Anthrax Drummer Charlie Benante Bows Out of Current European Tour
It's been somewhat of a roller-coaster year for Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante. The band has made a huge comeback with the critically acclaimed 2011 album 'Worship Music,' but the stickman has dealt with some tough issues along the way. The group has revealed that Benante is at home taking care of some "personal stuff" while they're on their current European run.
Anthrax have tapped Animetal USA and former Testament and Slayer drummer Jon Dette to fill in while they travel through Europe. Guitarist Scott Ian delivered the news to fans when it became noticeable that Benante was not behind the kit. In a tweet, he stated:
Many of you asking who is playing drums... Our friend Jon Dette is kicking ass while @skisum is home taking care of personal stuff.
— Scott Ian (@Scott_Ian) November 6, 2012
In February, Benante mourned the death of his mother, missing some shows on Anthrax's winter tour. At that time, Testament's Gene Hoglan filled in for Benante. Then, a hand injury and the recovery time forced him out of the group's Mayhem Festival dates. During that period, Shadows Fall drummer Jason Bittner stepped in to help out.
While off the road, Benante was involved in an altercation with his wife at a baseball game in which both he and his wife were arrested for the bust-up that occurred in front of their daughter.
According to a statement released at the time, Benante was treated at a local hospital for a gash to the back of the head that required staples when his wife allegedly assaulted him as he was walking away with her cell phone.
Footage of Jon Dette behind the kit with Anthrax overseas can be seen below.