Scott Ian (Anthrax) To Release New Book “Access All Areas: Stories From A Hard Rock Life” In December

Anthrax’s Scott Ian will be releasing a new book titled “Access All Areas: Stories From A Hard Rock Life” on December 12, via Da Capo Press. You can find an official book description, as well as dates for an upcoming book tour below.

Description:

“Scott Ian, rhythm guitarist and cofounder of Anthrax and author of I’m the Man, collects all of his craziest hard rock stories into one balls-to-the-wall volume. Access All Areas has tales of humor, excess, fun, debauchery, food, booze, and mayhem from Scott‘s many years on the road as well as his encounters with celebrities like Dimebag Darrell, Trent Reznor/NIN, Madonna, Lemmy Kilmister, John Carpenter, Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Slayer, David Lee Roth, and many more.

In recent years, Scott Ian‘s “Speaking Words” club tours have drawn a devoted crowd of metal fans who love a good rock story. Ian has perfected his delivery, comic timing, and ability to highlight where the ridiculous meets the sublime. Best of all, Ian seems to lack the ability to be embarrassed, rendering Access All Areas howlingly funny, self-deprecating, and every bit as brash and brazen as one would expect from one of the original architects of speed metal.”

Tour Dates:

12/12 Ridgewood, NJ – Bookends
12/13 New York, NY – The Strand (signing & talking)
12/14 Huntington, NY – Book Revue (signing & talking)
12/15 West Hollywood, CA – Book Soup (signing & talking)

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Anthrax & Killswitch Engage Announce Second “KillThrax” Tour

Anthrax and Killswitch Engage have announced another North American tour together. This time, Havok will serve as support.

Anthrax’s Frank Bello commented:

“After playing so many amazing shows last year with our friends Killswitch ENGAGE, I’m psyched for round two of ‘KillThrax’, and we’re adding Havok to the heaviness!!”

Charlie Benante added:

“The shows were great, the audiences were great, and we all felt great about the whole thing, so why not do it again?”

Scott Ian continued:

“‘Evil Dead II’. ‘Dawn of the Dead’. ‘The Godfather: Part 2’. ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. All sequels that are better than the original. Add ‘KillThrax II’ to that list. Back by popular demand, ‘KillThrax’ is coming at ya again my friends.”

Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach also commented:

“We are looking forward to the next leg of the ‘KillThrax’ tour. We had a blast on the first one and we enjoyed sharing the stage with the humble legends Anthrax! There is such a synergy between the two bands and a certain unity that is infectious, so it was a no-brainer to put this package back together and hit the road. It’s an honor and we are excited for these shows, the fans, and the good times! ‘KillThrax’ is gearing up for round two, so let’s keep the party rolling!”

Like they did last time, Anthrax and Killswitch Engage will rotate the headlining spot each night.

Tour Dates:

01/25 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
01/26 London, ON – London Music Hall
01/27 Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre
01/28 Richmond, VA – The National
01/30 Tampa, FL – Jannus Landing
01/31 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
02/02 Milwaukee, WI – Club Stage @ Eagles Ballroom
02/03 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
02/05 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
02/06 Birmingham, AL – Iron City Music Hall
02/08 Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Music Hall
02/09 Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Pavilion
02/10 Oklahoma City, OK – Criterion
02/11 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
02/13 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
02/14 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
02/16 Boise, ID – Revolution
02/17 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
02/19 Edmonton, AB – The Ranch
02/20 Grande Prairie, AB – Revolution Place Casino
02/21 Calgary, AB – Mac Hall
02/23 Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
02/24 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
02/25 Sioux City, IA – Anthem @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
02/27 Joliet, IL – The Forge
03/01 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
03/02 Rochester, NY – The Dome
03/03 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
03/04 Portland, ME – State Theater

Anthrax’s Charlie Benante Performs With Fifth-Graders At An Elementary School Variety Show

Charlie Benante (Anthrax) has posted some footage of him performing a medley of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” and The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” with fifth-graders Mikey Goldberg and Grayson Perri during a variety show at his daughter’s school (Kildeer Countryside Elementary) in Long Grove, Illinois. Benante commented:

“Helping out at my daughters school. Kildeer Elementary School w/ Mikey Goldberg on bass and Grayson Perri on electric guitar. You guys rocked the 5th grade Variety show!!!! Passing on the torch to the next generation of Rock N’ Roll!”

Anthrax Perform Their Cover Of Kansas‘ “Carry On Wayward Son” Live For The First Time

During their April 22 show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA, Anthrax played their cover of Kansas’ “Carry On Wayward Son” live for the first time. The studio version of the track comes with the band’s recently released limited edition vinyl box set version of “For All Kings.”

Anthrax Planning To Release 30th Anniversary Edition Of “State Of Euphoria” Next Year

Anthrax are planning to reissue their 1988 album “State Of Euphoria” next year to commemorate its 30th anniversary. Charlie Benante revealed the news to hardrockhaven.net, and also mentioned that it will come with bonus disc of demos and rehearsal recordings.

Benante said the following (transcribed by Blabbermouth):

“Yeah, it’s gonna be a great package. I’m actually almost done putting it together. The only thing I don’t have is good live stuff to go on it, but what can I do? But the bonus disc is gonna have… it has demos, actually, just guitar riffs that go into a rehearsal that go into basic tracks that go into the real songs. So it’s the evolution of most of the songs.”

He also added:

“It’s just funny, because that’s the record that we really don’t like that much, but after revisiting it, I started to pick out songs, and I’m, like, ‘Oh, yeah, this is a good song.’ ‘Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind’, I like that one. ‘Schism’ was another one. I think my least favorite one was probably ‘Make Me Laugh’. But ‘Now It’s Dark’ is on there. It’s good.”