As Anthrax took a short break in preparation for the launch of the "Jagermeister Fall Music Tour," set to follow the "Carnage" and "Big Four" tours, I had a chance to speak with lead singer, Joey Belladonna, who talked to me about his recent reunion with Anthrax, his side projects Night of Journey, Chief Big Way and, of course, Belladonna, whom Joey says is currently working on a new album.
I started our interview by thanking Joey, as a Dio fan, for the acoustic version of "Man on the Silver Mountain" that he performed at Ronnie James Dio's memorial. He responded, "It was a tough couple of days out there, you know. We became friends, his wife and everybody, the whole staff, the whole crew...his people, all the band mates. It's just...whole interesting steps to go through, you know? But I'm very honored to be able to have done that and I'm glad it worked out."
I mentioned to Joey my interview with Dave Lombardo from Slayer and I asked him what it was like coming back on-board just as Anthrax was kicking off the "Big Four" tour with Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth. Who did he hang out with during that tour?
Audio Interview: Joey Belladonna of Anthrax
"Well, God, Metallica, they run such a great show, everything is top-notch. To be around all that—just to be a part of it is a great honor. It's just a nice opportunity to be anywhere near that, to be on those shows.
"We're pretty close, everybody knows each other in and around the way, throughout the years, and so it's just one big family. Just being able to sing with them, play with them on stage, and every day to have the camaraderie of talking together, you know? We're so close. The tents are so close. People hanging out together, that's awesome.