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Anthrax at Michign Lottery Amphitheatre, 5 Things To Know
Anthrax ranks as one of the Big Four of heavy metalâs thrash division, along with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth. So itâs appropriate the New York-formed, California-based quintet is riding alongside as one of its mates calls it a day.
Anthrax is part of the package accompanying Slayer on what the group says is its farewell tour, which seems poised to roll into 2019. But itâs hardly the only thing Anthrax has going on; The group has also released a live video, âKings Among Scotland,â from a show in Glasgow last year promoting the 2017 âFor All Kingsâ album.
New music is on the horizon and in the earliest stages of development, but Anthrax never complains about an opportunity to thrash around on stage for a summer -- and probably beyond...
â˘ Co-founder and guitarist Scott Ian says the weight of Slayerâs farewell has not quite sunk in to the other bands on the tour yet. âItâs just another tour, out with our friends,â Ian, 54, says by phone. âI donât really think itâs going to mean anything to me, personally, until theyâre actually not playing shows anymore. Right now weâre in the thick of it. There certainly isnât any feeling of farewell or retirement, and there certainly isnât melancholy in the air. Thereâs no melancholy on a Slayer tour -- ever.â
â˘ Ian is taking Slayer at its word that the group plans to cease in the near future. âIâm taking it at face value. They say theyâre done after this. I believe them if they say it, because they say so.â
â˘ Ian says Anthrax was anxious to document its last tour because the group was also celebrating the 30th anniversary of its âAmong The Livingâ album by playing it in its entirety on the dates. âWeâd never done anything like that, so we thought it would be really cool to capture it. It worked out that Glasgow was the opening weekend of the (European) tour; We wanted to get it done on the earlier side of the tour so weâd not have to think about it for six weeks. Glasgow is always a great show for us, a great audience, and we knew it would give us enough time to make sure it could be done the best way possible.â
â˘ Ian isnât sure if Anthrax will give the same treatment to any of its other albums, however. âI would love to do âFor All Kingsâ,â he says. âIt sure would be fun to play that whole record at some point before this touring cycle ends. Thatâs the only one that comes to mind. Itâs âState Of Euphoriaâsâ 30th anniversary this year, so obviously weâre not doing that. âPersistence Of Timeâsâ 30th would be coming up in 2020, so that could be a possibility. Weâll have to see.â
â˘ As for Anthraxâs next album, Ian says that âthereâs really nothing yet. There are ideas kicking around. Charlie (Benante) had some really killer riffs around, but we havenât actually gotten in a room as a band yet and started to work on anything or arrange anything. We werenât supposed to be on tour this year; We were supposed to be writing and possibly getting in the studio, but when we got the call from Slayer late last year that kind of changed the plans for this year. And they have all these other tours theyâre offering us. Weâre doing Europe with them in November-December. Iâm sure theyâre gonna play all around the world at least one more time, but we havenât been offered anything past (Europe) yet. Certainly if we got a call weâd probably be into doing more.â
If You Go
â˘ Slayer, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament
â˘ 5 p.m. Sunday, May 27.
â˘ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights.
â˘ Tickets are $49.50-$79.50 pavilion, $29.50 lawn.
â˘ Call 313-471-7000 or visit 313Presents.com.
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