ANTHRAX is preparing to hit the road as part of the Metal Alliance Tour where it will be perform its classic 1987 album, “Among The Living”, in its entirety.
Video footage of ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante getting his chops ready for the tour can be viewed below.
The Metal Alliance Tour, which also features EXODUS, HIGH ON FIRE, MUNICIPAL WASTE, HOLY GRAIL and SHADOWS FALL on select dates, is scheduled to kick off on March 22 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California.
ANTHRAX recently tapped former TESTAMENT/SLAYER and current ANIMETAL USA drummer Jon Dette to sit behind the kit for the veteran thrash metal band’s Australian tour, which kicked off on February 21 in Brisbane. Dette filled in as a temporary replacement for Benante, who was “dealing with personal issues right now and can’t leave” the U.S., according to ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian.
Dette previously filled in for Benante on ANTHRAX‘s European tour last fall as the support act for MOTÖRHEAD.
Benante and his wife were arrested on July 27, 2012 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Elkhart, Indiana for domestic battery in front of a child. The drummer later issued a statement through his attorney claiming that he “was assaulted several times during an altercation that sent him to the emergency room with a gash at the back of his head that required several staples to close.”
Charlie and ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello (who is Benante‘s nephew) missed several shows on ANTHRAX‘s North American tour in February 2012 in order to spend time with Charlie‘s mother, who was terminally ill. On February 4, 2012, Benante informed fans via his official web site that his mother passed away.
More recently, Benante was forced to miss a number of shows on last summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival while he was recovering from a minor hand injury. Filling in for him was SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner.