The music world is in mourning after the death of former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr. The musician passed away Tuesday evening (March 12) at the age of 56, following years of suffering from multiple sclerosis. Anthrax's Charlie Benante is one of many in the music industry who was influenced by Burr and he shared a story about meeting the musician when he was first getting into music.
Drummer Jon Dette's name has been surfacing a lot more in the news lately as he's landed a pair of high profile fill-in gigs for Anthrax and Slayer, two acts he's played with previously. Dette recently spoke with 'The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show' at the NAMM Convention (video below) just weeks before his offers to join Anthrax and Slayer for dates became wide public knowledge.
Right after Anthrax's 'I'm Alive' was nominated for the 2013 Best Hard Rock / Metal Performance Grammy Award, we hopped on the phone with Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante for a congratulatory conversation. Having been placed against Halestorm, Iron Maiden, Lamb of God, Marilyn Manson and Megadeth, Benante shared an excited and interesting perspective on the Grammys, both past and present.
Many congratulations are in order for each band nominated for Best Hard Rock / Metal Performance for the upcoming 55th annual Grammy Awards. Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Halestorm, Marilyn Manson and Lamb of God have been nominated, along with a rejuvenated Anthrax, who scored a nod for the song 'I'm Alive.' We were able to talk with Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante earlier today (Dec. 6) to gauge his reaction and get some insight into what the nomination means to him.
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.