Anthrax (band)

This article deals with the American band called Anthrax. For the British band of the same name see: Anthrax (Anarcho-punk band)


Anthrax is a New York City-based heavy metal rock group, who released their first full-length album in 1984. Anthrax was one of the most popular bands from the thrash metal scene in the '80s, and possibly the biggest band to come out of the East Coast thrash scene. The "big-four" of thrash metal invariably includes Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax.

They have made several appearances on television shows such as Married with Children and NewsRadio and have appeared in movies such as Run Ronnie Ron (performing as the fictional band Titannica) and Calendar Girls.

History

Anthrax was formed by guitarist Scott Ian, drummer Charlie Benante, bassist Dan Lilker and vocalist Neil Turbin in the early '80s. After signing with Megaforce Records, they released their first full-length album, Fistful of Metal in 1984. It was an inauspicuous debut for a band that would soon rise to the forefront of the thrash metal scene. By 1985 when Anthrax released their first classic album, Spreading the Disease, their lineup had solidified into cohesive unit. The additions of vocalist Joey Belladonna, and bassist Frank Bello brought a much improved sound to band.

Almost immediately Anthrax morphed from a stereo-typical Judas Priest knock-off to the thrash metal style that would garner them so much fame. Mixing equal doses of punk and speed metal along with a generous dose of humor quickly shot them to the fore front of the burgeoning thrash movement. While the other major thrash bands, Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer, were deadly serious, Anthrax wrote songs about comic books and Stephen King novels. Because of this Anthrax appealed to a more general audience even if they were never quite as popular as their contemporaries.

Anthrax was always a band prone to experimentation, and in 1991 they collaborated with pioneering rap artists Public Enemy on a joint version of PE's Bring The Noise. While Run-DMC had worked with Aerosmith back in 1986, Bring The Noise is widely regarded as the very first Rap Rock hybrid as this was the first time a Rock band had fully incorporated Rap into a song. Bring The Noise was a hit and the band had a successful joint tour with Public Enemy. Within a few years bands such as Rage Against The Machine, Korn, Limp Bizkit and a host of others had picked up the Rap/Rock or Rap/Metal mantle and gone on to various degrees of success.

In 1992 Anthrax parted ways with vocalist Joey Belladonna and replaced him with ex-Armored Saint vocalist John Bush. The band jumped ship from Island Records to Electra Records and released Sound of White Noise on the label in 1993. Bush was a more "serious" sounding vocalist and Sound of White Noise was well received by most of the band's audience. Unfortunately the musical landscape of the early '90s was changing drastically; Alternative Rock was the rage, and metal was no longer being pushed by the music industry.

In 1995 the band released Stomp 442 an album which Electra refused to provide real promotion for, and it quickly disappeared without a trace. Obviously upset at what they felt was an attempt by the label to kill the album, Anthrax attempted to sever ties with Electra. During the hiatus long time guitarist Dan Spitz left the band, leaving Anthrax reeling.

Anthrax signed with a small independant label, and in 1998 managed to release Vol.-8 The Threat Is Real, a punishing album which had the potential to return Anthrax to the top of the metal heap. Unfortunately, almost immediately after Volume 8's release, the independant label they were signed to went bankrupt and disappeared, making the album extremely difficult to find. Regrouping the band signed with another label and released a greatest hits album although that label soon went out of business as well. During this time period a two vocalist tour featuring both Joey Belladonna and John Bush was proposed and set to go, until Belladonna decided to pull out at the last minute.

Despite these hardships and various legal entanglements regarding who had the rights to certain albums, Anthrax managed to soldier on. In 2002 new guitarist Rob Caggiano joined the band and the following year the band released We've Come For You All, an album hailed by the metal press as a long awaited return to form. In early 2004 the band returned to the studio to record Greater of Two Evils, a rerecording of the band's early work with the current lineup.

Several members have launched affiliated side-projects, such as Scott Ian's Stormtroopers of Death.

Scott Ian is currently engaged to Meat Loaf's daughter Pearl Aday.

Discography

  • 1984 Fistful of Metal
  • 1985 Armed and Dangerous (EP)
  • 1985 Spreading the Disease
  • 1986 Fistful of Anthrax (live)
  • 1987 Among The Living
  • 1987 I'm the Man (EP)
  • 1988 State of Euphoria
  • 1989 Penikufesin (EP, only released in Europe)
  • 1990 Persistence of Time
  • 1991 Attack of the Killer B's
  • 1993 Sound of White Noise
  • 1994 The Island Years (live)
  • 1995 Stomp 442
  • 1998 Vol.-8 The Threat Is Real
  • 1999 Return of the Killer A's (compilation)
  • 2001 Madhouse - The Very Best of Anthrax (compilation)
  • 2003 We've Come for You All
  • 2004 Music of Mass Destruction (CD/DVD set)
  • 2004 Greater of Two Evils

Band Members

Current members

  • Scott Ian, rhythm guitar
  • John Bush, lead vocals
  • Charlie Benante, drums, guitar
  • Rob Caggiano lead guitar

In March 2004, long-time bassist (and nephew of drummer Benante) Frank Bello left the band amid much speculation. The band has yet to release an official statement about Bello's departure and have recruited Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning) as a touring bassist.

Former members

  • Joey Belladonna, lead vocals
  • Frank Bello, bass
  • Paul Crook, lead guitar (touring guitarist only; never an "official" member of the band)
  • Greg D'Angelo, drums
  • Dan Lilker, bass
  • Dan Spitz, lead guitar
  • Neil Turbin, lead vocals

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During the terrorist-related anthrax outbreak in the United States in 2001, the band altered their Website to provide information about the disease because many people had come there simply by entering anthrax.com in their Web browsers. Amid what could have become a PR nightmare for the band, they issued a press release (http://www.anthrax.com/html/ANTHRAX_PressRelease.htm) on October 10, 2001 that jokingly mentioned that they were going to change the name of the band to "something more friendly, like 'Basket Full of Puppies.'"


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Amid what could have become a PR nightmare for the band, they issued a press release (http://www.anthrax.com/html/ANTHRAX_PressRelease.htm) on October 10, 2001 that jokingly mentioned that they were going to change the name of the band to "something more friendly, like 'Basket Full of Puppies.'". As of 2004 she is reported to working on an album of new material. During the terrorist-related anthrax outbreak in the United States in 2001, the band altered their Website to provide information about the disease because many people had come there simply by entering anthrax.com in their Web browsers. Arena completed her contract with Sony Music in early 2004, with a "Greatest Hits" album to be released marking the end of her association with them. The band has yet to release an official statement about Bello's departure and have recruited Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning) as a touring bassist. The song was one of the year's longest running hits on the Billboard Magazine Club Charts where it reached number one. In March 2004, long-time bassist (and nephew of drummer Benante) Frank Bello left the band amid much speculation. In 2003 she was recruited by techno DJ Ray Roc to sing on his single "Never (Past Tense)".

Scott Ian is currently engaged to Meat Loaf's daughter Pearl Aday. Later that year she received a lifetime achievement ARIA Award for her career achievement, with the award also specifically recognising her success in France. Several members have launched affiliated side-projects, such as Scott Ian's Stormtroopers of Death. Also in 2000, she performed to the largest audience of her career at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. In early 2004 the band returned to the studio to record Greater of Two Evils, a rerecording of the band's early work with the current lineup. In 2000, Arena was invited to perform the role of Esmerelda in the West End production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame in London. In 2002 new guitarist Rob Caggiano joined the band and the following year the band released We've Come For You All, an album hailed by the metal press as a long awaited return to form. Her 1999 album Just Me was a moderate success and included such hit singles as "Soul Mate #9", "Dare You To Be Happy" and "Symphony of Life".

Despite these hardships and various legal entanglements regarding who had the rights to certain albums, Anthrax managed to soldier on. A repackaged version of the In Deep album including the new French versions, and a cover version of the Edith Piaf song "Les Trois Cloches" was a major hit throughout Europe and reached number 3 in France. During this time period a two vocalist tour featuring both Joey Belladonna and John Bush was proposed and set to go, until Belladonna decided to pull out at the last minute. During this period her greatest successes were these French recordings and they were major hits in France. Regrouping the band signed with another label and released a greatest hits album although that label soon went out of business as well. This song was highly successful in Europe, and Arena embraced European culture, recording several songs in French and relocating temporarily to France. Unfortunately, almost immediately after Volume 8's release, the independant label they were signed to went bankrupt and disappeared, making the album extremely difficult to find. During this time she recorded the theme song for the film The Mask of Zorro, a duet with Marc Anthony titled "I Want To Spend My Lifetime Loving You".

Anthrax signed with a small independant label, and in 1998 managed to release Vol.-8 The Threat Is Real, a punishing album which had the potential to return Anthrax to the top of the metal heap. In Deep was the highest selling Australian album of the year. During the hiatus long time guitarist Dan Spitz left the band, leaving Anthrax reeling. Her next album In Deep (1997), produced by Foreigner's Mick Jones contained a cover version of their hit "I Want To Know What Love Is" (with backing vocals by the song's original vocalist Lou Gramm) and another major hit single "Burn". Obviously upset at what they felt was an attempt by the label to kill the album, Anthrax attempted to sever ties with Electra. After more than twenty years she was finally accepted as a credible performer by both the record buying public and the Australian music industry. In 1995 the band released Stomp 442 an album which Electra refused to provide real promotion for, and it quickly disappeared without a trace. The album won Arena five ARIA Awards for "Album of the Year", "Song of the Year" ("Chains"), "Pop Release of the Year" ("Chains") and "Best Female Vocalist", as well as a special award for "Highest Selling Female Artist in Australian History".

Unfortunately the musical landscape of the early '90s was changing drastically; Alternative Rock was the rage, and metal was no longer being pushed by the music industry. Other hits followed in Australia and Europe, including "Heaven Help My Heart", "Wasn't It Good" and "Sorrento Moon". Bush was a more "serious" sounding vocalist and Sound of White Noise was well received by most of the band's audience. Arena's career was said to be a priority of record executive Tommy Mottola who envisioned her achieving the level of success of CÚline Dion or Mariah Carey, but the album failed to sell well in the US, and Mottola moved on to other projects. The band jumped ship from Island Records to Electra Records and released Sound of White Noise on the label in 1993. The song also reached the Top 10 in the United Kingdom and Top 40 in the United States. In 1992 Anthrax parted ways with vocalist Joey Belladonna and replaced him with ex-Armored Saint vocalist John Bush. It became one of the highest selling albums of the year in Australia and provided her with her first substantial hit single "Chains".

Within a few years bands such as Rage Against The Machine, Korn, Limp Bizkit and a host of others had picked up the Rap/Rock or Rap/Metal mantle and gone on to various degrees of success. After signing a contract with Sony Music, Arena released the album Don't Ask in 1994. Bring The Noise was a hit and the band had a successful joint tour with Public Enemy. Despite the success of the further singles, "The Machine's Breaking Down" and the Diane Warren title track, the album failed to establish her as a major act, and she relocated to the United States. Anthrax was always a band prone to experimentation, and in 1991 they collaborated with pioneering rap artists Public Enemy on a joint version of PE's Bring The Noise. While Run-DMC had worked with Aerosmith back in 1986, Bring The Noise is widely regarded as the very first Rap Rock hybrid as this was the first time a Rock band had fully incorporated Rap into a song. The contrast between her adult image and that of the seven year old child she had been when she first became famous attracted considerable publicity in Australia, but some elements of the media insisted that she was little more than a novelty act. Because of this Anthrax appealed to a more general audience even if they were never quite as popular as their contemporaries. Her album Strong as Steel, released in 1990, contained one major hit single, the uptempo dance track, "I Need Your Body", whose accompanying video demonstrated Arena as a sexy and confident adult.

While the other major thrash bands, Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer, were deadly serious, Anthrax wrote songs about comic books and Stephen King novels. Arena persevered, playing nightclubs in Melbourne and in several stage musicals, before finally being offered a contract. Almost immediately Anthrax morphed from a stereo-typical Judas Priest knock-off to the thrash metal style that would garner them so much fame. Mixing equal doses of punk and speed metal along with a generous dose of humor quickly shot them to the fore front of the burgeoning thrash movement. She was invited to support Lionel Richie on his Australian tour, but despite this success and the profile it gave her, record companies were unwilling to offer her a recording contract. The additions of vocalist Joey Belladonna, and bassist Frank Bello brought a much improved sound to band. Like most of the children who left the show, Arena carried with her a stigma that made it difficult to be taken seriously as an adult vocalist, and for a short time she contemplated ending her career, and found employment with an insurance company. By 1985 when Anthrax released their first classic album, Spreading the Disease, their lineup had solidified into cohesive unit. As one of the show's youngest performers, Arena's nine year stint was also one of the show's longest.

It was an inauspicuous debut for a band that would soon rise to the forefront of the thrash metal scene. The show's policy was to promote talented children, and at the age of sixteen team members would leave, ostensibly to follow an adult career. After signing with Megaforce Records, they released their first full-length album, Fistful of Metal in 1984. Often billed as "Tiny Tina Arena", she was seen on weekly television singing and dancing the current pop hits. Anthrax was formed by guitarist Scott Ian, drummer Charlie Benante, bassist Dan Lilker and vocalist Neil Turbin in the early '80s. As a child Arena attracted attention for the power of her voice, which was considered remarkable for such a young child. They have made several appearances on television shows such as Married with Children and NewsRadio and have appeared in movies such as Run Ronnie Ron (performing as the fictional band Titannica) and Calendar Girls. Her career began at the age of seven when she was selected as a regular performer for the music television program Young Talent Time.

The "big-four" of thrash metal invariably includes Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax. Tina Arena (born Filippina Lydia Arena on November 1, 1967, in Melbourne, Australia) is a pop singer. Anthrax was one of the most popular bands from the thrash metal scene in the '80s, and possibly the biggest band to come out of the East Coast thrash scene. Greatest Hits 1994-2004 (2004). Anthrax is a New York City-based heavy metal rock group, who released their first full-length album in 1984. Vous Etes Toujours La (2002). For the British band of the same name see: Anthrax (Anarcho-punk band). If I Was a River (2002).

This article deals with the American band called Anthrax. Just Me (2001). Neil Turbin, lead vocals. Souvenirs 2000. Dan Spitz, lead guitar. Tiny Tina and Little John (1998). Dan Lilker, bass. In Deep (1997).

Greg D'Angelo, drums. Don't Ask (1994). Paul Crook, lead guitar (touring guitarist only; never an "official" member of the band). Strong as Steel (1990, re-issued in 1996). Frank Bello, bass. Summer was sufficiently pleased by the result that it was included on her live album. Joey Belladonna, lead vocals. Years after performing Donna Summer's "MacArthur Park" for Young Talent Time as an eleven year old, Arena was approached by Summer to perform a live duet with her of "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)".

Rob Caggiano lead guitar. Arena has frequently collaborated with fellow Australian singer/songwriter Rick Price and has co-written songs with him. She provided backing vocals on several of his recordings - he provided backing vocals on several of hers. Charlie Benante, drums, guitar. Arena's duet album with fellow Young Talent Time member John Bowles, titled Tiny Tina and Little Johnny and originally released in the mid 1970s, was reissued on CD in 1998 to capitalise on her success. John Bush, lead vocals. "Heaven Help My Heart" was a hit for Wynonna Judd, "Unsung Hero" for Terri Clark, and Jo Dee Messina's version of "Burn" reached number two on the US Country Chart. Scott Ian, rhythm guitar. Several of Arena's songs have become country hits in the United States when recorded by other artists.

2004 Greater of Two Evils. In 2003, three former "Young Talent Time" performers were simultaneously in the United States Billboard Magazine Dance Top 10 - Arena with "Never (Past Tense)", Dannii Minogue with "I Begin to Wonder" and Kylie Minogue (whose first television singing performance was on YTT despite never being an official member) with "Slow". 2004 Music of Mass Destruction (CD/DVD set). Arena is credited as being one of only five non French artists to achieve album sales in excess of one million units in France. 2003 We've Come for You All. 2001 Madhouse - The Very Best of Anthrax (compilation).

1999 Return of the Killer A's (compilation). 1998 Vol.-8 The Threat Is Real. 1995 Stomp 442. 1994 The Island Years (live).

1993 Sound of White Noise. 1991 Attack of the Killer B's. 1990 Persistence of Time. 1989 Penikufesin (EP, only released in Europe).

1988 State of Euphoria. 1987 I'm the Man (EP). 1987 Among The Living. 1986 Fistful of Anthrax (live).

1985 Spreading the Disease. 1985 Armed and Dangerous (EP). 1984 Fistful of Metal.

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