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  • ANTHRAX Bassist Shoots Down 'Cashgrab' Accusations Over 'Among The Living' 30th-Anniversary Tour
    on February 22, 2017 at 19:53

    On February 9, Will Copping of the RaW 1251AM radio station conducted an interview with ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello before the first show of the band's U.K. tour in Birmingham. You can now listen to the chat below. Asked about ANTHRAX's current European tour during which the band is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its classic album "Among The Living" by performing the LP in its entirety, Frank said: "When you play these songs live, it brings you back to the time you recorded it; it really does. You remember where you were. It's like a reflection; it's really strange. But I think that's why it's sunk into people and people wanna hear these songs, along with the new songs. Actually, tonight's the first night [of the tour]. It should be really interesting for all of us." Bello also talked about the trend in recent years of artists — including ANTHRAX — playing cornerstone albums from beginning to end in concert and some fans' belief that it's nothing but a "cashgrab." He said: "Cashgrab? I mean, we know people will like this. That's the whole point. It's certainly not a cashgrab. So we do it for the fans, and that's the truth. I think you put in different things to make it special. Cashgrab — we're not playing arenas. These are theaters that are great that we pack and [are] sold out. But it's for the fans, man. It's nothing else. And we'll be back again with something else. It's always… It's about the fans at the end of the day, so give them what they want, and it's important to us." ANTHRAX's February 15 concert at the Barrowland in Glasgow, United Kingdom was filmed for a DVD, to be released later this year via Megaforce. Seventeen cameras, including five GoPros and a full-size camera crane, captured more than two hours of ANTHRAX favorites that were voted onto the evening's set list by fans and included "Madhouse", "Be All, End All", "Breathing Lightning" and "A.I.R.", followed by ANTHRAX's classic 1987 album "Among The Living" performed start to finish. In addition to the live footage, the DVD will include "fly-on-the-wall" interviews and other B-roll shot on the band's tour bus, backstage, in hotels and elsewhere. The DVD is being produced and directed by Paul Green of the Manchester, U.K.-based Paul Green Productions who has filmed concerts for OPETH, THE DAMNED, Gary Numan, THE LEVELLERS and many others. ANTHRAX played its last "Among The Kings" U.K. date this past Friday (February 17) in Norwich and has headed to 22 European cities, winding up in Paris on March 16. […]

  • BOBBY BLOTZER Says He Will Undergo Spinal Surgery, Vows To Continue Playing With His Version Of RATT
    on February 22, 2017 at 19:26

    Bobby Blotzer will undergo lumbar spine surgery at the end of March. The original RATT drummer revealed the news in a Facebook post, explaining that one of the spine's five intervertebral segments has collapsed, with another one soon to follow. According to Blotzer, he has been getting epidural spine injections for six years and had a nerve-burning procedure done, neither one of which has successfully ended his chronic pain problems. Blotzer, who had a spinal fusion surgery for the C6-C7 vertebrae in his neck four years ago, said that he will go under the knife two days after his version of RATT performs at the Prairie Knights Casino & Resort in Fort Yates, North Dakota on March 18. Blotzer did not disclose who will front his version of RATT at the North Dakota concert, having recently parted ways with singer Joshua Alan, who had been with the group since its late 2015 inception. The drummer also promised that he would "mop up [the] litigation" he is currently embroiled in with his former bandmate over the rights to the RATT name and that he would return to the road "with RATT around late June." Blotzer has spent the last year and a half battling the other three members of RATT's classic lineup in court. At the same time, he has been hitting the road with his version of RATT, which, in addition to Alan, most recently included guitarists Mitch Perry (TALAS, HEAVEN, STEELER, MSG, LITA FORD) and Stacey Blades (L.A. GUNS) and bassist Brad Lang (Y&T). Back in November, a California judge ruled against Blotzer with respect to whether bassist Juan Croucier had committed trademark infringement by using the RATT name and logo to advertise his band RATT'S JUAN CROUCIER in the fall of 2015. The judge furthermore decided that the corporation WBS, Inc. — of which Blotzer and guitarist Warren DeMartini were thought to be the sole shareholders — did not have ownership interest in the RATT marks and that the name and brand was still owned by the members who were part of the original RATT partnership agreement. In addition to claiming to have expelled Blotzer from the partnership following the November court ruling, DeMartini, Croucier and singer Stephen Pearcy said that Blotzer could now only refer to himself as a "former member of RATT," as per the partnership agreement. Blotzer's attorney later filed a request for reconsideration, and a hearing was held on January 23 in a downtown Los Angeles federal courtroom at which point the judge took the matter under submission. Less than two weeks later — on February 3 — U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson issued an order denying Blotzer's request. The RATT version featuring Pearcy, DeMartini, Croucier and later-period RATT guitarist Carlos Cavazo (ex-QUIET RIOT) made its first official return to the stage on February 11 at the Treasure Island Resort Casino in Welch, Minnesota. Hey all : I got this MRI last week. Having some bad shite coming to the roads end on my back. Alot of people that...Posted by RATT on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 […]

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