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Anthrax Announces One-Night Only Special Appearance at St. Vitus Bar

Just a short while ago the news started circulating about Anthrax doing a special one-night only appearance at the now famous Saint Vitus Bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Since such an appearance will likely sell out seconds after going onsale I wanted to zap out the news about it as fast as possible and highlight the reason that this is even happening for you with the poster, press release and some light additional thoughts. Check it out.

Poster - Anthrax at Saint Vitus Bar - 2016

The Press Release:
With October designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, New York born-and-bred thrash/metal icons Anthrax announce a very special concert to be held at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar on Friday, September 16 with special guests ‘Kyng’

“This has to be the most intimate show we’ve played since the early 80s which makes it so special,” said vocalist Joey Belladonna about the Saint Vitus Bar, known for putting on massive underplays in their small Brooklyn bar.

Tickets are priced at $50 and go on-sale at NOON this Friday, August 19 at http://ticketf.ly/2bH4lrm

All proceeds will go to benefit Gilda’s Club NYC, The mighty Kyng are playing in support. Everyone who purchases a show ticket will get a special, limited-edition t-shirt created just for cancer awareness. A limited number of Anthrax’s new album, For All Kings (Megaforce) will be pressed onto pink vinyl and released on September 27. Identified by a special sticker, the album will be available at all retail stores where vinyl is sold, through Amazon.com and all F.Y.E. stores. Fans will be able to get their hands on a copy of Anthrax’s For All Kings pink vinyl before release date as a small quantity – all signed by the band – will be on sale at the Saint Vitus show.
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Motorhead @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater (9/16/2015)

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Artist: Motorhead
Venue: Jones Beach Theater (Wantaugh, NY)
Opener: Anthrax and Crobot
Date: 9/16/2015
Label: Universal Music

When the announcement came that the mighty Motorhead would be doing a summer closing show at Jones Beach Theater I knew that I had to be there because it has been a super long time since I have seen the band in action. Another concern of mine was based on Lemmy showing some seriously scary health issues that have been halting events and keeping the band off the road every now and again for the last year or so. Personally speaking I did feel that Jones Beach Theater was a strange choice of venue for this show that paired “Team Lemmy” with Anthrax and would find support from Crobot because I had seen Slayer with King Diamond here not too long ago and the attendance was marginal if you could even say that. One would hope that with this being the only regional show for New York before the band was off to their Motorboat Cruise that the masses would assemble. When I arrived to the Jones Beach parking lot there were not a whole lot of cars yet and I just assumed that most were getting here for the beginning of Anthrax set. Here we go.

Crobot: Adding to my overall show excitement tonight was the fact that the band Crobot was opening up the shows on this tour. Now I’ve heard the name for a couple of years but for some reason or another I just have not yet managed to catch them in action. I was glad that this was going to end tonight so I could see what some other journalistic friends were all generating the buzz about. The band is a four piece and fronted by Brandon Yeagley who comes off as a modern day hippy rocker from the days of old. Sonically the band has a dirty groove to them and the vibe is like a Psychedelic Riff Rock band when it comes down to it. I had to say that they were really solid in sound and knew their stuff on the stage when it came to rocking out with each other. The bassist performed like a man possessed and you would have thought that he was performing inside a packed to the doors Madison Square Garden and when preacher man vocalist Brandon spoke to you the folks that were wise enough to arrive early were surely being entertained. I would definitely like to catch them again if the means allow and while I know they are a part of the upcoming “Food Truck and Rock Carnival” I am not yet sure I have cleared the necessary credentials to get you the closest and most accurate narrative. Now it was time for Anthrax and of course with that being the case more of the Metal faithful had gotten into place but still when I looked around it was not what I was anticipating.
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HAIL! @ B.B. King Blues Club (1/26/2010)

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Artist: HAIL!
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: Age Of Evil
Date: 1/262009
Label: Independent Artist

When it comes to cover bands you either love them or hate them and that makes perfect sense because for every good one there are about twenty five that are bad. In some cases the cover band chooses to focus on a particular band or theme and only do material related to the artist and hence become a tribute act. The good versus bad in the tribute act realm is exponentially higher and I have to say that for every good tribute that I have been able to see that I can count ten times that many that make a mockery of the material that they are supposed to be paying homage to. Despite this the Metal Tribute bands have certainly come a long way and over the years we have enjoyed those that present us with full sets of material featuring Rush, KISS, Van Halen, Judas Priest, Slayer and Black Sabbath – the list goes on and one and would take too long to outline in this narrative so we’ll leave it at that. The act of Metal tribute makes one wonder what would happen if legends in their own right banded together and formed a tribute act of their own and with that in mind, ladies and gentlemen I give you “HAIL!”. The powerful name just makes you want to push your fist up into the air or raise the horns for the glory of the Metal and how could you resist when facing a lineup like Tim “Ripper” Owens (vocals), Dave Ellefson (bass), Andreas Kisser (guitar) and Mike Portnoy (drums). Together the guys would honor the giants of the Metal scene and most important of all – have a blast doing it. The show this evening would be at B.B. King Blues Club and find some new blood getting us all into gear. We’ll talk about them first and then get down to covering the cover band.
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“Caught In A Mosh: BBC Live In Concert” by Anthrax

Artist: Anthrax
Title: “Caught In A Mosh: BBC Live In Concert
Label: Universal Music
Release Date: 11/10/2009
Genre: Thrash Metal
Rating: 3/5

Captured live during the band’s “Among The Living” tour back in 1987, this “Caught In A Mosh: BB Live In Concert” delivers two relatively solid set lists from New York’s Anthrax and gives you what is referred to as the “Classic Lineup” doing what they do best……thrashing you to the death. Since there are two separate shows represented on this release, I figured I would give a little overview to each of them.

Hammersmith Odeon: 2/15/1987 – With this early 1987 recording, Anthrax was celebrating a stratospheric level of success and this would soon get bigger and more promising when the new album “Among The Living” would get released. This sold out show comes from London’s Hammersmith Odeon which is also the scene of another legendary recording by Motorhead that I am sure you know about already so I shall continue along without any more on that album. The set list while very sound will surprise some of the fans that purchase this because while the band was indeed supporting “ATL”, the set list is primarily focused on the “Spreading The Disease” album that came out before it. This didn’t bother me as I have long felt that album was much stronger than the one that gave the band its larger push to fame. The energy is on the high side but the sound is a lot muddier than I would have liked it to be. Historically, the “Among The Living” album came out one month after this show was recorded so this might be why the emphasis was placed upon the other album. It makes sense that the band didn’t want to push so much new material on the crowd since there wasn’t anything for the fans to run out and buy after they had gone home. I really liked hearing “Armed And Dangerous” at this early a time in the band history as that was one of the songs that sold me on their sound and the same applies for “Panic”. The cover of “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” is also among the winning selections that the band delivered during this show.
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Hard Rock Cafe @ Yankee Stadium Grand Opening Celebration with Ace Frehley

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The answer to the question about whether the PiercingMetal.com Editor leans to either the Yankees or the Mets might be solved by the very existence of this article as it finds me being on point for an affair at the brand new Yankee Stadium as the new Hard Rock Café opened its doors with the help of Ace Frehley, Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Anton Fig and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels today. That’s not a bad show of New York musical support and when you add former Yankee Bernie Williams to the mix you have a really rousing opening. I’ve been to the Hard Rock Café a number of times at its other locations and even reviewed a couple of shows that had gone on there, so when the chance arose to see Ace and the Anthrax guys open up the new one I could hardly resist. Here is how the opening day experience went down for those who have interest in learning more.

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