Anthrax Announce “Anthrax XL” 40th Anniversary Whiskey

Anthrax have teamed up with Hillrock Estate Distillery to create a 40th anniversary whiskey called “Anthrax XL.” You can purchase a bottle for yourself HERE.

The following was said about the whiskey [via Blabbermouth]:

“Today, the band announces the release of its 40th-anniversary high-end spirit, “Anthrax XL” (Roman numerals for 40), a smooth Solera-aged, single-barrel bourbon finished for 40 days in a 20-year old Oloroso Sherry cask, providing the spirits with balanced flavors and layers of complexity. Only one barrel of “Anthrax XL” has been produced, yielding 400 hand-numbered bottles at a cask strength of 115 proof. Each bottle features the bandmembers’ signatures, and is encased in a black drawstring velvet gift bag emblazoned with the Anthrax XL logo, with a suggested retail price of $155. Additionally, 40 limited-edition numbered bottles will be available. Priced at $350, each limited-edition bottle is also housed in a black drawstring velvet gift bag, imprinted with the Anthrax XL logo, then packed in a customized box encased in a SilverFoil card stock wrap-around. Each limited-edition item comes with a Golden Ticket, printed and debossed on gold foil-coated-card stock. The Golden Ticket awards the purchaser and a guest admission to an ANTHRAX headline concert in the purchaser’s area and includes a special in-person meet-and-greet with the band to take place during ANTHRAX’s 2022 U.S. tour.”

Frank Bello said the following:

“I had a great time up at Hillrock. Everything there is homegrown, and all done by hand. Jeffrey, Cathy, Alex, and everyone who works there are all really nice people who care so much about what they do and how they do it. I’m very, very happy with our ‘Anthrax XL’ whiskey. It’s smooth, has a great aftertaste, and creates a great vibe. Right after my first taste, I wanted more.”

Scott Ian added:

“I sampled eight different whiskeys from Hillrock’s rickhouse when I was there to pick one for our 40th-anniversary bottle. It’s a difficult task in that they’re all so great, thieved from the barrel and into my glass. Every time I’ve had to choose a whiskey, I wait for the juice to tell me that, ‘it’s the one.’ This barrel spoke up loud and clear. On the nose, there is an explosion of caramel, toffee, and butterscotch with hints of dried cherries and fresh herbs. The palette has a rich texture of bright red fruits, baking spices, and toasted almonds. I’m drooling just reading that back. Get yourself a bottle, you deserve it!”

Hillrock’s Jeffrey Baker, Cathy Franklin, and Alex Eckstein also commented:

“This ‘Anthrax XL’ Anniversary cask is the band’s fourth Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon selection. Over that time, we have become very close with Scott and have enjoyed getting to know all of the other bandmembers, either up here with us in person or virtually. We hope to have Scott and Frank, as well as Charlie, Joey and Jon all up here together soon to taste, create and finish more beautiful craft whiskey together for many more years.”

Anthrax Announce 40th Anniversary European/UK Tour

Anthrax will be celebrating their 40th anniversary during a European/UK tour next year. Municipal Waste will open.

Tour Dates:

09/27 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy
09/29 Manchester, UK – Academy
09/30 Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy
10/01 Newcastle, UK – O2 City Hall
10/03 Leeds, UK – O2 Academy
10/04 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
10/06 Bristol, UK – O2 Academy
10/08 London, UK – Brixton Academy
10/11 Tilburg, NET – O13
10/13 Paris, FRA – Bataclan
10/14 Oberhausen, GER – Turbinenhalle
10/15 Leipzig, GER – Werk 2
10/17 Copenhagen, DEN – Vega Main Hall
10/18 Gothenburg, SWE – Tradgarn
10/19 Stockholm, SWE – Annexet
10/21 Oulu, FIN – Tullisali
10/22 Turku, FIN – Logomo
10/23 Talinn, EST – Kultuurikatel
10/25 Warsaw, POL – Stodola
10/26 Frankfurt, GER – Batschapp
10/27 Stuttgart, GER – LKA Longhorn
10/29 Brno, CZE – Sono
10/31 Budapest, HUN – Babra Negra
11/01 Zagreb, CRO – Culture Factory
11/02 Vienna, AUT – Arena
11/04 Milan, ITA – Alcatraz
11/05 Zurich, SWI – Komplex

Charlie Benante commented:

“It sure has been a long time since we rock’n’rolled in the UK and Europe, but we’re coming back soon to bring the noise to all of you guys. Being that we can’t get over there until 2022, we’re going to make sure that every show will be an eventful one. We won’t just be playing four decades of songs to celebrate our ongoing 40th anniversary – hey, we’ll be giving YOU some history! – but we just might have some brand new ones for you as well. Can’t wait to see all your happy, smiling faces!!!”

Joey Belladonna added:

“There’s just something special about Europe. Our fans there have always had a full-fledged excitement about our shows, and I enjoy performing more than anyone can imagine, so we’re really looking forward to this tour.”

Anthrax Share “The Devil You Know” Live Video From 40th Anniversary Livestream Concert

Anthrax have shared a new live video for their song “The Devil You Know.” The footage is taken from the band’s 40th anniversary virtual concert, which they streamed on July 16. Fans can still watch that show on demand until July 25 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

John Bush On The Possiblity Of Doing Some Shows Focusing On His Era Of Anthrax: “It’s Becoming A Very Good Possibility”

During a recent appearance on Rock Talks’ “The Anthony And Antony Show,” Armored Saint’s John Bush said that he is still open to playing some concerts in which he focuses on songs from his time with Anthrax. He even went as far as to say that the idea is “becoming a very good possibility.”

Bush said the following:

“Some ideas are being explored right now regarding doing it in some capacity. So we’re just trying to figure out the right scenario to make it happen. But it’s becoming a very good possibility.”

He also added that he still wants to have ex-Anthrax guitarist Paul Crook take part in the shows:

“I love Paul. And we have been talking about some things. Once again, it’s just whether or not all the situations kind of merge together and make it work. You’ve gotta kind of deal with all that logistics and stuff.”

“For me, it would be a little bit [difficult to put together], only because I’m just really lazy. All I wanna do is kind of do the singing, and I don’t wanna do all the nuts-and-bolts things about putting the band together and getting rehearsals and doing some of the business. That’s the daunting part. If I could just go on stage and, like, ‘Okay.’ I have to learn those songs again too, if I do it. But there’s all that stuff that is just a little bit different than just going out and singing. So, we’ll see.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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