Big dreams came true for the members of thrash-metal band ANTHRAX in September 2011 when they returned to their hometown of New York and stepped on the stage at Yankee Stadium with the other three acts that are part of the so-called “Big Four” of 1980s thrash metal — METALLICA, SLAYER and MEGADETH. 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 the concert especially significant.
Specialized ANTHRAX Yankees jerseys have since been made for the occasion are currently hanging in the historic baseball stadium for all to see. Check out a photo below.
For ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante playing Yankee Stadium was extremely personal; his father, also named Charlie, was a huge baseball fan and onetime budding ballplayer, who died when Charlie Jr. was 5.
“I would give all this up just to have my father around,” Benante told ESPN.com, “but to have him be there and see me playing Yankee Stadium, I know for him it would probably be the greatest thing ever.”
Benante‘s father, who was scouted by the majors, would regale a four-year-old Charlie with all the stats and facts about the Yankees players while the two played catch in the backyard. “My dad was a huge Yankees fan,” Charlie recalled. “I remember he always had the TV or radio on, listening to every Yankees game he could. He died when I was five, so he never knew about my success as a musician, but I know he would have been so proud of me playing Yankee Stadium. I know that in some way, he’ll be there, giving me the power I’ll need to knock it out of the park.”