With heavy-hitting vocals and instrumentation, Anthrax tours represent one of two extremely popular genres of music, hard rock or heavy metal, or sometimes both. View the listings below for upcoming tour dates and Anthrax tickets.
Heavy metal favorites Anthrax are going back on tour, so don't miss out and get your Anthrax tickets today! Anthrax tour dates have been announced in cities across the US as the band is going out to support their latest album Worship Music. The Anthrax tour also features co-headling thrash metal band Testament and this is sure to be one show you don't want to miss.
American heavy metal band Anthrax was founded in New York City in 1981. In the thirty years since the band's formation, Anthrax has released ten studio albums, 20 singles, and an EP featuring Public Enemy. The band is considered to be one of the founders of thrash metal alongside Metallica, Megadeath, and Slayer. Since its beginning, Anthrax had undergone numerous lineup changes with only two members, Scott Ian and Charlie Benante, appearing on every album.
Anthrax was founded by guitarists Scott Ian and Danny Lilker. The pair stumbled across the disease, and subsequently the band name, in a biology textbook. Ian and Lilker rounded out the band with drummer Dave Weiss and bassist Kenny Kushner, but neither of the two lasted long enough to be on Anthrax's debut album. After reviewing the band's options, Lilker decided to play bass and Greg D'Angelo was brought in as the new drummer. Once the backing band was in place, Anthrax tried out a number of vocalists before settling on Neil Turbin. Together, this lineup of band members released the band's first album, Fistful of Metal, in 1984 and toured in the US later that year.
The stability in the Anthrax lineup didn't last long. After the band's tour was finished, Lilker was released because of his unprofessional demeanor and Neil Turbin was also fired. Lilker was easily replaced by Charlie Benante's nephew Frank Bello, but finding a new vocalist wasn't as simple. Anthrax was in a state of limbo until the band hired Joey Belladonna as their new singer. During Belladonna's reign as Anthrax's front man, the band became an MTV staple, released four albums, and garnered some of their biggest hits.
Proving that no band member is ever safe, Anthrax fired Belladonna in 1992. To Follow in Belladonna's footsteps as the new vocalist, the band hired John Bush, who had previously been a member of heavy metal band Armored Saint. With John Bush as their vocalist, Anthrax released six albums, including a greatest-hits album. During the John Bush era, the band also had to fight the negative connotations surrounding the name Anthrax following the 2001 anthrax attacks in the US and various legal battles regarding who had the rights to certain albums, but despite everything, Anthrax managed to move on.
In April of 2005, Anthrax announced that Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Dan Spitz, Joey Belladonna, and Frank Bello would be reuniting as the "classic" lineup of the band to go on tour. With the classic lineup reuniting, current vocalist Bush was asked to work as a dual vocalist, which he found insulting, so he quit. With Bush officially out of the picture, it was expected that classic Anthrax would return to the studio after touring to work on a new album, but Belladonna backed out and once again the band was without a lead singer. Dan Nelson, formerly of Devilsize, was hired to fill Belladonna's slot.
Unfortunately, Nelson would leave the band less than two years later after a dispute with management after the band had already recorded the majority of their latest album, Worship Music, with his vocals. When John Bush rejoined the group in 2009, he refused to re-record the album with his voice, forcing Anthrax to let him go for a second time.
Following Bush's departure, Belladonna returned as Anthrax's lead singer for the third time, and this time he committed himself to recording a new album. With Belladonna as the front man Anthrax performed for the first time on the same bill as the other members of the Big Four of heavy metal. Anthrax, Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeath played together on June 16, 2010, in Poland as part of the Sonisphere Festival series.
Once finished with the Sonisphere Festivals, Anthrax went right back to work in the studio to work on Worship Music, which by this point was an album almost three years in the making. As a thank you to their loyal fans, the band released the first single from the album, "Fight 'Em Til You Can't," for free on their website on June 24, 2011. Worship Music was at last released on September 13, 2011.