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Metalcore forefathers Killswitch Engage and thrash legends Anthrax have announced they will hit the road this sSpring to co-headline a 27-date North American tour, presented by SiriusXM. The bands’ itinerary will include an April 15 appearance at the Texas Independence Festival in Austin, as well as each band headlining two solo shows separate from the double bill.
With KsE and Anthrax rotating the closing slot over the course of the dates, the tour will hit the ground on March 29 in Montclair, New Jersey, and then crisscross the continent, wrapping up May 7 in Boston. The Devil Wears Prada will provide direct support on all dates.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. local time Friday, Dec. 16. Log on to the KsE site, the Anthrax site or the TDWP site for all details regarding ticket purchasing and pre-sales. (more…)
Lead guitarist Jonathan Donais (Shadows Fall) joined the Anthrax touring lineup in 2013, replacing Rob Caggiano. The band’s latest album, For All Kings, in stores Feb. 26, marks his recording debut with Anthrax.
“I think Jon has brought a great energy to the band,” said bassist Frank Bello. “He stepped up and then some on this record.”
“Jon’s approach towards lead guitar playing, he’s more of a guy who’s looking to construct something that makes sense and helps a song rather than the 45-seconds for him to be showing off how many notes he can play in x-amount of measures,” said rhythm guitarist Scott Ian.
Watch the video below to see more of what they had to say. (more…)
Review by Greg Maki
The hottest ticket in metal this winter undoubtedly is Lamb of God’s first U.S. headlining tour in support of its latest album, VII: Sturm und Drang, released last summer. The Richmond, Virginia-based band has grown steadily through the years to a point where it could fill the venues it’s playing on this tour on its own. But on this run, it chose to repay an old debt, bringing out Anthrax, which, as vocalist Randy Blythe said onstage, took Lamb of God on tour 12 years ago, becoming the first of the “big four” to take a chance on them. It was a near perfect match, and on this frigid January night, fans of both bands packed the sold-out Fillmore to take in some of the very best in American metal today. (more…)
Anthrax will begin the set-up of its new album when the band hits the road late next month. First up, a six-week-plus North American trek that will include 24-dates with Volbeat, as well as appearances at five major outdoor festivals — Northern Invasion (outside Minneapolis), Rock On The Range (Columbus, Ohio), Rocklahoma (Pryor, Okla.), and the San Antonio and Kansas City Rockfests. Dates start April 24 in Denver, Colo. The complete itinerary is below. (more…)
About a month ago, Volbeat lead guitarist Rob Caggiano told us, “Next year is gonna be very light, I think, for Volbeat, as far as touring. There’s gonna be some stuff here and there, but overall, it’s gonna be kind of some chill time, creative time.” (Read the interview here.) Apparently, “very light” includes more than a month of tour dates in the United States and Canada with Caggiano’s former band, Anthrax, in support, along with openers Crobot. There never appeared to be any bad blood between Caggiano and Anthrax, and if Anthrax members Scott Ian, Charlie Benante and Frank Bello joining Volbeat onstage earlier this year at Carolina Rebellion didn’t confirm that, this tour announcement certainly does. The full press release and the initial tour dates are below. (more…)