ANTHRAX Bassist Frank Bello On Anthems - "Everyone Likes What We’re Doing, So It’s Really Paying Off"

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Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 01:28:24 EST

ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello is featured in a new interview with Tim Louie for The Aquarian. An excerpt is available below:

TL: I’ve found a new respect for Joey Belladonna on Anthems. He sounds absolutely amazing on these cover songs! It’s like he became Geddy Lee or Bon Scott or Steve Perry. I have a newfound respect for him…

Bello: "Yeah, I agree with you. I’ve always known Joey is a freak of nature with his voice. I’m kind of jealous as a backup Anthrax singer because he’s so talented that he doesn’t have to warm up. The dude doesn’t warm up. It’s just a God-given talent! I’m being facetious when I say that I’m jealous, but I definitely admire him. He stepped up in a big way—not only on Worship, but also this Anthems thing."

"I think we’re expanding and the great thing that I’m hearing about this is always expect the unexpected from Anthrax, and I think this leads to that. I don’t want to be pigeonholed and I don’t want to be held down. I think we’ve always done that and this is just another thing in saying that. We’re going to go for it, man. It doesn’t matter because it’s music!"

TL: Have you caught any flack from the hardcore RUSH fans saying you didn’t pull it off?

Bello: "The great thing about it is that Rush put it on their website, so there you go (laughs). The feedback has been absolutely amazing! Of course, because we’re Rush fans, remember that. We’re diehard Rush fans, plus the guys from Rush, they really like it. That’s the pat on the back we were always looking for. (Laughs) Rush!"

"We’re just like little kid fans with this stuff. We’re all giddy about it and we’re totally psyched about it. The JOURNEY guys heard the Journey song. Everyone likes what we’re doing, so it’s really paying off. We just want to jam, man! We’re Anthrax and this is what we do. So this is just recording, what we do."

Go to this location for the complete interview.

Anthrax recently entered the Billboard 200 chart at #52 with their new Anthems EP, selling approximately 8,500 copies in the US in it's first week of release.

Anthrax have released the special edition of the band's last album, Worship Music. The special edition contains both the regular album as well as the brand new Anthems EP, featuring cover versions of songs originally performed by RUSH, AC/DC, BOSTON, JOURNEY, CHEAP TRICK and THIN LIZZY.

Anthems is released separately on CD and vinyl and is exclusively available at the Nuclear Blast Mailorder, here. On iTunes, get Worship Music Special Edition here, and Anthems EP here.

Anthems EP tracklisting:

'Anthem' (RUSH)
'Smokin'' (BOSTON)
'Keep On Runnin'' (JOURNEY)
'Big Eyes' (CHEAP TRICK)
'Jailbreak' (THIN LIZZY)
'Crawl' (Album version)
'Crawl' (Remix)

A 3.5 minute video including snippets of every song and comments by the band's members can be found below:

On March 22nd in Anaheim, CA, Anthrax launched The Metal Alliance Tour, on which they are performing their fan favorite 1987 classic, Among The Living, in its entirety. A tour kick-off video can now be seen below:

The Metal Alliance Tour also features EXODUS, HIGH ON FIRE, MUNICIPAL WASTE, HOLY GRAIL and SHADOWS FALL on select dates.

Remaining tour dates are as follows:

20 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
21 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY

For more details visit