Scott Ian Offers Update On New Anthrax Album: “We’re Getting There”

During a recent fan Q&A organized by Metal Hammer, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian offered an update on the band’s new album. He said the following:

“We’re getting there! Everything got thrown for a loop for a couple of years. We had started writing before COVID, but then eventually we jumped back in, so we do have eight arrangements and half of them with lyrics. We’ve got at least another six really, really great things that we just need to start bashing out as a band. We’re not that far off!”

Charlie Benante Teases Some New Anthrax Riffs

Anthrax’s Charlie Benante has shared a tease of the riffs he is working on for the band’s new album. You can check that out below. Benante commented:

“After a very successful tour with our friends in @blacklabelsocietyofficial and @hatebreedofficial we are Back to thinking about our new record… I think we have some heavy riffing on this one. See you at the @blueridgerockfest on Thursday 🤘🤘🤘”

Anthrax Cancel Mainland European Dates, UK Shows To Continue As Planned

Anthrax have cancelled their fall European dates. Despite this, the band’s UK shows with Municipal Waste and Sworn Enemy will continue as planned. Anthrax commented:

“Sadly due to ongoing logistical issues and 2022 costs that are out of our control, we have no other option but to cancel the European leg of our upcoming 2022 tour. We will however be coming to the UK as scheduled.
Tickets can be refunded at point of purchase.”

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

Scott Ian Says He Once Invited Faith No More’s Mike Patton To Join Anthrax

During a recent interview with mxdwn.com, Scott Ian revealed that he actually invited Faith No More’s Mike Patton to join Anthrax “a million years ago . . . just before Joey [Belladonna] came back.” The offer was ultimately denied, but the duo did get to collaborate years later on the current incarnation of Mr. Bungle. Ian said the following:

“I had said, ‘Hey, do you want to sing on the next Anthrax record?’ We were drunk in a bar in Melbourne, Australia on a festival together. He was with Faith No More. He was like, ‘Oh, man. You don’t want me in your band. I’m a pain in the ass.’ I was like, ‘No, no, no. I think we could deal with it.’ He goes, ‘Yeah, but I got seventy-two projects and I could never commit.’ I’m like, ‘I know, really. I’m asking but I’m not really asking.’ He’s like, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll do something together someday.’ So then when he hit me up, he goes, ‘Remember in Melbourne when I said we would work together?’ I’m like, ‘Uh huh.’ He goes, ‘Guess what?'”

[via Loudwire]

Watch Anthrax Perform “Bring The Noise” With Public Enemy’s Chuck D In Brooklyn, NY

During Anthrax’s August 26 show in Brooklyn, NY, the band were joined onstage by Public Enemy’s Chuck D for a performance of “Bring The Noise.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:

Watch Anthrax Pay Tribute To The Late Dimebag Darrell With Partial Cover Of Pantera’s “Domination”

During their August 20 show in Detroit, MI, Anthrax celebrated the late Dimebag Darrell’s 56th birthday with a partial cover of Pantera’s “Domination.” You can see footage of that below. This news comes as Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante is preparing to hit the road with Pantera as a fill-in for the late Vinnie Paul.

Anthrax & Black Label Society Cancel Rochester, NY Show

Anthrax and Black Label Society have cancelled their August 19 show in Rochester, NY due to “production issues.” The following statement was issued:

“Due to unforeseen production issues, the show tonight at the Main Street Armory in Rochester had to be canceled by both Anthrax and Black Label Society as it was unsafe for the bands to perform. Anthrax and Black Label Society do not cancel shows lightly but we could not put the health and safety of the bands and crew at risk. All of the bands tonight apologize for the inconvenience and disappointment. We will be back to Rochester to rock another time. Refunds are available at the point of purchase starting Tuesday August 23.”

Charlie Benante Says Pantera Will Only Play “Select” Shows

As previously reported, vocalist Phil Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown are planning to play some Pantera shows next year with guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society) and drummer Charlie Benante (Anthrax) set to fill in for the late Abbott brothers. Now, while chatting with fans in Orlando, FL, Benante and his Anthrax bandmates commented on Pantera’s return and the impact it will have on their plans.

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Frank Bello said the following about their plans:

Ian: “The Pantera thing is not gonna change anything we’re doing.”

Bello: “We’ll still be working.”

Benante also revealed that Pantera are only planning to play “select” shows. He continued when asked about a full-length tour: “I don’t think so.”

The drummer also had the below exchange with a fan regarding the “flak” Pantera are receiving:

Benante: “Why is there flak?”

Fan: “People are stupid.”

Benante: “There you go”

Benante then addressed the haters, saying “don’t come.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Anthrax Cancel Austin, TX Show “Due To A Medical Concern”

Anthrax have now cancelled a second concert due to an undisclosed “medical concern.” The band will be sitting out tonight’s (August 9) show with Black Label Society and Hatebreed in Austin, TX. The group commented:

“Charlie, Scott, Frank, Joey and Jon are really sorry to let their fans in Austin know that due to a medical concern, Anthrax has to cancel its show tonight at Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheatre. Black Label Society and Hatebreed are still performing tonight, so the band hopes you’ll come out and rock with them. Refunds are available until the venue box office closes at 9 p.m. tonight, or at point of purchase. Everyone in the band looks forward to seeing their Austin fans soon!”

Anthrax Cancel Dallas, TX Show “Due To A Medical Concern”

Anthrax have cancelled tonight’s (August 8) show in Dallas, TX “due to a medical concern.” Despite this, Black Label Society and Hatebreed will perform as planned.

Anthrax commented:

“We are sorry to let you know that due to a medical concern, Anthrax have to cancel tonight’s show in Dallas. Black Label Society and Hatebreed are still performing tonight, come and rock out with them! Refunds are available until box office closes at (9 p.m.)”

Guitarist Scott Ian added:

“We’ve waited so long to be able to celebrate our 40th anniversary and are so disappointed that we won’t be able to do so tonight – frankly, it blows. Thank you for your support and understanding, and stay safe.”