Although in the midst of a landmark year celebrating their 35th anniversary as well as a stellar new album, For All Kings, thrash masters Anthrax aren't just just focusing on playing and celebrating in 2016 - - - they've got some pretty cool things planned to help others in the fight against cancer.
With October coming up quickly and having been designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Anthrax just announced a very special concert to help benefit Gilda's Club NYC. Founded in 1995 in memory of comedienne and Saturday Night Live original cast member, Gilda Radner who succumbed to cancer in 1989, Gilda's Club NYC's mission is to support, educate, and empower cancer patients and their families. The benefit is scheduled to be held at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus Bar on Friday, Sept. 16 and all proceeds from the show will go to benefit Gilda's Club NYC. Also, everyone who purchases a show ticket will get a special, limited-edition t-shirt created just for cancer awareness.
Jose Mangin from SiriusXM will host this special night, and tickets will go on-sale this Friday, Aug. 19 at noon local time.
But the concert actually isn't all that Anthrax is doing for Breast Cancer Awareness this year. Joining forces with The Black Keys, the Pixies, Ed Sheeran, Courtney Barnett, Jim Breuer & The Loud & Rowdy, My Chemical Romance, NOFX, Opeth, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthrax will take part in this year's Ten Bands One Cause promotion. Aimed at bringing awareness to October's Cancer Awareness Month, Ten Bands One Cause has ten bands re-issue certain albums on limited edition pink vinyl to raise money to also benefit Gilda's Club NYC.
A limited number of Anthrax's smoking hot new album, For All Kings on pink vinyl will be released on Sept. 27. Identified by a special sticker, the release will be attainable at all retail stores where vinyl is sold, F.Y.E. stores, and is now available for pre-order now on Amazon. There will also be a small quantity of For All Kings pink vinyl for sale at the benefit show and will be signed by the band.
Like many people, the members of Anthrax have been touched by the destruction that cancer inflicts as well, drummer Charlie Bentate's mother as well as bassist Frank Bello's grandmother have both passed away due to cancer. "Cancer took away one of the most important people in my life," said Bello. "I was at the hospital wheeling my grandmother to chemo and it was just brutal. Anything that we can do to not make people go through that hell is something we want to be involved with."