Anthrax will launch their 40th anniversary livestream event at midnight on July 17 (UK time), and fans can purchase tickets for the show right now. Among the options is the opportunity to have a live video chat with members of the New York band.
In addition to the Anthrax livestream show, fans will be able to buy a digital ticket to relive the past 40 years with exclusive interviews, testimonials, and behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the quintet’s storied career. For full details on ticket prices and available bundles visit the band’s official website.
“I was a 17-year-old metal-head kid from Queens when I started this band,” says guitarist Scott Ian. “I am a 57-year-old metal-head kid from Queens about to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this band. That means for 40 years, I’ve gotten to do exactly what I’ve wanted to do — and getting to do what I love and being a part of something so much bigger than myself has made the time, the unbelievable weight of 40 seems so light.
“It’s been an amazing story so far, and I see 40 as a milestone that absolutely should be recognized and celebrated. Congratulations to us! I also see 40 as a stepping stone to the next chapter of Anthrax — we still have a lot to say and some killer riffs to unleash. I’m not going to say, ‘Here’s to 40 more’, because nobody wants to see that (I’d be 97). How about, ‘Here’s to at least ten more, and we’ll go from there! Thank you for enabling me, my friends.”
Later this year Anthrax will be celebrated with a new graphic novel, Z2 Comics’ Among the Living, featuring a track-by-track storyline inspired by the band’s iconic 1987 album, Among The Living.
The album was a breakthrough title for the New York band and has long been considered a benchmark in the world of thrash metal. With numerous references to Stephen King novels, comic book hero Judge Dredd, and a variety of films, Among the Living is also a fitting album to be translated into a graphic novel. Each track from the LP will be turned into an original story, while the anthology will be narrated by the band’s longtime mascot “The Not Man,” who gets a brand new design courtesy of Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead).