In the world of metal, the first big story of 2013 was the announcement that guitarist Rob Caggiano had left Anthrax. No longer attaining happiness from his time with the legendary thrash band, Caggiano left and began to focus on producing records. Caggiano's first project since his Anthrax departure was to man to board for Volbeat's newest album, 'Outlaw Gentleman & Shady Ladies,' but he also ended up joining Volbeat as a full-time member.
After the departure of Rob Caggiano in January, Anthrax were left without a lead guitarist, but the band quickly tapped Shadows Fall axeman Jonathan Donais to fill the void. Now, after a successful trek headlining the 2013 Metal Alliance tour and a bunch of international shows, Anthrax's Scott Ian has publicly stated that Donais is the new full-time shredder for the band.
If you were to ask any given metalhead who they thought the greatest metal band of all time is, the answer would often be Black Sabbath or Metallica. However, in the very valid opinion of Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, that distinction goes to Iron Maiden, who were recently presented with the Inspiration Award at the 2013 Kerrang! Music Awards. Ian was given the honor of passing on the award to Maiden and the bearded Anthrax strummer just shared a transcribed version of his passionate speech from the awards ceremony.
For years, Anthrax guitar great Scott Ian has been approached for autographs by fans with collectibles from an old card series he was part of in the '80s, but the rocker may see some new cards coming his way soon as he's one of the rockers on board for the 2013 Topps Archives Heavy Metal Autographs series.
Anthrax are currently on the latter portion of touring behind their 'Worship Music' album and 'Anthems' cover EP and they've decided to capture the live experience while the band members are definitely clicking on all cylinders. The group revealed via their Facebook page that a new concert DVD will be filmed during their upcoming stop in Santiago, Chile.
Anthrax kicked off the 2013 Revolver Golden Gods last night (May 2) with a set that included blistering performances of 'Caught in a Mosh' and 'Fight 'Em Till You Can't,' before the band welcomed the night's first surprise guests -- Pantera's Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown -- for a performance of Pantera