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I recently saw Anthrax up in Allentown, PA and they totally destroyed
place. From the 1st notes of Among the Living through Madhouse, Metal
Mad and the last notes of "I Am The Law" I was in awe. The band tore
set of classics including 'Aftershock (i was dying inside), Got The
Skeletons in the Closet and every classic song from the band you can
Joey sounded great and the band was as tight as a female in skintight
pants. I have seen the band play live over 20 times and this was the
best set I
ever saw from them. The band promises a new studio album, which they
be the bands heaviest. I have no doubt and here is an interview I did
singer Joey. It was tough to transcribe this as I think we had a bad
connection, but I did the best I could:
MC: Joey the first question I have for you is how exactly did the re
you and the rest of the guys take place?
JAB: Charlie called my up and asked me if I was interested in doing a
reunion, you know get back together or whatever and it just went from
there. It was
MC: What was it like walking into a room for the first time with these
and trying to get back and learn all the old songs. Was it like an
feeling for you reworking the magic that you guys had.
JB: After 3 days of rehearsal we rehearsed like an hour or 2 and we
around and it was pretty awesome trying to learn songs that maybe we
played since like 1985, 1986, 1987.
MC: Were you pretty much familiar as far as the song lyrics go in
how to sing these song?
JB: Yeah, I just memorized the words and it singing it was like one big
to me and it came easy for me.
MC: For this tour how do you decided the set list. On the DVD I noticed
did "Deathrider" from your debut release and when I saw you, you did
Thrashing Mad" from "Fistful of Metal" and also 'Aftershock" from
JB: Songs just come flying out of peoples mouths. I don't even know
some of them originate, some people email each other and it's like cool
It is like a consensus.
MC: Did you do many other shows before the DVD show in Sayerville, NJ?
JB: We did 5 US shows and did a show in Australia and then took a week
and then did the NJ show and then did a 6 week tour of Europe.
MC: What are some early memories you have of playing at clubs like
back in the 80's which I was fortunate enough to have seen?
JB: I remember the violence and things like that at some of those older
MC: What are some of your memories of doing the 'Clash of the Titans
(Anthrax/Slayer/Megedeth w/ Alice in Chains opening did an arena tour
early 90's)? Do you think that was the heyday of the band being able to
and when thrash metal was at its big point?
JB: That was just an amazing ride. It was a great tour with a great
MC: After that tour grunge started to take over and thrash metal
get a bit more commercial with Metallica getting lighter and some of
metal stuff got really commercial except for bands like yours. Do you
that thrash metal going in a more commercial style helped kill its
JB: It is really hard to say.
MC: I know your voice as held up really well as you sounded great when
you guys live the other night. Do you do anything special to keep your
cords in tip top shape.
JB: I have been singing since I was gone from Anthrax and this is just
MC: Are you guys going to be doing any songs from the 'John Bush' era
you just going to do the stuff you did and then new songs when you
JB: For me I hope we do some new stuff and for not have to really worry
the stuff they did and picking up pieces all over the place. I really
to do some new stuff so the band can be a band.
MC: Are you guys going to be going into the studio after this min tour
over. At the conclusion of the show Scott said your going to be going
studio do you your heaviest record ever. When can we expect that out?
JB: We got to get in a room first and then start mixing up some ideas
MC: Has the response been to the band been more overwhelming that you
JB: It is kick ass every night. We see a lot happening and we are
what they want and we are having a lot of fun doing it.
MC: Do you ever see the VHS tape 'Among the Living" coming out on DVD
JB: I hope so there is a possibility.
MC: Out of the whole set list what are you favorites to sing?
JB: All the songs are cool with me.
MC: How were the shows with Judas Priest?
JB: Oh they were great. It was fun to go back on the road again and a
gig to play.
MC: Joey thanks for the interview and best of luck with the new record.
JB: Chris thanks for the support and I'll see ya soon.