This weekend was a star studded one to say the least in sunny Southern California. While Anthrax and Killswitch Engage continued their work together on their current “Killthrax” tour, history was in the making courtesy of Anthrax.
With a sold out Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, CA, it was Anthrax’s turn to close out the night. With nothing less than a heavy night, thanks to the likes of Code Orange, The Devil Wears Prada, and Killswitch Engage rounding out the night ahead of Anthrax, the ear plugs were definitely in high need.
As amps were cranked to 11, guitars were tuned, and distortion pedals on the rightful ON position, it was all systems go for Anthrax. With a setlist fully stocked with a line of some of their classic songs such as “Indians,” “Caught In a Mosh,” “Madhouse,” “I Am The Law,” and many others, along with newer songs from their recent album “For All Kings,” it simply wasn’t enough just to have the night consist of a traditional Anthrax concert.
For Anthrax, they were looking to make history, and Los Angeles was the place to make it. For the first time in the bands nearly 36 year history, the band brought onto the stage keyboards to perform a cover of the Kansas classic, “Carry On Wayward Son.” Guitarist Scott Ian expressed this to the crowd that there has never been sight of a keyboard on their stage in their lifetime, until Saturday night, before introducing legendary keyboardist Fred Mandel to do the honors.
Mandel is best known for his session work, performing on numerous legendary albums from acts including Pink Floyd, Elton John, and Alice Cooper. Both Anthrax and Killswitch Engage are continuing their reign of terror on the road, and will do so for the next 3 months. Will Mandel be joining Anthrax yet again for another spot in the limelight? Only one way to find out…grab a ticket and see for yourself.
JT ‘Doc’ Berry \m/