Anthrax Announce Guitarist Rob Caggiano's Departure

Anthrax Announce Guitarist Rob Caggiano's Departure
New York thrash vets Anthrax recently announced they'll be performing their Among the Living LP in full every night on the upcoming "Metal Alliance Tour," but longtime guitarist Rob Caggiano won't be along for the ride. A statement from the act explains that the six-stringer is no longer in the band.

"Rob has been an integral part of Anthrax for so many years, as our lead guitarist, in a production capacity, but most of all, as our close friend," the band wrote of Caggiano, who first joined the fold in 2001. "His contributions to the band have been enormous. While we are sad that he is leaving, we wish him nothing but great success going forward, and hope to share the stage with him again sometime down the road."

Anthrax will continue with their tour plans, which start up again in March, and have announced that they're currently exploring their options in regards to finding a new lead guitarist. An announcement is expected shortly.

Caggiano appeared on 2003's We've Come for You All and 2004's The Greater of Two Evils, a set of re-recorded classics, before temporarily exiting the project. He returned in 2007 and recorded on 2011's Worship Music.

The "Metal Alliance Tour" will hit Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom on March 30, and will also feature performances from Exodus, High on Fire, Municipal Waste and Holy Grail. You can check out the dates here.