Interview: Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante chats at 70000 Tons of Metal
Camera: Michael Daddario
After six years of selling out the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise, skipper and brainchild Andy Piller reached into his bag of invitations for something bigger last summer. He got it in the form of the first Big 4 thrash band to ever commit to his undertaking in the form of Anthrax.
While that factoid was not lost upon Piller or any of the 3,000 passengers from 74 nations that took part in the Feb. 2-6 trek from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., it was unbeknownst to drummer Charlie Benante. Until he spoke with AXS, that is. A mere two hours after the ship set course for Labadee, Haiti, Benante went "Into the Pit" to discuss his group's history-making appearance on the boat.
But that's not all going on with the band. Anthrax is in the midst of crafting its own beer. As far as more shows, Benante, vocalist Joey Belladonna, guitarists Scott Ian and Jon Donais and bassist Frank Bello are preparing to turn Tax Day into Killthrax day when their co-headlining tour of that name with Killswitch Engage stops Sat. April 15 at Grizzly Hall in Austin as the marquee attraction of the Texas Independence Fest (tickets). Fans can also be on the lookout for a box-set extension of latest album For All Kings.
Click the video box to hear Benante discuss all things Anthrax. Stay tuned for coverage of both of the band's sets aboard the cruise.