Los Angeles, CA–Thrash kings, Anthrax were given the opportunity to play the mainstage at this year’s Mayhem Festival. So when the band opted to play the festival’s Jagermeister tour, it left some scratching their heads. Now, the members of the band have spoken out on why they opted out of playing the mainstage. The band essentially chose the Jagermeister stage for the fans for than for itself. When asked about it, drummer Charlie Benante said of the band’s choice, “We decided to pattern the Mayhem set on the kind of shows The Ramones used to do: a high-energy, non-stop barrage of hit, hit, hit, hit, hit. No lulls, no filler, totally in your face. We’re going to be playing a supersonic-paced set loaded with the best of our best.”
The band’s performance on the Mayhem Festival is in support of its recent release, “Worship Music.” Anthrax released “Worship Music” September 13, 2011. In that time, the album has come to huge acclaim from critics and fans alike. Speaking in regards to the fans, the band’s guitarist, Scott Ian said the fans were the main reason the band wanted to play the Jagermeister stage instead of the mainstage. He said of the decision, “We really like the idea of not ‘playing to seats, and we want our crowd to have the freedom to move around, to go crazy with us.” He added, “Plus, we’ve been on the road together now for about two years, so we’re tighter as a band than we’ve ever been. Our Mayhem set will be a fun, fast and furious 45-minutes, so they’d better have the EMTs on hand.”
This year’s Mayhem festival kicks off July 1st in San Francisco, CA. The tour will run throughout the country. For a full list of dates and to keep track of the festival and its artists, go online to http://www.rockstarmayhemfest.com, http://www.facebook.com/MayhemFestival2012, and http://twitter.com/Mayhemfest.