Nelson: ‘I Found Out On The Internet That Anthrax Had Fired Me’
Former Anthrax frontman Dan Nelson has given his version of the events which led to his departure from the band. Talking to Classic Rock‘s Malcolm Dome, Nelson also revealed his plans for the future.
MD: Let’s start with the claim from Anthrax that they had to cancel some shows earlier this year, because you told them you were seriously ill.
DN: Not true. I never said anything like that. The band decided to pull those dates, and then tried to blame me. I was ready to play the summer shows in Europe and do the Slipknot tour in America after that.
MD: Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian says that you quit the band, and they accepted your resignation. Is that what happened?
DN: I did not quit Anthrax. They fired me, and I only found out about it on the internet.
MD: Why did they do that? Was there an obvious problem between you and the rest of the band?
DN: Not that I was aware of. I thought things were going really well. A lot of people commented that this was the best Anthrax line-up they’d ever seen. Scott himself said I was the best singer he’d worked with – bar none. So, I don’t know what was in their minds. I haven’t spoken to any of them since July anyway.
MD: How do you feel now about the band?
DN: Look, I’m not at all bitter, and I hold no grudges. It’s their band and they have a right to do whatever they want. I genuinely wish them nothing but success. They’re family men who made a career decision, and I hope Anthrax gone on to great things. I feel what they now have to do is get back with John Bush – it’s the best option for them.
MD: What happens to Worship Music, the album you recorded with them? Will it ever come out?
DN: I don’t know. I hope so, because I really think it’s a strong record. But nothing can happen with it without my permission. I co-wrote all the songs on it, mostly with Charlie [Benante, drums].
MD: You’ve now moved on, and have a new project with Testament drummer Paul Bostaph. How did that come about?
DN: Paul saw me playing with Anthrax in Amsterdam earlier in the year, and when he heard I was free, he contacted me. We met up, and things have gone from there.
MD: What’s the style of the band?
DN: It’s thrashy and heavy, so will appeal to Anthrax and Testament fans. But has the groove and brutality of Pantera, and is also very melodic. The guitarist is a kid from the Bay Area named Jeremy Epp, who’s an unknown, but sensational. People are gonna love him. We’re currently auditioning bassists, and once we have the right person in place, we’ll get ourselves a name, demo some songs and take it from there.
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