Anthrax”s Frank Bello has announced that he will be releasing his memoir, “Fathers, Brothers, And Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, And Anthrax,” on October 12 via Rare Bird Lit. The bassist worked on the book with Joel McIver and it will feature a foreword by Gene Simmons (KISS). Pre-orders can be found HERE.
“I was one in a family of five, growing up in challenging circumstances. When my father took off and abandoned us, my mother and family moved heaven and earth to keep us fed and educated. As I had no male role model, I found inspiration in – believe it or not – heavy metal bass players, and began to forge a career with Anthrax, first as a guitar tech, and then as the group’s bass player.
When I was in my mid-20s, Anthrax experienced international success, but then the roof caved in again in 1996, when my brother was murdered. And although the case went to trial, the only witness to the killer withdrew his testimony. I write this not for you to feel sympathy for me, but because, now as the father of a young son, I ask myself about the meaning of fatherhood and how to do the job well, something that’s so important to me for my son.
This is the wisdom that my book, ‘Fathers, Brothers, And Sons‘ dives into. It’s actually a funny, entertaining read, it’s not preachy, and again, I’m not looking for sympathy, I just wanted to pass on the wisdom that I gained from a lifetime of turbulence, and by paying tribute to loved ones in a way that will resonate with them.”