ANTHRAX Without CHARLIE BENANTE, FRANK BELLO

Fan-filmed video footage of ANTHRAX‘s February 2 concert at The Taberncale in Atlanta, Georgia can be seen below. The performance was notable because the band’s lineup for the show included stand-in musicians Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING) and Gene Hoglan (TESTAMENT, FEAR FACTORY, DETHKLOK) filling in for bassist Frank Bello and drummer Charlie Benante, respectively.

As previously reported, Benante and Bello (who is Charlie‘s nephew) missed several shows on ANTHRAX‘s current North American tour in order to spend time with Charlie‘s mother, who was terminally ill. Today, Benante informed fans via his official web site that his mother passed away.

“We didn’t want to cancel any of the concerts, [as] we didn’t want to let anyone down,” ANTHRAX guitarist Rob Caggiano previously said. “So we decided to figure out a way to keep the show on the road.

ANTHRAX last month kicked off the second leg of its U.S. tour with TESTAMENT and DEATH ANGEL.

Vera temporarily replaced Bello in ANTHRAX from April 2004 to March 2005 before Frank returned to the group as part of the reunion of ANTHRAX‘s classic lineup, also featuring singer Joey Belladonna and guitarist Dan Spitz. Vera also filled in for Bello during ANTHRAX‘s appearance at the Heavy MTL festival in June 2008 when Bello wasn’t able to make the gig due a “family obligation.”

 

 

 

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