A few days ago I mentioned how a lot of tours were being announced and that means not only the first go rounds but also the second leg returns of some bands. Since there are too many to avoid sharing with you readers here I am going to keep my intro words brief but still close out the releases as I deem fit. This news was pretty cool as both Anthrax and Killswitch Engage are heading out on a co-headlining run that they are calling “KILLTHRAX” – I love that branding, as it sounds like a Kaiju. Here we go.
ANTHRAX, L-R: Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Joey Belladonna, Jon Donais
Photo Credit: Ignacio Galvez
LOS ANGELES, CA (Wednesday, December 14, 2016) — Thrash legends Anthrax and Metalcore forefathers Killswitch Engage announce today that they will hit the road this Spring to co-headline a 27-date North American tour, presented by SiriusXM. The bands’ itinerary will also include an April 15 appearance at the Texas Independence Festival in Austin as well as each band headlining two solo shows separate from the double bill. With KSE and Anthrax rotating the closing slot over the course of the dates, the tour will hit the ground on March 29 in Montclair, NJ and then criss-cross the continent, wrapping up in Boston on May 7. The intense and dynamic The Devil Wears Prada will provide direct support on all dates. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, 12/16 at 10AM local time. Log on to www.anthrax.com – http://www.killswitchengage.com or www.tdwpband.com for all details regarding ticket purchasing and pre-sales.
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.
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. Continue reading Anthrax Announces One-Night Only Special Appearance at St. Vitus Bar→
It’s raining and gloomy here in NYC today and that is making me spend far too much time surfing around the web and “ugh” on Facebook but fortunately my email has been hefty with awesome news to share with the readership to get me away from the drivel over there. With that being said, once such note announced an early 2016 tour with a headlining Lamb Of God who will be bringing along Anthrax as direct support and both Deafheaven and Kylesa as the lead off bands. I’ve embedded the tour poster and the official press copy for your indulgence and then I’ll return with my two cents.
The Press Release: “World-renowned American heavy rock band LAMB OF GOD are pleased to announce their upcoming January/February 2016 U.S. headline tour featuring direct support from very special guests and thrash metal legends Anthrax, with additional support from two more bands to be announced soon. The tour will begin on Friday, January 15th in Pittsburgh, PA and visit several major U.S. markets before coming to a close in Los Angeles, CA on February 12th. Please see below for all confirmed tour dates. General on-sale for tickets begins this Friday, November 13th at 10:00am local time. American Express Card Members can also purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, November 10th at 2:00 P.M. local time through Thursday, November 12th at 10:00 P.M. local time, in select markets. LAMB OF GOD is touring in support of their new studio album VII: Sturm Und Drang, which launched via Epic Records and debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 charts this past summer. VII: Sturm Und Drang is available for purchase now at physical retailers everywhere, or digitally via Lamb-of-God.com, iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play” (I’ve embedded a code to Amazon.com below this narrative for your ease of use). End of Transmission. Continue reading Lamb Of God & Anthrax Shall Deliver Us To Metal In Early 2016→
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. Continue reading Motorhead @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater (9/16/2015)→