Caggiano’s fear over Anthrax split
Former Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano has admitted leaving the band was an “emotional and scary step” – but he’s glad he made the move.
He announced his departure at the beginning of January, and a month later confirmed he’d become a full-time member of Volbeat. He appears on their new album Outlaw Gentleman & Shady Ladies, due out on April 5.
Caggiano tells Noisecreep: “It’s so crazy the way this whole thing rolled out. I feel like my life has been a tornado over the past few months.
“For me, it was a very emotional and scary step leaving Anthrax and then not knowing what I was going to do next. I feel extremely lucky and blessed by the way things panned out.”
Regardless of the turmoil, the guitarist believes he had to make a change. He admits: “I felt like I was spinning my wheels, to be honest. My heart wasn’t into it anymore. I think the main reason is that Anthrax was never a creative outlet – it just got to a point where I realised there was no emotional attachment to the music for me at all.
“It wasn’t by any choice of my own. It’s just simply the way those guys roll and that’s how they do their thing. There’s nothing wrong with that, but at the same time, I needed to make a change for myself. I just wasn’t happy. I’m a musician and I’m a creative person.”
Soon after his departure, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian said he believed Caggiano had made a mistake – but the Volbeat man says: “I think they really understand why I left. I’m extremely proud of everything we accomplished together over the years. I love everything I did with them. We made two great records together.
“We played tons of killer shows all over the world but the fact that there was no emotional investment in it for me became more and more obvious.”