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.
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.
The members of Anthrax have a very personal connection with cancer awareness. Bernadette “Tina” Benante, drummer Charlie Benante’s mother and bassist Frank Bello’s grandmother, passed away from cancer in 2012. “Cancer took away one of the most important people in my life,” said Bello. “I was at the hospital wheeling my grandmother to chemo and it was just brutal. Anything that we can do to not make people go through that hell is something we want to be involved with.”
The band members will tell you that Tina never missed an Anthrax show. When the band played New York, she was there. She loved baking cookies and she knew each band members’ personal favorites. When they played Yankee Stadium with The Big Four, she baked everyone’s favorites and brought them to the band’s dressing room.
“They don’t make them like that anymore,” Bello added. “She was and will always be a big part of Anthrax.” The day his mom passed, Charlie wrote, “My Mom was all about letting me follow my dream, she always pushed me in that direction. She was the one who would take me to buy my records, she was the one who would sit through a matinee of all five ‘Planet of the Apes’ movies. She was the one who got me to be who I am. I am going to celebrate her life every day.”
Gilda’s Club NYC was founded in 1995 in memory of Gilda Radner, the talented comedienne and original cast member of “Saturday Night Live” who passed away in 1989 from cancer. GCNYC’s mission is to support, educate and empower cancer patients and their families.
Said Anthrax’s Scott Ian about Gilda’s Club NYC, “No one should face cancer alone. The vital support they give to cancer patients and their families is truly a noble cause and we are honored to be able to help.”
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: About this special event I can only say awesome. What a great idea and thing to do and I only hope that more bands follow suit and perhaps launch into charity events with funds going to children’s cancer, homelessness or something to help out with our furry little friends. There is truly so much good that bands can do with the help of their fans by doing nights like this. I’m hoping to be able to secure a ticket for this one and if I manage to make it in the door with my camera I will surely document it right here on the website. What do you readers think about this special one-night only charity event? You can let me know in the comments section below and then when your finished how about tossing a few dollars at a charity that you believe in. Every little bit counts after all.