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Metallica. Slayer. Megadeth. Anthrax. Te four biggest and most important American heavy metal bands of all time (probably). Since 1981 New York’s finest, Anthrax, have been touring huge venues worldwide, releasing mindblowing albums and doing what they do best – showing up and rocking out. For the very first time ever Anthrax will play Norwich this month, with their early singer Joey Belladonna back on board. From creating one of the very first rap/rock crossover hits Bring Te Noise with Public Enemy to receiving rave reviews for their latest album For All Kings, Anthrax just keep pulling out all the stops. I had the honour of speaking to bass player Frankie Bello about how excited they are to head back out on the road, how their New York attitude helped them develop their rock horns and what the hardest Anthrax song is to play.


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Yeah! Te whole band are psyched, really excited about it. I can’t wait – we’re so ready. We’ve finally had a bit of a break after touring for what seems like three years straight which is great as it’s good to work and people are reacting to our music. It’s very fulfilling and makes it seem like it’s all worthwhile. You can’t ask for any more than that. It’s fun to read reviews, after 35 years, that say we’re now producing our finest work – to hear that it fulfills your heart. We really put a lot into it, we go away from our families to write records, and everyone has to contribute even our families, and it’s not always easy. People say oh it’s the rock n roll lifestyle but in fact it’s anything but that. It’s a lot of work but it’s work that we love. You were originally a roadie for Anthrax but joined as


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the bassist when Dan Lilker left. Was it hard to join an established band at that point? Did it make it easier that your uncle’s in the band? You know, it was easier because I was a roadie so I was comfortable with the guys – we all got along and had a laugh. You gotta remember, it wasn’t the Anthrax that you know now – in the early days, once in a while there’d be a local gig in New York somewhere so there wasn’t really any touring at all. It’s funny because I officially joined the band on the same day that the record came out, and then we started to tour a little bit, in a modest way. I swear man, that seems like yesterday. Having my uncle in the band was easier but it meant I was under the microscope too. It worked out for the best – we’re still together. Anthrax are considered one of Te Big Four metal bands (Anthrax, Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth), yet you were


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