The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
Anthrax is (for the moment):
Scott Ian – rhythm guitars, backing vocals (1981–present)
Charlie Benante – drums, percussion (1983–present)
Joey Belladonna – lead vocals (1984–1992, 2005–2007, 2010–present)
Frank Bello – bass, backing vocals (1984–2004, 2005–present)
Rob Caggiano – lead guitars (2001–2005, 2007–present)
This fall’s Jägermeister Tour featured Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer, and I’ll tell you, I’ve never seen the Rave so packed. The Rave was completely sold-out and everyone was smashed like sardines.
This was my first time seeing Anthrax live. I have been waiting since 1996 to see these guys, and I don’t have an excuse as to why it’s taken this long. While everyone was yelling for Slayer, little old me, couldn’t wait to see Scott, Charlie, Frank, Joey, and even Rob.
I may be a tad bit bias here, but Anthrax really stole the night. It very well could have been the fact that the original line-up (minus Dan, thanks commenters) was onstage and then there was Rob Caggiano on guitar. Rob is truly talented not just onstage, but has made a name for himself in the production realm as well. As for frontmen, Anthrax sure has had their fill of drama, but it was incredible to see the originals back together once again.
All of the guys were filled with piss and vinegar and owned the stage. The crowd loved it, and Scott even remarked, “We’ll never fucking die!” This was also a bit of a milestone for Anthrax. Scott also mentioned that the first time they played in Milwaukee at the Rave was back in 1984. Yeah, do the math that was a long time ago! Joey even graced the stage with a full Indian headdress for “Indians.” Is it completely politically correct? I am not one to judge because the costume fit he song and the crowd ate it up! I imagine no one at the show would complain considering most were inebriated.
Some of the songs in the set:
Caught in a Mosh
I am the Law
Noticeably missing were some of my favorites of Volume 8. I can understand why they wouldn’t be played, but they were sorely missed especially since moving back to Illinois from Cali and losing my entire catalog of Beatles and Anthrax albums. *sadness*
They have a couple dates left before they leave the US. Check them out!
View Anthrax tour dates from Eventful
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