Frank Bello (Anthrax) Working On Solo Album

During a recent appearance on Todd Kerns’ video podcast, Frank Bello (Anthrax) revealed that he is working on a new solo album. According to him, the material will “be rock and roll with a heavier edge to it.”

Bello said the following:

“Just before COVID hit, I was actually gonna go and record a couple of songs with a producer. And COVID hit, and I kind of backed out. It really hit New York in January and February. I had studio time booked and we were gonna do it, and long story short, I just felt weird. All the musicians involved, we all just decided, ‘You know what? Let’s hold this until we’re a little more clear about what’s going on.'”

“I had some great, great players play on it. And it’s even better now, because I can even write more right now. So let it simmer.”

He also added the following about the musical direction:

“It’s funny, because it’s sounding a lot like ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE [Bello’s side project with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson]. It is more in that vein — heavy rock and roll… I grew up on this stuff. It’ll be rock and roll with a heavier edge to it, and that’s fine, ’cause that’s what I’m into.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Anthrax And Death Angel Members Share Quarantine Cover Of U2’s “City Of Blinding Lights”

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and bassist Frank Bello have teamed up with Death Angel frontman Mark Osegueda for a quarantine cover of U2’s “City Of Blinding Lights.” You can check that out below:

Benante commented:

“There was a station in NY called WLIR, one of the first “alternative” stations and that’s where I first heard @U2. The song I always remember hearing first was 11 O’clock tick tock. I remember sitting on my back porch in the Bronx, bringing out speakers and listening to the radio.

I would Listen to WLIR and try to get a good enough signal for WSOU too. WLIR exposed me to not only @u2 but the @thecure, @depechemode and more.

The thing about @U2 was how their songs would hit you on an emotional level, both musically and lyrically. Til this day when I hear the opening of “where the streets have no name,” I still get this weird feeling; I don’t know if it’s happy or sad but it’s definitely something!

When Anthrax signed to Island records in 1985, we would be labelmates with @u2 (exciting). I loved the people at Island! The publicity department had such a great and dedicated crew and I would become friendly with a lot of them.

We were about to go to Japan for the first time and had a long flight ahead…I was given an advanced copy of “the Joshua Tree” album and I listened to it over and over. When I got off the plane I knew it like the back of my hand. I still can’t believe how many amazing songs are on that Album, it’s flawless.

You would think if I was going to do a U2 song it would be something from Joshua tree or older but NO! One of my favorite songs is “city of blinding lights,” another one of their songs that makes me emotional when I hear it.

I asked 2 other die hard U2 Fans to be a part because I knew they would ” NAIL” it. My Nephew and I would always play u2 songs during sound checks and backstage. We both had a kinship to their music. I knew he would Play the bass parts great, but I also knew he would sing the “edge” parts equally great.

Mark O and I always bonded through Music, u2 being one of the first. I always heard a “bono” thing in marks voice and I knew he would Bring that Vibe to this.

We all play a form of music that is very Different than what U2 play, but we have the same passion and dedication to the music we play.

It may seem odd that we chose this song but it’s really not…it’s MUSIC! it’s the thing that makes you move, the thing that gets you through the day, week, month etc.

thanks to -Bono, Edge, Larry and Adam for making music that still stands the test of time.

Hope ya dig this

Sing it to your Girlfriend, wife or whoever you feel Looks Beautiful!

all guitars recorded using Amplitube, go check out my pre set pack

Thanks to @andylagis for Mixing and @krknordenstrom for the edit”

Anthrax And Skid Row Members Share Quarantine Cover Of Iron Maiden’s “Transylvania”

Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, and Jonathan Donais recently teamed up with Skid Row’s Dave “Snake” Sabo for a quarantine cover of Iron Maiden’s “Transylvania.” You can check that out below:

Benante commented:

“Iron Maiden, Who doesn’t know them? They changed the face of Heavy Metal, literally, with “Eddie”. The 4 of us – SNAKE, FRANK and JON have so much respect for Maiden. They made every band that were influenced by them aspire to be Like them.

When I was learning to play guitar, Practicing along with Maiden, AC/DC, Priest, etc helped my coordination get better and better. Transylvania had so many cool guitar parts and I learned them all (at least I thought I did ). Maiden had something different, they brought out that Primal roar from us. This was a New style of Hard Rock and Metal: they had a Punk Drive to them with Boston styled guitar licks. They changed the game! I often say, “no Maiden, no Big 4”

Here is our version of Transylvania, a Classic Maiden Instrumental that to this day makes the hair stand up on our arms! Up the Irons! “Oh well, wherever, wherever you are, Iron Maiden’s gonna get you, no matter how far.” Scream for us YOU TUBE!!”

Anthrax Announce Virtual Clinics, Release “Quarantine Drop” Merch

Members of Anthrax have announced that they will be hosting some virtual clinics. Scott Ian will be offering fans a “Guitar Session,” a “Songwriting Session,” and a “20 Questions Session”; Frank Bello will be offering fans a “Bass Clinic,” a “Songwriting Session,” and a “20 Questions Session”; Charlie Benante will be offering fans a “Drum Session” and a “Songwriting Clinic”; and Jonathan Donais will be offering fans a “Guitar Clinic.” In other news, Anthrax have also launched some “Quarantine Drop” merch. Fans can buy two limited edition shirts HERE and get a face mask until May 18 at 11:59 a.m. ET. A portion of the proceeds will go towards Direct Relief.

[via Blabbermouth]

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Neil Peart (Rush)

As previously reported, Rush’s Neil Peart has sadly passed away following a battle with brain cancer. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary drummer and some of the various posts can be found below:

Geddy Lee (Rush):

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Rest in peace, my brother. 💔

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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett:

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins:

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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RIP #NeiPeart

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Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath):

KISS’ Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons:

Gary Holt (Exodus):

David Ellefson (Megadeth):

Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, and Frank Bello:

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

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R.I.P. #nealpeart An extraordinary talent.

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King Diamond:

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine):

John Dolmayan (System Of A Down):

Steven Adler (ex-Guns N’ Roses):

Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row):

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour):

Overkill:

Mike Inez (Alice In Chains):

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Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins):

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7J9U-MBLlJ/?hl=en

Alex Bent (Trivium):

Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless):

Chris Jericho (Fozzy):

Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N’ Roses, etc.):

Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch):

Adam Gontier (Saint Asonia, ex-Three Days Grace):

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~ Shocked. The Legend. Rest In Peace Neil Peart. 🙏🏻

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Shawn Drover (ex-Megadeth, etc.):

Sacred Reich:

Matt Halpern (Periphery):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Chuck D (Public Enemy, Prophets of Rage):

Dan Briggs (Between The Buried And Me):

Peter Frampton:

Jack Black (Tenacious D):

Anthrax’s Frank Bello Begins Writing His Memoir

Anthrax bassist Frank Bello has revealed that he has started writing his memoir with Joel McIver, the author who previously worked on Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s “My Life With Deth” and more. Bello told RockSverige the following:

“We started and we’re going to get back to it because we have busy schedules. We started it and I plan to write it with Joel. He’s done great stuff and he knows my history probably better than me. He’s great at what he does, so we’ll probably work that out. He goes deep and he does it right. That’s what I like about Joel. He has a lot of history that I probably have forgotten.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Altitudes & Attitude (Megadeth, Anthrax) Premiere New Song “Part Of Me”

Altitudes & Attitude, the band featuring Megadeth‘s David Ellefson and Anthrax‘s Frank Bello, have shared a new song titled “Part Of Me.“ This track features Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.) and it will appear on the band’s new album “Get It Out,” which is set to be released on January 18.

Ellefson commented:

“The heavier stuff is usually the stuff that I bring in, which I think gives the album nice color… It was originally a guitar idea that I had, but then we had an eight-string bass in the studio, and I plugged it into a Kemper [amp], and I started writing a lot of bits and parts for ‘Part Of Me’… Frank helped me finish up the lyric idea… and it became that song.”

Bello added:

“David came up with a great musical piece for ‘Part Of Me’… The lyrics [are about] being in a place where you want to express yourself, whatever that may be in your life. If you always wanted to do something, don’t be held down by anything … I certainly have an inner anger, a part of me that I don’t want to let out, but if you keep pushing me, it’s going to come out … I think everybody’s got that in them, but they try to keep it in, until they’re pushed to the point where they can’t help but get it out.”

Altitudes & Attitude (Megadeth, Anthrax) Premiere “Late” Music Video

Altitudes & Attitude, the band featuring Megadeth‘s David Ellefson and Anthrax‘s Frank Bello, have premiered a new video for their new song “Late.“ This track features a guest solo from Ace Frehley (ex-KISS) and it will appear on the band’s new album “Get It Out,” which is set to be released on January 18.

Frank Bello On Next Anthrax Album: “It’s Gonna Be Intense”

During an interview with The Metal Voice, Frank Bello talked a bit about Anthrax’s new album plans. According to him, the effort is “gonna be intense.”

Bello said the following:

“Everybody has their own collection of stuff. And Scott [Ian, guitar], Charlie [Benante, drums] and I will get together in two and a half weeks and we will start putting songs together. At NAMM [show] week [in late January], that’s what I’ll be doing. I fly in [to Los Angeles] on that Tuesday. Believe me, it’s a big schedule there, because I go back and forth to NAMM also, so it’s pretty crazy. But during the day, I’ll be writing with ANTHRAX, and at nighttime, it’s ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE [Bello’s project with MEGADETH’s David Ellefson] stuff.”

He also added:

“ANTHRAX is in a really good place. And I call this good for a record, because it’s an angry place. You just feel it. And I’m very excited to see what we come up with, ’cause I don’t know yet. We’re just gonna bounce off of each other. I know what I have, and I’m sure everybody’s gonna bring it. But I know it’s an angry sense, which I like. It’s gonna be intense, I’ll put it that way.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Altitudes & Attitude (Megadeth, Anthrax) Announce Album Release Events

Altitudes & Attitude, the band featuring Megadeth‘s David Ellefson and Anthrax‘s Frank Bello, have scheduled some shows, Q&A sessions, etc. around the release of their new album “Get It Out” (out January 18). Here’s the dates:

01/17 New York, NY – The Cutting Room (Guitar World Backstory conversation/Q&A)
01/18 Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade (in store appearance)
01/19 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus (album release show)
01/22 Los Angeles, CA – The Musicians Institute (Loudwire conversation/Q&A)
01/25 Los Angeles, CA – NAMM
01/26-31 – ShipRocked Cruise