Anthrax was one of the pioneering groups of thrash metal in the 80s and has continued to bringing heavy metal to audiences around the world. Considered one of the "Big Four," Anthrax's signature sound and blistering tour dates have earned them a position as metal icons. While Anthrax has experienced an ever-changing lineup since its formation, its current setup harkens back to the "classic" lineup of Joey Belladonna on vocals, Scott Ian on rhythm guitar, Rob Caggiano on lead guitar, Frank Bello on bass, and Charlie Benante on drums. This Anthrax lineup will be performing concert dates in 2011 with the "Big Four" and one-off tour dates throughout Europe, Japan, and Canada.
Scott Ian and Danny Lilker formed Anthrax in 1981 and began their rise to fame with vocalist Neil Turban. Turban was replaced by Joey Belladonna in 1984 and Anthrax began to take off with the release of Spreading the Disease in 1985. The album afforded Anthrax a number of huge tour dates in the US and Europe, and was followed up by Among the Living in 1986. It was this album that launched Anthrax into the mainstream and began to develop their signature sound.
State of Euphoria experienced similar success in 1988 and was followed by hugely popular US tour dates with Living Colour. While 1990's Persistance of Time featured a more somber style, it became a huge hit and even received a Grammy nomination.
In 1992, Joey Belladonna was fired from the band and replaced by John Bush. Under Bush's tenure, Anthrax released the hugely popular albums Sound of White Noise (1993) and We've Come For You All (2003), while playing sold-out tour dates around the world. In 2005, Anthrax went on concert dates with the much beloved lineup of Ian Scott, Joey Belladonna, Charlie Benante, Dan Spitz, and Frank Bello. While the tour was successful and delighted fans, neither John Bush nor Joey Belladonna returned to the band after the tour dates were over. While fans enjoyed Dan Nelson's few tour dates with the band, Anthrax welcomed back Joey Belladonna in 2010, shortly before the first "Big Four" concert date at the Sonisphere festival.
Anthrax continues to play tour dates while fans eagerly anticipate the release of Worship Music on September 12 (even though production began in 2008) and 2011 concert dates this summer. Next up for Anthrax are tour dates in Europe beginning on July 2; some of which will include the other members of the "Big Four." Due to the expectation of Scott Ian's new child, he will be replaced by Andreas Kisser until July 16. Anthrax with Scott Ian will head to Canada for two concert dates on July 23 and make an appearance with the "Big Four" at Yankee Stadium on September 14. Beginning on December 12, Anthrax will play four tour dates in Japan, thus rounding out their concert dates for 2011. Anthrax might add more tour dates once Worship Music releases, so check Eventful for updates.
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