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Joey Belladonna rejoins Anthrax

By | Published on Wednesday 12 May 2010

Anthrax have announced that vocalist Joey Belladonna has rejoined the band and will appear with them for their upcoming stint on the Sonisphere touring festival, alongside the other three bands which make up the ‘big four’ of thrash metal, Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth.

Belladonna was originally a member of the band between 1985 and 1992, when he was fired. He rejoined in 2005 as part of a reunion of the line-up which recorded the band’s ‘Among The Living’ album, but left again in 2007.

Guitarist Scott Ian said earlier this week: “I am super-excited about this. Joey and the rest of the band came to see me play at a club in New York, I hadn’t seen Joey for years, since the end of the reunion tour. Joey taps me on the shoulder, instant big hug, it felt like no time had gone by. The band dynamic is an interesting one in Anthrax, Joey and I spent so many years of our lives together, we grew up together, we know each other so well, so it was like no time was lost”.

Belladonna added: “I had been in touch with Charlie [Benante, drums] and Frank [Bello, bass], then I got a call from their manager who said that everyone wanted me back in the band. I thought, ‘are you guys for real? You want me up there, fronting the band like it was before?’ I was thrilled. We’ve already started to reconnect with the old ways of having conversations. Everything is easy going and feels really good”.

The Sonisphere tour begins in Warsaw, Poland on 16 Jun, making its way around Europe before the finale at Knebworth between 30 Jul and 1 Aug.