Metal Legends Anthrax Announce 40th Anniversary UK Tour

The tour kicks off September 27 in Birmingham.

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Anthrax will be bringing their 40th anniversary celebrations to Europe in 2022, including eight shows in the UK. The shows will feature an opening set from Municipal Waste.

“It sure has been a long time since we rock’n’rolled in the UK and Europe,” says drummer Charlie Benante, ​“but we’re coming back soon to bring the noise to all of you guys. Being that we can’t get over there until 2022, we’re going to make sure that every show will be an eventful one. We won’t just be playing four decades of songs to celebrate our ongoing 40th anniversary – hey, we’ll be giving you some history! – but we just might have some brand new ones for you as well. Can’t wait to see all your happy, smiling faces!”

“There’s just something special about Europe,” adds singer Joey Belladonna. ​“Our fans there have always had a full-fledged excitement about our shows, and I enjoy performing more than anyone can imagine, so we’re really looking forward to this tour.”

Last month, it was announced that Pandora launched its first-ever metal Artist Takeover Mode featuring the heavy-metal legends. The GRAMMY-winning, trailblazing five-piece is a fitting first pick for the genre’s inaugural Mode. Anthrax’s Artist Takeover Mode on Pandora’s Classic Metal station is available to stream now.

Founding members Scott Ian and Charlie Benante share commentary throughout their takeover of Pandora’s Classic Metal, offering never-before-heard insight into the making of their albums. Gems include the story of how album-opener “A.I.R.” was added last-minute to Anthrax’s 1985 album Spreading The Disease, and why Benante was inspired to cover the Trust song “Antisocial,” which appeared on the band’s 1988 album State of Euphoria. Among other noteworthy song opinions, Ian reveals his favorite Anthrax song to play live, reminisces about penning his first love song, “Safe Home,” for his then-girlfriend/now-wife, and discusses which track was inspired by a David Lynch film.

Visit Anthrax’s official website for tour dates and ticket information.

Anthrax European Tour Dates:

September 2022
27 Birmingham O2 Academy
29 Manchester Academy
30 Glasgow O2 Academy

October 2022
1 Newcastle O2 City Hall
3 Leeds O2 Academy
4 Nottingham Rock City
6 Bristol O2 Academy
8 London O2 Academy Brixton

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