For some fans of the thrash band Anthrax, looking back three and a half decades ago might conjure memories of playing with toys or skipping school - and yet there is another large congregation of Anthrax fans who aren't even old enough yet to go back 35 years into their own existence. But regardless of what the average metal fan was doing thirty-five years ago, magic was happening in New York with the creation of this now legendary thrash/metal band. But this isn't just a milestone anniversary for a respected band that's (977310), anniversary tours (977311), thrash m still kicking after all these years - 2016 doesn't just mark the 'birth' of this band, but it showcases a honored band that's sitting pretty at the top of their game.
Since their formation three and a half decades ago, Anthrax has sold in excess of 10-million units, received multiple Gold and Platinum record sales certifications, earned six Grammy Award nominations - as well as a whole slew of other awards and accolades. In 1991, they helped to break down both pre-existing racial and musical genre barriers when they collaborated with the hip hop group, Public Enemy, for the song "Bring The Noise." And then there were stellar milestones achieved like being one-fourth of The Big Four alongside fellow-thrashers Slayer, Megadeth, and Metallica, being the first band whose music was played on the planet Mars, and having been mentioned in one of Stephen King's 'Dark Tower' books, as well as so many others. There's never been a dull moment in the land of Anthrax - for neither band nor fan - and the achievements just keep rolling in...the most recent, of course, is the release of their eleventh studio album, For All Kings, earlier this year to rave reviews and an overwhelming response from fans and music lovers alike.
Although hard to believe that thirty-five years have already come and gone, it's a milestone that the band is looking on fondly. Said Anthrax guitarist and co-founder Scott Ian in a press release, "Thirty-five years have passed since that day and my life has changed profoundly. I am a husband, I am a father. I am a long way from the 17-year-old soon-to-be-college dropout who co-founded a heavy metal band. The only thing that hasn't changed in 35 years, the one constant, is that I am still the rhythm guitar player in Anthrax. It's what I GET to do. I GET to play in a band and I never take that for granted."
And in an example of how broad Anthrax's influence reaches, the band's newest member, guitarist Jonathan Donais, shared his "best Anthrax moment," and it was when he was basically a kid himself and still far from being a member of this great band: "It was probably 1989 or '90, whenever the 'Antisocial' video blew up at Dial MTV. It was the first time I'd ever heard Anthrax, and I immediately fell in love with the band."
Donais goes on to say: "I brought a tape of the Dial MTV performance to my guitar teacher and told him I wanted to learn how to play it. Now I get to play every night with the band!"
Currently in the midst of a global 35th anniversary tour, Anthrax is presently steamrolling through Europe dominating many of the major musical festivals throughout the continent. Then the 35th anniversary celebrations will officially begin September 9 in Cleveland when the band joins forces with their co-Big Four brethern, Slayer, for a seven-week, North American tour. The itinerary will include appearances at several major North American music festivals including Ozzfest Meets Knotfest on September 25 in San Bernardino, CA.
And as if that's not horn-throwing, fist-pumping-exciting enough all on its own, on days off from the tour with Slayer, Anthrax will be hosting sporadic headlining dates with Death Angel as special guests.
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Confirmed dates for Anthrax's 35th anniversary tour (in progress):
22 Area Concerti Festival Majano, Majano, Italy
23 Fosch Fest, Bagnatica, Italy
24 Rock in Rome, Roma, Italy
11 Leyendas del Rock Festival, Villena, Spain
14 Bloodstock, Walton-On-Trent, UK
21 Pain In The Grass, Auburn, WA
9 Jacob's Pavilion, Cleveland, OH
10 Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI
11 Ground Zero, Travers City, MI*
12 Sound Academy, Toronto, ON
13 Metropolis, Montreal, PQ
15 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
16 Anthology, Rochester, NY*
17 Revolution Rock Fest., Mashantucket, CT
18 Rock Allegiance Festival, Chester, PA
20 Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
21 Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL*
22 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
24 Houston Open Air Festival, Houston
25 Knotfest, Devore, CA
27 Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
28 Fillmore, Miami, FL
29 Club L.A., Destin, FL*
30 Horseshoe Casino Tunica, Tunica, MS
1 Louder Than Life Festival, Louisville, KY
3 Norva, Norfolk, VA
4 Orange Peel, Ashveille, NC*
5 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
6 Varsity Theatre, Baton Rouge, LA*
7 Gas Monkey Live, Dallas, TX
8 ACL at the Moody Theatre, Austin, TX
10 Fillmore, Denver, CO
11 The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT
12 Rev Hall, Boise, ID*
13 The Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT
14 The Hill event Center, Idaho Falls, ID*
15 Revolution Concert House, Garden City, ID
16 Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA* (offer)
17 ENMAX Centre, Lethbridge, AB
19 S. Okanagan Cvents Centre, Penticton, BC
20 Abbotsford Centre, Abbotsford, BC
21 Hawthorn Theatre, Portland, OR*
22 Discovery Park, Elverta, CA (w/Aftershock)
23 Reno Events Center, Reno, NV
22 Aftershock Festival, Sacramento, CA
25 Orpheum Theatre, Flagstaff, AZ*
26 Top Deck, Famington, NM* (offer)
27 El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, TX**
* Anthrax & Death Angel