Before Anthrax headed off to Europe for the Among the Kings tour this week, they set sail with 3000 other metal heads and 60 bands on 70000 Tons of Metal. 70000 Tons of Metal set sail Feb. 2 though Feb 6 out of the port of Miami headed to Labadee, Haiti on Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Sea with heavy metal fans from all across the globe who gather yearly to hear some of the loudest music on the planet.
Anthrax performed two live high energy sets onboard the ship. The first set was Friday evening on the pool deck stage. 70000 Tons has the largest pool deck stage floating on the high seas that provides a festival style setting for fans in the middle of the ocean. The first set song highlights included: “Caught in the Mosh”, “Aftershock”, “Blood Eagle” and “Indians.”
On Friday, the band participated in a fan meet and greet with one of the longest lines on the ship. All fans could have memorabilia signed by all members of the band as well as pose for photos.
The band’s second set was performed as one of the headlining spots in the Alhambra theater on Sunday night as the die-hard metal fans prepared to ease back into reality as the boat headed back to Miami.
After the European tour, the band is set for a busy spring season. They will be launching their new craft beer Wardance, which is being brewed in upstate New York's Butternuts Beer & Ale Brewery. Wardance will be available in stores, bars and restaurants where craft beer is sold in New York State beginning March 27. Plans are in the works to expand the distribution to other states around the country.
North American thrash metal fans will also have a chance to see the band live this spring as Anthrax will hit the road beginning March 29, co-headlining a 27-date North American tour - Killthrax - with Killswitch Engage, and The Devil Wears Prada as main support.