On July 27, Zach Shaw of Metal Insider conducted an interview with ANTHRAX guitarist Rob Caggiano at the Camden, New Jersey stop of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Metal Insider: I know that you guys have been recording an EP of covers.
Caggiano: No, it’s not an EP. Basically, we have a bunch of different cover tunes that are all at different states of completion at this point. We did a BLACK SABBATH song, “Neon Knights”, for the [Ronnie James] Dio tribute album. That’s completely done and that’s coming out soon. The other tunes, actually Scott [Ian, guitar] and I were just talking about doing some recording on the bus before this tour is over.
Metal Insider: So it’s not even completed?
Caggiano: Well, the Dio song is, but the other songs aren’t. Joey [Belladonna, vocals] still hasn’t sang them, I have to do the leads and stuff, Scott has to play some guitar. We’re going to finish them some point very soon, but I think there’s going to be a re-release of the album [“Worship Music”], some bonus tracks. They’re going to be used for different things. But the whole EP rumor, I’m not really sure where that came from. [laughs]
Metal Insider: How did you guys come about choosing the songs to cover? Did have a say in what you guys recorded?
Caggiano: Yeah, it’s really just about having fun with the cover tunes. Basically, it’s tunes that we all love and connect with and stuff that inspired us over the years, and that’s pretty much the basis for it when we pick the tunes.
Metal Insider: Is there one song that you kind of wish the band covered but that maybe got outvoted on?
Caggiano: There’s a tune that we recorded that’s actually pretty much done, but it’s not going to get finished because I don’t think Joey [Belladonna, vocals] wants to sing it. [laughs]
Metal Insider: Which one was that?
Caggiano: It’s AC/DC, “Whole Lotta Rosie”. It’s one of my favorite tunes.
Metal Insider: Really? That would have been a lot of fun to hear!
Caggiano: Well, we ended up doing a lot of different ones. We ended up doing “TNT” as well. So, he did the vocals on that and came out awesome.
Read the entire interview from Metal Insider.