The celebration of Anthrax’s 25th anniversary is about to begin in earnest, as Anthrax, recognized as one of the founders of thrash metal, with worldwide sales in excess of ten million copies, will bring its brand of New York metal to Oklahoma when they kick off the third annual, four-day Rocklahoma Festival set for July 9 – 12 in Pryor, Oklahoma. Anthrax will headline the festival’s July 9 opening night.
“We want to start the HEAVY DAY at Rocklahoma,” said Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, “and after we play nothing but heavy f%#*ing metal, Oklahoma will never be the same.”
Anthrax’s Rocklahoma 2009 Festival appearance will be in support of the band’s first new studio album in six years, “Worship Music,” scheduled for a summer release, and the May 12 release of the limited edition, three-record vinyl reissue of the band’s first album, “Fistful of Metal,” which originally came out twenty-five years ago. “Worship Music” will mark the studio debut of new singer Dan Nelson who joins long-time members Benante and Scott Ian (rhythm guitar), Frank Bello (bass) and Rob Caggiano (lead guitar).
The Rocklahoma festival will be Anthrax’s only North American concert appearance until they launch their own major trek here later this year. The Rocklahoma organizers will announce the full July 9 talent lineup next week.