metalheads living in limestone caves in the Helderbergs
notwithstanding, word has reached most that Anthrax’s classic
’85-’91 lineup recently reunited to celebrate their 20th
anniversary with veritable slew of releases. While the band
remained more than capable in later years with John Bush
assuming vocal duties, old and new fans alike heralded the
return of singer Joey Belladonna (a Capital Region native)
and guitarist Dan Spitz (who left music altogether for a
career as—get this—a Swiss watchmaker) this spring as they
rejoined guitarist Scott Ian, drummer Charlie Benante and
bassist Frank Bello for an extensive world tour. Metroland
caught up with (by telephone) an excited Bello after sound
check in Cleveland to see what’s up with New York’s favorite
soldiers of metal, who visit the Capital Region Tuesday
(Oct. 4) for a headliner at Northern Lights between shows
with the also-re-formed Judas Priest.
far the fans have been nothing short of crazy,” Bello says
of the band’s six-week overseas run with the reunited outfit,
which began with a jaunt in Australia and ended with European
open-air festivals. “The reaction has been just incredible.
We’re really excited about it because we didn’t expect it
to be like this. We weren’t really sure how people were
gonna react, but it’s been above and beyond what we wanted.”
So much so, that the band haven’t placed any real time limit
on the project. “Right now . . . we’re just doing it day
to day and seeing what happens,” Bello explains. “We don’t
want to put any expectation on it. When we got back together,
we agreed to that, and we also agreed that all decisions
were going to made equally by all five guys, so from this
you’re getting a package that all [of us] put a lot of thought
into and worked really hard on.”
The result of that hard work is a whopping three releases.
Anthology: No Hit Wonders is a remastered two-disc
“best of” set spanning the band’s classics from 1985-1991
with an accompanying DVD collection of their Island Records-era
videos. Alive 2 (the CD) offers a 2005 performance
at New Jersey’s Starland Ballroom while Alive 2 (the
DVD) features complete video footage of that show as well
as a documentary chronicling the entire reunion. Bello feels
the entire package is not only great as a handpicked blast
from the past; it also exposes younger fans to the what
all the buzz was about.
love the fact that guys are bringing their younger brothers,
and fathers are bringing their kids to these shows,” he
explains. “Just to see what this thing was all about. I
love it. We’re finding a whole new turnover through that
too, so obviously that’s pretty cool for us.”
whole thing is like a marathon,” Bello continues, when asked
about the secret to Anthrax’s staying power. “Sometimes
it’s not how fast you run as long as you keep going. Hey,
22 years later and still strong! We’re pretty happy about
Anthrax will appear at Northern Lights (Route 146, Clifton
Park) this Tuesday (Oct. 4) at 7:30 PM along with local
hardcore favorites Last Call and Brick by Brick. Tickets
are $16 in advance and $18 the day of the show. For more
info, call the club at 371-0012 or visit www.anthrax.com.
finally found a steady gig, at one of the hottest shows
on cable to boot. You’re finally starting to step outside
the shadow of your famous sibling. After years of taking
bit parts wherever they came, your star is on the rise.
And then, in the blink of an eye, it’s over.
Over. Let it sink in. So what comes next?
This is the question facing Charlie Murphy. As a writer
and actor on Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show, Murphy
had a hand in some of the series’ most popular and hysterical
moments, including “True Hollywood Stories,” in which he
recounted his hazy, crazy ’80s days hanging out (via little
brother Eddie) with celebrity acquaintances like Prince
and Rick James. The show was a runaway success, pulling
in huge ratings and selling like it was free on DVD. Everything
seemed peachy until Dave Chappelle took his little, shall
we say, sabbatical in May, halting the show’s production
indefinitely, likely permanently.
Obviously, the guy won’t be out of work for long; in fact,
he’s got a bit part in the roller-disco flick Roll Bounce
that opened last weekend. But really, doesn’t that seem
like a regression?
So, Charlie Murphy, we offer the following message of self-affirmation,
lest you despair the end of the glory days. Gaze deep into
the mirror and say it out loud: “I’m Charlie Murphy, bitch.”
Charlie Murphy will perform at the Egg (Empire State Plaza,
Albany) this Saturday (Oct. 1). He’ll be joined by cast
members from Chappelle’s Show, plus guest comics
Marina Franklin and Greg Aidala. Tickets for the 8:30 PM
performance are $26, and can be purchased at the Egg box
office or by calling 473-1845.
spiritual and philosophical texts are, of course, open to
interpretation. Sectarianism, factionalism, schism—these
all bear that out easily enough. On Saturday, however, MASS
MoCA presents an interpretive work-in-progress that should
challenge in a more enjoyable way than, say, a jihad.
Ibrahim Quraishi’s work Five Streams seeks to reexamine
the Islam of five South Asian nations (India, Pakistan,
Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka) by interpreting three foundational
texts via a variety of media. Quraishi takes on Anarkali,
an Indian court romance; the Bhagavad-Gita, the concluding
portion of the Mahabarata; and Who Knoweth Thyself,
a sufi treatise. His hermeneutic tools? Live and prerecorded
music, dance, 3-D animation and interactive sound installations.
Streams will be presented at MASS MoCA (1040 MASS MoCA
Way, North Adams, Mass.) on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 PM
and Sunday, Oct. 2, at 4 PM. Tickets are $14. For more information,
call (413) 662-2111.