SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner will fill in for Charlie Benante at the following ANTHRAX shows:
Feb. 11 – Cordoba, Argentina – Cosquin Rock
Feb. 13 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Malvinas
Benante and ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello (who is Charlie‘s nephew) missed several shows on ANTHRAX‘s recent North American tour 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.
Jason Bittner joined ANTHRAX on stage on November 8, 2011 at Northern Lights in Clifton Park, New York to perform the ANTHRAX classic “Madhouse”. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below.
Bittner previously filled in on drums for ANTHRAX for two shows in January 2006 after Charlie Benante was forced to leave the tour early to attend to his wife Sandra, who gave birth to the couple’s first child, Mia Charley Benante.
According to Bittner, ANTHRAX initially approached SLIPKNOT‘s Joey Jordison to fill in for Benante at the January 2006 shows before Bittner finally agreed to step in and do the dates himself.
Commented Bittner: “Charlie called me first [to see if I woud be available to do the shows], but my phone was off (I was sleeping) so they called Joey because they couldn’t get through to me. But then Scott [Ian, ANTHRAX guitarist] got ahold of me later that morning.”