Fans will be able to purchase a digital ticket to relive the past 40 years with exclusive interviews, testimonials and behind-the-scenes stories from the band's legendary career.
The countdown to July 18th has begun, when the 40th anniversary of thrash/metal legends Anthrax will be held, as well as the big event that celebrates this great moment. A special worldwide Livestream event, hosted by Danny Wimmer Presents of Los Angeles, will kick off in North America on Friday, July 16th, kicking off the show at 4pm PT and 7pm ET and in the UK on Saturday, July 17th, starting at midnight BST. (Check out the trailer.) Live event tickets and special 40th-anniversary ticket packages - including a live video chat with Anthrax members - are on sale now. 40th Anniversary Special Artwork was created by Brian Ewing and Stephen Thompson for limited edition t-shirts, commemorative tickets and a birthday poster. In addition to Livestream and merchandising packages, fans will be able to purchase a digital ticket to relive the past 40 years with exclusive interviews, testimonials and behind-the-scenes stories from the band's legendary career. All purchase details are accessible at www.anthraxlive.com
The Global Livestream event, premiering July 16/17 (depending on your global location), will remain available for fans worldwide to tune in through July 25 at 11:59 pm EDT via video on demand. The band - Joey Belladonna/vocalist, Scott Ian/guitar, Frank Bello/bass, Charlie Benante/drums and Jon Donais/guitar - will feature an extensive setlist of hits and deep cuts that will be drawn from across the band's catalog.
The countdown to July 18th began on May 3rd with the 11-week series of online documents featured on Anthrax's social media accounts. Posted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, in chronological order in the album catalog, each episode focuses on a specific album, with past and current band members, musicians, colleagues and industry veterans sharing behind-the-scenes stories of their interactions. Those who have contributed personal memories include Kerry King, Robert Trujillo, Dave Grohl, Dave Mustaine, Gene Simmons, Henry Rollins, John Carpenter, Norman Reedus, Rob Zombie, Slash, Tom Morello, Mike Patton, Nergal, Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC), Michael Paulson and Roger Miret.
"I was a 17-year-old headbanger boy from Queens when I started this band," said Scott Ian. "I'm a 57-year-old headbanger boy from Queens about to celebrate this band's 40th anniversary. That means that for 40 years I've been able to do exactly what I wanted - and I've been able to do what I love and be a part of something much bigger than that. I made the time, the unbelievable weight of 40 feels so light. It's been an amazing story so far, and I see 40 as a milestone that absolutely should be recognized and celebrated. Congratulations to us! I also see 40 as a stepping stone to the next chapter from Anthrax - we still have a lot to say and some killer riffs to unleash. I'm not going to say "A toast to 40 more" because no one wants to see that (I'd be 97). How about, "A little more than at least ten, and we will continue from there! Thank you for empowering me, my friends."
ABOUT ANTHRAX: Twenty-one marks Anthrax's 40th anniversary, during which the band has released 11 studio albums, received multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations and a host of other media accolades, from the music industry, and fans. In 1991, the band helped break down racial and gender barriers by collaborating with Public Enemy on the track "Bring The Noise" and were the first metal band to have their music heard on Mars when NASA played "Got The Time" to wake up Mars Rover in 2012. Along with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth, Anthrax is a card-carrying member of The Big Four, the four bands that defined the speed/thrash/metal genre. Anthrax has also launched a now sold-out series of exclusive whiskeys and bourbons and has partnered with Stockholm's NEZUMI Studios for a high-quality limited edition Baleine diving watch. Twenty-one will see the release of Z2 Comics' "Entre the Living" comic, with a track-by-track storyline inspired by Anthrax's iconic 1987 album Among The Living. The book brings together a "who's who" of names from the world of comics and music who created a "bubble dialogue" and original art to express what the songs meant to them. Taking advantage of COVID-19's ban on performing, the band has been working hard to write Anthrax's next album.
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