrated, with no real reason to be—They are concise, they are fast, they’re just all-around fuckin’ bad-ass. Whether they had Belladonna or Bush, they remain one of the best bands out there, bar none.” — Corey Taylor, Slipknot
“We started this band as kids, and that’s all I knew,” says Spitz. “A band is the sum of the parts, and every part has its own magic that makes it memorable. Everyone offers something that makes it what it is in the end, and if you substitute any one person, that changes the results. There was a magic with us in Anthrax, and while that collaboration was a mystery at times, it worked… And I just can’t wait to do it again.”
For the past two decades, heavy metal has been the soundtrack to vast creation and mass destruction. And through it all, some things have never changed — Anthrax are still armed, Anthrax are still dangerous, and the war dance is brewing…
What is it? Caught in a mosh.