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Interview:
Anthrax at Michign Lottery Amphitheatre, 5 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Anthrax ranks as one of the Big Four of heavy metal’s thrash division, along with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth. So it’s 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 it’s hardly the only thing Anthrax has going on; The group has also released a live video, “Kings Among Scotland,” from a show in Glasgow last year promoting the 2017 “For All Kings” 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...

• Co-founder and guitarist Scott Ian says the weight of Slayer’s farewell has not quite sunk in to the other bands on the tour yet. “It’s just another tour, out with our friends,” Ian, 54, says by phone. “I don’t really think it’s going to mean anything to me, personally, until they’re actually not playing shows anymore. Right now we’re in the thick of it. There certainly isn’t any feeling of farewell or retirement, and there certainly isn’t melancholy in the air. There’s no melancholy on a Slayer tour -- ever.”

• Ian is taking Slayer at its word that the group plans to cease in the near future. “I’m taking it at face value. They say they’re done after this. I believe them if they say it, because they say so.”

• Ian says Anthrax was anxious to document its last tour because the group was also celebrating the 30th anniversary of its “Among The Living” album by playing it in its entirety on the dates. “We’d 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 we’d 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.”

• Ian isn’t sure if Anthrax will give the same treatment to any of its other albums, however. “I would love to do ‘For All Kings’,” he says. “It sure would be fun to play that whole record at some point before this touring cycle ends. That’s the only one that comes to mind. It’s ‘State Of Euphoria’s’ 30th anniversary this year, so obviously we’re not doing that. ‘Persistence Of Time’s’ 30th would be coming up in 2020, so that could be a possibility. We’ll have to see.”

• As for Anthrax’s next album, Ian says that “there’s really nothing yet. There are ideas kicking around. Charlie (Benante) had some really killer riffs around, but we haven’t actually gotten in a room as a band yet and started to work on anything or arrange anything. We weren’t 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 they’re offering us. We’re doing Europe with them in November-December. I’m sure they’re gonna play all around the world at least one more time, but we haven’t been offered anything past (Europe) yet. Certainly if we got a call we’d probably be into doing more.”



If You Go

• Slayer, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament

• 5 p.m. Sunday, May 27.

• Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights.

• Tickets are $49.50-$79.50 pavilion, $29.50 lawn.

• Call 313-471-7000 or visit 313Presents.com.

Web Site: www.313Presents.com

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