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Present: Joey Belladonna (vocals), Jonathan Donais (guitar), Scott Ian (guitar), Frank Bello (bass), and Charlie Benante (drums)

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Charlie BenanteNot just about comics anymore - an interview with Charlie Benante of Anthrax

Despite the fact that the thrash metal group Anthrax has been putting out great music and kicking ass for thirty-five years now, there's another pretty cool fun-fact about some of the band's members - - - and that's their passion for things like comics and horror, things that a great many fans of their music are also interested in. With Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian having made appearances on AMC's The Walking Dead made up as a zombie, drummer Charlie Benante is also a huge fan of horror films and the like as well, and has even been a regular attendee and supporter of conventions like ComicCon and Days of the Dead for years now.

But 2016 is a pretty cool time to be an Anthrax fan - not only has the band already done massive touring around the globe and continue to do so this autumn, but they've got a sizzling new album available too titled For All Kings which was released this past February. But this year will also mark Charlie Benante's first appearance as an official guest at the Days of the Dead convention in Chicago this coming November as well.

Just days before heading back out on the road for a tour that will deviate between dominating the Special Guest slot on tour with Slayer as well as destroying in the headlining role on nights 'off,' we got to talk to Benante about his plans for the Days of the Dead and why he enjoys the convention environment so much.

Scheduled for November 18, 19, and 20, we asked Benante if he would be appearing at the Days of the Dead for all three days?

"I think I'll be there all three days for at least a portion of those days," replied Benante, "I go anyway, I've been going to it for all these years as a spectator. And I've been good friends with one of the guys who puts it on forever so we'd always joke about it, 'You should do it one year...' he'd say. And then this year my friend David Ellefson from Megadeth is going to do it so I said it'll be a good time, I'll do it."

Read the full article from Charlie Benante here.

Anthrax to play Concord Music Hall (Chicago) on September 21 with Death Angel and Devil Land

Interivew by Melanie Falina ©2016 September.

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Anthrax: Loving their day-jobs &mdash an interview with Frank Bello

It's become somewhat of a trend to celebrate birthdays now on more than just the day itself. Some people celebrate for the entire week of their birthday, and others for the whole month. But there's no one more deserving than thrash-legends Anthrax to celebrate their band's birthday  if you will  or rather their anniversary, by doing so all year long - - - especially when it's their 35th.

2016 began for Anthrax with a tour with Lamb of God, and then in February they released their newest and eleventh studio album, For All Kings. Entering the charts at #9 on the Billboard 200, For All Kings sold more than 34,000 copies in it's first week in the U.S. alone. Since then, the album's popularity rippled out worldwide like an earthquake's aftershocks, and continues to dominate the metal world seven months later still making multiple publication's 'best of' lists for the year's releases. Adding to a heady list of milestones spanning three and a half decades including having sold more 10-million albums worldwide, having helped break down racial and musical barriers with their collaboration with Public Enemy, and even nailing the accomplishment of being the first metal band to have their music played on the planet Mars (yes, you read that correctly  Mars.) Anthrax has already circled the globe in 2016 touring Central and South America with Iron Maiden as well as hitting all the biggest European festivals this summer. And now the mayhem lives on with a North American tour with Slayer and Death Angel while concurrently performing headlining shows on select dates  and one of those special headlining shows is going to be right here in the Windy City.

Taking place at the Concord Music Hall on Wednesday, September 21, Anthrax will decimate the stage with Death Angel in the Special Guest slot and with openers Devil Land.

We spoke with the ever-upbeat Anthrax bassist Frank Bello about the new album and on-going touring in part celebrating the band's 35th anniversary...

"It's nothing short of humbling and great, and I'll be really honest it's a lot of work - and nobody's complaining about our day-jobs, believe me," explained Bello in earnest, "Because look, at the end of the day all you want to do is work hard and connect with people with song-writing, and really, that's it. And then when you finally put out that record that we talked about back in January, all you want to do is make as many people hear it so they can connect with you and you can connect with them."

Read the full article from Frank Bello here.

Anthrax to play Concord Music Hall (Chicago) on September 21 with Death Angel and Devil Land

Interivew by Melanie Falina ©2016 September.

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