ANTHRAX Is Planning ‘Something Special’ To Celebrate 40th Anniversary

ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante has told Eonmusic in a new interview that the band is planning “something special” to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary. “We’re working on something big for June, maybe July, which is going to commemorate our career, and we’re putting that together now,” he said. “It may be like a livestream type of thing, and it’s going to consist of a lot of songs, and a lot of songs that we’ve probably never played before. We wanted to make something special out of this, but yeah, look out for that announcement. We’re just putting it together now.”

On July 18, 1981, the then New York-based ANTHRAX was formed and started on the road to help change the history of music. Over that 40-year period, ANTHRAX has sold in excess of ten million units, received multiple gold and platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades from the media, industry and fans. In 1991, their music helped break down race and genre barriers when they collaborated with PUBLIC ENEMY on “Bring The Noise”. And, of course, along with METALLICASLAYER and MEGADETHANTHRAX helped pioneer the thrash/metal genre as a member of the “Big Four”.

When ANTHRAX celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2016, guitarist and co-founder Scott Ian said that his life had “changed profoundly” since the band’s launch. “I am a husband, I am a father,” he said. ” I am a long way from the 17-year-old soon-to-be-college dropout who co-founded a heavy metal band. The only thing that hasn’t changed, the one constant, is that I am still the rhythm guitar player in ANTHRAX. It’s what I get to do. I get to play in a band and I never take that for granted.”

In a 2018 interview with Fargo MonthlyBenante stated about ANTHRAX‘s longevity: “When you’re trying to keep it together, I would say it is important that you love what you’re doing. Throughout the years, we can see other forms of music take form and become popular. We are living in a time where the climate is telling you that rock music is done and that you need to make way for other genres. We’re, like, ‘no.’ Everyone is still here and you can see that. Just look at AC/DC or IRON MAIDEN — they stuck to their guns and they’re still relevant; that’s what we are too.”

Among the big takeaway experiences that stand out for the ANTHRAX members was when legendary author Stephen King included the band in one of his “Dark Tower” series books; in 2012, when ANTHRAX became the first metal band to have its music played on Mars, when NASA played “Got The Time” to wake up the Mars Rover Curiosity; in 1991, when they received their first Grammy nomination; when the band was caught up in the 2001 U.S. anthrax attacks and considered changing their name due to the PR nightmare that was caused; when ANTHRAX made a cameo appearance on the popular 1992 TV series “Married… With Children”; September 14, 2011, which was named “Anthrax Day” in the Bronx; and June 22, 2010, when the “Big Four” played together on the same stage for the first time ever in Sofia, Bulgaria.

ANTHRAX — IanBenante, bassist Frank Bello, singer Joey Belladonna and guitarist Jon Donais — is working on material for the follow-up to 2016’s “For All Kings” album, tentatively due in 2022.

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Lindemann Release Live ‘Praise Abort’ Video

Lindemann have released a performance video of the song “Praise Abort.” It comes from their forthcoming concert film “Live In Moscow”, which is set to be released on Blu-Ray on May 21st.

The new concert film was captured during their performance at Moscow, Russia’s VTB Arena, which took place on March 15th of last year, just before the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns went widespread.

The special Blu-Ray may be the final release from the group as Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann and Peter Tagtgren (Hypocrisy, Pain) announced late last year that they were ending their collaboration.

See the song list from the concert film and the new live video below:

“Live In Moscow” tracklisting

01. Skills In Pills
02. Lady Boy
03. Fat
04. Frau & Mann
05. Ich Weiss Es Nicht
06. Allesfresser
07. Knebel
08. Home Sweet Home
09. Cowboy
10. Golden Shower
11. Blut
12. Platz Eins
13. Praise Abort
14. Fish On
15. Ach So Gern
16. Gummi
17. Steh Auf

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HOOKERS & BLOW ANNOUNCE MORE US SUMMER DATES; COVERS ALBUM TRACKLISTING REVEALED

Hookers & Blow, the now legendary project formed by longtime Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed and Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi, have completed recording the band’s upcoming covers album, set for a 2021 release via Golden Robot Records. Hookers & Blow have announced a string of shows in Texas set to kick off on May 19 at Come And Take It Live.The band  was recently featured in Hustler magazine, where they were referred to as “Good For America” and promises to make good on the comment as they add more tour dates to their summer schedule.

Guitarist Alex Grossi states: “With SO many of these one time cash-grab “ALL STAR” projects that literally release a record that in most cases is recorded remotely and most of the time the “band” never even steps on stage with each other. Hookers & Blow are proud to be the real deal. We have been doing this (whatever it is) for almost 20 years and the record speaks for itself”

Tour dates:

May
19 – Come And Take it LIVE – Austin, TX
20 – Cooters – Eagle Pass, TX
21 – Sam’s Burger Joint – San Antonio, TX
22 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
23 – The Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX

June
17 – To Be Announced – CT
18 – Private Event – Philadelphia, PA
19 – The Landis Theater- Vineland, NJ
20 – To Be Announced , NY

Pre-orders for CD/ Digital/ Vinyl editions of the new album will be available soon.

Tracklisting:

“Rocks Off” – The Rolling Stones
“Shakin'” – Eddie Money
“Trampled Underfoot” (Feat. Frankie Banali) – Led Zeppelin
“Ziggy Stardust” – David Bowie
“The Winner Loses” – Body Count
“Time Of The Season” – The Zombies
“American Girl” – Tom Petty
“Godzilla (Feat. The Okai Sisters)” – Blue Oyster Cult
“You Gotta Fight For Your Right (To Party)” – The Beastie Boys
“Under My Thumb” – The Rolling Stones
“No Quarter” (Feat. Frankie Banali) – Led Zeppelin
“Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting”  – Elton John

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ALL NEW MKULTRASOUND PodCast: STATE OF THE PODCAST/YouTube with Alex Zander and Jason Elkins

An abbreviated episode with Alex and Jason talk about the current state of the MKULTRASOUND Podcast and the YouTube channel as the show approaches it’s second year and a new song from LOCKJAW and KISS Trivia.

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DEE SNIDER Believes That ‘Cancel Culture’ Is A Form Of Censorship

In a new interview with NewsNation‘s “Banfield”TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider, who was famously called to testify before the U.S. Senate against the proposition to have warning labels be placed on albums deemed “offensive” to listeners, once again spoke about the rise of political correctness in the social media era. Asked for his opinion of cancel culture, which is the idea that someone, usually a celebrity or a public figure, whose ideas or comments are considered offensive should be boycotted, Dee said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “It’s censorship. And censorship has changed quite a bit. I mean, you go to when I was in Washington testifying. By the way, it was a bipartisan effort — it was the Democrats and Republicans who were joined together in putting a leash on rock and roll. But it was definitely a conservative attitude — it was a more conservative attitude, wanting to censor music. Now censorship still exists, but it’s gone from the right more to the left. We’re in this P.C. [politically correct] world where we have to be careful about what we say and who we offend, and it’s a very odd thing.”

He continued: “I’ve been working on lyrics for my new album, ‘Leave A Scar’, which comes out in July, and I found myself questioning the metaphors I was using — metaphors. I mean, where is art without metaphor? Where is lyrics and writing without metaphor? Yet I was going, ‘Can I say this? Can I say this?’ I have a song called ‘In For The Kill’, and it has all these metaphorical [lines], ‘Fire at will, I’m in for the kill.’ And I was talking about going for it — just going for it — yet here I was censoring myself lyrically because of the current state of things.

“What is censorship? What’s not censorship?” Dee added. “Boy, I would say, as long as you’re not screaming ‘fire’ in a crowded movie theater, you’re cool.”

Last year, Dee told Canada’s The Metal Voice that a movie like “Blazing Saddles”, the 1974 American satirical Western black comedy film directed by Mel Brooks “could not be made today — it literally could not be made, because it would offend too many people.

“I remember seeing that movie the first time in a theater full of African-Americans in a black neighborhood in a black theater; me and my brother were the only two white people,” he continued. “And I was laughing my ass off. And my friend said, ‘Stop laughing. We’re gonna get our asses kicked.’ And I looked around the theater, and everybody was laughing. I said, ‘Everybody’s laughing.’ It’s funny. Funny is funny.

“It’s odd, because conservatism was ultra-right back in the ’80s. Now it’s shifted toward the left, where you’ve got the liberals saying, ‘Oh, you can’t say that, and you can’t say that, and you can’t say that.’

“So, yeah, [censorship] still around, it’s still an issue. But we’ve just gotta continue to push back and fight.”

In 1985, the Parents’ Music Resource Center (PMRC), led by Tipper Gore, was trying to introduce a parental warning system that would label all albums containing “offensive material.” The system was to include letters identifying the type of objectionable content to be found in each album (e.g. O for occult themes, S for sex, D for drugs, V for violence, etc.), which resulted in the “Parental Advisory” sticker now found on new album releases with “questionable content.” The incongruous trio of SniderFrank Zappa and John Denver were called before Congress to testify in defense of music.

In 2015, Snider wrote an Op-Ed story for HuffingtonPost.com about his experience, saying: “Thirty years later, everything and nothing has changed. The ultra-conservatives still want to dictate to the masses what they deem acceptable for the general public to see and hear. The record industry is a mere shadow of its former self (apt punishment for its cowardice), and CDs and vinyl albums have almost become ‘novelties’ in a world driven by downloads. Yet, the warning labels still adorn individual track listings and albums online.

“While initially my appearance at those Senate hearings was damaging to my career and reputation, long term it was beneficial, showing people for the first time that I was much more than a screaming ‘Raggedy Ann on acid’ and a fairly intelligent, sentient human being. Fortunately, I have gone on to better things.”

TWISTED SISTER called it quits in 2016 after completing a farewell 40th-anniversary tour.

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CAN WE TAKE A JOKE? – Official North American Trailer

In the age of social media, nearly every day brings a new eruption of outrage. While people have always found something to be offended by, their ability to organize a groundswell of opposition to – and public censure of – their offender has never been more powerful. Today we’re all one clumsy joke away from public ruin. Can We Take A Joke? offers a thought-provoking and wry exploration of outrage culture through the lens of stand-up comedy, with notables like Gilbert Gottfried, Penn Jillette, Lisa Lampanelli, and Adam Carolla detailing its stifling impact on comedy and the exchange of ideas. What will the future will be like if we can’t learn how to take a joke?

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