Scott Ian Of Anthrax: Why We Brought Back Belladonna
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has talked exclusively to Classic Rock about the circumstances that led to the recently announced return to the band of vocalist Joey Belladonna.
Says Ian: “We had a meeting with John [Bush, the Armored Saint frontman who has been singing with Anthrax], at which he was honest enough to tell us that he really couldn’t make the commitment to the band that he knew we needed. It was all very friendly, but ended with us feeling we had to find someone else.
“Nobody wanted to go down the route of finding an unknown. So, it left one option: calling Joey. He was really into the idea of coming back.
“The five of us [Ian, Belladonna, guitarist Rob Caggiano, bassist Frank Bello and drummer Charlie Benante] met in New York, when I did a show with Pearl [Aday, Ian's wife], and we got along really well, and that sealed the deal. It was that easy.”
Anthrax will be playing at various Sonisphere Festivals in Europe this summer, including Knebworth Park on July 31. After which they’ll record a new album.
“That’s something we all felt was crucial. None of us, especially Joey, wants this to be just a nostalgia trip. The album’ll probably have a few songs from Worship Music [the unreleased record the band did with Dan Nelson on vocals], plus some we’ll co-write with Joey. It’ll be out next year.”
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