Belladonna Bails On Anthrax Tour As Bush Prepares New Armored Saint Album

It looks like Anthrax’s tour won’t quite work out the way the band had hoped.

The group was planning to hit the road with current vocalist John Bush handling vocals on his tracks and former Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna returning to belt out the band’s older selections (see “Anthrax Lines Up Bush-Belladonna Tour”).

But a funny thing happened on the way to a reunion.

The tour will still kick off on January 16, but Belladonna will not be on board. In a statement announcing the move, Anthrax’s spokespeople say that Belladonna “has had to pull out of the tour because of the inability to come to a financial agreement.”

“We’re definitely bummed that Joey will not be able to participate in the tour,” guitarist Scott Ian said of the development in the press statement. “But we’re on tour for the fans and they will get an Anthrax show worth coming out for.”

“We asked Joey to do this because we thought it would
be something really cool for the fans, and they could enter a new millennium with a special Anthrax event,” drummer Charlie Benante added. “However, Joey has decided that he doesn’t want to take part in the festivities with us.”

Belladonna had joined his old Anthrax mates as recently as last fall, when he joined them (along with John Bush) in the studio to record the Temptations’ “Ball Of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today)” for the band’s “Return Of The Killer A’s” collection (see “Anthrax ‘Killer A’s’ Collection To Sport Bush-Belladonna Duet”).

Had Belladonna made the trip, it would have marked his first tour with the band since he left Anthrax in 1992.

Meanwhile, as Bush prepares to once again take sole responsibility for Anthrax’s vocals on the road, he is also preparing to release “Revelation,” the first album from his old band Armored Saint in nine years. Bush left the Los Angeles metal giants on good
terms
in ’92 when Anthrax came calling, and he rekindled his creative relationship with Armored Saint bassist Joey Vera in 1998. The product of that reunion will surface on March 7 when “Revelation” hits stores.

In the meantime, Bush will do his duty with Anthrax on a tour that starts January 16 in Springfield, Virginia. Here’s where to find them:

  • 1/16 – Springfield, VA @ Jax
  • 1/18 – New York, NY @ The Roxy
  • 1/19 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
  • 1/20 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
  • 1/21 – Old Bridge, NJ @ Birch Hill
  • 1/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
  • 1/23 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Metropol
  • 1/25 – Cincinnati, OH @ Annie’s
  • 1/26 – Cleveland, OH @ Odeon
  • 1/27 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
  • 1/28 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
  • 1/29 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
  • 1/31 – Denver, CO @ Fox Theater
  • 2/2 – San Diego, CA @ Cane’s
  • 2/3 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theater
  • 2/4 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
  • 2/5 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
  • 2/8 – Seattle,
    WA @ DV8
  • 2/9 – Portland, OR @ Roseland
  • 2/11 – Sacramento, CA @ Crest Theater
  • 2/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues

– Robert Mancini

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