I have been an Anthrax fan since I first discovered them around the release of "Among the Living," which still stands as one of their best releases. They were a force in speed metal throughout the 80's, standing with other metal luminaries Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer. In the early 90's they underwent a transformation which saw the exit of longtime frontman Joey Belladonna, and the addition of his replacement, former Armored Saint singer John Bush. Since that change, they also suffered the loss of guitarist Danny Spitz. The band soldiered on, continuing to put out excellent music. But this really isn't about an Anthrax history lesson, it is about something else entirely.
The lineup the led the charge through the early years is reuniting. Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, Danny Spitz, and Joey Belladonna will be appearing publicly together for the first time since 1993. On April 1, 2005 they will be gathering at Sirius Satellite Radio in New York City for the ANTHRAX Global Press Conference and Luncheon.
At the conclusion of the ANTHRAX Global Press Conference and Luncheon, the band will make an important statement regarding the U.S. Government and the Anthrax Vaccine. Apparently an act was passed which allows the Department of Health to use untested vaccines for Anthrax and other diseases without any type of consent. To top it off, the soldiers in our military are the first line of defense for these uninformed tests. In addition to the band, medical experts will be on hand for the discussion.
My thoughts upon reading this were firstly, could this be a big prank pulled on metal fans? Come on, look at the date that the event is taking place. After that wore off, I have chosen to believe that it is the real deal, I would love for these guys to make some more music together. I have seen both the current lineup of Anthrax and Joey Belladonna live, and they both put on great shows. I even had the opportunity to meet Joey, and he is absolutely great guy, very approachable and great to his fans, not to mention he still has a great voice!
Beyond that, I am hoping that this is more han just a get together regarding the vaccine. I truly hope that they plan on recording new music and/or go on tour. Even better, Anthrax featuring Bush and Belladonna on vocals together would be great. And thinking even further down the line, I would like to see this lineup come through my town!