The Chicago Cubs have been having a pretty good year in Major League Baseball in 2016 and so, in fact, is the thrash metal band Anthrax. So it made perfect sense really to bring these two collective power-players together, and that's exactly what happened on Wednesday, Sept. 21 while Anthrax was in Chicago for a concert at the Concord Music Hall.
With band-mates guitarist Scott Ian, drummer Charlie Benante, and bassist Frank Bello in tow, Anthrax frontman and crooner Joey Belladonna graced the ivy-lined walls of Wrigley Field with his powerful pipes for a stellar rendition of the National Anthem prior to the Chicago Cubs' game against the Cincinnati Reds.
Although fans of the band Anthrax know perfectly well that Joey Belladonna is a vocalist and performer still at the top of his game -- his singing on the band's latest album, For All Kings, proves without a shadow of a doubt that he is an artist who continues to hone his vocal abilities, always striving to not only keep his chops up, so to speak, but also to just keep getting better and better. But it's nice that the rest of the world outside of the metal music community got the opportunity to witness this fact as well, and what better way than with our country's beloved anthem.
And, as if the night couldn't get any better after that, it still managed to. Performing a killer headlining set, Anthrax delighted the packed crowd at the Concord Music Hall delivering both their well-loved classics that whipped the crowd into a frenzy, as well as some sizzling material from their latest album which has already become a fan favorite.
The stop in Chicago was just one of many on their 35th anniversary tour. Anthrax is currently deviating between the Special Guest slot on tour with Slayer and destroying stages with headlining dates as well, and plans to doing a full headlining stint in the new year.
Click here for tickets for the remaining dates on this tour.
Anthrax on tour:
Sept. 22 St. Louis, MO The Pageant,
Sept. 24 Houston, TX Houston Open Air Festival
Sept. 25 Devore, CA Knotfest
Sept. 27 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
Sept. 28 Miami, FL Fillmore
Sept. 29 Destin, FL Club L.A.*
Sept. 30 Tunica, MS Horseshoe Casino Tunica
Oct. 1 Louisville, KY Louder Than Life Festival
Oct. 3 Norfolk, VA Norva
Oct. 4 Asheville, NC Orange Peel*
Oct. 5 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
Oct. 6 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theatre*
Oct. 7 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live
Oct. 8 Austin, TX ACL at the Moody Theatre
Oct. 10 Denver, CO Fillmore
Oct. 11 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Oct. 12 Boise, ID Rev Hall*
Oct. 13 Missoula, MT The Wilma Theatre
Oct. 14 Idaho Falls, ID The Hill event Center*
Oct. 15 Garden City, ID Revolution Concert House
Oct. 16 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory,*
Oct. 17 Lethbridge, AB ENMAX Centre
Oct. 19 Penticton, BC S. Okanagan Events Centre
Oct. 20 Abbotsford, BC Abbotsford Centre
Oct. 21 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre*
Oct. 22 Elverta, CA Discovery Park
Oct. 23 Reno, NV Reno Events Center
Oct. 22 Sacramento, CA Aftershock Festival
Oct. 25 Flagstaff, AZ Orpheum Theatre*
Oct. 26 Farmington, NM Top Deck*
Oct. 27 El Paso, TX El Paso County Coliseum*
* Anthrax & Death Angel