Big dreams will come true today for the members of thrash-metal band ANTHRAXas they return to their hometown of New York and step on the stage at Yankee Stadium. As the only one of the “Big Four” bands whose members are from New York, a number of the band have many childhood memories of attending Yankees games, making today’s concert especially significant.
If that’s not enough, the “Big Four” concert takes place the day following the release of “Worship Music”, ANTHRAX‘s first new album in eight years, already receiving some of the best reviews the band has ever had in its career.
And to make September 14, 2011 even more special, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. has given the band its very own day — today is “Anthrax Day” in the Bronx. President Diaz, Jr. made the official presentation at Yankee Stadium’s Hard Rock Cafe, which was taped to be played back today at Yankee Stadium for the 50,000-strong crowd, just before ANTHRAX takes the stage, proclaiming:
“For over 30 years, ANTHRAX continues to ‘Bring the Noise’ through the ‘Persistence of Time’ in the Bronx, New York City and across the world; and
“WHEREAS: ANTHRAX, a band with strong Bronx roots, is worshipped by their fans worldwide for giving them a ‘Fistful of Metal,’ both by touring and selling albums in the millions; and
“WHEREAS: Today, I welcome ANTHRAX back home, as they ‘Keep It in the Family’ ‘Among the Living’ of the Bronx, while bringing a ‘State of Euphoria’ through the ‘Sound of White Noise’ to tens of thousands of people in Yankee Stadium;
“NOW, THEREFORE, I Ruben Diaz Jr., President of the Borough of The Bronx, do hereby proclaim September 14, 2011
“ANTHRAX DAY IN THE BRONX
“And urge my fellow citizens to take appropriate recognition of the occasion and get ‘Caught in a Mosh.'”
“Ruben Diaz Jr.”
You can see the presentation clip below.
Pictured below (left to right): Joey Belladonna, Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Rob Caggiano, Frank Bello
Photo credit: John DeSio