Anthrax Team Up With Z2 Comics For “Among The Living” Graphic Novel

Anthrax have joined forces with Z2 Comics to create a new graphic novel inspired by their 1987 album “Among The Living“. Members of Slipknot, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, and more contributed to the book, which can be pre-ordered HERE.

A press release offered the following description of the effort:

“An anthology narrated by longtime mascot “The Not Man,” newly designed by Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead), Among the Living unites [Charlie] Benante and [Scott] Ian with writers Brian Azzarello, Grant Morrison, Jimmy Palmiotti, Brian Posehn, Rick Remender, Corey Taylor, Joseph Trohman, Gerard and Mikey Way, and Rob Zombie, with more to be announced.

Artists include Roland Boschi, Maan House, Dave Johnson, Scott Koblish, Darrick Robertson, and Erik Rodriguez, and more, with covers by Benante, JG Jones, and Eric Powell. Band members Benante and Ian will collaborate on an original story inspired by the fan favorite anthem “I Am the Law,” featuring the legendary comic book antihero Judge Dredd, in partnership with 2000 AD.

This will make official the decades long connection between the character and the band, rewarding comic book fans and metalheads alike.”

Charlie Benante commented:

“Doing a comic book has always been a huge goal for me. I’ve tried for years, but something always comes up and sidetracks me. I was ecstatic when Josh Bernstein brought the idea to us to do a graphic novel based on our album ‘Among The Living‘. I felt that it was the perfect time and opportunity to fulfill that dream.

I am a lifelong artist and have been drawing during the pandemic more than ever, so I had the idea to bring my own artwork to this project. As a fan of the Judge Dredd series since the 80’s, it was an honor to create cover art based off of Dredd and Judge Death. The amount of talent that is going into this project is astounding, I scratch my head just thinking about it!”

Scott Ian added:

“Comics are one of the two things (the other thing being Horror) that I’ve been into longer than music. Comics were/are my constant. Music joined the party and became my constant as well. I started a band. I wrote lyrics about comics and horror and they connected with people all over the world. And now for the 40th (40!!!) anniversary of Anthrax, I get to cross the streams and merge my constants with a graphic novel (comic) celebrating the album that made such a mark on the planet – ‘Among The Living.’

Getting to be a part of this process – choosing writers and artists to express what these songs mean to them – has been incredible. I made a wish list of writers/artists/musicians that I would love to be a part of this, not really thinking we’d get them.

I was aiming high, the list had Grant Morrison‘s name at the top – and Grant said yes. Brian Azzarello said yes. Eric Powell, J.G. Jones, Greg Nicotero, Corey Taylor, Rob Zombie, Brian Posehn, Rick Remender, Joe Trohman, Gerard & Mikey Way – they all said yes. Holy crap!”

“I pitched a Judge Dredd story for ‘I Am The Law‘ that I’d been thinking about for a while. It was an idea I actually talked to Grant about one night after an Anthrax show in Glasgow over a few drinks. This idea has stayed with me, I’d never written it down, it was one of those ideas that would smack me in the face every few months demanding to be recognized, I just didn’t have an outlet for it.

And then I did have an outlet with this project but, we didn’t have the rights to use Dredd in our book. You have to ask right? So we sent my idea to the kind folks at Rebellion and they green-lit my story. And there, my friends, is the moment where everything came full circle for me as a life-long comic nerd and the as the guy in Anthrax. Thank you ‘Among the Living.’ for making it all happen.”

Gojira, Mastodon, Baroness, Etc. Added To 2021 Rock am Ring & Rock im Park Festivals

More bands have been added to next year’s Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festivals in Germany. Those events will be held on June 11-13 with Rock am Ring set to take place in Nurburgring and Rock im Park set to take place in Nurnberg. Here’s the updated lineup (in alphabetical order): A Day To Remember, Airbourne, Alan Walker, Baroness, Bilderbuch, Billy Talent, Black Veil Brides, Boston Manor, Boys Noize, Broilers, Bush, Code Orange, Creeper, Daughtry, Deftones, Devin Townsend, Digitalism, Donna Missal, Fall Out Boy, Fire From The Gods, Green Day, Gojira, Jan Delay & Disko No.1, Kafvka, KC Rebell & Summer Cem, Kodaline, Korn, Mastodon, NF, Of Mice & Men, Poppy, Powerwolf, Rea Garvey, Rin, Royal Republic, Schmutzki, Seastick Steve, Spiritbox, Ssio, System Of A Down, Tempt, The Distillers, The Offspring, The Pretty Reckless, Trettmann, Volbeat, Wage War, Weezer, You Me At Six, Yungblud, Zugezogen Maskulin, and U.V.A.

Watch Fall Out Boy And Weezer Compete Against Each Other On “Celebrity Family Feud”

Fall Out Boy and Weezer were featured on last night’s (September 20) episode of “Celebrity Family Feud.” You can see some footage of the two bands competing against each other below:

Brian Posehn Premieres “Grandpa Metal” Video

Brian Posehn has premiered a new video for the title track of his latest album “Grandpa Metal.” The clip features remotely recorded performances from Anthrax‘s Scott Ian, Soundgarden‘s Kim Thayil, Fall Out Boy‘s Joe Trohman, and Armored Saint‘s Joey Vera.

Green Day, Fall Out Boy, & Weezer Announce Rescheduled Dates For North American Tour

Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer have announced the rescheduled dates for the North American leg of their “Hella Mega Tour.” The trek is now scheduled to take place in summer 2021.

Tour Dates:

07/14 Seattle, WA – T-Mobile Park
07/17 Los Angeles, CA – Dodger Stadium
07/18 San Diego, CA – Petco Park
07/20 San Francisco, CA – Oracle Park
07/24 Dallas, TX – Globe Life Field
07/27 Atlanta, GA – SunTrust Park
07/29 Houston, TX – Minute Maid Park
07/31 Jacksonville, FL – TIAA Bank Field
08/01 Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium
08/04 New York, NY – Citi Field
08/05 Boston, MA – Fenway Park
08/08 Washington, DC – Nationals Park
08/10 Detroit, MI – Comerica Park
08/13 Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
08/15 Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field
08/17 Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre
08/19 Pittsburgh, PA – PNC Park
08/20 Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park
08/23 Minneapolis, MN – Target Field
08/25 Commerce City, CO – DICK’s Sporting Goods Park

Green Day, Fall Out Boy, & Weezer Announce Rescheduled European/UK Dates

Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer have officially announced their rescheduled European/UK shows. Here’s the new dates:

06/09/21 Vienna, AUT – Ernst Happel Stadium
06/20/21 Paris, FRA – La Defense Arena
06/21/21 Antwerp, BEL – Sportpaleis
06/23/21 Groningen, NET – Tadspark *POSTPONED*
06/25/21 London, UK – London Stadium
06/26/21 Huddersfield, UK – The John Smith’s Stadium
06/28/21 Glasgow, UK – Bellahouston Park
06/30/21 Dublin, IRE – RDS Arena

Green Day, Fall Out Boy, & Weezer Postpone North American Tour To 2021

Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer have postponed their North American tour to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The bands issued a joint statement:

“Hopefully this doesn’t come as a surprise, but as much as we were all looking forward to seeing you all this summer, everyone’s safety is our highest priority so we’ve officially made the call to reschedule all North American dates of the Hella Mega tour until next year. We’ll be announcing Summer 2021 dates with the same venues very soon, so hold on to those tickets. All ticket holders will be emailed directly with refund options as well. Please stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you in 2021.”

Green Day, Fall Out Boy, & Weezer Postpone “A Number Of European Shows” On “The Hella Mega Tour”

Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer have confirmed that a number of dates on the European/UK leg of their “Hella Mega Tour” have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The three bands issued the following statement:

“There’s nothing that makes our bands happier than playing live shows, and maybe no other tour that we’ve all been excited for, but due to the current health crisis, we’re having to postpone a number of our European shows. We’re just a disappointed as you are, but the safety of our fans, staff and touring crew is our top priority. We’re working hard to finalize dates for the rescheduled shows next summer, so hold on to those tickets. Keep rocking… safely… at home, Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer.”

Green Day, Fall Out Boy, & Weezer Announce Australian/New Zealand Leg Of “The Hella Mega Tour”

Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer have added an Australian/New Zealand leg to their “Hella Mega Tour.” $1 from every ticket sold on this run will go towards NSW Rural Fire Service and CFA to help with bushfire relief efforts in Australia. Here’s the dates:

11/08 Perth, AUS – HBF Park
11/11 Melbourne, AUS – Marvel Stadium
11/14 Sydney, AUS – Bankwest Stadium
11/17 Brisbane, AUS – Suncorp Stadium
11/20 Dunedin, NZ – Forsyth Barr Stadium
11/22 Auckland, NZ – MT Smart Stadium

Slipknot, Anthrax, Fall Out Boy, Etc. Members To Guest On Brian Posehn’s New Album “Grandpa Metal”

Brian Posehn has officially confirmed all of the special guests that will appear on his new comedy metal album “Grandpa Metal.” That effort will be released on February 14 and it will feature members of Slipknot, Anthrax, Fall Out Boy, Soundgarden, and more. The full list of guests can be found below, along with the cover art and track listing.

Guests:

  • Brendon Small (‘Metalocalypse‘, Dethklok)
  • Scott Ian (Anthrax)
  • Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour)
  • Jonathan Donais (Anthrax
  • Gary Holt (Exodus)
  • Jeff Pilson (Dokken)
  • Alex Skolnick (Testament)
  • Chuck Billy (Testament)
  • “Weird” Al Yankovic
  • Pearl Aday
  • Johan Hegg (Amon Amarth)
  • Joe Trohman (Fall Out Boy, The Damned Things)
  • Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy)
  • Michael Starr (Steel Panther)
  • Jacob Bunton (Mars Electric)
  • Rob Cavestany (Death Angel)
  • Aiden Cavestany (Death Angel)
  • Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus)
  • Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)
  • Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head)
  • Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses)
  • Jill Janus (Huntress)

“Grandpa Metal” Track Listing:

01. “Intro To Satan” (feat. Jacob Bunton)
02. “Satan’s Kind Of A Dick” (feat. Scott Ian & Gary Holt)
03. “Scary Nightmare”
04. “One Quarter Viking, Three Quarter’s Pussy” (feat. Scott Ian, Jon Donais & Johan Hegg)
05. “Big Fat Rock” (feat. Joe Trohman, Phil Demmel)
06. “My Phone Call With Weird Al” (feat. “Weird” Al Yankovic)
07. “Take On Me” (A-ha cover) (feat. Jill Janus, Chuck Billy, Brendon Small, Steve “Zetro” Souza, Rob Cavestany & Aiden Cavestany)
08. “Grandpa Metal” (feat. Scott Ian & Kim Thayil)
09. “New Music Sucks” (feat. Patrick Stump)
10. “New Music Sucks Reprise” (feat. Joe Trohman)
11. “Goblin Love” (feat. Scott Ian, Brendon Small & Jill Janus)
12. “Monster Mosh” (feat. Joe Trohman, Bumblefoot and Pearl Aday)
13. “The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)” (Ylvis cover) (feat. Corey Taylor and Michael Starr)
14. “Super Secret Track”

Posehn said the following about the album:

“The original concept for this album came from bands like Scatterbrain and S.O.D., and even Cheech and Chong. They all made music that was fun and funny, heavy music that also made you laugh.

I wanted this to be the ultimate comedy/metal record, a loving record that made fun of some of the things in heavy metal, so I called all my friends and asked for a bunch of favors.

There’s a Satan song, and there’s a Viking song, there’s one song that sounds like Black Metal, and then there’s one that sounds like a Van Halen party song. The intention was just to make a funny metal/comedy record for people who like both of those things.”

He also added:

“This was such a dream project for me. I wanted to take my time, I wanted it to be perfect, so it took us six years to complete. It’s the ‘Chinese Democracy‘ of comedy-metal records. And it didn’t cost thirteen million dollars to make.”

If you missed it, the first single from “Grandpa Metal”, Posehn’s cover of A-ha‘s “Take On Me”, can be found below: