Anthrax make plans for Worcester with Testament

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Thrash titans Anthrax and Testament, who haven’t toured together in more than a decade, are set to co-headline a U.S. tour this fall. The tour will swing through Massachusetts for a show at The Palladium in Worcester on Friday, November 11. Tickets for the show are now on sale through for $26. As it will go for the entire tour, Anthrax will close the show whiled Death Angel will kick things off with an opening set.

Anthrax, who are celebrating its 30th year as a band, will be touring in support of their brand new album, Worship Music. The band’s tenth studio effort and first since 20003’s We’ve Come for You All hits stores today. It also marks the first Anthrax record with vocalist Joey Belladonna, who rejoined the band last year, since 1990’s Persistence of Time. The 11-track Worship Music was produced by Anthrax, Rob Caggiano and Jay Ruston and recorded over a four-year period at studios in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

“Once Joey came back last year, that’s when everything started to connect,” said guitarist Scott Ian in a recent interview with New Jersey newspaper The Record. “The planets started to align properly, so ‘Worship Music’ is exactly what Anthrax is supposed to sound like. This will be the only version of Anthrax until there is no more Anthrax.”

The tour will follow Anthrax’s Big Four “hometown” appearance at Yankee Stadium on September 14 with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth.

“We’ve been tight with the guys in Testament for a long, long time,” said Anthrax’s Charlie Benante in a press release. “So, we’re really looking forward to hanging out with them on the road. And all of us in Anthrax are big Death Angel fans, so this is going to be a monster of a good time – for all of us and for the fans. Plus, with the incredible success of The Big Four shows over the last year, we wanted to tour with some of the ‘second wave’ of thrash bands.”

“We’re excited to do this tour because Anthrax was actually the first band we ever toured with,” added Testament vocalist Chuck Billy. “It’s an accomplishment 20 odd years later that we’re going to do it again. The tour kick-off date is actually about five days difference from the kick off date of the first tour 20 years ago.  The first time we performed with Anthrax, we only had a total of ten songs, so obviously now we have many songs to pick from so it will be very different. It’s good to see that a lot of the faces in the bands are the same as back when we first did this original tour 20 years ago.”

Meanwhile, Testament is working on a new album for release sometime in 2012.

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