ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante will appear at Vic’s Drum Shop‘s Paiste Day in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, November 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Says Vic’s Drum Shop: “Stop by and say hello to Charlie while browsing our massive Paiste selection. Representatives from Paiste will also be on hand to answer questions and discuss cymbals. All in-stock Paiste cymbals will be discounted below our everyday low prices.”
ANTHRAX has tapped former TESTAMENT/SLAYER and current ANIMETAL USA drummer Jon Dette to sit behind the kit for the veteran thrash metal band’s European tour as the support act for MOTÖRHEAD, which kicked off on November 5 in Wolverhampton, England. Dette is “kicking ass” as a temporary replacement for longtime Benante, who “is home taking care of personal stuff,” according to ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian.
Benante and his wife were arrested on July 27 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Elkhart, Indiana for domestic battery in front of a child. The drummer later issued a statement through his attorney claiming that he “was assaulted several times during an altercation that sent him to the emergency room with a gash at the back of his head that required several staples to close.”
Charlie and ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello (who is Benante‘s nephew) missed several shows on ANTHRAX‘s North American tour in February in order to spend time with Charlie‘s mother, who was terminally ill. On February 4, Benante informed fans via his official web site that his mother passed away.
More recently, Benante was forced to miss a number of shows on this past summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival while he was recovering from a minor hand injury. Filling in for him was SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner.