Certainly after three and a half decades on the job - any job - be it of a banker, a baker or a band member, a desire may arise to slow down a bit, to start taking things more in stride. But that's far from the case with the now-veteran thrash band Anthrax, who with more than 35 years in the rear-view, is still zooming full-speed ahead through another chockablock year of metal.
Since the release of their eleventh studio album, For All Kings, early in 2016, Anthrax has barely taken a breather while in the midst of worldwide touring, and adding the first-ever presented Revolver Music's “Innovator Award” to an already jam-packed mantle of honors and awards they've racked up over the years. And yet, the metal mayhem continues for Anthrax with the months ahead already locked down in an extensive co-headlining, North American tour with metalcore masters Killswitch Engage called "KillThrax," and then a slew of festival dates and additional shows lined up throughout Europe and Asia.
For moshing matters at home, Anthrax has also just released a limited edition For All Kings 7″ Vinyl Box Set which features not only the For All Kings album but demos, new tracks, two cover songs, and visually stunning For All Kings-themed artwork that will blow fans away. There's also a forthcoming live DVD in the works from their recent "Among The Kings" U.K. tour that was filmed in Glasgow, Scotland, and the recent unleashing of their very own Anthrax Wardance Pale Ale craft beer.
During their stop in St. Charles, IL. for a one-off headlining show at the Arcada Theatre, AXS had the opportunity to sit down with Anthrax drummer, Charlie Benante, for some one-on-one time to talk about the current tour with Killswitch Engage and the renewed momentum for the band that began brewing with the Big Four Shows alongside their thrash brethren Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer - a momentum that continues to this day. Benante also revealed how his week-long guest spot sitting in with the band on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers show was one of the best experiences of his life, as well as talking about the precariousness of putting together a set-list that makes both band and fans happy.
Check out the video interview with Anthrax's Charlie Benante above.
Confirmed dates for the Anthrax/Killswitch Engage Tour (in progress) are as follows:
March 29 - Montclair, NJ - The Wellmont Theatre*
March 30 - Columbus, OH - Express Live**
March 31 - St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theatre (Anthrax only)
March 31 - Knoxville, TN - The International (KsE only)
April 1 - Manistee, MI - Little River Casino (Anthrax only)
April 1 - Norfolk, VA - Norva (KsE only)
April 3 - Silver Springs, MD - The Fillmore*
April 4 - Wallingford, CT - The Dome at Oakdale*
April 5 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory**
April 7 - Grand Rapids, MI - 20 Monroe Live*
April 8 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore**
April 9 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE*
April 11 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz**
April 12 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle**
April 13 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues*
April 15 - Austin, TX - Texas Independence Festival @ Grizzly Hall**
April 16 - Pharr, TX - Boggus Ford Events Center**
April 17 - Houston, TX - House of Blues*
April 18 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues**
April 20 - Phoenix, AZ - The Marquee*
April 22 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern**
April 23 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore**
April 25 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo* (Grab tickets here)
April 26 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre**
April 28 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore Auditorium*
April 29 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium**
April 30 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theatre* (Grab tickets here)
May 1 - St. Louis, MO -The Pageant**
May 3 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall**
May 5 - Huntington, NY - Paramount Theatre**
May 6 - Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall*
May 7 - Boston, MA - House of Blues*
* KsE closes
** Anthrax closes