When ANTHRAX was given the choice of playing this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival main stage or the festival’s Jägermeister Stage, the band opted to headline the latter, and to do something special for the crowd.
Explained ANTHRAX‘s Charlie Benante, “We decided to pattern the Mayhem set on the kind of shows the RAMONES used to do: a high-energy, non-stop barrage of hit, hit, hit, hit, hit. No lulls, no filler, totally in your face. We’re going to be playing a supersonic-paced set loaded with the best of our best.”
“We really like the idea of not ‘playing to seats,'” added Scott Ian, “and we want our crowd to have the freedom to move around, to go crazy with us. Plus, we’ve been on the road together now for about two years, so we’re tighter as a band than we’ve ever been. Our Mayhem set will be a fun, fast and furious 45-minutes, so they’d better have the EMTs on hand.”
Since vocalist Joey Belladonna rejoined the ANTHRAX lineup two years ago, ANTHRAX has made one of the most impressive comebacks in rock ‘n’ roll. As one of the “Big Four,” the original architects of speed and thrash-metal, ANTHRAX joined METALLICA, SLAYER and MEGADETH during the summer of 2010 on a series of “Big Four” shows in ten European cities, followed by a “Big Four” show outside of Los Angeles at the Coachella site (April 2011), and the big “homecoming” event for the New York-born-and-bred band members at Yankee Stadium last September.
The band released “Worship Music” on September 13, 2011, its first new album in eight years and the first with Belladonna on vocals in twenty years. “Worship Music” debuted at No. 12 on The Billboard 200 chart, received stellar reviews that included being named one of the best albums of the year in countless media outlets.