There have been hundreds and hundreds of interviews and articles about the classic New York thrash band Anthrax the last 35 years and if you don’t know who they are and what they have done musically by now, then go fly a kite. I’m not going there. They have earned their “wings” over and over again as true metal legends and I could praise them all night long. So what to write about them? I thought for this piece, I’d give you some little tidbits and facts that you maybe didn’t know or things they did that you forgot about.
Like the time they had a day named after them, Anthrax Day, September 14th, 2001 in the Bronx and played Yankee Stadium as part of the Big Four with Megadeth, Metallica, and Slayer.
Or the time MTV sponsored a contest in 1989 where the winner had her home trashed by the band. That’s a good one there.
Last year, guitarist Scott Ian made an appearance as a ‘walker’ on AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead.
In 1991, on the Attack of the Killer B’s promotional tour, they put out a cool item for record stores. It was a bottle of killer bee honey. I know this because I was working in one then and received a bottle.
In 1992, they appeared on the hit show Married…With Children and ate the mystery pack in the fridge if you remember. I can still hear Scott Ian say, “Wow. The colors.”
Their song “Got The Time” was played by NASA to wake up the Mars rover probe Curiosity in 2012.
The song “I Am The Law” is about the comic book character Judge Dredd.
Legendary graphic designer Storm Thorgerson, who did the cover art for hundreds of bands (most notably Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon) did the cover art for 1995’s Stomp 442, and it was banned from retail giant Walmart (there’s a naked man on it if you didn’t know).
Guitarist Dan Spitz left the band in 1995 because he received a full scholarship to go to the Swiss watchmaking school WOSTEP and became one of the world’s most coveted watchmakers.
And finally, if you didn’t know, Anthrax will be one of the performers at this years Louder Than Life Festival in Louisville, Kentucky so if you, ahem, “Got The Time,” make the trip out there and see them live.