Anthrax returns to Rocklahomas festival lineup this year, and guitarist, lyricist and vocalist Scott Ian promises that Saturdays gig will be better than it was in 2009.
Not that the appearance was especially controversial, or bad, for that matter. This time around, though, longtime lead singer Joey Belladonna is back at the helm.
This show will better in every way possible, Ian said. This is the real Anthrax.
Indeed, it is. The band recently released a new single Soror Irrumator, featured on Catch the Throne: The Mixtape Vol. II, filled with songs inspired by hit HBO series Game of Thrones.
Were all really big fans of the show, Ian said during a recent telephone interview with Oklahoma Gazette. We got a call, and we said yes. Metal bands, we dont often get those kinds of offers. So, yeah, we agreed to be involved in any way possible.
Its a song fans will hear live at Rocklahoma. Ian also promised fan favorites spanning the thrash and speed metal bands decades-long history, including I Am the Law, Anti-Social and Madhouse. The rock n roll music and camping festival runs Friday-Sunday in Pryor.
The way the band got its return gig at this weekends festival quickly becomes a familiar refrain in almost every answer Ian gives.
They asked us if wed play, and I said yes, Ian said and then laughed.
Ian founded the iconic speed and thrash metal act in 1981 in New York. Belladonna joined in 1984 (prior to Anthraxs second studio album release, Spreading the Disease) and toured and recorded with Anthrax until 1992.
He rejoined briefly in 2005 and then returned full-time in 2010, giving weight and momentum to a Big Four reunion show with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth in Bulgaria. The one-off show was recorded, made into a live film and shown in more than 800 movie theaters across the globe in 2010 before its DVD release.
A new album, Worship Music, dropped in 2011, debuted at No. 12 on Billboards Top 200 chart.
Anthrax was back.
The punk and thrash ethos of any time, anywhere, any place helped launch the early careers of many bands of Ians era. Decades later, the thought of touring without new material is an anathema to musicians like Ian.
Anthrax, after all, is a working band, and creating and performing music is Ians career.
I never really thought about the years ahead, he said of his younger days with Anthrax, and I still dont. I look forward to a lot, but we live in the moment.
But that statement comes with a qualifier: I kind of know what Ill be doing through 2016, he said, referencing tour scheduling, recording, writing and album release dates.
In other words, hell be saying yes to many, many things.
The band also is working on a new album tentatively set for release in October.
In a way, touring interrupts the recording process, definitely, Ian said. But well get away for a full month and will probably finish the recording part in June.
Catch the Fever Music Festival Grounds
1421 W. 450 Road, Pryor
Camping: Weekend camping passes are $75-$95, and campgrounds are open through noon Tuesday.
Note: This festival is all-ages.
We Are Harlot
Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts
The Pretty Reckless
Print headline: Persistent poison, Veteran rock band Anthrax returns to Rocklahoma with new music to go with its enduring hits.