It's been a rough couple of days for Anthrax, as the rhythm section has had to leave their current tour temporarily. Drummer Charlie Benante's mother is terminally ill, and she just so happens to be bassist Frank Bello's grandmother, so her son and grandson have put business on the backburner to be by her side, rightfully so. But it was also a rough couple of years for the band before popular vocalist Joey Belladonna returned to the fold, with new album 'Worship Music' sitting on the shelf after initially being recorded with singer Dan Nelson. Despite all the things that have happened with the album, guitarist Scott Ian is very happy with the end result.
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian was forced to sit out of last night's (Jan. 26) show in Kansas City, Mo., after taking ill. Filling in for Ian at the show were the two guitarists Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson from co-headliners Testament, as well as musicians from Death Angel who all switched off during different songs throughout Anthrax's set.
Zakk Wylde is a guitar deity. He's also a good sport, as he has agreed to be the roastee for Guitar World's first-ever Rock 'n' Roll Roast. Wylde will sit in the hot seat and be subjected to good-natured barbs from fellow rockers, like his former boss Ozzy Osbourne, as well as Anthrax's Scott Ian and Slipknot / Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor.