Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian got to fulfill one of his life-long dreams last week when he played the part of a zombie in a webisode of AMC’s the Walking Dead. Check out the Revolver article here to read more about it.
Anthrax is getting the band back together. Joey Belladonna is back in the fold after more than twenty years, and the new album WORSHIP MUSIC is out next month. Participating indie record stores have a way for you to get started on the new Anthrax right now, though, with a special glow-in-the-dark Anthrax rosary on sale starting this week….(read more)
A couple of weeks back, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Charlie Benante stopped by Noisecreep’s West Coast headquarters for an on-camera chat about their new album. In this exclusive clip, the guys tell us about ‘Judas Priest,’ a song featured on ‘Worship Music.’
Watch the intereview HERE.
Puddle of Mudd is on the Road on the Rock of Allegiance Tour. Other bands on the bill include Papa Roach, P.O.D., Red, Crossfade & Drive A
Check the show out at the following dates and cities:
Aug 24 Grand prairie, TX
Aug 26 Oklahoma City, OK
Aug 27 miami, OK
Aug 28 Spring, TX
Aug 30 St Charles, MO
Sep 1 Rockford, Il
Sep 2 Mt pleasant, mi
Sep 4 orange beach, al
Sep 5 tampa, fl
Sep 7 boca raton, fl
Sep 9 winston salem, nc
Sep 10 portsmouth, va
Sep 11 Charleston, sc
Sep 13 Mineral wells, wv
Sep 14 Columbus, OH
Sep 16 Rochester, NY
Sep 17 Eastlake, oh
Sep 18 Whites Creek, tn
Sep 20 Grand Island, NE
Sep 21 Colorado Springs, CO
Sep 24 Irvine, ca
Sep 25 Sacramento, ca
For the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind, SPIN has curated a tribute album of unique and varying covers. Legendary rock trio Meat Puppets were invited to contribute an interpretation and chose to tackle the iconic “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
Listen to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and the rest of the album on SPIN’s Facebok page.
Steve Kandell, SPIN’s editor-in-chief, tells NPR
“The most intriguing angle was getting bands like the Meat Puppets and the Vaselines, who were famously covered by Nirvana, to finally repay the favor, and with “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Lithium,” respectively, Nevermind’s two best-known songs, at that.”
The Meat Puppets continue to tour, including dates with Soundgarden and
Queens of the Stone Age supporting their 13th LP, Lollipop, out now on Megaforce Records.
HANK3 CHARTS NEW TERRITORYWITH NEW ALBUMS DUE OUT SEPTEMBER 6, 2011
-Speed Metal with Cattle Callin
The legendary Johnny Winter will release his new studio album entitled Roots on September 27, 2011 via Megaforce Records. This album returns Johnny to his roots by paying homage to the iconic blues heroes whose pioneering music influenced Winter’s own signature sound and style. Roots is the follow up to his Grammy-nominated I’m a Blues Man.
A host of special guests join Winter trading licks in honoring his idols, including Sonny Landreth, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes, John Popper, Jimmy Vivino, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, John Medeski and Johnny’s brother Edgar Winter.
Among the 11 tracks that together represent a veritable history of the Blues, are songs by the genre’s elder statesmen including a version of Robert Johnson’s 1936 recording “Dust My Broom.” Winter pays respect to the greats who came to prominence in the late 1940s and ‘50s including Elmore James “Done Somebody Wrong,” Bobby “Blue” Bland’s “Further On Up
The Road” and Chuck Berry’s first hit single, “Maybellene.” Also featured is “Come Back Baby,” written by Walter Davis and made popular by Ray Charles, Jimmy Reed’s 1961 hit, “Bright Lights, Big City,” and Muddy Waters’ version of “Got My Mojo Working.” Brother Edgar guests on
“Honky Tonk,” the one instrumental featured on Roots. Rounding out the collection are Little Walter’s “Last Night,” Larry Williams’ “Short Fat Fannie” and T-Bone Walker’s “T-Bone Shuffle.” This special project was directed by famed guitarist Paul Nelson who’s role is as both producer and performer on this recording.
Track listing and special guests joining Mr. Winter on Roots:
1) T-Bone Shuffle (featuring Sonny Landreth slide guitar)
2) Further On Up The Road (featuring Jimmy Vivino guitar)
3) Done Somebody Wrong (featuring Warren Haynes slide guitar)
4) Got My Mojo Workin’
5) Last Night (featuring John Popper on harp)
6) Maybellene (featuring Vince Gill on guitar)
7) Bright Lights, Big City (featuring Susan Tedeschi on lead guitar/
8) Honky Tonk (featuring Edgar Winter on sax)
9) Dust My Broom (featuring Derek Truckson slide guitar)
10) Short Fat Fannie (featuring Paul Nelson on guitar)
11) Come Back Baby (featuring John Medeski on organ)
About Johnny: Johnny Winter has been a guitar hero without equal. When you talk about Johnny Winter, you are talking about a person who walked ith the originators of the artform. A man who played Woodstock, jammed ith everyone from Muddy Waters to Jimi Hendrix to Willie Dixon to lbert Collins to John Lee Hooker to Janis Joplin to Steve Ray Vaughan – the list is full of endless icons.
Signing to Columbia Records called largest solo artist deal of its time, Johnny immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues a prime combination for the legions of fans just
discovering the blues via the likes of Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. Constantly shifting between simple country blues in the vein of Robert Johnson, to all-out electric slide guitar blues-rock – Johnny has always been one of the most respected singers and guitar players in rock and the clear link between British blues-rock and American Southern rock.
Johnny Winter has been the unofficial torch-bearer for the blues, championing and aiding the careers of his idols like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. Johnny had a special relationship with Muddy Waters and is often credited with revitalizing the legendary guitarist, where
Winter produced and played on Waters’ Grammy-winning comeback album Hard Again, Grammy-winning I’m Ready (1978), Grammy-winning Muddy Mississippi Waters Live (1979) and also King Bee (1980). Johnny was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1988.
Today Johnny Winter is enjoying an unparalleled resurgence performing to sold out shows worldwide even after a long life full of honors and accomplishments such as a triumphant appearance at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival with Derek Trucks, Buddy Guy and Clapton that has been immortalized on the Emmy award-winning DVD. In a ceremony with Slash presenting in Nashville, Gibson Guitars released the signature Johnny Winter Firebird guitar that has been his beloved trademark for years. A Live through the 70s DVD is a hit along with his Live Bootleg Series CDs that have all entered the Top 10 Billboard Blues charts. Two unique instructional DVDs have been produced by Cherry Lane/Hal Leonard to the gratitude of players around the world. Always one for special appearances he recently performed with the Allman Brothers at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan on the 40th anniversary of their debut.
In addition Winter has been headlining such prestigious events as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Swedish Rock Fest, Warren Haynes X-mas jam and Europe’s Rockpalast viewed bymillions just to name a few. Warner Bros. has now released a 40th anniversary DVD of Woodstock: 3 Days of Love and Peace the Director’s cut featuring, for the first time, Johnny playing his smoking classic “Meantown Blues.”
Winter continues to tour nationally and internationally with highly acclaimed band, performing more than 120 shows a year. His health has never been better as Winter has kicked all the demons that have been a part of his life since the ‘60s. A totally clean Winter recently toured
Japan in April 2011 for his first shows ever in that country.
Johnny Winter is the international ambassador for rocking Texas blues and still going strong!….
It’s true. The Anthrax camp wants to share a new track, “Fight’Em ‘Till You Can’t” from the upcoming release, Worship Music. The new album is set to be in stores everywhere September 13th. Don’t forget to check out the band at the Big Four show. In the meantime, enjoy the new track by visiting:
ANTHRAX – WITH VOCALIST JOEY BELLADONNA BACK
WHERE HE BELONGS – ANNOUNCES “WORSHIP MUSIC”
Album Will Street September 13 in Conjunction with
THE BIG FOUR 9/14 Yankee Stadium Performance
“When Charlie and I started working on this record in 2007, for all intents and
purposes, there was no Anthrax. The band was fractured at that point and for the
first time in the band’s history, we didn’t know what was going to happen next. There
was no light at the end of the tunnel, there was no future. So, what did we do? We did
what we always do. We made music.” — Scott Ian, Anthrax
LOS ANGELES, CA – TUESDAY, June 7, 2011 – Worship Music, the long-awaited new
studio album from Anthrax, one of the four original architects of speed and thrash-
metal, has been confirmed for a September 13 release date on Megaforce Records,
it is announced today. Appropriately, Worship Music will street the day before the
band’s triumphant return to their native New York to play at Yankee Stadium as
part of The Big Four concert extravaganza.
Not only is Worship Music Anthrax’s first studio release in eight years, but the album
marks the return of vocalist Joey Belladonna, whose last studio work with the band
was 1990’s Persistence of Time. Belladonna is now firmly back in the Anthrax
line up with drummer Charlie Benante, guitarists Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano, and
bassist Frank Bello.
“Getting Joey back in as our full-time, permanent singer solidified us as a unit like
we hadn’t been in years,” said Ian. “All of us were on the same page creatively,
working together, writing together, and becoming a band again.”
“I get goosebumps listening to the new music,” Benante admitted. “Scott and Rob’s
guitars are absolutely on fire, Frankie kicks butt on bass, and hearing Joey sing, well,
the band sounds like Anthrax – Joey’s back and it’s great.”
Added Ian, “This record is filled with not just four years of our lives, but with our
lifetime in the band. It encompasses it all, and when I listen to the record, I can hear
all the energy and love and hate and pain and laughter that went into this.”
The 11-track Worship Music was produced by Anthrax, Rob Caggiano and Jay Ruston
and recorded over a four-year period at studios in New York, Los Angeles and
Chicago. Belladonna’s return to the band prompted some of the songs originally
recorded to be re-crafted with fresh lyrics or tweaked to better suit his overall vibe
and energy. Some of the songs were completely replaced with brand-new songs
and, of course, all have Belladonna’s inimitable vocal stamp on them.
“We had the unusual luxury of hindsight with this album,” Ian explained. “We were
able to live with the songs we originally recorded, look back on them and see what
we really loved about them and what we could make better.”
“I’m very happy with the record, it sounds like Anthrax,” said Belladonna. “There
are some interesting twists and turns on it, and plenty of tunes for fans to get their
fingers on. I felt very comfortable working with Jay Ruston, and I think everyone
brought to the table what they needed to. Now it’s time for the fans to listen and get
what they’ve been waiting for. I’ll tell you, I’m really excited.”
Worship Music is loaded with stand-out tracks. While “Judas Priest” is a nod to
the huge influence that band has had on the members of Anthrax and metal heads
everywhere. “I’m Alive” is beautiful and grand with a build that demands audience
participation. “Crawl” is dark and moody, and filled with a lot of the emotion and
stress the band was feeling when it was written. “Fight ‘em ‘til You Can’t” is a song
about killing zombies, and who doesn’t love a good zombie song? It’s the one new
track that Anthrax has played live since they started touring with Belladonna a year
ago, and has been getting tremendous audience response. The song “Earth on Hell”
is classic Anthrax thrash. “The Devil You Know” is best-described as “an AC/DC
groove filtered through an Anthrax lens,” while “In The End” is epic-sounding and
Anthrax’s way of remembering the late Ronnie James Dio and Darryl “Dimebag”
“’In The End’ does have a melancholy feel,” confessed Benante, “and when we play it
live, Ronnie and Dimebag will be right there with us on stage.”
And just where did the title Worship Music come from? “One night, many years ago,
I fell asleep with the TV on,” explained Benante. About four or five in the morning, I
woke up, picked up the remote and pulled up the digital program guide. There was
a show on called ‘Worship Music,’ and I thought ‘what a great title for an album.’
Most heavy metal fans worship their favorite bands, metal heads are so loyal to
metal, going to a concert is like going to a house of worship. ‘Worship Music’ said it
When Anthrax first started Worship Music, they had no idea if the music would ever
see the light of day, but they carried on because making music is what they do, it’s
in their blood. According to Ian, “It took everything in us as people to make this
record and it shows. We went back to square one and did it for the same reason we
did it back then, because we worshipped music and we still do. Music is something
Anthrax will support Worship Music with a massive world tour. Dates will be
announced shortly. Check out Anthrax’s social pages to stay totally up to date with
Official website: http://anthrax.com/NFWS/
With worldwide sales in excess of 10-million, 2011 sees Anthrax celebrating its 30th
year as a band. Over those three decades, Anthrax has received multiple Gold and
Platinum albums, multiple Grammy nominations, and a host of other accolades from
the media, industry and fans.