Published May 11, 2010Hear that? That's the sound of every metalhead around the world not giving a shit that Anthrax has another lead singer, and it's one of their old singers, again. Yup, Joey Belladonna, who fronted the band during their thrash metal heyday from '85 to '92, and also was in the band from '05 to '07, is back in the band again, replacing John Bush, who replaced Dan Nelson, who replaced Belladonna, who replaced Bush, who replaced Belladonna (we're not joking here), who replaced, uh, Neil Turbin, who is probably very glad he has nothing to do with any of this.
The Belladonna-fronted Anthrax will be touring with fellow metal lifers Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth for the much-ballyhooed Big Four tour dates as part of the European Sonisphere Festivals in June and July. In August, they'll be doing some of their own dates overseas. Check a list of the dates at the band's website.
Anthrax will also be writing and rehearsing for a new album, which is expected in early 2011, according to a press release. Considering the strange fact that a full album of tunes with Dan Nelson singing on it, Worship Music, lays shelved somewhere and the band haven't released a studio disc since 2003's We've Come for You All, no one's holding their breath. But, for what it's worth, it sounds like the band will be re-recording some of that Dan Nelson-era material with Belladonna.
"There are five or six songs from a year ago that we don't want to change," drummer Charlie Benante said of the release. "We love them the way they are, other than having Joey making them his own with his vocals. Then there are another five or six that we may want to rework, and then there are a bunch of other tunes that are still in the early stages that we want to finish."
We've said it before: Anthrax were, and could still be, a vital band. But this is just getting too confusing and exhausting. Let us know when an album's released and a line-up's solidified, guys.