Slash surprised fans of Anthrax at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on Wednesday night (March 27) by taking the stage to play guitar on 'T.N.T.,' the AC/DC song Anthrax chose for their new album of covers called 'Anthems.' The band turned in a pretty convincing rendition, captured on the fan video below.
For over thirty years now, drummer Charlie Benante has been captaining the mighty ship Anthrax through choppy metallic waters, alongside first mate Scott Ian and fellow crew members of differing rank, station and duration – all of them responsible, in some measure, for steering the band’s career into the so-called ‘Big Four’ of thrash and keeping it there.
Anthrax's classic rock cover song choices provide great insights into the old-school roots of these legendary New York thrashers. Over the years, Scott Ian and company have almost built their own cottage industry out of covering other bands’ songs. Never ones to dismiss or disguise their influences, the
Thrash metal icons Anthrax ushered in 2013 with the typical blend of accomplishments (a well-deserved Grammy nomination) and setbacks (yet another departing band member) that, of late, have defined their career; but they’ve also gone about the business of surviving, performing and recording, as indicated by the release of an eight-song EP named 'Anthem' on March 19.